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Spicy-Sweet Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Spicy-Sweet Roasted Sweet Potatoes make a healthy side dish that’s packed full of flavor. They’re coated in a spice mixture that is both sweet and spicy and then roasted in a hot oven until brown and crispy.

Bowl full of Spicy-Sweet Roasted Sweet Potatoes


I love the sweet taste of sweet potatoes and I love them even more in savory recipes with some spice than in straight up sweet recipes. The flavor contrast is SO good.


How To Make Spicy-Sweet Roasted Sweet Potatoes:

To make these Spicy-Sweet Roasted Sweet Potatoes peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into small bite-sized pieces. I like them pretty small.

Next drizzle them with olive oil and coat them in a spice mixture of chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, onion powder, black pepper and some brown sugar.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes on a baking sheet.


Roast them in a 425 degree oven. Watch them carefully because you want to try to get them nice and browned but they will burn if you cook them too long.

Spicy-Sweet Roasted Sweet Potatoes make a tasty side for chicken, pork, or beef and they also taste great served with over easy eggs for breakfast. Try tossing leftovers in a green salad with some feta cheese.

One commenter recommended using the spicy mixture for this recipe on frozen sweet potato tater tots. I can’t wait to try it!

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Bowl full of Spicy-Sweet Roasted Sweet Potatoes
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Sweet and Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Spicy-Sweet Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Spicy-Sweet Roasted Sweet Potatoes are coated in a spice mixture that is both sweet and spicy and then roasted in a hot oven until brown and crispy.
PREP: 7 mins
COOK: 30 mins
TOTAL: 37 mins


  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Place sweet potatoes in a large bowl and drizzle with oil.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir to coat sweet potatoes evenly.
  • Spread sweet potatoes out on a large baking sheet.
  • Bake 15 minutes. Stir and bake another 15 to 20 minutes.


Calories: 327kcal
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: fall, roasted potatoes

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Originally published Dec. 6, 2016.




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81 thoughts on “Spicy-Sweet Roasted Sweet Potatoes”

  1. That’s so great!!! Your share is very awesome. Every day, I have to think what meals should I cook for my family. Now, your share can help me for that. Thank you for sharing. I love it so much.

  2. brooklyn grill

    Looks yummy. I will try to make this for my family. I will introduce your recipe for my friends. Thank you so much. I love it.

  3. Ronald J. Robinson

    Hello Christin ,
    That’s to discuss about the Spicy-Sweet Roasted Sweet Potatoes. Keep your good job.

  4. I am in love with this recipe. Its awesome. My husband who normally does not eat sweet potatoes, devoured them. I have made these twice in so many days. I made the recipe as is. It is perfect. Its a keeper. I highly recommend this rec3.

  5. These were delicious and even our kind of picky teenager ate them without complaining! Ours didn’t quite get that crispy outside but may have been due to using convection as we were also baking some fish simultaneously for part of the time. Will make again.

  6. Absolutely delicious! This is going to be my go to recipe in place of store bought sweet potato fries.

  7. I love to cook and I am always looking for new recipes for my daily menu, which is interesting for my work. Today’s my lucky day, Spicy-Sweet Roasted Sweet Potatoes is great, just follow the instructions and everything is easy, I like it. Thanks for your sharing

  8. Julie Barry

    What a hit!! These are SOOO good. I subbed chipotle chili powder for the cayenne and it was AMAZING. Just a hint of smokey heat and the right amount of savory sweet! Great addition of bbq.

  9. steak grills

    I like sweet potatoes. This recipe is interesting and easy. I will give it a try. Thanks a lot.

  10. I don’t like sweet potatoes. Super delicious! Omg! Increase your spice mix by 2 and make sure you cook them to crispy!

  11. Made these today for my wife – she literally said they were the best potatoes she has tasted in her life! I did roast for 40 mins total to give a little extra crisp

  12. rook brand shirts

    I grow potatoes in my garden. It looks crunchy, I bet it taste so much flavors. Great snack for summer. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I just wanted to say thank you for this recipe. I make it probably twice a week I love it so much. I often chop an onion and throw it into the mix and just eat this dish as my dinner when I need something quick and nutritious. You’ve saved me from the dreaded drive-thru fast food guilt so many times. Thank you, thank you!

  14. Christine Kick

    This recipe was awesome!!! My kids are not huge fan of spicy so I cut the Cayenne pepper in half. Everyone loved it!

  15. Made it without the cayenne because of preschoolers for Easter dinner. It was still awesome. Nobody missed the marshmallow/ brown sugary sweet potato dish we always have.

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