Beet Mashed Potatoes

by Erin

Did you drop the beet? Better make beet mashed potatoes! This vibrantly colored side dish is half beet, half potato, and all delicious.

Thanksgiving Side Dish - Beet Mashed Potatoes.

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I know some people say beets taste like dirt, but I love them. To prove it I’ve made everything from typical roasted beets to beet pasta salad, beet potato salad, one of my favorites beet gnocchi, beet biscuits, beet chips, and have even put beets on pizza. Heck I have a recipe for beet wellington I need to share eventually as well – but first beet mashed potatoes.

By mixing the beets and potatoes you tone down the earthy-flavor for those that are beet-averse while maintaining that beautiful color and creaminess of mashed potatoes.

This beet mash potatoes recipe makes enough for four to six servings but you can easily down or up-scale the recipe. Just peel and cube equal weights of russet potatoes and beets, boil until fork tender, pulse in a food processor, and season to taste with butter, salt, and pepper. That’s it.

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Yield: 4-6 servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 1 lb. russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 lb. beets, peeled and cubed
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large pot, add potatoes, beets, and enough water to cover by and inch.
  2. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until fork tender, about 20 minutes.
  3. Strain potatoes and beets and let cool slightly before transferring to a food processor. Pulse until smooth and creamy. Add butter and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve immediately.
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Source: Adapted from my Dad’s Smashed Potatoes.

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Christie November 4, 2023 - 8:45 am

These potatoes look off the charts delicious! And that color is gorgeous. Perfect and fun for the holidays.

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Dad November 1, 2023 - 9:30 am

BEET MASHED POTATOTES sounds interesting. I will need to try this. How did you come up with this one?

Erin November 1, 2023 - 9:35 am

Just thought it would be fun colored and went for it!


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