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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 minutes
COOK: 30 minutes
TOTAL: 37 minutes


  • 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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91 thoughts on “Spicy-Sweet Roasted Sweet Potatoes”

  1. I’ve made this recipe several times and it is great every time. I love how simple and flavorful it tastes.

  2. This is hands down a keeper! I have made this several times and it has been a hit each time, even with avowed sweet potato haters.

  3. Do you bake the potatoes first, before you peel and cube them? Thanks in advance, I’m making these for Easter brunch. They sound delicious!!

  4. Excellent recipe! Simple and easy for anyone to make. It’s also fun to experiment with different spices and ingredients. I’ve been making this for a couple years now and it’s a definite keeper.

  5. Came out perfect!! Making a big batch for Super Bowl as a side for Beef Brisket! So great even room temperature!

  6. I love this recipe except for the brown sugar. Sweet potatoes are called sweet potatoes because they are sweet. In my opinion, they do not need sugar added to them.

  7. I parboil the sweet potatoes before seasoning and roasting- makes them super creamy on the inside and crispy outside!

    There is never any leftovers
    Perfect for you’re finicky eaters. Don’t take my word for it, give it a try!

  9. Baylee Sutton

    Best recipe ever! The only thing I can cook without drastically failing. Bonus: everyone loves them! Thank you!

  10. Gordon Ramsay

    I love to eat all kinds of tubers.
    And this is also what.
    definitely will not be ignored.
    Thank you.
    Because this article was very helpful to me.

  11. I know how healthy Sweet Potatoes are. Been trying to like them for years, but I hated the Sweetness. I’m a Hot n Spicy kinda Gal🤣. I had given up until I found your recipe and read thru the comments. I have a Sweet Potato ready to go for Supper tonight. Wish me Luck🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼. But I have a question does anyone know if I have any leftovers, what’s the best way to reheat/warmed up? And are they soggy warmed up?

  12. Spicy-Sweet Roasted Sweet Potatoes is awesome! I just finished it last night and the result was unexpected, my wife and daughter both liked it, which made me happy. Thanks for your recipe

  13. Rahma Kishk

    For the past year I’ve been making these once a week. They are the perfect balance of sweet with a spicy kick. They are moist-but not mushy. My family loves them and many guests have asked me for the recipe. Thank you!

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