Chili Spice Sweet Potato Fries

Are you a meal person or a snack person? I’ll admit, I am a total snack-a-holic. I prefer multiple appetizers over the whole meal. And my body just craves a bite every couple of hours.

Sometimes, this snack-a-holic craves something crispy, warm, spicy, and dense. These Chili Spice Sweet Potato Fries fit the bill. Yes, they require some prep and some patience. But trust me – they’re so worth it. The fries themselves are amazing, but you DON’T want to miss out on the chipotle mayo because that is what really brings this over the top.

If you’re not a snacker, you should know that these make a great side-dish too, maybe to a good burger or taco. Or how about making it for a game night, or better yet a games night!

Time to bust our your sheet pans and preheat that oven because your mouth can’t wait to meet these Chili Spiced Sweet Potato Fries.

This recipe is vegan and gluten-free

Ingredients

Chili Spiced Sweet Potato Fries

  • 1 Large Sweet Potato
  • 1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 TSP Chili Powder
  • 1 TSP Paprika
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • Salt
  • Cilantro

Chipotle Mayo

  • 3/4 CUP Mayo
  • 1 TBSP Hot Sauce (I used Franks Red Hot)
  • 1 TSP Garlic Powder
  • 1 TSP Chili Powder
  • 1 TSP Paprika
  • 1/4 TSP Chipotle Powder
  • Juice from 1 Lime

Directions

Preheat your oven to 425, and prepare a sheet pan with parchment. Cut your sweet potato into fries and add them to the pan. Once on the pan, drizzle the olive oil, and sprinkle on the chili powder, paprika, and minced garlic. Massage onto the fries. Bake at 425 for 30-35 minutes.

While those are baking, combine all the ingredients for your chipotle mayo. Use vegan mayo, if thats your preference of course. I like to make the sauce right away, which gives the flavours a chance to mingle for a while.

Once the fries are done, bring them out of the oven and let them cool for a couple of minutes. When you are ready to plate them, top with salt and fresh cilantro.

Not a fan of cilantro? Swap for green onion! Those would be good too, but I do love the combination of the spices with the lime and cilantro. Either way, you’ll love this recipe. These are the best sweet potato fries ever. Just wait – you’ll agree.

These fries are a total flavour-bomb, but there are some health benefits to sweet potato too! Sweet potatoes are high in B vitamins, vitamin C, and fibre. That means that even though these fries are dense and delicious, they are also great for digestion!

I would love to see your take on these fries – don’t forget to tag me on Instagram when you post your batch!

Avocado Spinach Dip

Certain dishes remind me of family gatherings. I love that the dishes that remind me of these get-togethers are not universal – mine may not be the same as yours. Yet they all share the same thing in common: bringing us back to the greatest memories. Of talking, listening, sharing, and celebrating.

You know those giant pre-made platters at the store? We could always count on my mom or my aunt to pick up one of those spinach dip platters for a get-together. I always loved the creaminess of the dip and how satisfying it is to dunk in a piece of bread and apply that dip liberally.

Although, if I took a good look at the ingredients list, I’m not sure I’d eat it now. Plus, I love being in the kitchen, and since this is so easy – why not make it at home?

This recipe is just as rich, flavorful, fun and indulgent as the store-bought stuff, but contains real wholesome ingredients. The strong fat flavor we all know and love about spinach dip is enhanced with a ripe avocado, and fresh garlic provides a really fresh, strong balance with every bite.

This dip is great, but what about the dipping vessel? I love the classic saltine crackers, but if you want something more dense and filling, cubing a loaf of sourdough is the way to go. Or why not slice up some cucumbers and carrots, and bring some extra color (and nutrients!) to the plate.

You’ll really be surprised at how quickly and easily this healthy avocado spinach dip comes together. Last minute guests? You got this.

Avocado Spinach Dip

This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup dairy free cream cheese
  • 1 giant handful of spinach
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 TBSP finely chopped purple onion
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

Heat a stovetop pan on medium and add 1 TBSP of olive oil. Add garlic and onion, give it a quick stir for one minute. Add a big handful of spinach and cook until wilted. Remove from heat and set aside when the spinach is wilted and the onion is translucent.

While the spinach mixture cools, blend together all of the other ingredients. It’s a lot easier to work with the cream cheese if it’s at room temperature. Once the spinach mixture is room temp, add it to the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

This dip keeps well covered in the fridge for up to 2 days, but is best eaten day of. If it’s as popular as it is in my house, it’ll be gone quickly anyways!

Mmmm, just writing this has me craving this dip again! Good thing it’s so easy to whip up.

What recipes remind you of fond memories and family gatherings?