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Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

A savory mashed sweet potatoes recipe topped with bacon and chives. If you’re looking for a new twist on classic mashed potatoes, these mashed sweet potatoes are the perfect Thanksgiving side dish. The combination is salty, sweet, savory and delicious!

Mashed Sweet Potatoes topped with bacon and chives make an excellent side dish

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Combining Yukon and sweet potatoes satisfies both camps – those who want the flavor and creaminess of the usual mashed potatoes and those who are particularly smitten with sweet potato casserole. Together, they make a show-stopping side dish.

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Creamy mashed sweet potatoes recipe garnished with bacon and butter

Ingredients for Sweet Potato Mash:

Making sweet potato mash is as easy as making basic mashed potatoes.

Adding bacon to sweet potatoes is optional, but highly necessary. Got it? 😉 Bacon and sweet potatoes is always a good idea (PROOF: Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Bacon). It satisfies the craving for savory mashed potatoes and makes this dish irresistible on your holiday table.

Ingredients for sweet potato mash with sweet potatoes, yukon potatoes and butter

How to Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes:

Step 1: Peel and dice all potatoes into 1/2″ cubes and put them in a large pot with halved onion, 2 bay leaves, 3 garlic cloves and enough water to cover the potatoes. Place over medium/high heat.

Step 2: As potatoes start to boil, add 1/2 Tbsp salt. Reduce heat to med-low, partially cover and cook for 10-12 min or until potatoes are easily pierced with a knife. Remove and discard, onion, garlic and bay leaves and drain the potatoes.

Step 3: Mash potatoes until uniform in color. Mash in 4 Tbsp melted butter then mash in 3 Tbsp of sour cream until smooth.

How to Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Pro Tips for the Creamiest Mashed Potatoes:

  • Use a potato ricer or an electric hand mixer to make potatoes silky smooth.
  • Mash or rice potatoes while they are still hot
  • Add hot melted butter
  • Once you’re done mashing, cover and keep potatoes warm before serving. Cold potatoes are not creamy potatoes.

The creamiest mashed sweet potatoes in a pot

Holiday-Worthy Side Dish Recipes:

Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
A savory mashed sweet potatoes recipe. Combining yukon and sweet potatoes is brilliant! A perfect holiday side dish. Super easy and seriously delicious.
Author: Natasha of
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$8
Keyword: mashed sweet potatoes
Calories: 198 kcal
Servings: 8 as a side dish


  • 2 lbs Yukon potatoes (7 medium), peeled
  • 1 lb sweet potatoes (2 medium), peeled
  • 1 small onion peeled and halved
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 Tbsp sea salt
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter melted, hot
  • 3 Tbsp sour cream
  • 4 oz bacon chopped
  • 1 Tbsp chives chopped, to garnish


  1. Peel and dice yukon and sweet potatoes into 1/2" cubes, then place them in a large pot. Add halved onion, 2 bay leaves, 3 garlic cloves, and enough water to cover potatoes then place over medium/high heat.

  2. When potatoes start to boil, add 1/2 Tbsp salt then reduce heat to med-low, partially cover and cook for 10-12 min. Potatoes are done when easily pierced with a knife. Remove and discard onion, garlic and bay leaves and drain the potatoes.

  3. Mash potatoes until uniform in color then mash in 4 Tbsp hot melted butter. Finally, add 2 heaping Tbsp of sour cream and mash until smooth. You can use a potato ricer or hand mixer to get it perfectly smooth if desired.

  4. In a medium sauté pan, cook chopped bacon until golden brown then remove from heat. Sprinkle over the mashed potatoes and garnish with chives to serve. 

Nutrition Facts
Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 767mg33%
Potassium 690mg20%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 8265IU165%
Vitamin C 15.8mg19%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

I love bacon on mashed sweet potatoes. The sweet-savory-salty combo is addictive. If you cook this up for Thanksgiving or Christmas, let us know! 🙂

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  • LaLe
    November 23, 2019

    Can I make it with sweet potatoes only? Reply

  • Cheryl
    October 22, 2019

    Hi I Cooke mine in coco nut milk drain save little milk to mash pot ato add a little parmason and ginger delicious Reply

    • Natasha
      October 22, 2019

      Thank you for sharing your method! That is a unique flavor combination. I’m definitely curious! Reply

  • Jascha
    December 21, 2018

    Looks so good. Is is okay to make in advance and reheat? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 21, 2018

      That should work just fine 🙂 Potatoes generally really heat well. Reply

  • Mom's Dish
    November 13, 2018

    This looks really good. Sweet potatoes are a must for Thanksgiving. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 13, 2018

      I agree! They sure are!! Thanks for the great review!! 🙂 Reply

  • Olga
    November 12, 2018

    How do u cute the sweet potatoes,they r very hard to peel the bark? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 12, 2018

      Not at all. Very similar to standard potatoes. We use a peeler Reply

  • angie
    November 9, 2016

    what else could be added instead of bacon? how about pecans? idk just kind of want to omit bacon but would love something to add that extra crunch. thank you.

    angie Reply

    • Natasha
      November 9, 2016

      Hi Angie, I think pecans would work well but I wouldn’t leave them in there the full baking time or they might burn. Reply

  • Ileana
    January 11, 2016


    This recipe along with your garlic mashed potato recipe look absolutely delicious. The only, issue I have with both of them is the sour cream, I not a fan. Do you think it would be okay to omit the sour cream from both of these recipes? Love following you, your the best! Regards, Ily Reply

    • Natasha
      January 11, 2016

      Ileana, just omit the sourcream, they will still taste great 😁. Reply

      • Ileana Vega
        January 11, 2016

        Can’t wait to try them both Reply

  • Inna
    December 10, 2015

    I love sweet potatoes! Wanna make it next week. What do you typically serve those with? Reply

    • Natasha
      December 10, 2015

      It’s good with steak and grilled or sauteed chicken. Pretty much anything you’d serve mashed potatoes with except for gravy; I don’t think that would be a good combo 😉 Reply

  • Endi
    November 25, 2015

    Natasha, I just made this for my sister and her husband (who don’t like sweet potatoes) in an attempt to change their minds!
    My sister’s response? “DIVINE”
    So thanks for another great recipe
    God bless and have a great Thanksgiving!x Reply

    • Natasha
      November 25, 2015

      That’s fantastic! Thank you for sharing that with me 🙂 I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving as well! Reply

  • Trisha @ Home Sweet Homemade
    November 23, 2015

    I have been wanting to use Yukon Gold potatoes…I think this recipe is reason! Looks yummy! Pinned! Reply

    • Natasha
      November 23, 2015

      Thanks so much for pinning! 🙂 Reply

  • Augustine
    November 22, 2015

    This looks so delicious! Can you sub the Yukon potatoes? I want to try it so badly but don’t have Yukon on hand 🙁 Reply

    • Natasha
      November 22, 2015

      Hi Augustine. I’m sure it would still be fine with another type of potato, but we like the creamier consistency of yukons. Reply

  • Coco in the Kitchen
    November 21, 2015

    DE-licious! Reply

    • Natasha
      November 21, 2015

      Thanks so much Coco 🙂 Reply

    November 21, 2015

    Your mashed potatoes look amazing, Natasha! And what a great idea to combine sweet and Yukon potato! Pinned! Reply

    • Natasha
      November 21, 2015

      Thank you so much and I sure appreciate that you pinned it! 🙂 Reply

      • Tania @ COOKTORIA
        November 21, 2015

        Not only I pinned it, I already made it! And ate it. 🙂 Both me and my hubby loved your mashed potatoes. Thanks again, Natasha! Reply

        • Natasha
          November 21, 2015

          That’s awesome!! I’m so happy you both loved it :). Thank you for the great review! Reply

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