Epic Sweet Potato Fry Nachos

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Epic Sweet Potato Nacho Fries

There are few snacks that I love more than nachos! And few snacks that I love more than sweet potato fries! With these Epic Sweet Potato Fry Nachos, they are joined in sweet sweet harmony, fulfilling my wildest snacking dreams. They are spicy, they are cheesy, they are fully loaded with everything delicious. And they make the absolute perfect Game Day snack for the Super Bowl or whatever sportsball (or entertaining commercials) you’re watching!

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For this recipe I’m partnering with my friends at California Grown and Visit California. We’ve put together a fantastic Ebook of Game Day Snacks, plus they are hosting a giveaway. They want to see how you pre-game California-style! Post your creations on Instagram from now until Super Bowl for a chance to win a California Prize Pack. Be sure to use the hashtags #CAGrown #VisitCalifornia #CAPregame when you post! Learn more by heading to Visit California’s website. Now on to the recipe.

Epic Sweet Potato Nacho Fries

How to Make Sweet Potato Fry Nachos

The best sweet potato fry nachos start with California Grown sweet potatoes, naturally. DYK that sweetpotato is technically one word? But most people know them as two so that’s how we’ll carry on here. California sweet potatoes grow very well in the San Juaquin Valley in the central part of the state, where the both the climate and soil conditions are ideal. Happily they are a year-round crop so we can indulge in these nacho fries any time we want! I love to support California farmers and farmworkers, so I’m sure to look for and ask for California Grown produce when I shop.

Making sweet potato nacho fries is a relatively simple affair. Piled high with California olives, Real California Jack Cheese and Cotija cheese, chipotle crema, shredded lettuce, pickled red onions and jalapenos, cherry tomatoes, green onions and cilantro, these nacho fries are best eaten with a fork. Serve with a chilled California Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc – and a lot of napkins.

Ingredients:

For the Pickled Red Onions: This is a super fast way to make pickled onions, using the juice from a jar of pickled jalapenos.

  • 1 red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup juice from jar of pickled jalapenos

For the Chipotle Crema:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • Pinch salt

For the Baked Sweet Potato Fries:

  • 4 large sweet potatoes, approximately 2 ¾ pounds
  • ⅓ cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • ¼ – ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste

For the Sweet Potato Fry Nachos:

  • One recipe baked Sweet Potato Fries
  • 2 cups shredded jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • ¼ cup each sliced olives, pickled jalapenos, thinly sliced green onions, halved or sliced cherry tomatoes, chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled Cotija cheese
  • Pickled Red Onions
  • Chipotle Crema
  • Lime wedges

Directions:

Make the Pickled Red Onions. Combine the red onion slices and ½ cup of juice from a jar of pickled jalapenos in a small bowl. Press on the onions to make sure they are fully submerged. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to one week.

Make the Chipotle Crema. Combine the sour cream, mayo, lime juice, chipotle powder, and salt in a small bowl, whisking well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Can be made 1 week ahead.

Make the fries. Preheat the oven to 425°F and place two rimmed baking sheets into the oven while it heats.

Peel the sweet potatoes and slice lengthwise into ⅓ inch slabs, then slice each slab into ⅓ inch slices, creating “fries.” Place sweet potatoes into a large bowl. Drizzle with ⅓ cup olive oil and sprinkle with smoked paprika, salt, and cayenne pepper. Toss well to coat fries evenly with oil and spices.

When the oven reaches temperature, remove the pans from the oven and drizzle each with a tablespoon of olive oil, tipping the pan around to evenly coat it with the oil. Carefully divide the coated fries evenly onto the pans, spreading them out in a single layer. Return the pans to the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove the pans from the oven, flip the fries with a spatula, rotate the pans on the shelves, and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until the fries are crisp on the edges.

Remove fries from the oven, toss gently and combine on one pan. Top fries with the grated cheese and return to the oven to bake for 5 minutes more, or until the cheese is melted. Carefully scoop the fries onto a serving platter and top with lettuce, olives, pickled jalapenos, green onions, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, Cotija, pickled red onions and chipotle crema. Serve immediately with lime wedges.

Sweet Potato Nacho Fries

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So there you have it – don’t forget to show us how you pre-game California-style! And if you’re into cheeseboards (who isn’t??) be sure to check out my friend Sarah from The Delicious Life’s Game Day Super Board for inspiration! Post YOUR creations on Instagram from now until Super Bowl for a chance to win a California Prize Pack. Be sure to use the hashtags #CAGrown #VisitCalifornia #CAPregame when you post!

Sweet Potato Nacho Fries

Epic Sweet Potato Fry Nachos

Alison Needham
These Loaded Sweet Potato Nacho Fries start with from-scratch, spicy roasted California sweet potato. Piled high with California olives, Real California Jack Cheese and Cotija cheese, chipotle crema, shredded lettuce, pickled red onions and jalapenos, cherry tomatoes, green onions and cilantro, these nacho fries are best eaten with a fork. Serve with a chilled California Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc – and a lot of napkins.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 397 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

For the Pickled Red Onions:

For the Chipotle Crema:

For the Baked Sweet Potato Fries:

Instructions
 

Make the Pickled Red Onions.

  • Combine the red onion slices and ½ cup of juice from a jar of pickled jalapenos in a small bowl. Press on the onions to make sure they are fully submerged. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to one week.

Make the Chipotle Crema.

  • Combine the sour cream, mayo, lime juice, chipotle powder, and salt in a small bowl, whisking well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Can be made 1 week ahead.

Make the fries.

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F and place two rimmed baking sheets into the oven while it heats.
  • Peel the sweet potatoes and slice lengthwise into ⅓ inch slabs, then slice each slab into ⅓ inch slices, creating “fries.” Place sweet potatoes into a large bowl. Drizzle with ⅓ cup olive oil and sprinkle with smoked paprika, salt, and cayenne pepper. Toss well to coat fries evenly with oil and spices.
  • When the oven reaches temperature, remove the pans from the oven and drizzle each with a tablespoon of olive oil, tipping the pan around to evenly coat it with the oil. Carefully divide the coated fries evenly onto the pans, spreading them out in a single layer. Return the pans to the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the pans from the oven, flip the fries with a spatula, rotate the pans on the shelves, and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until the fries are crisp on the edges.
  • Remove fries from the oven, toss gently and combine on one pan. Top fries with the grated cheese and return to the oven to bake for 5 minutes more, or until the cheese is melted. Carefully scoop the fries onto a serving platter and top with lettuce, olives, pickled jalapenos, green onions, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, Cotija, pickled red onions and chipotle crema. Serve immediately with lime wedges.

Nutrition

Serving: 1portionCalories: 397kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 11gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 1254mgPotassium: 540mgFiber: 5gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 17202IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 312mgIron: 2mg
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