Atole de Camote {Sweet Potato Atole} #SundaySupper

'Tis the season, my friends!  It's Fall!  'Tis the season of crisp cool mornings and chilly afternoons.  'Tis the season of sweaters and scarves.  And 'tis the season of steaming mugs of beverages that make you feel all warm and toasty from head to toe.  Or as my kiddies like to call it, 'tis the season of Atole!  Nothing says fall to me like a big cup of creamy atole.  Especially Atole de Camote (Sweet Potato Atole) sweetened with piloncillo.  (Sigh!) 

I stumbled upon my recipe for Atole de Camote quite by accident a couple of years ago.  I was craving my Pumpkin Pie Atole, but all I had on hand that was even close to pumpkin were some leftover Camotes Enmielados (Mexican candied sweet potatoes).  So, I improvised.

Most atoles are thickend with cornstarch, but like my Pumpkin Pie Atole, the sweet potato alone was enough to thicken the atole.  But still I longed for something a little richer.  So, I added a little cornstarch.  But it still wasn't quite right.  So, I decided to thicken my Atole de Camote with a little masa harina (the ground corn flour used to make corn tortillas and tamales) instead.  Now it was absolutely perfect.  The texture reminds me of Champurrado, a thick Mexican chocolate atole.  And the flavor is amazing!  The combination of sweet potatoes and piloncillo tastes like fall, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all rolled into one.

Atole de Camote
(Sweet Potato Atole)

  • 5 cups milk 
  • 2 cups cooked sweet potatoes, mashed
  • 1 cup Piloncillo or light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup masa harina (I use Maseca) 
  1. Puree 4 cups of the milk with the sweet potato puree in a blender until smooth.  If you're blender cup is too small, you can blend it in batches.  
  2. Pour the milk and sweet potato mixture into a 2-quart saucepan.  Stir in the chopped piloncillo and cook over medium heat until warm and the piloncillo has completely melted.  (Important note:  Whenever working with piloncillo, DO NOT place piloncillo cones in a blender or food processor!  Unless you want to buy a new one.   I find it's easier to just chop/shave the piloncillo cones with a sharp kitchen knife.)   
  3. Puree the remaining cup of milk with the masa harina in a blender until smooth. Pour into the sweet potato atole.  Continue to heat until very warm and the atole has thickened slightly.  If you prefer a thinner atole, you can omit this step. 
  4. Ladle into mugs.  Enjoy!!!

It's an All Things Orange party this week for #SundaySupper, so be sure to check out all the orange-hued goodies everyone made.

Sunrise  (Breakfast and Brunch)
Paula from Vintage Kitchen Notes is bringing her Orange Ricotta Pancakes
Erin from Dinners Dishes and Desserts is baking up some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Heather from Girlichef is bringing Pumpkin Doughnuts with Spiced Buttermilk Glaze
Nicole from Daily Dish Recipes is making Pumpkin Donut Puffs
Patti from Comfy Cuisine is bringing  Classic Orange Marmalade
Sunithi from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz is making Spiced Pumpkin Ricotta Muffins with Craisins and Walnuts
Wendy from The Weekend Gourmet is cooking up some Pumpkin Maple Oatmeal
Jamie from Mama Mommy Mom is bringing Butternut Squash Butter
Chelsea from Chelsea’s Culinary Indulgence is bringing Pumpkin Spiced Donuts with Chai Icing

High Noon (Soups, Salads and Sandwiches)
Renee from Magnolia Days is serving up some Butternut Squash Soup
Beate from Galactopdx is bringing her Carrot Ginger Soup
Jen from Juanita’s Cocina is making some Curried Sweet Potato Salad With Cranberries and Pecans
Megan from I Run For Wine is making Skinny Roasted Butternut Squash and Italian Sausage Soup
Sarah from What Smells So Good is filling our bowls with some Spicy Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup
Alice from Hip Foodie Mom is coming with her Roasted Carrot and Red Quinoa Salad
Susan from The Wimpy Vegetarian is making Cider – Spiced Sweet Potato Soup
Tora from Tora’s Real Food is bringing Butternut Squash and Tomato Soup
Melanie from From Fast Food to Fresh Food is making Monty’s Pumpkin Soup
Lyn from The Lovely Pantry is bringing Roasted Pumpkin & Coconut Soup
Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic is whipping up some Mandarin Chicken Salad

Sunset (Dinner and Main Dishes)
Sarah from Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends is offering up some Pumpkin Ravioli
Shelia from Pippis In The Kitchen Again is serving her Roasted Squash and Ricotta with Honey
Pam from The Meltaways is making Spooky Stuffed Peppers
Patsy from Famfriendsfood is bringing her Carrot Souffle
Laura from Small Wallet Big Appetite is bringing Chicken and Sweet Potato Fritters
Mehereen from Chattering Kitchen is making Sichuan Orange Glazed Chicken with Toasted Sesame Seeds
Tammi from Momma’s Meals is making Hearty Pork Stew
Kristin from Kwistin’s Favorites is making Orange Chicken
Soni from Soni’s Food For Thought is cooking up some Rigatoni with Pumpkin Ricotta Sauce
Shelby from Diabetic Foodie is cooking up some Moroccan Vegetable Stew
Dara from Generation Y Foodie is bringing Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Brandie from Home Cooking Memories is sharing a DIY Baked Sweet Potato Bar
Amber from Mama’s Blissful Bites  is bringing Rice and Fig Stuffed Mini Pumpkins

By The Bonfire (Sweets, Snacks and Sips)
Carla from Chocolate Moosey is making Pumpkin Tiramisu with Pumpkin Butter Caramel Sauce
Heather from Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks is offering up some Pumpkin Cake Truffles
Shelia from Cooking Underwriter is bringing Sweet Potato Bacon Beet Salsa
Anne from Webicurean  is making some Drunken Pumpkin Bread
Karen from In The Kitchen With KP is making Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Leslie from La Cocina De Leslie is making Sweet Potato Atole
Seet Fei from My Trials in The Kitchen is bringing Sweet Potatoes Mini Balls
Tara from Noshing With The Nolands is bringing Oranges En Suprise
Susan from The Girl in The Red Kitchen is making Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scone with Pumpkin Glaze
Conni from Mrs. Mama Hen is making Orange Glazed Poundcake
Isabel from Family Foodie is baking up Moist Pumpkin Bread
Cindy from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings is baking up a Vegan Pumpkin Orange Cake
Brenda from Meal Planning Magic is whipping up some Creamy Pumpkin Dip
Laura from Family Spice is making some Unprocessed and Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread
Kathya from Basic and Delicious is baking up Butternut Squash and Carrot Bread
Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake is serving up Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling
Stephanie from The Cookie A Day Challenge is whipping up some Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches
Katie from She Like Ruffles, He Likes Truffles is bringing Pumpkin Harvest Cookies
Nancy from Gotta Get Baked is baking up some Orange Macadamia Dark Chocolate Cookies
Angie from Big Bear’s Wife  is bringing Orange Soda Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes
Katy from Happy Baking Days is bringing Carrot Cake with Orange Glaze
Sandra from Midlife Road Trip is bringing Orange ya glad it’s fall! Hungarian Apricot/Walnut pastries
Join us tonight at 7:00 pm(Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper live chat on Twitter, where we’ll talk about our favorite recipes featuring our favorite fall color.  All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat.  We’d also love to feature your easy go to recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers, too.



  1. this is a totally new drink for me and I think I am in love! It looks so rich and delicious! Thank you so much for joining in this week!

  2. Paula @ Vintage KitchenOctober 7, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    This is an amazing drink for fall, and totally new to me! Nice flavors Leslie!

  3. Victoria at Flavors of the SunOctober 7, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Living in Mexico, I've been lucky enough to try many, many atoles over the years, but I've never had Sweet Potato Atole. Looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for posting.

  4. Wow! This looks so delicious. Perfect for the fall!

  5. This sounds amazing! Definitely going to have to give it a try!

  6. I've never heard of atole and now I'm wanting to try it. Adding it to my list of foods/recipes to make.

  7. I've never tried/heard of atole before - it sounds wonderful! I definitely want to try it out...

  8. I've never tried Atole de Camote... Heck, before this, I've never heard of it! Looking forward to trying it!

  9. It looks and sounds so good!

  10. Never seen anything like this. Love the idea, it looks so delicious!!

  11. Never heard of Atole, but now I have to try it. Your pictures are beautiful!

  12. Jen @JuanitasCocinaOctober 7, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    I've been waiting for this recipe! Atole is such a comfort from my childhood!

  13. This is totally new to me as well, but I have to try it!

  14. I have never heard of Atole is it a soup or a dessert? It looks amazing!!!

  15. Never even heard of atole before, but this looks great

  16. I am not familiar with atole at all, but it sounds intriguing!

  17. I'm making this. Like SOON. I love thickening my atole...any type...with masa because I just love that subtle corn flavor it lends. I know I'll love this!

  18. This is so delicious! I added a little cinnamon to give it that holiday flavor & everyone loved it! :)

  19. I have never seen anything like this before, it looks very interesting

  20. I've never heard of atole before. Can't wait to try making a more diabetic-friendly version of this!

  21. I could use a mug of this right now with my pumpkin bread breakfast. Sounds heavenly!

  22. This is why Sunday Supper is so amazing! So many new recipes and ideas to try! Thanks for sharing!

  23. This is such an interesting and attractive beverage! Very nice, Leslie! Thank you for sharing with us! :-)

  24. Soni/Soni's Food for ThoughtOctober 9, 2012 at 6:19 AM

    This looks like a delicious drink to enjoy in the fall!!Never tried it before but would love to now :)

  25. This looks so creamy and wholesome & yummy ! like comfort food ! Will be adding this to my smoothie central page, since it's a cooked kind of smoothie ! So unusual. hope that will be ok ! Just a pic which will link to your post when people click on it. Can't wait to make it !

  26. The Wimpy VegetarianOctober 9, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Atoles are completely new to me! But I'm definitely going to try them now. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with us!!

  27. Atole is new to me, but I am very curious now. Looks so thick and soothing for this cool weather.

  28. You are making me miss my mom's atole and tamales. Your atole looks so warming and delicious. I'm going to have to make it for a taste of home.

  29. This Atole looks creamy and rich....i have learned another way of cooking with sweet potatoes. Thank you Leslie!

  30. I'm going to admit to never having heard of atole before, let alone trying it. Thanks for welcoming it into my world.

  31. This is why I love Sunday Supper so much - being introduced to new and exciting recipes. I've never heard of atole before but it sounds like a hot, thick, comforting cup of delicious.

  32. This is definitely unique, at least for me! I'm not sure it's anything I would have tried before, but now I'm curious... it does look delicious!

    Jamie @

  33. Can't wait to make this!!!!!!! Gracias amiga!!!

  34. Nice recipe!... I got the traditional one, and the history on my blog. Today I discovered your page and I used your pic, I give you the credits and a link if you don't mind! ...but please tell me if there is a problem with that!... thanks a lot!... Cheers!