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Spicy Sweet Potato Chips: A Recipe You'll Love

Sweet potatoes are an inexpensive and very versatile vegetable whose consumption has increased in recent years. Get to know a fun way to introduce them into the diet.
Spicy Sweet Potato Chips: A Recipe You'll Love

Last update: 18 October, 2021

With this recipe for spicy sweet potato chips, we have a great substitute for French fries to eat on many different types of occasions. They’re a good option for a snack, aperitif or an ideal accompaniment to the classic hamburger.

The sweet potato is a fall tuber that is almost always eaten roasted, to enjoy its sweetness and creamy texture. But as this recipe shows, there are more ways to prepare it and to be able to introduce it into your diet.

The spicy sweet potato chips are original and striking due to their color. They can easily substitute French fries. They’re cooked in the oven or the pan and the final dressing opens up an infinite world of possibilities to suit everyone.

The properties of sweet potato

The sweet potato (Ipomea batata) is a plant cultivated for its edible root. It’s originally from Latin America, where it was already consumed in pre-Columbian times. From there, it went to Europe and today it’s known in many countries around the world.

Roasted, pureed, fried, toasted like bread, or even for making brownies. A glance at different social networks is enough to see how the use of sweet potatoes in the kitchen has been innovated. But, in addition, it’s a healthy food with remarkable benefits. 

Much of its nutritional composition is water. Its complex carbohydrates and fiber also stand out. The fat and protein content is small, although they do have methionine, an essential amino acid that is scarce in plant foods. 

Its orange color reveals the presence of beta-carotenes that act as precursors of vitamin A. In addition, they contain other vitamins (such as vitamin C and some of group B) and minerals such as copper, iron, potassium, and manganese.

Antioxidant effect

Free radicals are related to the appearance of some health problems such as cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer. The more vivid the color of the sweet potato (orange, red, or purple), the more beta-carotene and other antioxidant pigments it contains.

Long-lasting power source

Due to its high content of slowly absorbed carbohydrates, it’s a medium-term source of energy. As such, it’s suitable for growing children, students, athletes, or those who are convalescing.

Roasted sweet potato.
The sweet potato has striking gastronomic applications, as new recipes using the product are appearing all the time.

Vitamin A precursor

Vitamin A’s main active form is retinol, which is found only in foods of animal origin. But some vegetables provide carotenes that the body transforms into retinol with the same activity and efficiency.

This is important for the development of normal vision and to avoid night blindness. In addition, it’s necessary to maintain healthy tissues and skin.

Better gut health

On the one hand, it collaborates in the regulation of intestinal transit through fiber. Likewise, the food that isn’t digested reaches the colon intact, to be broken down by intestinal bacteria. As a result, short-chain fatty acids appear.

In addition, fiber intake has also been associated with a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer.

Type 2 diabetes

Some studies link sweet potato intake with better regulation of blood glucose in type 2 diabetics. However, at the moment there isn’t enough evidence to use them as a dietary treatment and improvement of disease control.

Spicy sweet potato chips recipe

Knowing its benefits, let’s move on to the first, more traditional recipe. Let’s see its ingredients and step-by-step instructions.

Ingredients needed

  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 of a teaspoon of cayenne powder
  • 2 tablespoons of agave syrup
  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • Salt and pepper

Step by step instructions to make sweet potato chips

  1. Before you start, turn on the oven and heat it to 230 degrees Celsius (446 degrees Fahrenheit). Then prepare a tray and cover it with greaseproof paper.
  2. Then wash, peel and cut the sweet potatoes into half-inch slices. Place them on the tray. 
  3. Combine the oil, agave syrup, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Spread the sweet potato slices with the dressing and season to taste.
  4. Roast the sweet potatoes for 8 minutes. After this time, turn and brush with the rest of the oil and syrup mixture. Return to the oven for another 7 or 8 minutes, until they’re at the ideal cooking point: tender in the center and crisp on the outside. 
  5. At this point, they’re ready to serve. 

Another way to cook spicy sweet potato chips

Now it’s time for the second option of this recipe that adds a few more ingredients.

Ingredients to make them in the pan

  • 500 grams (16 oz) of sweet potato
  • 2 dessert spoons of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon of spicy paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika de la Vera coffee
  • Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of white pepper and 1/2 of powdered ginger
  • Olive oil

How to prepare them

  1. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into very thin slices. To do this, it’s advisable to use a mandolin, in order to obtain a perfect cut.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan or the deep fryer. When the oil is hot, fry the sweet potato chips. 
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the spice mix for seasoning. Combine them all in a mortar and grind. 
  4. When the sweet potato is at the desired crispiness, remove it from the heat. Allow it to drain, to remove excess oil, and season to taste with spices. 
  5. Before consuming, let it cool.
Sweet potato chips for snacks.
To replace unhealthy snacks, some sweet potato chips are ideal and there are many different formats for all tastes.

Final considerations for preparing spicy sweet potato chips

Both these methods for making spicy sweet potato chips are simple and quick to make. Just cutting, cooking and seasoning is enough. Not many ingredients and few utensils.

When choosing them, you should opt for those that have skin without blemishes and which are firm to the touch. They keep well in a cool, dark environment and don’t need to be refrigerated.

To get well-prepared fried sweet potatoes, it’s preferable to use virgin olive oil, as it withstands high temperatures better. You’ll need to ensure that it doesn’t smoke or burn and it isn’t recommended to reuse it.

Using a mandolin to get a good cut is very helpful. They’re much more convenient and are safer, but if you don’t have one, just use a well-sharpened knife and a little more patience.

Sweet potato chips are a different snack to eat alone or dipped in sauces (hummus, babaganoush or a yogurt dip ). They can also be served as an accompaniment to a serving of meat or fish, and even to give a crisp touch to a salad.

Sweet potatoes are easy to digest and have a pleasant taste. Most people tolerate them well and they can be introduced into the diet without any problems. The only situation that you’d need to monitor is if you have kidney stones, or tend to get them. This is due to the high levels of oxalates in sweet potatoes.

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