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Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

Updated on November 11, 2012

American Southwest Bowl of Fire

Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

Sometimes the idea of cooking a ham, roast, or turkey is just too complicated and time consuming. I personally love making interesting soups.

If you like sweet, and you like spicy; this may very well become one of your new comfort foods. Easy to prepare, and delicious, with a beautiful combination of flavors and colors, this recipe is easy to add variations to. One of my all time favorites, Enjoy!

Side Note: I like it a little hotter. By adding 1 more chili pepper and using red pepper instead of white pepper, it kicks things up to speed.

5 stars from 1 rating of spicy sweet potato soup

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, I substitute extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 seeded red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 or 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded & minced
  • 4 cups sweet potatoes, diced
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper, or black
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dairy or soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped


  1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil. Add the onion, bell pepper, celery, garlic, and chili pepper and cook, stirring for 5 minutes over medium heat. Add 4 cups water, the sweet potatoes, paprika, cumin, white pepper, and salt; bring to a simmer. Cook over medium-low heat until te potatoes are tender, approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Transfer the soup to a blender or food processor fitted with a steel blade and puree until smooth, about 5 seconds. Return the soup to the pan and stir in the milk and cilantro. Bring the soup to a gentle simmer over medium-low heat. Ladle the bisque into bowls and serve at once.


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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Thank you oceansider and you too breakfastpop. I can see that you are ready for your soup. Haha

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      I too am a soup lover, but I have never made this particular soup. Thanks so much for the recipe. I would love to give it a try. Up and useful.

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      oceansider 5 years ago

      Thanks for your great sounds delicious!