Spicy BBQ Sweet Potato Chips

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Chips!! I think besides guacamole they are my biggest weakness. Well, cheese too. But chips, cheese and guacamole are things I can never say no to! Especially BBQ Sweet Potato Chips, dusted with a homemade spice mixture and fried to perfection!

A round platter with BBQ sweet potato chips on the plate, along with two brown paper bowls filled with more of the chips, along with a small glass bowl of BBQ spice mix.


 

Why I Love This Recipe

They are sweet, spicy, crisp, and salty. What’s not to love! PLUS they actually go quite perfectly with guacamole and salsa... so that's a win. To say these are addictive is an understatement. They are literally out of this world and so easy to make! I’ve been snacking on them left and right and bringing them out for all game day viewing parties the last few weeks. You can bet they'll be out in full force next weekend for Super Bowl!

A woman's hand holding BBQ sweet potato chips filled in a brown paper bowl, with more chips in the background.

I'm a fan of the BBQ spice mixture recipe you'll find below, but you could opt for a simple salt and pepper seasoning if that's more your jam. Or spice things up even more with an extra ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper if you want to really bring the heat.

Check out the video for step-by-step directions on how to whip these up! And then make some at home - because I can promise that you’ll absolutely love them!

Ingredients & Substitutions

Mise-en-place of all the ingredients to make spicy BBQ sweet potato chips.
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Canola Oil
  • Sweet Paprika
  • Brown Sugar
  • Chili Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Kosher Salt

*For a full list of ingredients and instructions please see recipe card below.

How to Make BBQ Sweet Potato Chips

A blue dutch oven with oil for frying, and a bottle of oil on the side.

Step 1: Heat the canola oil in a large heavy bottom Dutch oven over medium high heat.

A large glass mixing bowl with thinly sliced sweet potato chips.

Step 2: While the oil is heating up, thinly slice the sweet potatoes using a mandolin.

A small glass mixing bowl with a blend of spices to make BBQ spice mix.

Step 3: In a small dish, mix together the spices and season with salt. Once the oil is hot, transfer a handful of the sliced California sweet potatoes into the oil and fry for a few minutes until crisp.

A blue dutch oven with oil, and thinly sliced sweet potato chips being fried.

Step 4: Using a pair of tongs or a slotted spoon, flip the chips over halfway through the frying process to ensure even cooking. Once the chips are crisp, remove them from the hot oil using a slotted spoon and transfer them onto a paper towel lined baking sheet.

A paper tissue lined baking sheet with sweet potato chips dusted with BBQ spice mix.

Step 5: While the chips are still wet with oil, dust them with the homemade BBQ seasoning mixture. Let the chips dry and any excess oil be absorbed by the paper towel. Once the chips are cooled, serve as needed. Alternatively, if you’re saving these for later, let them cool even more, and store them in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

How to Store BBQ Sweet Potato Chips

You can store these in an airtight container for up to 3 days so that they stay crisp.

Tips & Tricks

A mandolin is best here, but you may be able to use a spiralizer that has the correct plate. This is a similar technique to what I suggest for making sweet potato gratin.

An overhead close-up shot of spicy BBQ sweet potato chips.

FAQs

Can I use regular potatoes?

Yes! I love sweet potato chips, but if you'd rather make some with regular potatoes, here is a recipe for BBQ Potato Chips.

Why did my chips not turn crispy?

The potatoes might be sliced uneven and thick in that case. You have to get the potato slices thin, which is why I recommend using a mandolin.

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BBQ Sweet Potato Chips

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 1 vote
BBQ Sweet Potato Chips, dusted with a homemade spice mixture and fried to perfection!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people

Ingredients
  

  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • Canola Oil for Frying
  • 1-½ tablespoons Sweet Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt

Instructions
 

  • Heat the canola oil in a large heavy bottom Dutch oven over medium high heat.
  • While the oil is heating up, thinly slice the sweet potatoes using a mandolin.
  • In a small dish, mix together the spices and season with salt
  • Once the oil is hot, transfer a handful of the sliced California sweet potatoes into the oil and fry for a few minutes until crisp. Using a pair of tongs or a slotted spoon, flip the chips over halfway through the frying process to ensure even cooking.
  • Once the chips are crisp, remove them from the hot oil using a slotted spoon and transfer them onto a paper towel lined baking sheet. While the chips are still wet with oil, dust them with the homemade BBQ seasoning mixture.
  • Let the chips dry and any excess oil be absorbed by the paper towel.
  • Once the chips are cooled, serve as needed.
  • Alternatively, if you’re saving these for later, let them cool even more, and store them in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Notes

A mandolin is best here, but you may be able to use a spiralizer that has the correct plate.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 213mg | Potassium: 425mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 16804IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
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22 Comments

  1. I made this spice blend and threw it on cubed sweet potatoes and drizzled with olive oil and roasted them. DELICIOUS!

  2. I will definitely try these. I baked some last week and they were alright but I think these will taste a lot better and the texture will be great. Thank you for sharing.

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