Chili-Orange Spiced Sweet Potatoes

These baked sweet potatoes have a sweet & spicy Southwest twist that creates a flavor explosion in yo’ mouth. Blend up the margaritas and make the sweet taters as a side to my Calabacitas or Tortilla Chip Queso Casserole . Keep it simple  and serve over beans and rice with a green salad for an easy weeknight meal.

I was in Bend,OR last year when I first tried this flavor combo at Barrio. Zee taste buds approved! My inner recipe detective lead me straight to Rick Bayless working it out in this version here. With a few quick nips and tucks I present my version with some very basic ingredients. Do not, I repeat ” do not” use sh*tty spices. A bold chili powder blend with complimentary spices is a must,that’s all the magic creating the complexity of this dish. If you’re mixing your own, try some ancho or chipotle powder,cumin,coriander,cocoa powder, cinnamon,nutmeg,oregano,ground ginger…go crazy with it.

Chili-Orange Spiced Sweet Potatoes
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Super simple baked sweet potatoes with a sweet & spicy Southwest twist. Serve these sweet taters as a side dish or over beans and rice for an easy meal.
  • 2 medium sized sweet potatoes,cut into wedges
  • 5 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1 large orange zested and juiced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder spice blend
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • optional- ¼ cup salsa or your favorite hot sauce
  • optional- 1-2 teaspoons agave nectar
  • 8x8 baking dish
  • vegetable oil
  • aluminum foil
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Wash and scrub sweet potatoes,cut into wedges.
  3. Whisk orange juice,chili powder,roasted garlic and salt in a small bowl.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  5. If you prefer a dish with more heat, add the salsa or hot sauce.
  6. If you fancy a sweeter flavor, add the agave nectar.
  7. Spray baking dish with vegetable oil and arrange sweet potato wedges in an even layer.
  8. Pour orange juice mixture over the sweet potatoes and cover with foil.
  9. Bake covered for 45minutes or just until the sweet potatoes can be pierced with a fork.
  10. Remove foil and turn up the oven to 425F degrees.
  11. Braise the sweet 'taters with the juices and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
  12. Garnish with orange zest.
  13. Serve as a side dish or over rice and beans with a green salad for a complete meal.


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  1. Chanelle G says:

    Yum! I will admit to not watching the video (yet), but dag yo — the recipe looks totes amazeballs! Can’t wait to try these!

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