Sweet Potato Chili Fries

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If you look up the definition of “gut bomb,” you’d probably see a photo of chili fries. Give into your craving without the explosives with Primal Sweet Potato Chili Cheese french fries. These fries are the perfect game day dish: shareable and completely delicious. If you’re craving a snack from your favorite sports bar, or trying to recreate the arena experience, look no further.

These sweet potato fries are baked in avocado oil and then topped with spicy, hearty chili. Add a light sprinkle of high-quality, sharp cheddar cheese and a drizzle of kicky, chipotle cashew cream for extra flavor and texture. You’ll want to make these decadent, delicious, and primal fries for every major sporting event.

Even though fries are easy to make, most folks skip the DIY fry because they can’t seem to nail the texture. To create the ideal fry, start by steaming the sweet potatoes first before baking. This technique helps the fries keep their shape and creates a soft, creamy center. Use this method anytime you’re planning on baking cut potatoes for the perfect fry every time. For extra crispy sweet potato fries, leave the potato skin on!

You can follow the quick and simple Primal Chili recipe listed below, or use your favorite chili recipe. If you’re feeling a spark of culinary creativity, this lamb chili adds complex and elegant flavor.

Time in the Kitchen: 1.5 hours

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

Chili

  • 1 Tbsp. PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Avocado Oil (15 ml)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 red or green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef (450 g)
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder (15 ml)
  • 1 Tsp. ground cumin (5 ml)
  • 1 Tsp. ground coriander (5 ml)
  • ½ Tsp. dried oregano (2.5 ml)
  • 1 28-ounce can of diced or crushed tomatoes (794 g)
  • 1 cup of water or stock (240 ml)

Optional Garnishes: Grated cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, chopped cilantro

Sweet Potato Fries

  • 4 large sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch wide wedges, 2 to 3 inches long (13 mm x 5 cm – 7.6 cm)
  • 2 Tbsp. avocado oil (30 ml)
  • Salt
  • Chipotle cashew cream
  • 1 cup raw, unsalted cashews (soaked in water 4 hours, or overnight) (150 g)
  • 1/2 Tsp. salt (2.5 ml)
  • 1 roasted red pepper, chopped
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo (use ½ of the chipotle chili for a less spicy sauce)
  • ½ Tsp. smoked paprika (2.5 ml)

How to Make Chili Fries

Chili

Heat the oil in a heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. 

Add onions, garlic, and bell pepper. Sauté until onions are soft and translucent, about 8 minutes. 

Add beef and spices (chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, plus a generous sprinkle of salt). 

Sauté until the meat is browned, breaking up the meat as it cooks.

Mix in crushed tomatoes and water. Bring to a low simmer, cover partially, and simmer for one hour.

Fries

Preheat oven to 500 °F/260 °C. 

Use a steamer or a steaming tray over a pot of boiling water to steam the potato wedges. Steam for 10 minutes, or until the sweet potato is just tender enough to pierce with a fork. If the potatoes become too soft, they’ll fall apart. 

Remove the potatoes and pat them dry. 

In a bowl, gently toss the steamed fries with avocado oil. 

Transfer the potatoes onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Leave any excess oil that has dripped off the fries in the bowl. 

Lay the fries out evenly, without touching.

Bake for about 15 minutes, turning once halfway through, or until the potatoes are nicely browned. 

Remove the fries from the oven and season with salt.

Chipotle Cashew Cream

Place the cashews in a food processor. Blend until the texture is smooth and creamy, and scrape down sides as needed. 

Add the roasted red pepper, chipotle in adobo, salt, smoked paprika, and then process again until smooth.

To make the sauce warm and pourable, whisk together ½ cup of the chipotle cashew cream with up to ¼ cup boiling water.

Assemble

Pile the sweet potato fries on a platter or individual serving plates. Spoon the chili over the fries. 

Top with grated cheddar cheese and/or chipotle cashew cream. 

Garnish with chopped green onions and/or cilantro.

 

Nutritional Information (per serving):

Calories: 879

Fat: 49g

Protein: 24g

Carbs: 66g

Nutritional information calculated with Cronometer.


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Sweet Potato Chili Fries


  • Author: Mark's Daily Apple
  • Total Time: 1.5 hours

Description

These sweet potato fries are baked in avocado oil and then topped with spicy, hearty chili. Add a light sprinkle of high-quality, sharp cheddar cheese and a drizzle of kicky, chipotle cashew cream for extra flavor and texture. You’ll want to make these decadent, delicious, and primal fries for every major sporting event.


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Ingredients

1 Tbsp. PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Avocado Oil (15 ml)

1 onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 red or green bell pepper, finely chopped

1 pound ground beef (450 g)

1 Tbsp. chili powder (15 ml)

1 Tsp. ground cumin (5 ml)

1 Tsp. ground coriander (5 ml)

½ Tsp. dried oregano (2.5 ml)

1 28-ounce can of diced or crushed tomatoes (794 g)

1 cup of water or stock (240 ml)

Optional Garnishes: Grated cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, chopped cilantro

For the Sweet Potato Fries

4 large sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch wide wedges, 2 to 3 inches long (13 mm x 5 cm – 7.6 cm)

2 Tbsp. avocado oil (30 ml)

Salt

Chipotle cashew cream

1 cup raw, unsalted cashews (soaked in water 4 hours, or overnight) (150 g)

1/2 Tsp. salt (2.5 ml)

1 roasted red pepper, chopped

1 chipotle chili in adobo (use ½ of the chipotle chili for a less spicy sauce)

½ Tsp. smoked paprika (2.5 ml)


Instructions

Heat the oil in a heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. 

Add onions, garlic, and bell pepper. Sauté until onions are soft and translucent, about 8 minutes. 

Add beef and spices (chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, plus a generous sprinkle of salt). 

Sauté until the meat is browned, breaking up the meat as it cooks.

Mix in crushed tomatoes and water. Bring to a low simmer, cover partially, and simmer for one hour.

Fries

Preheat oven to 500 °F/260 °C. 

Use a steamer or a steaming tray over a pot of boiling water to steam the potato wedges. Steam for 10 minutes, or until the sweet potato is just tender enough to pierce with a fork. If the potatoes become too soft, they’ll fall apart. 

Remove the the potatoes and pat them dry. 

In a bowl, gently toss the steamed fries with avocado oil. 

Transfer the potatoes oto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Leave any excess oil that has dripped off the fries in the bowl. 

Lay the fries out evenly, without touching.

Bake for about 15 minutes, turning once halfway through, or until the potatoes are nicely browned. 

Remove the fries from the oven and season with salt.

Chipotle Cashew Cream

Place the cashews in a food processor. Blend until the texture is smooth and creamy, and scrape down sides as needed. 

Add the roasted red pepper, chipotle in adobo, salt, smoked paprika, and then process again until smooth.

To make the sauce warm and pourable, whisk together ½ cup of the chipotle cashew cream with up to ¼ cup boiling water.

Assemble

Pile the sweet potato fries on a platter or individual serving plates. Spoon the chili over the fries. 

Top with grated cheddar cheese and/or chipotle cashew cream. 

Garnish with chopped green onions and/or cilantro.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 879
  • Fat: 49g
  • Carbohydrates: 66g
  • Protein: 42

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  1. I’m not typically a fan of sweet potatoes, but this looks SO tasty!

  2. Mmm, sweet potatoes.

    The new reCaptcha had me identify pizza pics, lol. I get the security step canned plug; curious what I’d would take to make primal friendly pics. GitHub anyone?

  3. I prefer to fry my sweet potato fries in coconut oil but would like to try that cashew sauce mentioned above. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. I looove sweet potato! Thank you for that awesome recipe!
    Had to tell my girlfriend to cook it asap ;P

  5. Yum, yum, YUM. I’m going to have to give this cashew cheese a try. I’ve been obsessing over sweet potato noodles.. might try a chili noodle bowl? ;D

  6. Does anyone have a suggestion to replace the Chipotle cashew cream? My Daughter is very allergic to cashews, but I’d like to still give this a shot.

    1. Is she okay with milk products? You could use cheddar cheese as he gives that option in the recipe. Sour cream or a healthy plain yogurt if you’re not trying to be strictly milk-avoidant. If she can’t have milk then I’d experiment with mixing the spices with some coconut cream or using an unsweetened coconut yoghurt.

  7. what the hell kind of container is that in the cover photo? It looks like food in a felted wool container. Totally Hipster.

  8. This is a delicious meal. My family loved it. The Chipotle Cashew Cream was the biggest hit. Lots of flavor. In my familiy’s words, “This is a keeper”.

  9. I’m a single 75 year old woman. Do I divide every recipe by 4, how can I tell Dinner day 2.

  10. Will you provide nutritional data for your chili recipe you use with the sweet potato fries. We love it but need to be able to count the macros. Thanks so much!

  11. Can you post the exact measurements for the chipotle cashew cream or email to me? I’m just starting out on this journey and also of learning to cook and leaving it up to me is not such a good idea – may I say, could’ve used a wee bit much on the chipotle ? – lol.

    Thanks

  12. Excellent! We are so excited! Delicious!!! Love everything from recipes to health support

  13. I am totally confused. Everything that I’ve read about the keto diet says sweet potatoes are a no no as they are starchy this high in carbs. Why does Mark Sisson make the decision that they’re ok to eat. Please help alleviate my doubt.

  14. Hello from Buenos Aires, Argentina! I bought your book I Will start the diet tomorrow. Please send me tips! 🙂