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Sweet Potato Casserole

Easy Sweet Potato Casserole is topped with buttery pecans for a delicious side dish for holiday dinners or a great addition to just about any meal of the week. A super simple recipe that you will make again and again!

Sweet Potato Casserole with butter pecans

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Sweet Potato Casserole is a classic side dish for Thanksgiving dinner. I love baking the sweet potatoes whole for the best flavor and consistency. Made with butter and just a touch of brown sugar for the best sweet potatoes that you have ever tried!  You might also like these bacon wrapped sweet potatoes

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How to Make Sweet Potato Casserole:

Whole Sweet Potatoes on a baking sheet

Place 3-4 whole sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and cook for 1 hour or until softened. 

Whole Sweet Potatoes baked - split in half

Remove from oven and cool slightly. Remove peels and place in a baking dish. 

Sweet potato casserole with butter and brown sugar

Mash sweet potatoes with a fork until smooth.

Top with brown sugar, butter, ground chipotle or smoked paprika and kosher salt and mix well. 

Sweet Potato Casserole in a pan

Spread evenly in baking dish.

Butter pecan sweet potato casserole

Combine chopped pecans and melted butter and sprinkle over the top. 

Bake for 20 minutes. 

I make this casserole often but I don’t always top it with the buttered pecans. The pecans make it something special for holiday dinners. It is such a simple and delicious recipe that you can make it any night of the week. 

Sweet potato casserole is  often topped with marshmallows for the Thanksgiving feast.  We’ve never been to keen on the syrupy sweet concoction.

We used to skip the sweet potatoes until I started making this casserole. I mean does it still count as a vegetable if it’s covered in marshmallows? 

More Sweet Potato Recipes to Try:

Sweet Potato Fries are a great side dish for steaks, burgers, pork chops or fried chicken strips. One of our favorite sides and so easy to make!

Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes are easy to make on a sheet pan along with stuffed chicken breasts or smoked sausage sheet pan dinners. 

More Holiday Side Dishes to Try:

White Cheddar Potato Rolls are simple yeast rolls that are light and fluffy with a cheddar cheese topping that is irresistible. 

The Best Macaroni Salad is always on the menu for every holiday dinner and family gathering that we have. Crunchy vegetables and a sweet dressing that will have you hooked.

Cranberry Salad is a recipe from my great Aunt Zoe. It’s filled with delicious apples, oranges, pineapple and pomegranates plus crunchy walnuts. A tried and true favorite. 

The Best Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes are a great addition to any dinner. 

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Sweet Potato Casserole with pecans
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Sweet Potato Casserole

Easy Sweet Potato Casserole topped with buttery pecans for a great addition to any holiday dinner.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butter pecan sweet potatoes, sweet potatoes, twice baked sweet potatoes
Servings: 6
Calories: 260kcal
Author: Milisa


  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle or smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and bake about 1 hour or until they yield to pressure.
  • Remove and cool slightly. Remove skins and place baked sweet potatoes into a baking dish.
  • Mash with a fork until smooth.
  • Add butter, brown sugar, chipotle or smoked paprika and salt. Stir to combine.
  • Combine chopped pecans and melted butter and sprinkle over sweet potatoes.
  • Return to 350° oven for 20 minutes.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 336mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 23g

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