Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potato fries are a favorite around here. There is something about the slight sweetness of the sweet potato paired with a light sprinkling of salt that makes the fries slightly (okay. .  .very!) addicting. If you really want to up the sweet and salty combination, you can add in some brown sugar. . .and if you like heat, you can add in some crushed red pepper flakes and chili powder!

Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

These fries bring the heat without overpowering the flavor of the sweet potato. The use of brown sugar offsets some of the heat giving a slightly sweet and spicy flavor to the fries. With very little prep and only 30 minutes in the oven, these fries make a great, easy side at dinner or a crunchy, addicting snack at your next party!

Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Notes: A couple of items that I have found that make the process of making your own fries easier are a baking mat and an olive oil mister, The baking mat prevents the fries from sticking and making a mess of your pans and the olive oil mister allows for you to evenly coat the fries without using a lot of oil.

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, cut into thin strips
  • 2-3 tsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, depending on how much heat you want
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with a baking mat.
  2. Place cut sweet potatoes in a large bowl and toss with olive oil or place on baking mat and spray one side with an olive oil mister,  give the pieces a stir and spray the other side.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar and spices. Sprinkle over pieces and toss or stir to evenly coat.
  4. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until fries are lightly browned and crisp. Give the fries a stir halfway through baking time to allow for even cooking.
  5. Serve immediately.


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  1. These look fantastic! I love sweet potato fries and the sweet & spicy combo sounds great!

  2. Sweet potato fries are one of mu favorites too! I order them every time at this restaurant I always go to for lunch :) love the little bit of brown sugar with the chili powder, best combo, these look delish!

  3. I love love love sweet potato fries they are just too darn good!

  4. sweet potato fries are one of my favorites-dipped in an aioli sauce, yours look amazing!!

  5. These look great! I’ll definitely go for the red pepper flakes!

  6. The only way I eat sweet potatoes is if they are oven fried! I love the spicy sweet combo!

  7. Sweet potato fries are so delicious :-) I love them with paprika as well :-)

  8. I’ve never had luck trying to oven bake sweet potato fries. I think the baking mat may be the answer!

  9. Oooh, sweet potato fries are a favorite at my house! These look absolutely delicious, and so pretty too!

  10. It was love at first sight with me and sweet potato fries. They are my soul food. These look delicious and I love the added spice!

  11. Yum…I love sweet potato fries!! I could go for a bucket of these

  12. I could eat a whole tray of these…. and not feel guilty. :) YUM!

  13. Sweet potatoes fries are my FAVORITE! I love it…and I love my Misto sprayer too!

  14. These look amazing as always! I will have to make these soon! Yum!

  15. I love sweet potato fries…those are great tips as well. The mister is a good idea.

  16. A ‘must-try’!

  17. A ‘must try’!

  18. I make sweet potato fries a lot, but have never added brown sugar. I definitely need to try this version! I’d love to have you come and link up at Taste and Tell Thursdays!

  19. Do you know I have never tried to make sweet potatoe fries? I need to–these look delicous!

  20. Can I tell you that I am in LOVE with sweet potato fries!! Gosh… they look divine. I hope you’ll come link them up to my first ever link party today. xoxo~ Ruthie

  21. Thanks for the tips about using the baking mat and oil mister. I love sweet potato fries but haven’t had much luck making them at home before. Can’t wait to try these!

  22. I just made my first ever sweet potato fries last week and LOVED them! And ate two large sweet potatoes all by myself in two days… Hahaha Yours look equally delicious, and makes me want to have some more!

  23. My husband loves sweet potato fries – I’ll have to try these for him!

  24. I adore sweet potato fries, I always order them when I see them on the menu if I’m out. I haven’t had much luck making them crispy at home so I’m eager to try this, they look great!

  25. These look so great! I love a good sweet potato fry! Thank you for sharing. Now to find white pepper…

  26. Sweet potato fries are my favorite!!

  27. i love making sweet potato fries…. i don’t know if i ever make them the same way twice, so i’ll be trying your version next time. sweet & spicy is the best!

  28. Love these dressed up sweet potato fries! i imagine they are quite addictive.

  29. Yum. I love white pepper, and I feel like it is often forgotten. This recipe looks delicious!

  30. I have to admit, I’ve been buying giant bags of the Alexia sweet potato fries at Costco for way too long now. So inspired to make my own!

  31. i love sweet potatoes fries…haven’t tried makin’ them spicy yet…love that lil kick in your recipe!

  32. I adore sweet potato fries and I haven’t tried making them with the spices so I must try it out, thanks for the recipe. xoxox

  33. I order these every time I am out when available…you’ve inspired me to try to do them myself! Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

  34. Ohhh, I definitely need to make these…love sweet potato fries and the spicy addition sounds great!

  35. Yum! Sweet potato fries are so good, and I love the sweet and spicy version here!

  36. yum! these kind of fries are my fav!!

  37. Duuuude, sweet potato fries are my ish! I love them. And the spicy twist sounds amazing!

  38. I need these, really soon!

  39. Yum! I’m making sweet potato fries tonight. I never thought to make them spicy, but I’m loving that you did!These look delicious!!

  40. mmm! Looks yummy. I am just starting to like sweet potoates.

  41. French fries are my favorite thing ever, not to mention I have an infatuation with sweet potatoes, so would you believe I haven’t tried making sweet potato fries yet? Yours are just gorgeous, definitely making my mouth water.

  42. Sweet Potato Fries are my all time favorite! I love the spice you added! Pinned :)

  43. These look soooooo good! I love your photos!

    Thanks for linking up to What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  44. We make sweet potato fries in the summer all the time – not sure why we don’t in the winter… These sound great – Pinned!
    Thanks for sharing on Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker.

  45. These look fantastic!! Love it!!

  46. Okay, I am totally trying these. My weirdo husband refuses to even try sweet potatoes, but I love ’em. Annnnnnnnd, since I’m the one usually making dinner around here, I get to make the menu. :-) These look awesome!

  47. I LOVE you! I’m wild about sweet tater fries and these look soo tasty. Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck…and for linking back. Please come back soon.

  48. I’m normally so boring with my sweet potato fries, but I love them, boring or not. Thanks for the inspiration to try something different next time.

    I came over from Buns in my Oven and I’m pinning for sure!

  49. Hello! I found you on Pinterest and my husband and I thank you! This was my first time ever using sweet potatoes. They didn’t get crunchy so next time I may cook them a little longer. But even soft the flavor was great! I will be making these again!

  50. These look so good. I’m making them for dinner tonight! They’ll be the perfect side with pulled pork.

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