Photo: Jason Wallis; Styling: Cindy Barr 
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 patty and about 1/2 cup salsa)

We love the flavors in Sweet Potato and Chickpea Cakes with Avocado Salsa for a meatless meal night. Onion and spicy jalapeno contrast the sweet potato cakes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add yellow onion, garlic, and jalapeño to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Add sweet potato, 3/8 teaspoon salt, and black pepper to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Combine potato mixture, panko, 1 1/2 tablespoons juice, chickpeas, and egg in a food processor; pulse until chickpeas are coarsely ground. Divide potato mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 4-inch patty. Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add patties to pan; cook 3 minutes or until browned. Carefully turn patties over. Place pan in oven; bake at 400° for 6 minutes or until browned.

Step 3

Combine avocado, tomato, red onion, remaining 1 tablespoon juice, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and red pepper in a bowl; toss. Serve salsa with cakes.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

My go-to lunch

April 30, 2016
Love this one! I added a handful of fresh cilantro and cayenne pepper to the chickpea mix and it really kicks up the flavor a notch. I serve it on a bed of HEB Spinach/Arugala mix. Reheat leftover patties at 400 for 20 mins. So satisfying!


January 21, 2016
This recipe was absolutely delicious.  Full of fresh flavor.  I wanted to make a vegetarian dish for almost the first time ever, and I have never cooked with chickpeas before, but the recipe worked well.  It was a lot of chopping, etc., but that is probably the norm when working with so many fresh ingredients.  We ate it with lime-flavored tortilla chips.  Yum!  It may be one of the favorite dishes I have ever cooked.

Good with a few tweaks

October 27, 2015
I found these to be very tasty with a few tweaks suggested after reading other reviews.  I added the second egg as well as some spices - cumin, paprika, and cayenne to give a little more kick.  I think they dried out in the oven.  Next time I will finish them in the skillet on the cooktop.  Otherwise, both my husband and I really liked them.  I'll add to the rotation as something different from time to time.

This was kid and husband approved... We Will be doing this again!

DSA Recipes
October 09, 2015
This was really good... and a great healthy way to use up all those lingering ingredient around the house!

ricrum01's Review

July 24, 2014

szoller2's Review

May 29, 2014
Add another egg and less breadcrumbs!

Dreamwritten's Review

May 21, 2014
I don't reccommed trying these. They're time consuming, really messy, don't hold together and taste like nothing. Really had high hopes for them, too. So disappointed.

daneanp's Review

April 02, 2014
Less than enthusiastic about these and probably won't make again. They didn't fall apart on me, but I made smaller cakes so maybe that helped. DD thought they were a little like corn bread cakes and texture-wise, they were. But the flavors were lacking - too much chickpea, not enough sweet potato.

MaryAliceAcqua's Review

February 14, 2014

tsprincess's Review

January 09, 2014
For me, these fell apart and were not very good. It was a lot of work and mess for the result. I am an experienced cook and followed the recipe.