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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 11x7-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), 0 cholesterol, 164mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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JoanieK53 User ID: 8355717 249494
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2016 Edited Mar. 19, 2017

"Really good and easy."

seasons4 User ID: 978190 237803
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."

sdipiazza User ID: 2106899 224325
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!"

karynsfam User ID: 2542902 36839
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014

"Love it!!"

hraffington User ID: 1921037 32704
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."

Summy User ID: 1386846 81071
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."

deej0619 User ID: 1539602 81634
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."

gmakookin User ID: 6931723 38593
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2013

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

howdu User ID: 1170706 89844
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!"

nich73e User ID: 6567166 91436
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."

marlowesmom User ID: 1394533 33631
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."

ABiggie User ID: 5510072 95096
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

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

kbpaulson User ID: 1221655 89843
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."

eli05 User ID: 3750978 81627
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!"

dreamgirlut User ID: 2062217 91434
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."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 31856
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."

Barry in London User ID: 5623751 38580
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!"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 31855
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

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

bluebirdjohnson7 User ID: 1296798 81551
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."

digbugsgirl User ID: 1242416 91432
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."

bake4all User ID: 2167240 128418
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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