Sweet potato chili cheese fries

Brandi Bidot

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Keep dinner on a healthy note with these baked sweet potato fries slathered in homemade chili and cheese.

Sweet potato chili cheese fries recipe

If you or anyone in your family is a fan of chili cheese fries just wait until they taste this healthier version. I used fresh sweet potatoes and sliced them into strips, tossed them in a little olive oil and baked them until they got nice and crispy. I topped these spuds off with a simple homemade chili (but you can certainly use any canned or store-bought version if you so desire) and a nice sprinkle of shredded Monterey Jack cheese.

Sweet potato chili cheese fries recipe

Yields 8 servings

Ingredients:

For the chili

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey, beef or chicken
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans fire roasted diced tomatoes or regular diced tomatoes
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the fries

  • 5-6 large sweet potatoes
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

For the toppings

  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Thinly sliced green onions as garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Heat a large pot over medium heat and add the olive oil and ground turkey (beef or chicken) cooking until the meat is no longer pink. Drain and return to heat.
  3. To the turkey add the onions and garlic cooking until they have softened about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add the remaining chili ingredients to the pot and stir. Cover the pot and simmer on medium-low heat for about 25 minutes.
  5. Cut each of the sweet potatoes into desired size french fries (note thicker fries will take longer to bake) and place in a large bowl.
  6. Toss the fries with the olive oil and salt and spread in an even layer on the baking sheet. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the fries are crispy.
  7. Once the fries are baked, divide them between dinner plates. Top with warm chili, shredded Monterey Jack cheese and thin sliced green onions. Best served warm.

More recipes using sweet potatoes

Sweet potato ham hash
Quinoa sweet potato burgers

Grilled romaine and sweet potato salad

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Brandi Bidot
Brandi is natural born food lover of anything from gourmet cheeses and wine down to plain baked breads. When not in the kitchen cooking, she loves to be outdoors, especially near the ocean. She puts her focus mainly on healthy organic eating and tries to eat as natural and as unprocessed as possible. Frequenting farmers markets for the freshest produce possible, Brandi prefers to cook all of her family’s meals at home. She has a background in nutrition and photography and is the creator of the food blog Simplylovefood.com.