Spicy Ginger Sweet Potato Dip


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(Note: this post was originally published on November 1, 2020. It has since been updated with new photos and some tweaks.)

A Sweet Potato Dip for Fall

If you think you've seen all the dips, think again. I'm excited to share a really unique one with you. This fall appetizer is packed with flavor, has a festive color, and is perfect for harvest meals and even Thanksgiving.

The base of this dip is just pureed sweet potatoes, so it's actually a very nutritious appetizer option (unlike many other appetizers). Yogurt gives it added creaminess, while fresh ginger, cayenne, and cumin provide a big burst of flavor. Finish it off with a drizzle of olive oil and some crunchy garnishes and you have yourself a dip that perfectly straddles spicy and sweet.

This sweet potato dip has all the appeal of hummus. It's versatile, easy to make, nourishing, customizable, and can be paired with a wide variety of dipping items. But unlike hummus, the star of the show is a very iconic seasonal ingredient that deserves to be celebrated all fall long. I can't wait for you to try this surprising and spicy sweet potato recipe!

Healthy, vegan, and colorful sweet potato dip for fall and Thanksgiving

A Savory Sweet Potato Recipe

I love sweet potatoes, but I fear they get a bad reputation because of that iconic marshmallow-laden Thanksgiving dish. I think it's such a shame to take a beautiful, vibrant, healthful veggie and bury it in marshmallows. There are so many other ways to enjoy sweet potatoes that don't have to involve loads of added sugar.

In this savory sweet potato recipe, some complexly flavored ingredients balance the natural sweetness of the potatoes. Ginger provides lots of zing, cumin provides depth, and cayenne provides some heat. This combination is much more interesting and multi-dimensional (and better for you too) than sweet potato dishes that are purely sweet. This spicy sweet potato recipe has such a lovely balance of flavors that I promise you'll never miss the marshmallow dish.

Savory sweet potato dip recipe garnished with pecans

Sweet Potato Dip Variations

One of the best things about dips is that you can taste them as you go and adjust them to fit your own palette. You can easily add more heat to this spicy sweet potato recipe if you like things hot. Conversely, you can omit the cayenne entirely if you just want the heat from the ginger. Feel free to add more yogurt for enhanced creaminess or more lime juice if you want the citrus to shine. Although the recipe suggests lime, you could use lemon instead if you have more of a Mediterranean-leaning menu.

For serving, I love this savory sweet potato recipe alongside other iconic fall ingredients. It goes beautifully with root veggie chips, whole-grain crackers, local fresh bread, baby carrots, and apple or pear slices. There are so many tasty possibilities.

Make-Ahead Tips

This sweet potato dip works beautifully as a make-ahead dish. You can easily do all the work in advance, making this a great recipe for entertaining (and especially Thanksgiving, when you know the kitchen will be chaos). Make the dip up to two days ahead of time and just store it in a sealed container in the fridge. When you're ready to surprise your guests with this spicy sweet potato recipe, just transfer it to a serving dish and garnish. Easy!

A spicy sweet potato dip recipe made with ginger and cayenne

Ingredients and Substitutions

Here's what you'll need for this savory sweet potato recipe, as well as some thoughts, tips, and possible substitutions. If you make any substitutions, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Yogurt. You can use either vegan or non, but make sure it's unsweetened and unflavored. This recipe will work best with a thick, rich, full-fat yogurt for maximum creaminess.
  • Lime. You'll use the juice of half a lime to add some subtle acidity to the dip. Conversely, you can use lemon instead for a different flavor profile.
  • Fresh ginger. The ginger is definitely the star of this spicy sweet potato recipe, so you'll want to use fresh ginger root. I don't recommend powdered ginger.
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Cayenne. You'll use cayenne to give this dip some very gentle heat. Personally speaking, I like it just the tiniest bit spicy to balance the sweetness of the potatoes. Remember that the ginger will add some heat too, so start with just a little pinch of cayenne at first; you can always taste it and add more.
  • Olive oil. For garnishing. It's optional, but it gives this dish a nice little bit of richness. You can also garnish it with a drizzle of maple syrup if you love the sweet/spicy combo.
  • Pecans
  • Pepitas. As shown in the photos here, I like to use TWO crunchy garnishes for all the holiday vibes. Feel free to choose just pecans or pepitas though if you're looking to streamline.

Adding garnishes to a bowl of healthy sweet potato dip

Closing Thoughts

I think we all need some good dip recipes up our sleeves, don't you think? Everyone likes a dip. Unfortunately, many dips are really heavy, leaving you feeling weighed down before the main course has even begun. This unique savory sweet potato recipe is different; it's satisfying yet light, super seasonal, and a much fresher take on sweet potatoes than you generally find during the holidays. Even though I'm usually a huge hummus fan, this sweet potato dip is one I love to make all fall long.

Creamy sweet potatoes, zingy ginger, fresh lime, spicy cayenne, crunchy garnishes... this dip has it all! I hope you'll enjoy it all season long, and especially as a Thanksgiving appetizer.

Savory sweet potato dip with pecans for fall holidays and Thanksgiving

Share It!

It makes me so happy to hear from you and see your creations! Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this recipe. If you post a photo on Instagram, hashtag #TheRogueBrusselSprout and tag me (@TheRogueBrusselSprout) in the post text so that I'm sure to see it.

Suggested Pairings

Ginger Bee's Knees

Kabocha Squash Dippers

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Waldorf Salad

Harvest Wild Rice Salad

Chai-Spiced Pear Crumble Bars

Spicy Ginger Sweet Potato Dip

Don't worry, I have your fall appetizer needs covered! This sweet potato dip is creamy, zesty, and delightfully unique. It's perfect alongside veggies or crackers for all your seasonal and holiday occasions.



For the Sweet Potato Dip

  • Two medium-sized sweet potatoes
  • 0.25 c unsweetened, unflavored, full-fat yogurt
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 2-3 inches of fresh ginger root
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 0.5 tsp paprika
  • 0.5 tsp sea salt
  • Pinch or more of cayenne, to taste


  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Handful of chopped roasted salted pecans
  • Handful of roasted salted pepitas
  • Sprinkle of paprika


  1. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into cubes, then boil them until very tender, 15-20 minutes.
  2. Drain the sweet potatoes and let them cool to room temperature (or conversely, put them in the fridge overnight). Make sure to let all the excess water drain off, otherwise your dip will be too thin.
  3. Peel the ginger root and grate it finely.
  4. To a food processor, add the cooked sweet potatoes, yogurt, lime juice, ginger, and spices. Process until you have a smooth, rich texture.
  5. Give it a taste and adjust as you see fit. You can add another pinch of cayenne if you want more heat, some additional cumin if you want more depth, additional yogurt if you want more richness, or additional lime juice if you want more zip.
  6. Transfer the sweet potato dip into a serving dish. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, pecans, pepitas, and a sprinkle of paprika.

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December 21, 2023
I saw this in the betterfoodguru holiday roundup and was so intrigued, love the idea of a sweet potato dish that's actually spicy and savory
November 18, 2023
This is amazing! I was curious how you prep it with the spiral shape? I'd really like to get the same wow look to get my family to try it!
November 21, 2023
Hi Vienna. Thanks for the kind words! I actually just posted a tutorial on Instagram recently showing how I like to garnish dips (including the signature spiral!). If you're on Instagram, head to @TheRogueBrusselSprout and look at my reel grid (not my main profile grid). At the time I'm writing this comment, it's my most recent reel; the cover is a big bowl of orange-colored pumpkin hummus garnished with pecans. If you can't find it, feel free to DM me and I can send it to you. Hope that helps? The secret is to hold a small spatula in place and then rotate the bowl around it.
Triss D
October 26, 2022
Bookmarked! I sometimes struggle with fall dips, summer ones are way easier. Love the cozy vibe
Julie Ann
May 23, 2022
This dip is pure heaven!!! It's got all my favorite flavors that wonderfully blend into a healthy indulgence. AMAZING! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Will be bookmarking for repeats😋
November 29, 2021
Accidental recipes are the best! I love the sound of this delicious dip. I’m a big fan of veggie dips. Looks so delicious and the presentation is beautiful.
November 5, 2020
Totally making this for Thanksgiving! I looooove make-ahead apps.