Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

A side of sweet and spice…

It’s no secret – sweet potato fries are delicious simply plain. A little dash of salt along with that natural earthy sweetness is plenty good. But like many things sweet – they sure do pair well with fiery spices. Here we pair sweet potato fries with a little chili powder and cayenne pepper. That’s balanced with some brown sugar to levelĀ out the sweet just right. These are unforgettable fries, whether as a side for BBQ or a burger. The cayenne pepper powder is optional to the recipe, but it does provide a nice medium heat that chili powder alone won’t bring.

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 2 sweet potatoes peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch strips
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder optional


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat the foil evenly with 1 teaspoon olive oil.
  • In a large Ziploc bag, place the sweet potato strips along with the 2 remaining teaspoons of oil, brown sugar salt, chili powder, and cayenne pepper powder (optional). Seal and shake the bag vigorously to coat the sweet potatoes evenly with the spices.
  • Pour the spiced sweet potato fries onto the foil-lined baking sheet and spread them out evenly.
  • Bake the fries for 30 to 40 minutes, until the fries have a crispness ot them. Flip the fries 2 to 3 times during the baking process for an even crunch.
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on August 17, 2019 to include new content.
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