Sweet Potato Tostadas with Chipotle Lime Sour Cream

5 Comments » | Posted by emily on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Our friend Ben came down to visit from Humboldt State last weekend. He came with two of his teammates to race bikes in the San Dimas Stage Race. Though they live in the rain a good portion of the year and definitely have experience racing in it, they weren’t thrilled to hear the miserable forecast for the weekend. They’d chosen Southern California because of reputation for good weather for their Spring Break week race, and were not impressed that it didn’t comply with their wishes. The race lasted all three days. Friday was a time trial (ride as fast as you can by yourself) up Glendora Mountain Road (the mountain that Wes made me ride up for his birthday last year). Saturday was a road race around Bonelli Park where I run every week (8 laps around a 7 mile loop). Sunday was the “crit” (ride around a tight circle a million times in a big group and don’t crash, taking everyone around you out with you).

Saturday truly was the saddest weather I’ve seen in a long time. That’s the day I went to watch, and I got some good gear testing done on my new softshell, because it was hailing and windy and pouring the whole 10 minutes I was outside. We watched from the top of the steepest climb, and even the pros looked like they were going slow. Ben told us they all just pressed their brakes as hard as they could on the descent to keep them going slow enough not to die. He said he saw three crashes, and each just involved one guy falling over from the wind or slippery pavement or their legs no longer continuing to work. He said that he was so cold that he tried to eat a goo and couldn’t even close his hand around it so it just fell. Luckily, Sunday gave them sun (haha), and there were a lot less people left to race against. The boys struggled through it, and then the worst part was that they had to drive ALLLL the way back up to the northernest part of the state. They were some tough boys, even for my standards.

They also can eat. We made 3 full trays of enchiladas, about 10 lbs of potatoes, and 2lbs of spaghetti. It’s all gone, as well as the 6 packages of bagels they brought and all the food they went out to eat as well. I wish I’d tried out this Sweet Potato Tostada recipe on them while they were here. I heard it creates a feeding frenzy with big crowds, like Aimee’s family, without the cook actually having to do the assembling (always a plus when cooking outside).

Sweet Potato Tostadas with Chipotle Lime Sour Cream

Yield8-10 tostadas

Prep Time30 minutes

Cook Time15 minutes

Activity GuideCar Camping, Bike Touring


  • 8-10 tostada shells
  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 chipotle in adobo, or more to taste, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 can kidney or black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • radishes, sliced
  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, chopped
Chipotle Lime Sour Cream:
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 chipotle in adobo, or more to taste, finely chopped
  • juice of one lime


  • Medium Pot
  • Potato Masher
  • Can Opener
  • Bowl
  • Spoon


  1. Peel and chop the sweet potatoes. Place them in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until the potatoes are cooked through. Drain and mash. Alternately, you can wrap whole sweet potatoes in foil and cook them in your campfire. Add butter, chipotles, and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  2. To make the Chipotle Lime Sour Cream, combine sour cream, chipotles, and lime juice in a bowl and stir to combine. You may want to thin it out with a little water so that you can easily drizzle it over the top of your tostadas.
  3. To assemble tostadas, spread a layer of the sweet potato mixture on each tostada shell. Top that with the beans and veggies and drizzle the Chipotle Lime Sour Cream over the top.

5 Responses to “Sweet Potato Tostadas with Chipotle Lime Sour Cream”

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  2. CampingMaxx says:

    Ohhh WEE! We made this exactly how you suggested (no substitutes) and it was excellent. So good to us! Cheers

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  5. HikingDiva says:

    I used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream… gave a bit more zing for me.

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