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For the fries:

  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds,
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 4 medium sweet potatoes), peeled and cut into wedges
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

For the dip:

  • 1 ¼ cups mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


For the Fries:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle, combine the coriander, fennel, oregano, and pepper flakes; grind until mixture becomes a fine powder. If you don’t have either of these tools, try placing the ingredients in a sturdy zip-lock bag. Using a rolling pin, roll over the spice mixture repeatedly until powder. Empty contents into a bowl and stir in salt.

For the Dip:

In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, oil, and ground spices; toss to coat evenly. Transfer the potatoes to a baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until crisp and golden-brown.

Hy-Vee Recipes and Ideas

Toss these homemade sweet potato fries with cayenne pepper and dip them in a mayonnaise-spicy ketchup dipping sauce.

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Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line two baking sheets with foil. Brush foil with 1 tablespoon oil. Set baking sheets aside.

Peel potatoes cut in 1/4-inch strips and place in a large bowl. Drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Combine cornstarch, cayenne pepper, and salt sprinkle over potatoes and toss to coat.

Arrange sweet potato strips on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 30 minutes or until tender and browned on the edges, turning once halfway through.

Whisk together mayonnaise and spicy ketchup in a small bowl. Serve with fries.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Wash and scrub potatoes to clean and remove dirt.
  3. Leave skin on and cut sweet potato into 1-inch slices. Take each slice and cut into sticks (about 1 inch by 1 inch by 4 inches)
  4. Toss sticks in a bowl with the oil. Add cayenne, coriander, onion powder, and salt. Toss, making sure the fries are well coated with the seasonings.
  5. Line sheet tray with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Spread the fries onto the tray, in a single layer.
  6. Bake for 16-18 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes.

Chef Tips

Make sure to cut all wedges into equal sizes to ensure they cook at the same time.

Registered Dietitian Approved

All our recipes are created by chefs and reviewed by our oncology-trained staff Registered Dietitian, Kate Ueland, MS, RD, to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and meets the standards set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

These sweet potato fries aren’t trying to be a substitute for French fries. They’re too busy doing their own thing, in ways that a regular potato could never do. Where regular fries are fluffy, these are dense and creamy. Where pommes frites emphasize salt, these fries are sweet and spicy. While standard fries require multiple cooks and freezing in order to get the perfect texture, these chippies only get a quick blanch and coating before frying up golden and crispy.

Be aware that sweet potatoes will get softer more quickly than a russet or a Yukon gold. Keep an eye on them as they blanch, and take care to avoid breaking the long wedges when removing the sweet potatoes from the boiling water, and when tossing them in the spicy coating.

As written, this recipe delivers a noticeable background heat, but since all palates are different when it comes to spice, feel free to adjust the cayenne level to your own taste, substitute another pepper, or dispense with the spiciness altogether. The fries will still be utterly delicious, served either with a dip of your choice or on their own.

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Kick up your side dish favorite with spicy sweet potato fries!

While fries are often served in restaurants, sweet potato popularity is growing more and more. The reasons? Sweet potatoes have less calories and more vitamins per serving than plain white ones. Sweet potatoes also have far more Vitamin A than their white counterparts, with 22,00o IU versus 14 IU respectively. (source)

Sweet potatoes are the healthier choice with fiber as well. They boast 4 grams per serving over white potatoes, which have 3 grams per serving. Sweet potatoes also are a bit more sweet in flavor, and are often used like pumpkin.

Adding a bit of spice kicks that flavor up a couple of notches, and since we bake our homemade sweet potato fries, you don&rsquot need any special equipment, either!

Spicy Oven Sweet Potato Fries

This is the only way I’ve been able to make sweet potato fries crispy in the oven. Sweet potato fries are coated with a mixture of spices, drizzled with olive oil, and baked until crisp.


  • 3 whole Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Cayenne Pepper (Optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Peel sweet potatoes and cut into ½ – ¾ inch sticks. Try to keep all of the pieces as uniform in thickness as possible. Do not wash before peeling – the excess moisture will make the fries soggy.

In a large bowl, or in a very large plastic bag, combine all of the remaining ingredients except the olive oil. Stir cornstarch and seasonings together and then add the fries. Seal the top of the bowl tightly with plastic wrap, or seal the bag. Shake bowl or bag to evenly coat the fries.

Spread 1/3 of the fries onto a large nonstick cookie sheet. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and stir fries around with your hands to coat evenly. Spread the fries out evenly and make sure they are well spaced. Don’t crowd the fries, as this will cause them to steam rather than bake up crispy.

Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove fries from oven and flip them over. You might need a spatula for this to loosen some up from the pan. Return to oven for an additional 5 minutes or until golden to dark brown. Continue with remaining fries. Serve hot.

Tips For The Best Sweet Potato Fries

  • I used 1 1/2 sweet potatoes for this recipe because my sweet potatoes were very large. This will serve about 2 people. A good rule of thumb is 1 medium potato per person.
  • I like to peel my sweet potatoes before cutting them into fries. You can leave the skin on or off, whatever you prefer. I like to cut my potatoes about a 1/4 inch thick.
  • These sweet potato fries are served with spicy ketchup which is the perfect pairing for this sweet potato dish.

  • nonstick cooking spray (Nonstick) 1 1
  • medium sweet potatoes (washed and peeled) 4 4
  • olive oil 1 tbsp 1 tbsp
  • ground cinnamon 1 tbsp 1 tbsp
  • chili powder 1 tbsp 1 tbsp
  • ground ginger 1 tsp 1 tsp

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Spicy Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1 x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


These spicy sweet potato fries are oven baked but deliciously crispy!


  • 1 large sweet potato (about 1lb)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (depending on how spicy you like it)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of paprika


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Slice the sweet potato into thin, even slices
  3. In a large bowl or zipper-top bag, toss the sweet potato slices with cornstarch
  4. Toss with olive oil until evenly coated
  5. In a small dish, whisk together the garlic powder, onion powder, chipotle chili powder, salt, and paprika
  6. Sprinkle the spices over the sweet potato slices and continue to toss in the bag until evenly coated
  7. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray
  8. Spread the sweet potato fries in a single layer on the sheet
  9. Bake for 15 minutes then flip and continue to bake for 15-20 minutes or until browned on both sides


  • Cut the fries as evenly as possible, so they’ll all cook in the same amount of time.
  • You may need to spread the fries out onto two different baking sheets to be sure you can fit them into a single layer.
  • When you’re flipping the fries halfway through the baking time, swap the placement of the baking trays, for more even cooking.

Keywords: chipotle sweet potato fries

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I used 1/2 teaspoon of chipotle chili powder on this first batch and they were quite spicy. Not so spicy I couldn’t eat them but I definitely needed some ketchup on the side! (Then again, I have a secret love affair with ketchup and there is never enough to satisfy me, so maybe it wasn’t the spice?) If you’re not sure about how spicy you’d like these to be, you may want to start with just 1/4 teaspoon and increase it later.

This made enough for the two of us as a side dish but if you’re making these for the whole family, I’d double the recipe!

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries with Bacon

Spicy sweet potato fries with bacon – so easy to make. These thinly sliced sweet potatoes are sprinkled with smoked paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and cumin and then baked in the oven. Mix them with cooked bacon and serve with spicy mayo or Ranch dressing!

This sweet potato fry recipe makes a wonderful side dish (or an appetizer). I’ve been enjoying it so much lately. So easy to make! Prep takes about 15 minutes and baking time is 20 minutes. I prefer these spicy sweet potato fries over regular fries.

These sweet potato fries are spicy, tossed in paprika, red chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic salt, and even cumin (optional). They are baked to perfection and topped with freshly cooked bacon chopped in small bites. Sprinkle a little bit of mayo or a Ranch dressing to make these potato fries completely over the top!


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