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November 26, 2010

Chili Roasted Sweet Potatoes

We stumbled upon this recipe sometime when we lived in Tucson. After living there for 3 years and San Diego for 6, we developed a taste for spicier foods. This warming recipe can be made as spicy or not as you prefer, but it’s one of our cold weather favorites.Chili Roasted Wedges 300x201 Chili Roasted Sweet Potatoes


Chili Roasted Sweet Potatoes

(Makes 4 side-dish servings-I usually double this)

  • 1 1/2 pounds (about 3 medium) sweet potatoesOlive Oil 150x150 Chili Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1 lime sliced for each place

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into 3/4 inch chunks or fries.

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Place in large bowl and sprinkle with spices and mix.

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Drizzle with oil and mix well again. Arrange chunks in layer on rimmed baking stone or roasting pan  (non-aluminum is healthiest).

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Roast on lower rack for about 20 minutes, or until chunks brown on the bottom and feel tender when pierced with a fork. Squeeze the lime juice onto the sweet potatoes. Incredible!

Family Tradition

Over the years that we’ve eaten this dish, our children have had great fun sucking on the lime slices.

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These 3 pictures are from a few years ago.

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We’ve had so many good laughs, especially giving lime pieces to our babies.

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Here’s the latest portfolio of lime faces. Joel, our current toddler,

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& Raquel. I think they were trying to see who could have the sourest face here.

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Seriously, we’ve had some of our most hearty laughs with each other over this dish!

You’ve got to try it, and don’t forget the limes.

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  1. Bridey says:

    It looks great! What else do you normally serve on the side to complete the meal?

  2. Lori says:

    I’m going to try these. they look good. :)

  3. Emily says:

    My mouth is watering! My favorite food all jazzed up! Can’t wait to try.

  4. Joy says:

    We tried these the other night! They were FANTASTIC! A great alternative to french fries! Thanks!

  5. Heidi says:

    This is definitely one of my favorite ways to eat sweet potatoes. I’m anxious to try your version. If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to visit my Gluten-Free Monday party at OneCreativeMommy.com and link up this and any other GF idea you would like to share. I hope to see you there.

  6. Hope says:

    Oh how I love homemade fries! These look delicious and tempting!

    I also love eating lemons and limes. We have a lemon tree, and I often slice one up just to eat it. I enjoy a squeeze of lemon on just about anything.

    I saw you linkup at Mom’s the Word.

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  7. Judith says:

    Thanks for sharing and I just might try this soon!! I’ll copy it to ZipList.

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  8. This looks so yummy! I bet the lime really works well. Cute photos :)

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  9. Anne-Marie says:

    This looks so yummy! I’d love for you to share your recipe on my new blog hop, {Wheat-Free Wednesday}! Hope to see you there! :)


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  10. These look yummy! We love spicy Sweet potato fries but the lime is something new. Love the lime faces:) So cute!
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  11. Dianna says:

    We like to eat a similar recipe with hamburgers sometimes. I want to try it with lime like you do. Yum! I love your kids’ faces when they try the lime, by the way.

  12. This sounds great and it does look like you all had fun! I would love to have you share this on Thursday at Tasty Traditions myculturedpalate.com
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  13. Alicia says:

    OMG!! these looks so yummy. love the kids faces with the lime. I’m totally going to make these at home. Thanks for sharing :)

  14. Lizzie says:

    I will definitely have to try this. I roast sweet potatoes a lot but normally just use salt and pepper. What a yummy way to switch it up!
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  15. claire says:

    Always looking for new twist on the “same old” veggies!

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  16. Elise says:

    Yum! We’ve tried them with just the paprika. Gonna have to try your seasoning blend, sounds delicious!
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  17. Melanie says:

    I love when my kids try sour things!! Their faces are priceless! Found your blog through Create With Joy.

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  18. momstheword says:

    These look yummy and pretty easy to prepare. I especially love the “sour” pictures, lol! Thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!
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  19. Miz Helen says:

    Love the faces of your little ones. We will really enjoy the flavor combination for your Roasted Sweet Potatoes. Have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
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  20. Hi, new follower here by way of the Little Homestead on the Hill! I’d like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week if you can make it. http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/11/clever-chicks-blog-hop-7-country-craft.html

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  21. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)
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  22. I usually buy my sweet potato fries but making them seems really easy.
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  23. Meg says:

    Ha! Love those faces! This looks delicious and I love me some sweet potatoes. Will definitely try it out!

  24. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures. Love all the sour faces.
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  25. Kathy says:

    This looks like an amazing recipe – love seeing variations on how to cook sweet potatoes – the pictures look great ;)
    I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
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  26. Those are really cute photographs! I like your roasted sweet potatoes. I’ve roasted sweet potatoes before but not with such lovely spices. I look forward to giving this recipe a try!

  27. nicole says:

    looks yum… sweet potatoes are a fave of mine.

    Stopping by to say hi and how sweet it is that you joined us for An Aloha Affair last week. We are live now and are looking forward to spending the weekend mingling. I’d love it if you’d join us again.

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