Easy Baked Sweet Potato Chips

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These simple easy baked sweet potato chips are tossed in olive oil and seasoned with just the right amount of salt and pepper, transform into a deliciously crispy and subtly flavorful snack.

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Simple Baked Sweet potato Chips

Baked sweet potato chips offer a delightful culinary experience, marrying the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes with a satisfying crunch. When baked, these thin slices of sweet potato transform into crispy, golden-brown delights with a caramelized exterior that tantalizes the taste buds. The inherent sweetness of the sweet potatoes is subtly enhanced during the baking process, creating a flavor that is both rich and nuanced. Unlike their fried counterparts, these baked chips have a lighter, more delicate texture, with a hint of earthiness that is characteristic of sweet potatoes. The edges of the chips often crisp up beautifully, providing a pleasing contrast to the slightly softer centers. This balance of textures and flavors makes baked sweet potato chips a healthier, yet irresistibly tasty snack option.

Making baked sweet potato chips is a simple and rewarding process. Start by selecting firm, unblemished sweet potatoes and slicing them thinly, ensuring uniform thickness for even cooking. A mandoline slicer is ideal for achieving consistently thin slices, but a sharp knife works well too. Before baking, toss the slices in a light coating of olive oil, which helps them crisp up without becoming greasy. Seasoning is key; a sprinkle of sea salt is essential, and additional flavors like smoked paprika, garlic powder, or a hint of cayenne can be added to suit personal taste preferences. Arrange the slices in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, ensuring they don’t overlap, which is crucial for achieving that perfect crispness. Bake in a preheated oven at a moderate temperature, flipping the chips halfway through to ensure they cook evenly. The chips are done when they are crispy and golden brown. It’s important to keep a close eye on them towards the end of baking to prevent burning. Once out of the oven, let them cool to further develop their crunch, and then enjoy a batch of homemade baked sweet potato chips that are not only flavorful but also a healthier alternative to traditional snacks.

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How to Make Chips

Assemble the following ingredients:

  • Sweet potatoes (2) – Sweet potatoes bring a natural sweetness with a hint of earthiness, offering a delicious base that caramelizes slightly when baked.
  • Extra-Virgin Olive oil (1 tsp) – Olive oil adds a subtle, fruity richness, enhancing the chips’ overall flavor while aiding in achieving a crisp texture.
  • Sea salt (1/4 tsp) – Sea salt enhances the natural flavors of the sweet potatoes, providing a savory contrast to their inherent sweetness.
  • Black Pepper (to taste)- Black pepper introduces a mild, sharp spiciness that complements the sweetness of the potatoes, adding depth and complexity to each chip.

Use this Method

Slice. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Using a mandoline, slice sweet potatoes as thinly as possible.

Prep Potatoes. Pat sweet potato slices dry with paper towel, add to medium sized bowl. Spray slices with olive oil mist (or add 1 tsp olive oil) and generously sprinkle with salt, pepper, or any other herbs you’d like to add. Lay slices on baking sheet lined with parchment paper, do not overlap.

Bake. Bake in the oven at 250 for 1 hour, until crispy. Turn oven up to 350 and let chips brown very slightly. Watch chips and make sure they do not burn. If you’d like them cool, place on a cooling rack and let sit 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Tips and Tricks for Perfect Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Slice Evenly: Use a mandoline slicer for consistent, thin slices of sweet potato. Even thickness is crucial for ensuring that all the chips bake evenly and at the same rate.

Soak to Remove Starch: Soak the sweet potato slices in cold water for about 30 minutes to an hour to remove excess starch. This step is vital for achieving crispier chips.

Dry Thoroughly: After soaking, dry the slices completely with a clean kitchen towel or paper towels. Any moisture left on the slices can prevent them from getting crispy.

Use the Right Amount of Oil: Toss the slices in just enough olive oil to coat them lightly. Too much oil can make the chips soggy, while too little can cause them to dry out and burn.

Seasoning: Season with salt and pepper just before baking. You can add other seasonings as well, but remember that strong flavors can overpower the sweet potato’s natural taste.

Avoid Overcrowding: Arrange the slices in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, making sure they don’t overlap. Overcrowding can lead to steaming rather than crisping.

Bake at the Right Temperature: Bake in a preheated oven at a moderate temperature (around 375°F or 190°C). Higher temperatures can burn the chips, while lower temperatures might not crisp them adequately.

Flip the Chips: Halfway through baking, flip the chips to ensure they crisp up evenly on both sides.

Watch Closely: Keep a close eye on the chips, especially towards the end of baking, as they can go from perfectly crispy to burnt quickly.

Cooling is Key: Let the chips cool on the baking sheet after removing them from the oven. They will continue to crisp up as they cool.

Storage: If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container to keep them crisp. However, they are best enjoyed fresh.

FAQs

Can these sweet potato chips be made in an Air Fryer?

To cook in an Air Fryer, preheat the fryer to 360 degrees. Prep according to the instructions then lay in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook until crisp about 15-17 minutes, flipping them every 5-7 minutes.

How do I store leftovers?

Leftovers can be stored in a plastic bag on the countertop for 2 days or in the fridge for 3-4. They will soften in the fridge.

What to Serve with Sweet Potato Chips

Creamy Dips: Try them with dips like hummus, tzatziki, or a creamy ranch dressing to add a rich and tangy flavor contrast.

Salsa and Guacamole: Fresh salsa or guacamole can offer a refreshing and zesty touch, balancing the sweet potato chips’ sweetness.

Cheese Dips: A warm cheese dip or a classic queso can be a decadent and satisfying pairing.

Spicy Dips: For those who enjoy a bit of heat, a spicy salsa or a sriracha-based dip can add an exciting kick.

Herb-Infused Yogurt: A cool, herby yogurt dip, perhaps with dill or mint, can add a light and fresh dimension.

Bean Dips: A smooth bean dip, like black bean or refried beans, can complement the chips with its earthy flavors.

Grilled or Roasted Vegetables: Serve alongside a platter of grilled or roasted vegetables for a healthy and colorful snack spread.

Barbecue: Sweet potato chips can be a great side to barbecue dishes, offering a sweet and crunchy contrast to smoky meats.

Salads: Pair them with a light, crisp salad to balance the rich, savory flavors of the chips.

Sandwiches and Wraps: Complement a hearty sandwich or wrap with these chips for a satisfying lunch or dinner combo.

Craft Beers or Cider: Enjoy them with a glass of craft beer or cider; the beverage’s carbonation and flavors can enhance the tasting experience.

Wine: A glass of wine, like a light Pinot Noir or a crisp Chardonnay, can be a sophisticated accompaniment.

Chilled Lemonade or Iced Tea: For a non-alcoholic option, try them with a refreshing glass of lemonade or iced tea.

Fruit Chutneys: A sweet and tangy fruit chutney can be a unique and delightful dip.

Try these dips with your sweet potato chips:

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Easy Baked Sweet Potato Chips

These delicious baked sweet potato chips are the perfect side for lunch or dinner!
Course Side dishes
Cuisine American
Keyword baked chips, baked fries, baked potatoes, potato fries, side dish, sweet potato, sweet potato fries
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 93kcal
Author Courtney ODell

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes about 5 oz each, washed and dried thoroughly
  • 1 tsp olive oil olive oil spray is best
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • Black Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  • Using a mandoline, slice sweet potatoes as thinly as possible.
  • Pat sweet potato slices dry with paper towel, add to medium sized bowl.
  • Spray slices with olive oil mist (or add 1 tsp olive oil) and generously sprinkle with salt, pepper, or any other herbs you'd like to add.
  • Lay slices on baking sheet lined with parchment paper, do not overlap.
  • Bake at 250 for 1 hour, until crispy.
  • Turn oven up to 350 and let chips brown very slightly. Watch chips and make sure they do not burn.
  • If you'd like them cool, place on a cooling rack and let sit 10 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 166mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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6 Comments

  1. Carrie Daigle says:

    What time and temp for an Air Fryer?

    1. Katherine says:

      If you want to make this in an air fryer you will want to set your air fryer to 360 degrees and cook for 15-17 minutes flipping every 5 minutes. Make sure you don’t layer them. Enjoy!

  2. Nathalie says:

    Is this in Fahrenheit?

    1. Courtney ODell says:

      yes

  3. Mike blaszko says:

    DI you peel the potatoes ?

    1. Courtney ODell says:

      Mike – sometimes I peel them, sometimes I don’t. This recipe works with either – it’s up to you!