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Spicy Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Spicy Sweet Potatoes Recipe

My family fell in love with the combination of sweet and spicy in this potato side dish the very first time they tried it. It goes great with poultry...and looks so pretty on the dinner table. I try to serve it often. —Lynn Thomas London, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 40 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 6 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • 1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine sweet potatoes and oil. Add remaining ingredients; toss to coat.
  • 2. Transfer to a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 40-45 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring every 15 minutes. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 149 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 164mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat

Reviews for Spicy Sweet Potatoes

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Reviewed Jun. 16, 2016

"Delicious! This is the recipe I always seem to make when wanting sweet potatoes."

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2015

"I've been making these tasty sweet potatoes since the recipe was first published in '01. They are a favorite side dish, & I don't change anything but the amount of cayenne pepper, depending on who is at my table."

Reviewed Apr. 6, 2015

"Delicious. Made this for Easter dinner yesterday and only two of us ate it but we almost finished the whole dish by ourselves. Just the right amount of sweet and heat. I only had 1 large and 1 small potato but used the same amount of seasonings. Really good....have just a spoonful left...lunch tomorrow!"

Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014

"Love it!!"

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

"I don't really like sweet potatoes but I wanted to find a healthy recipe I would like. This is easy and delicious. Even the kids liked this recipe."

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

"So easy and so delicious. I'm making this for Christmas dinner along with the fabulous Garlic Pork Roast on this site."

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2013

"LOVE this! I made it for the first time recently, and it didn't last long. I gave it to a friend who said her husband didn't like one of the ingredients (not sure which one). Anyway, he loved it too. Sweet potatoes are so good for you. Highly recommend you try this if you like sweet potatoes. I loved it and will make it frequently."

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2013

"The whole family loved this! Thanks for a healthy way of making sweet potatoes"

Reviewed May. 14, 2013

"Double yum! I varied the coating a little to suit us. I halved the recipe except for the brown sugar and olive oil. I kept these at 2 T each. Baked on a foil-lined pan uncovered at 350 because I had a pork roast cooking at the same time. Cooking time was about 50 minutes. Cubes were browned, crispy on the outside but tender inside. Sweet/spicy. Excellent!"

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2012

"Pretty decent for a non-sweet recipe using sweet potatoes. I'm just not fond of sweet potatoes in any form other than sweetened and in custard or pie form. Having tried a huge range of recipes to try out on my sweet potato harvest, I came to this realization since I didn't like any of them that weren't sweetened."

Reviewed Sep. 25, 2012

"We've been enjoying this dish since I found it in the magazine in 2001. I do increase the brown sugar and chili powder a little because we like highly flavored, but not extra hot, food. Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous recipe."

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"These are awesome. My husband doesn't care for sweet potatoes, but this is his new favorite food. Delicious!"

Reviewed Mar. 3, 2012

"The first time I made this I inadvertently left out the brown sugar. They were still delicious! Next time I'll try them with the brown sugar."

Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

"My husband doesn't like candied sweet potatoes so I have been looking for a different recipe and he loved this!"

Reviewed Mar. 26, 2011

"My family really enjoyed this dish, even the kids. I did cut out half of the cayenne just to make sure that my kids would eat it. It still had a little kick. I will definitely make this again."

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2010

"I found the sweet and spicy combination very appealing. Hubby didn't like it at all. I'll just make a small batch for myself from now on."

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"I've only recently gotten into sweet potatoes. When I've tried them in the past I didn't care for them. This recipe has made me a fan. I'm going to be looking for more sweet potato recipe's - maybe even a sweet potato pie!"

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"This was ok. My dad and sister both like this dish but my mom said it was too spicy."

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"We love these sweet potatoes! We only use about 1/2 as much cayenne because we don't like spicy food. I have made these several times for Thanks Giving in place of the usual Candied Sweet Potatoes and they have been well received."

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2010

"I have been making this recipe for many years. It is so good! My husband, who only likes sweet potatoes in a very sweet casserole, also likes these."

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2009

"My family LOVES this recipe. Such a nice change from candied sweet potatoes - this goes with everything!"

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