Spicy Sweet Potatoes

So what comes to mind when you think of sweet potatoes? Sugary, marshmallowy, high calorie holiday side dish? Well think again! Believe it or not, sweet potatoes are one of the most nutritious foods around. They are a great source of dietary fiber, complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium. This is definitely one of my favorite side dishes to make. The spicy and sweet combination makes a great addition to any meal.

Spicy Sweet Potatoes

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons and 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons and 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


In a ziploc bag, combine brown sugar, chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper; shake to mix the ingredients. Add olive oil. Add sweet potatoes and toss to coat. Allow sweet potato mixture sit on counter for 10 minutes, turning once.
Spray a 11-in. x 7-in. x 2-in. baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Add sweet potato mixture to dish and drizzle with honey.
Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring every 10 minutes.

Source: adapted from Taste of Home

15 Responses to “Spicy Sweet Potatoes”

  1. #
    Scott, the Inexpensive Eater — July 15, 2010 @ 10:57 pm

    There is no such thing as a bad sweet potato. These look great!

  2. #
    Lauren — July 16, 2010 @ 8:08 am

    If I had to choose one food to subsist on for the rest of my life, there’s a high likelihood I’d choose sweet potatoes – in all forms. These spicy & sweet roasted ‘taters look divine!

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    Kaitlin — July 16, 2010 @ 1:05 pm

    Yum! This sounds so good. I love sweet potatoes, but I usually just roast them until soft and eat them sprinkled with salt. This sounds like a brilliant change!

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    siangs — August 3, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

    I used regular potatoes for this. Loved it!!

    • Christina replied: — August 3rd, 2010 @ 9:25 pm

      Oh that sounds good too! I have never tried it like that…I will have to soon! I am so glad that you enjoyed it…it is one of my favorite side dishes to make!

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    amy — October 27, 2010 @ 2:12 am

    made these for my mum and she absolutely loves them. she needs to stay on a low GI diet so these are perfect for her – especially since she can’t stop eating them. i’m loving them too, especially as a late afternoon snack. thanks for the recipe!

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    Chivonne — November 15, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

    Thanks for the recipe; this sounds delicious! I would like to make this as a side for Thanksgiving, any idea how many servings are in the recipe as is?

    • Christina replied: — November 21st, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

      This recipe makes about 8 (3/4 cup) servings. If you give it a try I would love to know how it turns out for you! 🙂

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