Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

Nick always substitutes sweet potato fries for regular fries when the option is available. In fact, he loves all varieties of the sweeter and healthier potatoes — baked, roasted, candied.

This recipe from food52 combines sweet potatoes with spicy cumin and cayenne. We ate them three nights in a row, which should be reason enough for you to try them. But if it’s not, just take a look at the cool accompaniment: sour cream with lime juice and cilantro. Perfection.

Ingredients for Fries

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 Tbsp EVOO
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne

Directions for Fries

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Toss sweet potatoes and EVOO in a large bowl.
  3. Combine salt, cumin, chile powder, paprika, pepper, and cayenne in a small bowl.
  4. Add spices to potatoes and toss to coat.
  5. Arrange potatoes in one layer on baking sheet.
  6. Bake in oven on lowest rack until undersides are browned, 12-15 minutes. Turn potatoes with a spatula and bake 10 more minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and serve with Chili-Cilantro Sour Cream.

spicy sweet potato fries

Ingredients for Dipping Sauce

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 heaping Tbsp chopped cilantro

Directions for Dipping Sauce

  1. Combine all the ingredients except the cilantro in a medium bowl and whisk together. Stir in cilantro.

spicy sweet potato fries

(adapted from food52)

5 thoughts on “Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

  1. Emily:
    These look fantastic! I will definitely give them a shot. If Nick loves sweet potatoes and you have access to a grill, I highly recommend grilling sweet potatoes with onions, apples, evoo and a little brown sugar. I make foil packets and leave them on for about 30-40 minutes. They are always so tender and wonderful!
    Happy Holidays,

  2. Sweet potato is really a special food for me. Because it contains lots of calorie and vitamin. That’s why I am not only encourage my kids but also encourage my family to eat this . Your above recipe is truly helpful for me. I will try this at my home as soon as possible.

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