Mexican “Sweet Potato Fideos” Soup with Avocado

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Mexican “Sweet Potato Fideo” Soup with Avocado

Mexican “Sweet Potato Fideos” Soup with Avocado

Remember a couple weeks back when I talked about what to do with those pesky half moons you get most times when spiralizing? Well, I have an even better idea: turn them into fideo! 

Fideos, in Spanish, means noodle. The most common type of fideos used in pasta recipes is short. Imagine if you took a spaghetti noodle and broke it into thirds. That’s pretty much fideos. Or, vermicelli.

Mexican “Sweet Potato Fideos” Soup with Avocado

If you take that same idea and apply it to the spiralizer, you can make fideos instantly! To make short pasta noodles, just slice the vegetable down the middle (but be careful not to go all the way through and chop it in half!) and then spiralize it. Like this:

Fideos by Spiralizer

Then, the noodles (err, fideos), come out looking like this:

Mexican “Sweet Potato Fideos” Soup with Avocado

I mean, if the spiralizer isn’t versatile, I don’t know what is! 

Today, I’m making a popular soup in Mexico called “Sopa de Fideos.” It’s basically a noodle soup, using those short spaghettis. Instead of using refined pasta, we’re using sweet potato noodles – perfect for the wintertime. 

Mexican “Sweet Potato Fideos” Soup with Avocado

The tomatoes are flavored with cumin and chili powder for that beautiful fragrance that makes the soup absolutely devourable. I wish I had had some tortilla chips, I would have snuck those in there too.

Mexican “Sweet Potato Fideos” Soup with Avocado

The avocado absorbs the flavors of the broth and cooks from the heat, giving a luxurious bite to this soup. Plus, it gives it a little more substance. If you’re not a vegetarian, swap in chicken broth here to give the soup even more rich flavor.

Mexican “Sweet Potato Fideo” Soup with Avocado

While I probably sound like a broken record by now, the sweetness of these noodles just add more dimension to the soup. The softness of the noodle are absolute perfection here. Plus, since they’re sweet potato, you can make these for leftovers and not have to worry about wateriness, like you do with zucchini noodles.

Mexican “Sweet Potato Fideos” Soup with Avocado

I’m really on a soup kick. I’m kinda diggin’ it.

What’s your favorite soup with noodles? 


Mexican “Sweet Potato Fideos” Soup with Avocado

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 2


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 3 cups vegetable broth low-sodium*
  • 1 large 320g+ sweet potato, peeled, Blade C**
  • 1.5 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 avocado insides cubed


  • Place a large saucepan over medium heat and add in the olive oil. Once the oil heats, add in the garlic and let cook for 30 seconds. Then, add in the diced onion and let cook for 2 minutes. Then, add in the diced tomatoes, cumin, chili powder and season with salt and pepper.
  • Let the tomatoes cook for 2-3 minutes to absorb the flavors of the seasonings and then add in the chicken broth. Cover, bring to a boil, add in the sweet potato “fideo” and reduce to a simmer. Let cook for 5-7 minutes or until the sweet potato “fideo” reaches your desired consistency. Half-way through cooking, toss in the chopped cilantro.
  • Once the soup is done, fold in the avocado. Portion into bowls and garnish with remaining chopped cilantro!


*If you're not a vegetarian, use chicken broth - it adds much more flavor.
**Since we are making fideos, slice the sweet potato down the middle into the center (be careful not to push the knife all the way through the sweet potato!)

Mexican “Sweet Potato Fideos” Soup with Avocado

Mexican “Sweet Potato Fideos” Soup with Avocado

Mexican “Sweet Potato Fideos” Soup with Avocado

Mexican “Sweet Potato Fideos” Soup with Avocado

Mexican “Sweet Potato Fideos” Soup with Avocado


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Need a spiralizer stat!!
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Joanne says:
Through random coincidence, I've been thinking about this soup a lot lately! It's just so warm and inviting. I want to dive in.
I just made this- yummmmmmmmmm :) I can assure you there will be no leftovers
I love this soup! So glad you liked it :)
Anonymous says:
I can't wait to try this after I grab more sweet potatoes!
Stacey says:
I can't wait to try this! Yum!i used to love making regular fideo!
Amanda says:
In the instructions, avocado, cilantro and parsley are mentioned but they are not in the ingredients. How much of each is needed?
RES says:
Tried this and it was great! My husband loved it too. We added some chicken to make it a little more filling. Took the leftovers to work the next day and it tasted even better.
I'm so glad you liked it! It's definitely an easy hit recipe!
Collyn C. says:
Made this soup last night...yum! Added shrimp for protein when I added the cilantro - VERY good :-) I also doubled the recipe so we have leftovers. My husband added crushed tortilla chips to it and really liked it that way too. Oh, and we topped each bowl of soup with a bit of sour cream ;-) Keep these easy paleo recipes coming - they are GREATLY appreciated!
Collyn, mm that sounds delicious! So happy you like the recipe :)
Marcia says:
I have a question about your ** comment on the sweet potatoes. I don't understand what you mean: "(be careful not to push the knife all the way through the sweet potato!)" Do you mean that if you push the knife all the way through the sweet potato, you won't have the proper surface to attach it to the spiralizer? Sorry, new at spiralizing! Made our fave plant-based pasta sauce last night and used zucchini for the noodles. Made reg. pasta for my husband, gave him a taste of mine and at the end of dinner, he said he'd have that next time...SUCCESS! Can hardly wait to try this soup recipe as well as the potato & green bean salad. Oh it's going to be a tasty week at our house thanks to you Ali!
Marcia, I'm so happy to hear you're liking spiralizing (and your family is too!) For more information on making half moons, go here:,d.aWw
Marcia says:
Forgot to add this to my post: Do you get emails from America's Test Kitchen? In case the answer is no, recently they did a test of spiralizers and guess which one won? PADERNO! I guess you are just ahead of your time!
Pat says:
It's 11 degrees here today and this just hit the spot! Thank you for a great winter recipe.
ourmwnest says:
I just made this for dinner - the flavor is amazing. It's my first time "spiralizing" and this was a great first experience! So tasty!
janice says:
Glad I saw this.....Sweet potatoes and avacado...soup
Maryvel says:
I am not really into sweet potatoes, what do you suggest I can replace them with?
Ali Maffucci says:
Turnips or zucchini!
Teresa says:
This soup is AMAZING. I've been getting over a cold and really needed some soup, and this was perfect. I almost always have these ingredients on hand (besides the avocado) and it was brilliant of you to put them together in a comforting soup. This was easy and delicious, my picky boyfriend even gave it 4 out of 5 stars. Thank you so much!
I love this healthier replacement for fideos! Yum!
Paola says:
Hi Ali! I am Mexican and grew up on my mom making me fideo soup. This is pretty darn close to it, the sweet potatoe noodles give it a similar taste, and so warm to my heart! I love it. I add chicken to it and can't get enough. :-)
Meaghan says:
That's a high compliment! Thank you so much!

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