Sweet potato chilli fries

Love chilli fries but fancy a change? These sweet potato chilli fries are fully loaded with a Mexican chili and topped with sour cream, the meltiest cheese and hot jalapeños. Super quick to assemble and cook! The perfect game day grub.

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WHY SHOULD I MAKE THESE CHILLI FRIES

  • Easy to make and assemble
  • Totally comforting 
  • Makes a great sharer at parties 
  • Uses up leftovers (chilli)

SWEET POTATO CHILLI FRIES

These loaded sweet potato chilli fries are messy but oh so good. The sweetness of the roasted sweet potato along with the savoury tomato-y chilli and tangy cheddar cheese is a divine combo.

You could go crazy with toppings but the traditional sour cream and jalapeños is essential. Serve yours up as a sharing plate at a party and you’ll be the envy of the host! Remember to bring napkins!

A fork making melted cheese pulls with the chili

INGREDIENTS

Sweet potato

Olive oil 

Beef chilli

Grated cheddar cheese

Jalapeños

Sour cream

Spring onions

American cheese slices

WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED?

Baking tray

Grater

HOW TO LAYER YOUR SWEET POTATO CHILLI FRIES

1. ROAST YOUR POTATOES

2. PLACE THEM IN A SMALL DISH

3. ADD YOUR CHILLI

4. TOP WITH GRATED CHEESE AND AMERICAN CHEESE SLICES

5. MORE GRATED CHEESE!

6. SPRING ONIONS / SCALLIONS!

cheesy chili topped with sour cream and jalapeños on a some brown greaseproof paper

7. SOUR CREAM + JALAPEÑOS!

INGREDIENT ALTERNATIVES

Can I use normal potato instead of sweet?

You can use any type of potato for this recipe however you won’t get the same sweetness that you would from a sweet potato. 

Can I make my chilli vegetarian?

Of course! Quorn or soy mince such as Clearspring organic soy mince are great beef mince alternatives to make your chili vegetarian. You could also make your chili with chopped up squash, carrot, peppers… any vegetable really. As long as you combine with the right spices, it’ll be a chilli! 

I don’t have cheddar cheese, can I use another?

I would recommend using a cheese that melts easily if you can’t use cheddar. How about gouda cheese, Emmental or gruyere? Fontina, provolone, taleggio and raclette cheese are also good choices for that perfect cheese pull.

What can I use instead of sour cream?

If you don’t have any sour cream, I’d recommend plain yoghurt of any kind or creme fraiche. Both offer the same tang you’ll find from sour cream.

I don’t like processed cheese, can you suggest another?

Yes, just like the above question, you don’t have to use American cheese slices for melty cheese pulls. Cheeses such as provolone, taleggio and raclette offer the same melt-levels! See above for more options.

I don’t like the heat, what else could I use instead of Jalapeño?

Jalapeno can be particularly hot, so how about using a mild chili pepper such as sweet bell and cherry peppers. They are at the bottom of the Scoville scale (a scale which measures heat in chilis).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is sweet potato chilli fries vegetarian?

This recipe is not vegetarian as my chilli contains beef mince. You can however use any type of chilli for your sweet potato chilli fries. A chilli made with quorn mince would be a good veggie option. 

Is sweet potato chilli fries gluten-free?

Yes, my chilli fries are gluten-free as none of these ingredients naturally contain gluten. 

Can I reheat sweet potato chilli fries?

If you have made your chilli fresh then you could re-heat but you MUST make sure you re-heat until the mince is piping hot. 

It is recommended for meats to be re-heated to a minimum of 70 degrees. Make sure you stir half way through to achieve an even re-heat. 

You must not heat your chilli more than twice. If you’re using chilli leftovers for this recipe then your chilli would have already been heated twice. Do not attempt to heat a third time. 

Can I freeze sweet potato chilli fries?

I would only recommend freezing your chilli fries if using fresh chilli because of course you won’t want to re-heat a third time once defrosted. 

This dish is best enjoyed fresh though! 

TOPPING SUGGESTIONS

Lots of interesting toppings could be used on these cheesy chilli fries, such as:

Spring onions (scallions)

Red or green chillis of any kind

Frank’s red hot sauce

Yellow mustard

BBQ sauce

Crispy fried onions such as French fried onions

An assortment of melty cheeses: fontina, provolone, gouda…

Green or black olives

Diced tomatos

Chopped chives

Red onion

And the list goes on and on! Have we missed anything?

A TIP FOR MAKING CHILLI FRIES

Plan ahead by making a batch of my easy slow cooker chili and use the leftovers for this recipe!

The Recipe

Sweet potato chili fries

  • Serves: 2
  • Difficulty: Easy

Roasted sweet potato layered with chili and the meltiest cheese. Great for using up chili leftovers! The perfect game day food!

What you will need

  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 300g (a serving) of beef chili
  • 40g grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 spring onion chopped
  • A handful of Jalapeños
  • 2 tbsp of sour cream
  • 2 American cheese slices

Method

  • 11. Chop the sweet potato into wedges, place in a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and roast in a pre-heated oven (170 degrees fan/190 degrees) for 30 minutes.
  • 22. Once cooked, either leave in the baking tray or place into a smaller baking dish. Spoon on the chili and top with half grated cheddar cheese, American cheese slices and rest of grated cheddar cheese. Leave oven on.
  • 33. Bake in the oven for 5 mins until cheese has melted.
  • 44. Serve with chopped spring onions, a drizzle of the sour cream and jalapeños plus any other toppings you fancy!

MORE MID-WEEK DINNER RECIPES

Catalan-style rigatoni stew

Sweet potato and peanut curry

The best pork schnitzel 

Cashew chicken stir-fry

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