The Air Fryer Mexican Sweet Potatoes topped with fresh salsa are a vegan meal or side dish packed with fresh veggies and amazing flavors. This recipe is super simple, delightfully fresh, and great for meal prep too.

Recipe Overview

A split sweet potato stuffed with fresh salsa on a plate with two lime wedges

These Air Fryer Mexican Sweet Potatoes are a delicious twist on a baked potato that will knock your socks off!

We are topping these beauties with a fresh, homemade salsa made from black beans, corn, onion, jalapeno, and more. Fresh lime juice and cilantro bring all the authentic Mexican flavor.

This meal is vegan and perfect for a simple dinner, lunch, or packed up as a meal prep meal. More ideas on how to make this dish your own are below!

I love using my Air Fryer to bake potatoes, and sweet potatoes are no exception. Air Fryer Baked Sweet potatoes come out perfectly soft and tender every time and are ready in less than 45 minutes.

List of ingredients

ingredients for air fryer mexican sweet potatoes with salsa, each in separate bowls on a countertop
  • Sweet Potatoes – Choose medium-sized sweet potatoes for roasting in the air fryer. Always wash sweet potatoes before cooking.
  • Avocado Oil – Any neutral oil will work here. The oil helps the skin of the potato to get a bit crispy. Olive oil or vegetable oil works just the same.
  • Tomato – This is the base of our salsa topping. Choose fresh, ripe tomatoes. I like Roma tomatoes for salsas like this.
  • Black Beans – Canned beans work perfectly, drain and rinse them.
  • Corn – Frozen corn kernels, thawed, are the easiest thing. If you have fresh corn available, use that instead.
  • Red Onion – I love the bite that raw red onion gives.
  • Jalapeno – a fresh avocado, diced, adds heat to the dish.
  • Cilantro – An excellent complement to the Mexican ingredients.
  • Lime – the juice of one lime dresses the salsa and adds a lovely bit of acidity.
  • Salt – To season everything well.
  • Hot Sauce – A bit of Tabasco or your favorite hot sauce gives the perfect amount of heat.

Direction to make

photo collage showing four steps needed to make air fryer mexican sweet potatoes
  1. Pierce the sweet potatoes a few times with a fork. Rub them with avocado oil and place them in the basket of the air fryer.
  2. Air fry at 400 degrees F for 35-40 minutes, or until tender.
  3. While the potatoes are cooking, make the salsa. In a mixing bowl, add tomatoes, beans, corn, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Stir to combine, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Split open cooked potatoes and serve filled with the fresh black bean salsa.

How to serve

eating a mexican sweet potato with a fork

These potatoes really are an entire meal on their own, perfect for serving as is, however, you can enjoy them as a side dish as well!

Try your sweet potatoes with some Air Fryer Tofu for extra protein.

The taco-seasoned tofu from these Air Fryer Tofu Tacos would also be a delicious addition.

Mix up the toppings!

Three plates of mexican sweet potatoes surrounding an air fryer

There are so many options!

To keep this recipe vegan, you could add your favorite vegan meat substitute. Otherwise, taco-seasoned meat or diced chicken could be added.

Cheese or vegan cheese would be amazing on these too. I suggest adding the cheese under the salsa so it has a chance to melt a bit.

Sour Cream (or a vegan substitute), Guacamole, or a tomato salsa on top would be so great too.

Anything that you enjoy on a taco will be delicious inside of your air fryer Mexican sweet potatoes.

More tex mex air fryer recipes

We have many Mexican dishes on the site that we’ve converted to air fryer recipes! Here are some of my favorites.

Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas are an easy meal and a family favorite.

My Air Fryer Taquitos are much better than the frozen kind, and crispy and delicious out of the air fryer.

Love Tacos, but eating a vegetarian or vegan diet? You have to try my Air Fryer Mushroom Tacos and Air Fryer Cauliflower Tacos.

For something really simple, try making Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos.

Air Fryer Mexican Sweet Potatoes

Tender, perfectly cooked Air Fryer Mexican Sweet Potatoes topped with fresh salsa are a vegan meal or side dish packed with fresh veggies and amazing flavors. This recipe is super simple, delightfully fresh, and great for meal prep too.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 315kcal
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 Sweet Potatoes medium sized
  • 1 tbsp Avocado Oil
  • 1 cup Tomato diced
  • 1 cup Black Beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup Corn Kernels frozen
  • 1/4 cup Red Onion diced
  • 1 Jalapeño Pepper diced, seeds removed
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Cilantro finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Lime juiced
  • Hot Sauce to taste

Instructions

  • Pierce the sweet potatoes a few times with a fork, then place them in the basket of the air fryer. Rub with avocado oil.
  • Air fry at 400 degrees F for 35-40 minutes, or until tender.
  • While potatoes are cooking, make the salsa. In a mixing bowl, add tomato, beans, corn, onion, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, and kosher salt. Stir to combine, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Split open cooked potatoes and serve filled with black beans salsa. Top with hot sauce if desired.
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Notes

  • If you want your salsa extra hot, don’t remove the seeds from the jalapeno. 
  • This meal works really well for meal prep. Keep refrigerated until ready to eat, up to 5 days. 
  • Pro Tip: This recipe can be made in the air fryer unit with a basket or the air fryer oven. If you are using the air fryer oven, use the middle rack and select the “Air Fry” function.
  • Pro Tip: Check your food as it cooks. Each air fryer runs a bit differently. Sometimes airfying is a trial and error process. Check your food as it cooks to learn your air fryer better! When cooking a new recipe or food items be sure to check your food often to help avoid over/under cooking.
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Nutrition

Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 456mg | Potassium: 1072mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 32445IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 3mg
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.
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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    I just got done making these and packing them up for lunch for the rest of the week. Of course I ate one today and it was amazing! sweet and spicy and perfect.

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