Loaded Chorizo Sweet Potato Fries

Loaded Chorizo Sweet Potato Fries

Do you love french fries? Do you love loading them up with goey cheese, spicy chili, and getting your hands gloriously messy while digging in? Me too! But tell ya what I don’t love, the hefty load of empty calories that come with traditional loaded chili fries.

Pan of loaded sweet potato fries

Loaded Chorizo Sweet Potato Fries

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb cooked chorizo
  • 1/2 cup queso cheese or white cheddar
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Wash and peel two sweet potatoes.  Then slice into thin strips and place in medium sized bowl.  Add two tablespoons of olive oil, tsp of salt , tsp of pepper, and toss to coat. Spread fries onto a cooking sheet and place in the oven for 20  minutes. 

  3. While the potatoes are baking, brown the chorizo on medium heat until cook throughly (the meat with change from pink to brown).  In another saute pan on the stove top add one tablespoon of olive oil and the sliced onions. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent, about 7 minutes.  

  4. Once potatoes are fork tender remove the pan from the oven.  Sprinkle the cooked chorizo, grilled onions, and cheese over the fries.  Broil on high until the cheese has melted. 

  5. Mix greek yogurt with lime juice and cumin.  Drizzle over fries and garnish with chopped cilantro.  

Thus I came up with the beautiful mess that is Loaded Chorizo Sweet Potato Fries.  I swapped white potatoes for sweet, which lends a hint of sweetness to the dish which perfectly balances the savory chorizo, cheese, and grilled onions. Both kinds of potatoes have their health benefits like high fiber and potassium, so if you absolutely hate sweet potatoes, swap them for the white variety and don’t sweat the small stuff. These fries are baked instead of fried anyway, so there’s still a reduction in fat and calories since they aren’t bathed in simmering oil.

The real star of this plate is the homemade chorizo.

In case you don’t know chorizo is a Spanish style spicy sausage that often has a hint of smokiness and clove. It’s great in breakfast burritos and to ramp up any dish where ground meat is traditionally used such as burgers or nachos.

sheet pan of loaded sweet potato fries

You can find plenty of varieties of chorizo in the sausage section of any grocery store.  But with my recent better eating kick I’ve taken time to read the ingredients list on the back of the package.  Most sausage has added ingredients such as sugar, sweeteners, or preservatives that I would rather avoid if possible. So I did a little research and made my own.  The base here is ground pork, and the rest is a lovely combination of dried spices.

Once you have mixed up the chorizo you could wrap it in plastic wrap and store it in the fridge for a few days. Make it into sausage patties, add it to your breakfast scramble, or cook it up on the stove top as a topping for these yummy loaded sweet potato fries.

Try them out this week and leave me a comment to let me know what you think!

Homemade Chorizo

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp peprika
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp oregano preferably spanish oregano
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp corriander
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground clove
  • 1 lb ground pork

Instructions

  1. Mix ground pork with all of the spices in a medium sized bowl. 

    To use right away brown the chorizo in a shallow pan on the stove top.  Raw sausage can be wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in the fridge for 2-3 days prior to cooking. 



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