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Avocado Mojo Bowls with Sweet Potato and Chicken

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We are living our best bowl life this week. Seasoned sweet potato wedges and chicken meatballs or rotisserie chicken all piled onto a plate with a little puddle of punchy green avocado mojo sauce. Yes, wow, repeat.

This is a brand new recipe that’s part of our Spring 2023 SOS Series – in other words, EASY recipes! View our full collection of SOS recipes here.


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Fork digging into a meatball in mojo bowls

Lindsay's Notes

Want to watch your family melt into a puddle of happiness? Make a pan of these sweet potato wedges.

Yes, the sauce, too. I am never not licking every last drop out of the jar.

But the fries, man. They are my husband, kids', and office neighbors' greatest joy right now. I swear I am never more loved than when I am pulling a pan of these out of the oven.

And they're not wrong about the fries - they are strangely simple and just divine. But for me, it's also about the layering here. Can we all agree that we should definitely be eating more meals where dipping things into a punchy green sauce is just BUILT RIGHT IN? This method of sauce-on-the-bottom will be my guiding light for bowl-building this summer.

You grab your cilantro, some vinegar, some garlic. You make a mojo-inspired sauce (with avocado! yum!) and you pour it on the plate. Yes. Sauce on plate. It's fun.

Then: everything you love in the world gets piled right on top. You get the crispy bits from the roasted sweet potato, you get the golden brown caramelized spots on those yummy little meatballs that (if you're me) you picked up at Costco thank you very much, and you swipe each bite generously through that electric sauce.

It's a meal for flavor lovers, easy lovers, and sauce lovers. And luckily I am all three.


Chicken meatballs, sweet potato fries, and mojo sauce in a bowl.

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Avocado Mojo Bowls with Sweet Potato


  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

We are living our best bowl life this week. Seasoned sweet potato wedges and chicken meatballs or rotisserie chicken all piled onto a plate with a little puddle of punchy green avocado mojo sauce. Yes, wow, repeat.


Ingredients

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Avocado Mojo Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup avocado oil
  • half an avocado
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup packed cilantro, leaves and stems
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup mayo (optional - this will make it creamier)

The Stuff for the Bowls:

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning + a pinch of smoked paprika if you want
  • protein of choice - I like the Amylu chicken meatballs or a hot, roasty rotisserie chicken

Instructions

  1. Sweet Potatoes: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes - I like to cut them into wedges because they feel like thick, happy fries and my family loves them, but any shape will work. Place on a large baking sheet and toss with the oil and taco seasoning until coated.
  2. Onions: Peel the onion and cut it into thin wedges. Tuck them onto the baking sheet in and around the sweet potatoes.
  3. Roast: Transfer the whole pan to the oven and bake for a total of 35 minutes. I usually take them out at 20 minutes to flip the pieces and add my meatballs. *If using store bought pre-cooked meatballs, you can just scoot everything over and add your meatballs so they get those last 15 minutes of bake time.
  4. Sauce: While the sweet potatoes are roasting, blend up the sauce ingredients - I use my Ninja mini chopper (affiliate link). Taste, adjust, and set aside. (Or at least try. It's so good.)
  5. Serve: Pour some sauce on a plate or bowl. Pile it up with meatballs, sweet potatoes, and onions. Total comfort food with saucy dipping built right in!

Notes

If you like more of a creamy sauce, you can add the mayo to it! Sauce will last for two days in the fridge. 

As written, the sauce is not spicy but it would be really good with a jalapeño thrown in there. 

If your taco seasoning does not have corn starch or corn flour listed in the ingredients, I would suggest adding just a light sprinkle (1 teaspoon) with the taco seasoning - this just helps the sweet potato fries develop that more crispy golden exterior.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Bowl
  • Method: Roast
  • Cuisine: Caribbean-Inspired

Keywords: mojo sauce, meatball recipe, avocado sauce

What Is Mojo?

Mojo refers to a sauce that is found in many cultures around the world - Puerto Rico, Canary Islands, Cuba, and the Caribbean. I first had it in Puerto Rico as a dipping sauce for fried plantains, but my understanding is that it's often served with meat, like pork, to add a citrusy, vinegary flavor (and sometimes heat). You can read more about the roots and variations of mojo here.

Is It Spicy?

No, as written this one is not spicy. But if you WANT it to be spicy, it would be amazing with a jalapeño in there! I just keep it mild for my kids.

What Protein Is Best?

The two things I've been using are chicken meatballs or rotisserie chicken. I also served this with shredded pork once and really enjoyed it (but that makes it non-SOS because it takes a bit more time to make).

Meatballs: I've been kind of on a run with the Amylu chicken meatballs lately, and both the teriyaki pineapple and the mango jalapeño ones are delicious here. We also love the POY baked chicken meatballs, obviously!

Rotisserie Chicken: Needs no explanation. My family loves a juicy, roasty, piping-hot rotisserie chicken and SO DO I.

What Do You Use To Blend Up The Sauce?

I LOVE my Ninja mini chopper (affiliate link). It's not meant for sauces necessarily, but I use it for all kinds of quick sauce blends - it's so great. I've always been a die-hard food processor fan, and still am, but I would say 75% of the time I am reaching for this little guy when I just need to make a quick sauce!

How Can You Make This Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free?

It should be dairy-free and gluten-free as is!

Things to double-check: your taco seasoning and your meatballs or rotisserie chicken for any added dairy or gluten.

How Can You Make This Vegetarian?

Throw more veggies on the pan with those sweet potatoes and go for an all-veg lineup! Cauliflower, zucchini, mushrooms, bell peppers... so good!

For a veg protein, we really enjoy the ALDI meatless meatballs!

How Can You Add More Veggies To This?

I am never not going to try to influence you to make this simple green salad. It is my favorite add-a-veggie-to-a-meal solution.


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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    FWIW, as the sole vegetarian in my household, I can attest to the tastiness of Aldi’s frozen vegan meatballs for carnivores. We love a bowl meal in our house, this will go on next week’s menu plan.

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    This looks utterly fantastic. I see that you suggest adding mayo if you want the sauce a bit more creamy. Do you think I could swap out the avocado for mayo, or do you know of an different alternative? We have an allergy in our house. Thanks!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      I bet cashews (soaked and whizzed up in a blender) would work well to add more creaminess without more mayo.

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    This looks amazing! If I use POY meatballs that aren’t precooked, can they cook at 425 with the other stuff or would I need to cook them separately? If they can cook together, how long would you suggest?

  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    I hate cilantro… can you give substitution suggestions when recipe a calls for it, like the Salmon Tacos with Mango Corn Salsa.

  5. Skillful Cook Logo

    I made this tonight and it was amazing! I also used your chicken meatball recipe and all the flavors went to well… and the sauce, wow!

  6. Skillful Cook Logo

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. I’ll make my own meatballs using ground turkey though. Both the rotisserie chicken and the Amylu’s meatballs have a ton of sodium in them and both me and my husband are watching our sodium intake.

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      We all loved the mojo-ish sauce! My picky toddler ate it with a spoon – there is no higher compliment. I served it with grilled chicken and zucchini. I can’t wait to try it with the sweet potatoes. Adding this one to the rotation.

  7. Skillful Cook Logo

    This was so delicious! Thank you!! I’ll be making the sweet potatoes and sauce weekly for sure.

  8. Skillful Cook Logo

    Costco has an amazing smoked shredded pork you can buy! I bet it would be great with this

  9. Skillful Cook Logo

    Looking forward to making this soon! Do you have a favorite taco seasoning you used in this recipe?

  10. Skillful Cook Logo

    WOW! Made these last night and in spite of burning the sweet potatoes it was still a resounding success! Going in the rotation for sure, thanks so much for this one!

  11. Skillful Cook Logo

    This sauce is phenomenal!! Our avocados were pretty small so I just used the whole thing and also added a jalapeño for some heat. Paired with the POY Baked Chicken Meatballs and in true SOS fashion just threw some sweet potato fries in the air fryer. The whole combo was perfect and going into the rotation!

  12. Skillful Cook Logo

    Made this with a simple slow cooker rotisserie chicken… YUM! The sauce is amazing! Very similar (better than..?) to the green sauce at Brasa in Minneapolis.

  13. Skillful Cook Logo

    Made this last week, I’m vegetarian, so I used your vegetarian meatball recipe, and it worked out great. The sauce is amazing, this is absolutely going into our regular rotation

  14. Skillful Cook Logo

    I’ve been cooking my way through this series and every recipe has been so delicious. I made just the mojo sauce last week to go with kebabs and my whole family was raving about the sauce. Did the full recipe tonight and am still thinking about how delicious it was. Thank you for doing this series!!!

  15. Skillful Cook Logo

    This looks fantastic. The problem is that I hate cilantro… What could I sub for it? Basil? Would it work? Thank you!

  16. Skillful Cook Logo

    I absolutely LOVE this meal!! I could eat it every week and never get tired of it!
    Didn’t have a dinner plan the other night and I did this with frozen chicken tenders… YUM!
    I always double the sauce because it’s so amazing and i want to dip everything in it!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Trying this with your best anytime baked chicken meatballs but they cook at 400, these 425. How can I adjust one or the other to bake both at the same time?

  17. Skillful Cook Logo

    The mojo sauce looks delicious! Is there an oil I can swap to replace the avocado oil?

  18. Skillful Cook Logo

    This looks amazing! Does the nutritional count include the protein and how much? Meatballs or rotisserie chicken?

  19. Skillful Cook Logo

    Delish!!! I’m so glad I tried this.. fresh, delicious flavors! The sauce is amazing! Thank you!