Sweet and Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

The word of the week for me is simplicity.  My week is just too busy for complicated things.  I have projects due.  I have exams to take.  I have an injury to nurse.  No, complicated is not for me this week.

You know what’s simple?  Potatoes.  Regular potatoes are a complete blank canvas.  You can pretty much make them taste like anything.

But sweet potatoes are also surprisingly simple yet versatile.  You can make them into an appetizer, side dish, entrée, or dessert, and you can give them a unique flavor profile for each dish.  I mean, they’ll always be sweet (they are sweet potatoes, after all), but you can pair that sweet with so many other things.  All you have to do is toss them with something, roast, and you’ve got a delicious dish.

And even though simplicity is my goal for the week, I decided to spice things up (literally) by pairing the sweet potatoes with chipotle.  Add a little cinnamon to the mix and you have a deliciously sweet and spicy, and oh-so-simple, side dish to any meal.

Sweet and Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Serves 4-6

3-4 small or medium sized sweet potatoes (you could also use yams, which are technically different, but the same thing in my book)
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle
Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 425F

1.  Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into wedges or fries (it’s really up to you how thick they are).  The thinner the pieces, the crispier they’ll get, but the bigger the pieces, the easier it will be to flip them in step 4.  The goal is really to get the fries to be more or less the same size so they bake evenly.

2.  In a large bowl, toss sweet potato, olive oil, cinnamon, and chipotle until everything is evenly coated.  You could also do this by placing everything into a large Ziploc bag and shaking like crazy.  It’s fun, trust me.

3.  Cover two jelly pans with aluminum foil and spread the potatoes out evenly so that they are in a single layer on each pan.

4.  Roast the potatoes for 40-50 minutes, flipping every 10-15 minutes, until the fries have started to brown and have reached your desired level of crispiness.

5.  When you take the fries out of the oven, immediately hit them with a pinch of salt to bring out the flavors.  Serve warm.

Yea, I totally had these with a pizza bagel for dinner

34 Responses to Sweet and Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

  1. Carole says:

    thank you for linking this in to Food on Friday. We are now getting quite a collection of potato dishes together. Do stop by some of the other links to check them out!

    I have just signed up to follow your blog. A follow back to Carole’s Chatter would be wonderful – or have you already followed? Cheers

  2. Carole says:

    Hi there. The current Food on Friday is all about potatoes! So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.

  3. I gotta give this a try. I’ve been buying a lot of yams lately because I like them just steamed. But this looks like a very delicious alternative to enjoy them. Great simple recipe!

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  5. Aw! There is nothing wrong with easy, even when you aren’t having a busy week. Good luck with your exams!

  6. Kimber says:

    Wow, talk about mouthwatering! I love the combo of sweet and salty! I can’t wait to try this one out!

  7. Ah, I’m so glad you liked the fries! Thanks so much for linking back to me, really appreciate it. Those patties look delicious!

  8. Update: I tried them and they were very yummy! I posted a picture with a link to your blog in my Lentil Pizza Patties post! 🙂

  9. Sounds delicious! I’ll give it a try 🙂 Thanks!

  10. Oh,I would absolutely love them on my plate.

  11. Oh,I would absolutely love them on my plate.

  12. Oh,I would absolutely love them on my plate.

  13. Oh,I would absolutely love them on my plate.

  14. Oh,I would absolutely love them on my plate.

  15. Amalia says:

    I love sweet potato fries! And I love how you mixed in some chipotle, it’s nice to spice things up once in a while!

  16. Looks like a good recipe. My man loves sweet potato fries. Must make him some…

  17. I’m going to have to try this. Yum! I might try it with these uber sweet korean sweet potatoes that I get at a store near me.

  18. Baker Street says:

    Lovely combination of flavors! I love baked fries!

  19. I love the sweet and spicy flavors! These look so tasty!

  20. RavieNomNoms says:

    What an interesting combination of flavors. Sounds delicious!

  21. Grubarazzi says:

    I love the spices on these. Great combo!

  22. These look delicious! I love sweet potato fries (only recently discovered them when I moved to the States!), and cinnamon sounds great on them.

  23. Ann says:

    Those look so amazing! I’d have to omit the cinnamon because of allergies, but I think they’d be amazing anyway! GREAT pictures!

  24. Oh I totally want these!! This weekend I had the most amazing sweet potato tater tots, the craving is still with me.

  25. Eliotseats says:

    Check it out—I definitely have some sweet ‘taters to work with: http://eliotseats.com/?p=6138
    I will definitely try these out.

  26. Erin says:

    Oh, these look delicious! I love a spicy fry!

  27. Cake says:

    I love sweet potato fries – I will definitely have to try these!

  28. Sweet potato fries are some of my favorite side dishes. I love mixing it up with different spices and flavorings.

  29. Michelle says:

    sweet potato fries make any meal. I love them with a salad sometimes when I want to be bad but pretend i’m not. I’m gonna try spicin’ em up next time!

  30. The Mom Chef says:

    Simplicity is good. These fries look delicious; way beyond good. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

  31. I want these…What a great recipe! I like your combo of pizza and sweet potatoes too 😉

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