Grilled Chili Sweet Potatoes

Whenever I am craving something new and unique…I know I can always turn to our friends Janelle and Brandon! Brandon has been one of my cooking inspirations over the last year as I have begun to dabble into new ways to create unique flavors and recipes. My husband and I have had the delight to be the recipients of many of Brandon’s homemade creations, which are always full of unexpected flavor combos and always delightfully delicious. So, it is my pleasure to introduce my first guest blogger and good friend, Brandon. After you read Brandon’s post here, be sure to check out his blog: lyrist’s locution!


Growing up, I had a long-held belief that I didn’t like sweet potatoes. Every time I had them, they were sickeningly sweet but otherwise bland. It wasn’t until I got older and started experimenting with them that I realized what a versatile food they really are. I found some sweeter recipes that I liked—I may later share my recipe for mashed sweet potatoes—but what I found really interesting and amazing were savory sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes and chili pepper are actually a really great combination. That was my inspiration for these grilled sweet potato slices. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ½ a sweet potato for every serving you want to cook
  • Olive oil (enough to brush all of the sweet potato slices)
  • Chili powder
  • Onion salt

Alternatively, you could use rosemary, thyme, and garlic salt rather than the spices listed above.

Cut the sweet potatoes into long 1/3-inch-thick slices. Brush them with olive oil, then sprinkle with the chili powder and onion salt. Don’t be shy with the spices!

Stick the sweet potato slices on a grill over medium heat. Be careful, because these slices seem to be the perfect size for slipping right between the bars on the grill. When they start to turn black around the edges, check the bottom. If you can see grill marks on it, it’s ready to flip. Cook the other side until grill marks appear.

Savory sweet potatoes have a hearty, meaty flavor and are best paired with dry light- to medium-bodied red wines, like Merlot, Shiraz, Grenache, or my personal favorite, Pinot Noir.

11 Responses to “Grilled Chili Sweet Potatoes”

  1. […] as a special treat, Brandon is the first guest blogger! He made grilled chili sweet potatoes that I nearly have inappropriate feelings for. Yes, they are […]

  2. cindy knight says:

    As a lover of sweet potatoes and spicy things, this is definitely a must try recipe for me! I have never thought of grilling a sweet potato and this is going to be a must have while we still have suitable weather for barbecuing.
    Thanks for sharing what looks like is going to be my new tasty treat!
    ~Cindy~

  3. indie.tea says:

    I haven’t eaten too many sweet potatoes either. But when I saw the title of your post, forget the lovely photograph…I was really really tempted to buy some [but I can’t right now ’cause its 2 am and I’m supposed to be studying]

  4. Joanne says:

    very sweet to have one of your friends guest post! I love sweet potatoes and could eat them every day! This sounds like an awesome way to prepare them…sweet and spicy.

  5. Michelle says:

    I can totally attest to the great combination sweet potatoes and chili powder make. I use chili powder whenever I make sweet pot. fries and we love it.
    Nice guest post!

  6. Grilled sweet potatoes sound amazing especially with the chili addition!

  7. What a great combination! Will try!

  8. OH–almost forgot! Please check out my latest blog post…I have a little surprise for you!

  9. […] My latest creation, up at The Fresh Fridge. If you’re going to be grilling out this weekend, but don’t know what to grill, give these a try! […]

  10. Thanks for all of the great comments! Brandon also has some great recipes logged on his blog too if you want to check them out! http://brandon.pulpexplosion.com/index.php/category/food/