Smoky Sweet Potato Fries —sweet potatoes coated in a chili seasoning blend, baked until crisp, and served with sweet chili mayo.
These aren’t any ordinary Sweet Potato Fries. They’re seasoned with a blend of smoky chili spices with a hint of sweet. I love that they are better for you, being baked rather than fried. These fries are perfect on the side of healthier entrees like my Barbecue Turkey Burger Sliders. To balance out the meal, an Italian Chopped Salad would pair nicely.
Are Sweet Potatoes Healthier Than White Potatoes?
I’ve found through research that sweet potatoes and white potatoes are pretty much equal in health benefits. The greatest benefit is mainly due to the potatoes being baked instead of fried. Sweet potatoes have less carbs than white potatoes however they match in fiber content. So, I would say it’s really a matter of taste; which potato tastes best.
Sweet Potato Fries ingredients
I’m using ancho chili powder and sweet paprika to achieve the smoky flavor. Smoked paprika is a good substitute for the sweet paprika. A pinch of brown sugar just to enhance the sweetness of the potato but that can be omitted if desired. And the cornstarch helps to crisp them up.
How to make sweet potato fries
The potatoes are cut into sticks then coated with the oil, salt, spices, and finally the cornstarch.
The fries are layered on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes then flip and bake another 12-14 minutes at 425-degrees.
Sriracha Sweet Chili Mayo
To make the sweet chill mayo, mix mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, and garlic powder in a small bowl. I’m using my homemade Sriracha Sweet Chili Sauce but you certainly use store-bought to save time. I would add about 1 teaspoon of sriracha to the store brand to make up for the lack of heat. It’s a great condiment for fries of course but also great on burgers, fish, or chicken.
Healthier Recipes to Serve with Sweet Potato Fries
I asked a few of my blogging friends for their best healthy sandwich recipe and they delivered. Try the sweet potato fries with one of these recipes.
Chipotle Baked Turkey Burger | Wholesome Yum
Weight Watchers Pulled Chicken | Sugar and Soul
The Best Pork Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomato Sandwich | Everyday Eileen
Mini Chicken Patties | My Kitchen Love
Slow Roasted Balsamic Glazed Salmon | Smack of Flavor
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*Updated on 10/1/2020 for improved content. It was first posted on 11/15/2019.*
Sweet Potato Fries with Sweet Chili Mayo
- 1 ½ lb sweet potatoes cut into ¼- ½” sticks
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp ancho chili
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- ½ tsp black pepper
Sweet Chili Mayo
- ½ c mayo
- ¼ c sriracha sweet chili sauce
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Cut the potatoes into stick/spear shape. Coat the potatoes with the oil, salt, spices, then the cornstarch. Toss to coat well.
- Layer the seasoned potatoes on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes then flip and bake another 12-14 minutes.
Sweet Chili Mayo
- To make the mayo mix the mayo with the sweet chili sauce and ½ teaspoon of garlic powder. Refrigerate until ready to serve.