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Camote con Leche (Sweet Potatoes with Milk)

Camote con leche or sweet potatoes with milk are great for breakfast or even dessert. This recipe is also referred to as “camotes enmielados” which translates to “candied sweet potatoes”.

Camote con leche in a white bowl.

Camotes enmielados is one of my husbands favorite things to eat in the mornings or as a snack before bed.

He absolutely loves sweet potatoes and this recipe is his favorite way to enjoy them.

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What you will need

  • Sweet potatoes (scrubbed and cleaned)
  • Water
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Whole cloves
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Milk

How to make camotes enmielados

The first thing you want to do is scrub and clean your sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes in a colander.

Then slice them into small circles as shown below.

I like to slice some of the circles in half.

However you slice them, try to make them more or less the same thickness so they’ll cook at the same rate.

Sliced sweet potatoes on a cutting board.

Put the sweet potatoes, sugar, cinnamon stick, whole cloves and water in a pot. Bring to a boil.

A pot of sliced sweet potatoes with brown sugar, cinnamon stick, whole cloves and water.

Reduce heat to medium and cover. Cook for about 30 minutes.

Then uncover the pot and continue to cook for another 10 minutes. By now the sweet potatoes should be tender.

Add the vanilla extract and remove the pot from heat.

Make sure to remove the cinnamon stick and whole cloves before serving.

Mexican candied sweet potatoes in a pot.

How to serve Mexican candied sweet potatoes

These candied sweet potatoes can be served as is in a bowl with some of the syrup poured on top. Or you can make yourself a bowl of camote con leche by adding a splash of milk to your bowl.

I prefer mine with milk.

Camotes enmielados in a white bowl.

Variations

For more authentic camotes enmielados use piloncillo in place of the brown sugar. If you don’t have Mexican cinnamon sticks you can use regular cinnamon sticks instead.

How long does it last?

Once cooled transfer the sweet potatoes and it’s syrup to a bowl with a tight fitting lid. Store it in the refrigerator where it should stay good for 3-4 days.

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Camote con leche recipe

I really hope you have enjoyed today’s easy recipe for Mexican candied sweet potatoes with milk.

It’s one of our favorites and I hope you will enjoy it as much as we do!

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A bowl of camote con leche.
A bowl of camote con leche.
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Camote con Leche

Camote con leche is a delicious and easy recipe for Mexican candided sweet potatoes with milk.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword camote con leche, camotes enmielados, mexican candied sweet potatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 273 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes scrubbed clean
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • milk to taste

Instructions

  1. Slice the sweet potatoes into small circles. Try to slice them at the same thickness so they'll cook evenly.

  2. Put the sweet potatoes, sugar, cinnamon stick, whole cloves and water in a pot. Bring to a boil.

  3. Reduce heat to medium and cover. Cook for 30 minutes.

  4. Then uncover the pot and cook for another 10 minutes.

  5. Add the vanilla extract and remove the pot from heat.

  6. Remove the cinnamon stick and whole cloves before serving.

  7. Serve and add milk if desired. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Camote con Leche
Amount Per Serving
Calories 273 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 101mg4%
Potassium 561mg16%
Carbohydrates 67g22%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 42g47%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 21377IU428%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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