Spicy Sweet Potato Fries w/ Avocado Dip

I think it's perfectly acceptable to have Sweet Potato Fries for dinner--especially on a Monday night. Sure you could add a side salad into the mix or even pair it with a perfectly grilled steak, but what I want on the first day of a busy week is something that's both easy and comforting. I also don't want to share Spicy Sweet Potato Fries with anybody else on any day that ends in Y. And that's a true fact.

These fries have such a wonderful spice to them...at times a little too spicy...but the spice is extinguished by this cool avocado dip that's both creamy and tangy thanks to the limes. I like it when something spicy stops me in my tracks. I like an avocado dip that makes it easier to eat things that stop me in my tracks. It's a win/win situation here. I feel like I've  somehow won the balancing act.

I imagine some of you might enjoy a batch of these while watching trashy TV. Yes, Mondays are hard and dinner shouldn't have to be. This is like a step up from eating popcorn for dinner (which you know that I'm a fan of!). Now what do we drink with it? My vote's for a Moscow Mule.

And we're off!

Ingredient gathering!

Here we have the spicy flavor component!

Cut each sweet potato up into 8 segments. You might get away with 10 segments...

What I learned is that the smaller the fry, the crispier it gets.

Toss them in a bowl with olive oil and spice mixture. Use your hands and mix thoroughly.

Place the fries on a foil lined baking sheet. If you have to, divide into two baking sheets.

When they're crowded, they steam rather than crisp. Key to crispy sweet potato fries!

You also want to flip them half way through for even crispness.

While their cooking it's avocado dip time!

I wanted to make a crema, but didn't have sour cream. So I just used two avocados & lime.

I added a little Tapatio hot sauce (my favorite!) with a little bit of kosher salt & blended it in my mini food processor.

Instant dip! The lime makes it tangy and prevents it from turning brown.

Transfer it into a bowl.


Pretty good dinner if I do say so myself.

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries w/ Avocado Lime Dip

makes 4 servings

recipe adapted from Bon Appetit 

  • 4-5 sweet potatoes (about 1 1/2 lb.), unpeeled, each cut lengthwise into 8 wedges
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 450°. Toss potato wedges, oil, paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper on a foil-lined large rimmed baking sheet to evenly coat; season potatoes with salt and pepper.

Roast, turning once, until wedges are golden brown and crisp, 25-30 minutes.


  • 2 Haas avocados
  • half lime juice
  • 3-4 dashes hot sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste

In a mini food processor, process avocados with lime juice, hot sauce and season with salt & pepper. Adjust seasoning accordingly. Transfer dip to a bowl and serve alongside the sweet potato fries.


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  • March 11, 2013

    Wowsers, these look go-oo-od!!

  • erinlucy
    March 11, 2013

    ooh thank you! I really hope I can get my fries as lovely looking as yours! I think maybe I put too many on a baking sheet? Anyway these look so delicious. I love your photos

  • March 11, 2013

    Yes! Mondays are hard, bring on the fries!

  • March 11, 2013

    Yeah, sweet potato fries = healthy option when compared to regular fries = healthy dinner! You've done it again shutterbean. You with your recipes and your ways.

  • March 11, 2013

    You are so cool! I had this on Friday night. I love dipping fries into Avocados. I added some fresh garlic and a chilli in my dip. Best thing ever!

  • Christina
    March 11, 2013

    That is so creepy! I was just walking back to my computer at work thinking 'I should really find a good recipe for sweet potato fries', I open up your blog and there it is! It is clearly destiny telling me that I should make these tonight!

  • March 11, 2013

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE sweet potato fries. I saw a pin on that says to get them really crispy you should soak them first, then toss them in cornstarch (with your other spices too) and then bake them as you say with the olive oil :)

  • Whatever it takes to get through a Monday. If it just happens to be crispy, hot sweet potato fries, than so be it.

  • March 11, 2013

    You had me at sweet potatoes. And again at avocado. Oh man, it's going to be a long day trying not to go home right in the middle of work to try making these!

  • March 11, 2013

    I am so inlove with sweet potatoes...not so much avacado BUT these really look amazing!! xx


  • YUM! Such a perfect side...or dinner.

  • jessica
    March 11, 2013

    looks great! planning to try these this week!

  • March 11, 2013

    So, so delicious... now I want these... and an ice cold beer. Is this a way to start a week?!?! YES, it is!!! And I am going for it!!

  • marci
    March 11, 2013

    whoa! Gimme. now. ;-)

  • March 11, 2013

    YUM FACE! love the addition of the avocado dip. Such a great idea!

  • March 11, 2013

    if my gd oven would ever get fixed, i would be making these for dinner tonight! ps i want to swim in that avocado faux crema

  • March 11, 2013

    hell yes. I'll eat these while watching the real housewives and bachelor :)

  • March 11, 2013

    What a nice change from that mayo dip that you always get served with sweet potato fries. The avocado dip adds some nice colour. Thanks for the tip on crispy fries. Soggy fries = yuck!

  • March 11, 2013

    OMG yes!! But are you sure that's 4 servings? Looks like it'll only be one for me! :p Haha

  • March 11, 2013

    Wow, these look amazing! I love your pictures too!!

  • March 11, 2013

    I saw it and thought I have to make it today! So I went after work to buy lime and avocados and cooked it for dinner!(I live in Austria, so here it's already 19:30) It was delicious! Thanks for the recipe :)

  • March 11, 2013

    Hint: What's better than these fries? Soaking them in beer beforehand. OMG, brings sweet potato fries to the next level. :)

  • March 11, 2013

    YUM! So good.

  • March 11, 2013

    It's been too long. I need some SP wedges in my tum. Lovely pics, tracy!!!

  • i am greedy too when it comes to sweet potatoes fries. I only discovered them last year and regret why didnt I try them earlier :) i love the idea of creamy guac dipping.

  • March 11, 2013

    I am 100% okay with sweet potato fries for dinner. And that avocado dip looks too good. How have I never realized that all you need is avocado and lime?!

  • March 11, 2013

    Yep, you are killing me today with this combo! WANT!

  • OMG! This is my dinner by choice most nights. It is a vegetable so that is healthy right? I have an avocado crema that I make that uses goat cheese. It is amazing on everything!!! I have to try the dairy free version.

  • Ann
    March 11, 2013

    Oooh yes please. Fabulous colour in that green, creamy avocado.

  • Amanda Barkey
    March 11, 2013

    I can never get my sweet potato fries to be crispy when I make them at home... These look DANG good!

  • March 11, 2013

    I can feel it. almost.

  • March 11, 2013

    How did you know exactly what I was craving? The combo of sweet, spicy, and tangy looks just about perfect. Pass me a beer & I will be all set for dinner...I guess my kids could have milk or juice...

  • March 11, 2013

    This is the first time I've seen SP fries with the skin left on them. I've never eaten it before. Isn't it tough?

  • March 11, 2013

    I'm all for avocado anything!

  • Hannah
    March 11, 2013

    M husband is totally anti-sweet potatoe fries... I don't understand it. These might just convert him!

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  • March 12, 2013

    Sweet potato fries have been on my weekly meal plan the last 3 weeks, but I'm a cheater and use Oreida (don't judge, I can never get homemade crispy enough!). SPF and egg sandwiches, SPF and cheeseburgers, SPF and burritos; they go with everything.

  • March 12, 2013

    Anything with a side of avocado dip is a winner in my book, yum!

  • March 12, 2013

    You had me at avacado dip.

  • Tejas
    March 12, 2013

    They look yummy, the combo of avocado... usually people make guacamole kind of thing but this is simple. Nice....

  • March 12, 2013

    Grrrrrrrl. I'm making these tonight. Can't even wait.

  • March 12, 2013

    I am SO trying this - it looks delicious!

    Lou x

  • March 12, 2013

    i love this. sweet potato fries are so much more delicious than regular old potatoes. and I am the biggest fan of avocado ever. i have a few recipies on my blog!

  • March 12, 2013

    2 of the best foods! Avocado and sweet potato. and healthy too? what a dream!

  • Mondays are hard. I'm in love with the orange and green colour marriage going on here - gorgeous!!
    Heidi xo

  • March 13, 2013

    I made these for the fianc last night and he told me I've "really stepped up my weeknight dinner game" The avocado lime dip was a perfect pairing!

  • March 16, 2013

    I learned something new from my grocer after I purchased sweet potatoes to make these fries. I brought the sweet potatoes home, sliced one open & it was white inside. I returned the sweet potatoes to the store & the grocer told me to use garnet yams if I wanted the orange hue. I purchased the garnet yams instead and voila! My fries looked just like yours! They were delicious too. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Andrea
    March 20, 2013

    LOVE! This is one of those "duh, why didn't I think of that" sort of meals/snacks, but I'm so glad you did!

  • March 26, 2013

    Sweet potato fries for dinner, genius! I will definitely be making these.

  • April 10, 2013

    450 was WAY too hot for these, they were coming out black and soggy... Turned it down to 375 and they were perfect. Could be my crazy 1960's inferno of an oven, I think it heats pretty unevenly. Anybody else have this problem? Seasoning was perfect, everybody gobbled them up- even the burnt ones!

  • Gal
    May 2, 2013

    Made these on a regular ol' Tuesday evening and they turned out great! I mashed the avocados by hand so the dip wasn't quite as creamy as pictured, but it still tasted delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Tracy
      May 2, 2013

      Yum town!!

  • Christine
    June 20, 2013

    I made these today and they were delicious! I didn't realize I had the keys to creamy avocado dip all along. It wasn't blending very well for me since I didn't have a lot of lime juice, but I used a couple spoonfuls of full fat European-style yogurt and that worked perfectly. I also experimented with slicing the sweet potatoes into coins and really preferred those; they seemed to crisp up much better than the sticks. Still, so delicious! The spiciness meant you really don't need much salt (if any). Also, I added some cinnamon to the spice mix and it gave it another dimension! Thanks Tracy!

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  • I'm pretty sure after I make this avocado dip I'll be dipping everything in it.

  • Marianne
    May 8, 2014

    Delicious!... Though I had the same non-crisp fry issue :(
    Not sure what I did wrong, or if they just need to be smaller.
    Thanks for the recipe idea!

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