Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Mango-Black Bean Salsa – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 30, 2012

Years ago when we had our oldest on a gluten free diet, I quickly learned that the best way to do that diet on a budget is to avoid gluten all together. And bake sparingly, and from scratch. I learned to base our meals around sweet potatoes, potatoes and brown rice. Adding in brown rice pasta, as our budget allowed. At the moment, we have 1 kid off dairy and soy, another kid off gluten and soy…so I find myself again going back to this rule for making dinner for less with food allergies.

A few weeks back, I was thinking about stuffed potatoes…specifically stuffed sweet potatoes. I figured you could “curry them up” somehow. But I wanted something beyond that. I went searching, and came across this Stuffed Sweet Potato with Mango-Black Bean salsa, that was apparently featured in a Food Network magazine. Sounded great…and totally doable under $5 too!

I had some sweet potatoes leftover from Easter week (super sale!), and already had a can of black beans on hand. Add in cheap mango and green peppers from Aldi and we’ve got a super inexpensive, filling and perfectly sweet dinner!

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Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Mango-Black Bean Salsa

Adapted from Food Network Magazine

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 60 minutes


  • 4-6 medium-large sweet potatoes ($1.58)
  • 2 medium mangoes ($1.98)
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed ($.59)
  • 1 small green pepper, seeded and chopped ($.50)
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped ($.20)
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice ($.05)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin ($.05)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon ($.02)
  • Pinch or two of salt
  • Butter, optional



  • Steam bake the sweet potatoes. Let cool a few minutes, before opening and smashing.
  • Prepare the mango-black bean salsa. Cut the mango, and toss into a mixing bowl. Mix in the drained black beans, green peppers and chopped red onion. Sprinkle the lime juice, cumin, cinnamon and salt over top and toss gently.
  • Once the sweet potatoes are smashed and ready, add butter if you like, and then top with the mango-black bean salsa.
  • Serve Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Mango-Black Bean Salsa as is, or with a side of bread or veggies.

Cost $4.97


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Shonda May 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm

YUM!!! I haven’t used mango or cumin in awhile and had forgotten how much I like them…..this is a wonderful meatless meal!


Judy Marcus February 4, 2013 at 2:08 pm

My husband is a vegetarian, and this sounds like an easy, nutritious recipe we’ll both enjoy! Can’t wait to try it!

Reply July 29, 2013 at 9:41 am

Too many folks have already thrown away plenty of good money
on nothing but useless salt tablets being shipped from South America.
Cucumber contains sterols which can help to lower cholesterol and prevent
carbohydrates from converting to body fat. Expect to lose all that extra flabbiness as you melt off all your
unwanted fat.


Reggie August 3, 2013 at 9:13 am

Even though your goal is just to lose 5 pounds in a week, you should be strict with what you
do so as not to inadvertently undo all your hard work for vegetarian weight loss.
For many working to lose weight, one failure is enough to get them off
the path to success. Hence, broccoli is a must-add ingredient in your vegetarian weight loss diet.


Hayden August 4, 2013 at 10:11 am

Both drugs have also been denied FDA approval the
first time around and are awaiting news on their second attempt.
For many working to lose weight, one failure is enough to
get them off the path to success. When you’re about to start on your weight loss plan, it’s a good idea to
think about your end goal and chunk it down into smaller goals.


Noah September 14, 2013 at 12:11 am

Wanda Edwards knows cake like it’s nobody’s business.
Depending on the type of event you’re hosting, you can design your own
homemade ice cream cake that will be tastier, more fun, and less expensive than anything you can
pick out of a retail freezer. If desired, embellish
the cake pops with nuts, sprinkles or other decorations.


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