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Ancho Roasted Sweet Potatoes


Sweet potatoes have a great nutrition reputation, often touted as a superfood. They’re full of good stuff like complex carbs, fiber, vitamin E and beta carotene. Sweet potatoes are also a powerful food in the kitchen- delicious in everything from soups, breads, side dishes and even desserts. One of the simplest ways to enjoy the tasty superfood is to simply roast sweet potatoes. Here’s an easy roasted sweet potato recipe flavored with ancho chile pepper, lime juice and a touch of honey.

Ancho Roasted Sweet Potatoes
2 pounds sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons canola or safflower oil
2 teaspoons ancho chile powder
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 13 x 9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into bite-size pieces (1 1/2-inch chunks); place in baking dish. Drizzle oil over sweet potatoes and stir to coat. Sprinkle with ancho chile powder, salt and black pepper; stir to evenly distribute seasonings. Bake 40 to 50 minutes until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. Transfer potatoes to a serving dish. Drizzle with honey and lime juice; stir gently to coat.

Makes 6 servings

Tip: Ancho chile powder is simply ground dried ancho chiles. If you don’t have ancho chile powder you can substitute a chili powder blend. If your chili powder blend contains salt, omit or reduce the amount of coarse salt called for in the recipe.

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