Sweetpotato, Chorizo and Cheese Cakes with Cilantro Sauce

by Erica Dinho on August 13, 2014

Sweetpotato, Chorizo and Cheese Cakes with Cilantro Sauce

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Sweetpotato, Chorizo and Cheese Cakes with Cilantro Sauce

Did you know that sweetpotato can be spelled as one word? A sweetpotato is not a sweet potato, but is actually an entirely different vegetable than a potato and has a totally different set of nutrients, including more than a day’s worth of vitamin A, according to California Sweetpotatoes.


California Sweetpotatoes are bold flavored and versatile veggies that are great for both sweet and savory dishes. You can prepare them baked, mashed, steamed, pureed, roasted, and even grilled. California Sweetpotatoes pair beautifully with just about any flavor combination.


“Potato and Chorizo Cakes” were something my mom kept on hand at all times. They make great last minute appetizers and if you entertain regularly, you need to have a few tricks up your sleeve and keep the food simple! My mom loves entertaining and to cook for crowds of people. Our home was always a meeting place for family and friends when I was growing up in Colombia. We had people over a few times per week, both planned and unplanned. Sometimes these parties happened on extremely short notice, like when my father would bring friends home from work! So my family has an extensive collection of throw-together party foods for whenever the moment strikes!

CA sweet poatao cakes

I wanted to recreate my mom’s Potato and Chorizo Cakes, so I used California Sweetpotaoes instead of regular potatoes. I also baked them instead of frying them, which really cuts back on calories. The cilantro sauce is super delicious, very easy to make and it makes the best dip for these sweetpotato cakes! I love serving bite-sized food like this, simple to make for a crowd and totally gorgeous. This would be a great addition to any menu! You can also make the cakes ahead of time and just pop them in the oven just before serving. Simple, colorful, and totally delicious.



To learn more about California Sweetpotatoes, check out their site here.

CA Sweetpotato Cakes

Buen provecho!


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(24 small cakes)

  • 4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped white onion
  • 2 fresh chorizos crumbled
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 8 oz Monterey Jack or mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup of seasoned bread crumbs
  • Cilantro Sauce

  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper,seeded and chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

sweet potato cakes


  1. Cook the sweet potatoes about 25 to 30 minutes or until soft.
  2. Heat the oil over medium heat in a pan, add the onions and cook until the onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the crumbled chorizo and cook for about 5 minutes more. Set aside.
  3. Mash the sweet potatoes and add the chorizo mixture, egg and salt to your taste.
  4. Cover the sweet potatoes and let sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Make small balls with the sweet potato mixture. Make a hole in the middle of each ball and insert a piece of cheese.
  5. Shape the dough into thick cakes and cover them with bread crumbs. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and grease with cooking spray. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  6. Place the cakes in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Spray thoroughly with cooking spray. Bake 5-8 minutes, then turn and cook another 5-8 minutes on other side until golden and crispy.
  7. To make the cilantro sauce: place all the ingredients in the blender or the food processor and mix until well combined.
  8. sweet potato cakes

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz August 13, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Wow these cakes look so amazing, totally approve of the sweetpotato! And the cilantro sauce sound great.


2 Lydia August 13, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Hi! Just wondering where the ingredients are for the cilantro sauce?! :))) I can’t see them but it is very early here in Australia and I might just be half asleep!! Lol x


3 Monica August 13, 2014 at 7:52 PM

What are the ingredients of the cilantro sauce?


4 Marianne August 13, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Did I miss it? Where is the ingredient list for the cilantro sauce?


5 Erica Dinho August 13, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Sorry! I lost internet while posting this recipe. I fixed it!


6 Angie@Angie's Recipes August 14, 2014 at 4:32 AM

These sweet potato patties look fantastic!


7 grace August 16, 2014 at 1:43 PM

these look SO wonderful! i love all the components but have never had them combined in quite this way. terrific!


8 Joyti August 18, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Ooo, these look really delicious!


9 jazmin August 18, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Just made these they were delicious!


10 Kate @ Babaganosh.org August 21, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Those look amazing. I bet the sweetness and the saltiness go really well together, especially with the tanginess of the cilantro sauce.


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