Sweet & Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potatoes

Fun fact about me – I am a huge bookworm. I believe I read somewhere in the ballpark of 52 books in 2015, and while I certainly won’t reach that number this year (I’m spending much more time working on thee ol’ bloggity blog here), I am making time to read more books related to food blogging. Specifically, I’ve been focusing on food photography books.

I took a class last fall and learned all about using my camera at a basic level, and while I certainly have improved, I have a lot more I can do to kick up my food photography game. With that in mind, I went out and hit up some Labor Day sales last week and began to climb down the rabbit-hole of collecting food styling props.

Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potatoes

Everything I’ve been doing thus far as been very basic, but it’s time I give myself, and my food, a little bit of an identity, so please do give me your feedback on my photographs as I take this journey!

With my new props in hand I was excited to make my first recipe and get some styling practice. I had these sweet and spicy sweet potatoes on my ‘to make’ list for awhile, and with football season upon on us I feel like fall is in the air and this is was the perfect time to start dusting off those fall-like recipes.

Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potatoes

This dish is a perfect side. It honestly is. Not only are sweet potatoes healthy, but the cinnamon and chili powder combination provide a great balance of flavor. If you’re sensitive to spice and want to eliminate the red pepper flakes, it’s totally fine to do so.

As a ‘set it and forget it’ recipe you can just pop them in the oven and let them roast while you cook the rest of your meal or enjoy your time socializing with your friends and family.

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Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potatoes

Serves 1 serving

Sweet & Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes

15 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed into 2" cubes
  • 2 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In bowl, toss the sweet potatoes in olive oil.
  4. In a small bowl mix the cinnamon, chili powder and red pepper flakes.
  5. Add the seasoning to the sweet potato and toss to coat.
  6. Evenly lay out the sweet potatoes on the baking sheet and roast for 35-45 minutes, stirring halfway through until cooked through. Enjoy!
Recipe Type: Vegetables, Sides


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