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Mexican Style Candied Sweet Potato Recipe (camote enmielado) with Piloncillo Sauce

Mexican style dessert recipe for candied sweet potatoes cooked on the stovetop in a rich, complex syrup spiced with cinnamon, cloves, star anise, whiskey, and Mexican cane sugar - piloncillo.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican, Modern Soul Food
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 56kcal
Author: Marwin Brown


  • 1 large sweet potato peeled and cut into 2 inch thick rounds
  • 1 medium cone piloncillo or 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 medium cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1 teaspoon whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  • In a pot, combine sweet potatoes, 2 cups of water, cinnamon, piloncillo, star anise, clove, whiskey, and salt. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer and let cook for about an hour or until sweet potato is very soft and liquid is reduced and thickened
  • Serve with syrup spooned over the sweet potato


  • If the liquid is still runny when sweet potatoes are cooked, remove the sweet potatoes and continue cooking the liquid until it is reduced to more syrup-like consistency
  • Reserve any unused syrup and use on pancakes and waffles or as a glaze for roasted vegetables. It's absolutely addictive.
  • Key is making sure the sugar dissolves fully when making the syrup. Be sure to use adequate amounts of water, not only to cook/boil the sweet potatoes but to completely dissolve the sugar which ensures the syrup won't break down
  • It's likely that sweet potatoes will be done cooking before syrup in finished. If so remove the sweet potatoes and continue cooking the syrup down to remove excess water and reduce syrup to proper consistency
  • If you don't have access to piloncillo (it's worth the time if you can find it) use brown sugar vs. white as the brown version has some bitterness and more complex flavor with the molasses presence.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 613mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 8016IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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