Sweet Potato Pecan Casserole {Thanksgiving Food}

This Sweet Potato Pecan Casserole is the perfect compliment to your Thanksgiving meal this year! It’s guaranteed to satisfy your guest this holiday season!

Sweet Potato Pecan Casserole in a serving dish.

I’m enjoying sharing our family’s holiday recipes with all of you. Seriously.  I am.
The holiday recipe sections on the blog have been desolate and scarce, to say the least, so it fills me with joy that I can finally fill the empty void in these categories.

The Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons have always been traveling adventures for us until recently.

Our big move out west cured this. No traveling for us = more blogging time for me = more yummy recipes for you 😉

Now…the 411 on the pictures above and below….

One serving of Sweet Potato Pecan Casserole.

….sweet potatoes…butter…sugar…pecans…that’s all you need to know….

I know there are TONS of recipes out there for Sweet Potato Pecan Casserole, however, this is the ONLY one my family will eat.

It fell into my lap 12 years ago and I have not looked for another one since!

It’s normally the first side dish to go at every Thanksgiving dinner we have ever hosted.

My cousin, Sharon, showed up at my mama’s house with this dish and our lives have never been the same. I have done some tweaking over the years to it to fit our family’s taste buds, but the recipe is still true to hers.

It has become a staple dish in our household every Thanksgiving and Christmas and is usually one of the first things to be gobbled up by Husband Man and the kids.

A little side note: If you aren’t a fan of pecans, 1 and 1/2 cups of mini marshmallows can be substituted. Just mix it everything as you would for the topping and use marshmallows in place of pecans.

We love it here…and hopefully you will too!

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Sweet Potato and Pecan Casserole

Made with pecans, sweet potatoes, brown sugar, and butter, this side dish is guaranteed to satisfy your Thanksgiving guests this holiday season!
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: casserole, Thanksgving
Serves: 12 people
Calories Per Serving: 239


For the filling:

  • 3 sweet potatoes (boiled and mashed, with skins off)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs (slightly beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the topping:

  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, mix the mashed potatoes, granulated sugar, vanilla, milk, and salt.
  • Add in the eggs and mix until well blended.
  • Pour all the ingredients in a greased casserole dish.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the topping ingredients. Sprinkle all of the topping ingredients over the mixture in the casserole dish.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the topping is firm and brown.

Libby's Notes

For an added twist, during the last 10 minutes of cooking, place regular sized marshmallows in a row throughout the casserole. 


Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 4670IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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  1. I love this sweet potato casserole! The toppings of brown sugar, butter, and pecans is out of this world. My mom always fixes this for holidays!

    1. Yes! It is quite yummy! We LOVE it over here 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    This is our son’s favorite holiday dish, as well as everyone else’s. I make it twice a year….during Thanksgiving and again during Christmas 😉

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