Sweet Potato Chili Fries

I’ve been loving the fries this week. That’s not totally true actually. I made these chili fries the same day I made my Ketchup with Rosemary Sweet Potato Fries. So it was kind of like killing two birds with one stone. That’s a dumb saying.

It’s Friday. I heart Friday. I don’t know why because I still work on the weekends so nothing is really different compared to Thursday. But Friday nights excite me because I can do whatever the hell I want and no one is around to tell me to do something else. All my roommates go out, all my girlfriends go out, and I get to sit in my pajamas, watching the Food Network while I make some kind of treat and skim my way through Pinterest. I.Effing.Love.Pinterest. I’ve been spending hours on it lately so I can modify it exactly how I want. Meaning, the only thing that pops up on my pinterest is food related. Have you seen my Pinterest boards?! You should check them out. They aren’t that awesome because I’m slightly a bore, but you know, I’m trying.

So this weekend is suppose to be hot hot hot in Colorado. Like 82 on Saturday. 82 in March?! Holy moly, awesome. So I’m going to spend most of my time outdoors, with minimal clothing on (spandex shorts are back!!!), while reading Catching Fire. Yep. Instead of playing volleyball like all of my other friends will be doing, I will be engulfing my brain in the second book of the Hunger Games. Last week Tommy made me play volleyball. He has now made me play kickball AND volleyball in the same week. Do you know how much embarrassment that is for JUST ONE WEEK?! It’s ridiculous. Especially since I’m not consuming alcoholic beverages throughout these experiences. Being drunk makes everything seem more funny and less humiliating.

So if you’re like me and are consuming paleo treats on your Friday night while you surf the web, I’ll be right there with you. It’s like we’re best friends. You know what you should do?! Check out my Facebook, my Pinterest, my Youtube station, AND my Twitter. I’ll be updating all of them throughout the night. That’s kind of a lie, but whatever.

OH SH*T!!! Guess what just came in?! This best thing to hit this town since 1988 (the year I was born, duh). HEADBANDS!!! Yes PaleOMG headbands! They are here! You wear them on your head. They keep the hair out of your eyes, and even better, keep the sweat from going into your eyeballs and burning. I seriously don’t understand how any of you workout without a headband on. It’s pure torture. Check em out! Then get one!! I love mine!

look at that awkward turtle go

Sweet Potato Chili Fries

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 1x



For the chili

  • 1/2lb Grass Fed Beef
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 (6 oz) can of tomato paste
  • 11.5 cups vegetable broth
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fat of choice (I used bacon fat)


  1. Make your Sweet Potato Fries.
  2. While your sweet potato fries are cooking, place a large skillet over medium heat and add a tablespoon of fat.
  3. Add your minced garlic and onion to your hot pan and mix to combine the flavors.
  4. When your onions have become translucent, add your grass fed beef and all your spices. Let your meat cook down for about 4-5 minutes, using a wooden spoon to break up the beef and incorporate the spices.
  5. When the beef is almost cooked through, add your diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Mix to combine.
  6. Then add your vegetable broth. If you want a runnier chili, add a bit more broth.
  7. Add a bit of salt and pepper.
  8. Let cook down for about 3 minutes and taste to make sure your spice level is where you want it to be!!
  9. Pour over your sweet potatoes and top with some avocado to act as a cooling agent. This chili is a bit spicy!


This cooking time is with the time it takes to cook sweet potato fries included.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


74 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Chili Fries”

  1. Mmmmm num num num, see this looks tasty & its fried, always a winner!

    You’ve garnered back my respect after the eggs whats-a-ma-call-it thingy where i dissed ur photographic integrity

  2. OMG! Can’t wait to make these! I wish I would think of stuff like this to make. Great post! I’ll be purchasing a headband ASAP!

  3. I didn’t know we were the same age…sweet. I don’t know why that’s sweet, but whatevs. 88 was apparently a VERY good year. I want a head band, but I just bought two from lululemon. Maybe I need to start doing two-a-days to warrant buying a third…?

  4. Hey! You’re cute! What’s funny is that I made sweet potato fries for the first time tonight, but before I read this post.

    So I also get a comment this morning from my friend Rachel who said “I also follow PaleoOMG which is fantastic. This girl is sexy, knowledgable and posts great recipes as well”.

  5. Love your headband! I agree… working out is much more enjoyable with a headband. I just wish I looked cute in them. HA! Oh well, I am not trying to look cute when working out! btw… I thought you were going to say the new item was an apron… that would be cool too. I made your Smoky Bacon Chili the other night, which was AH-mae-zing! That would taste good on these fries too. My bf even said this is really good chili, I don’t even miss the beans. Me either!

  6. OMG!! I wanted and have been thinking about these for two weeks now (actually it was the Coney Island kind) so now I can partake in a healthy way. YOU ARE MY HERO! 🙂

  7. You might recall my request a couple of weeks ago regarding loaded sweet potato fries. Well done (maybe just a tiny sprinkle of good cheddar for me).

  8. Beef: It’s what’s for dinner…..I’m so excited for this one!! I fell off the Paleo band wagon this week, so this is perfect to get me back on.

  9. forget the chili fries (even though they are amazing), I can’t believe no one has yet to mention the blue eyes and brown hair! Impressive combo!

  10. I’m with Greg. You look sensational in the ‘new handband’ picture. Also, thanks for the blog. You continually inspire me on a daily basis to eat properly and work out. Maybe if I ever make it to Denver we can have a virgin margarita on a patio somewhere.

  11. Oooh, I’m gonna make this chili and serve it on some grass-fed hot dogs AND sweet potato fries! With grass-fed cheeese! YUMMM.

  12. Juli, you look Effing awesome in that headband ! I mean, what’s not to like. Big blue eyes, HOT, cooks awesome paleo dishes, has a great sense of humor, does cross fit, and you try sports your not good at. I’m starting to wonder ’bout the boys out in Denver. Yes I said “boys” on purpose. WTF, gotta be something in the water out there.

    P.S. Saving this recipe for later, already had all the damn sweet potato I’m gonna eat this week.

      1. Well, let’s see. If I eat more than a certain amount of sweet potatoes in a week, I can’t button my pants. If I can’t button my pants, I have to shop for new pants. Shopping for new pants just cause I want to can be fun. But, shopping for new pants because my old pants no longer fit the “new” bigger me, SUCK’S BAD!!!

  13. Btw Juli, I think you should use the photo of you in your paleomg heasband as your profile pic for this blog page.

    1. Will do!

      Also, A++++ on this meal. Couldn’t wait and enjoyed it last night. Child, you like it spiiiii–C. I had to dial it back on the red and cayenne peppers. x_O

  14. I’m so happy I had leftover Smoky Bacon Chili from yesterday! This was was the perfect Sunday lunch!

  15. The chili itself was awesome. I was smiling the whole time while eating this. Topped it with bacon pieces, guacamole, sour cream and ketchup to take the yumminess up a notch or two.

  16. Gah! So, I just tried to make this. Total disaster. I am such a complete failure as a cook (I cannot tell you the number of times I cooked a chicken with all the little bag of chicken bits still inside.) But paleo is colossally boring if you don’t cook, so I’m challenging myself.

    So, here’s what I did. 1. Doubled the beef. 2. Cut some of the spice (I have a wimpy mouth). 3. Screwed up the amount of tomato paste. 4. Added some brown sugar to make up for the acidity of the tomato paste. I know, not paleo at all, but I couldn’t just throw it out, or eat it because it burrrrrrrrned! 5. Failed a bit on the fries – not crunchy – but still delicious! All in all, not a complete disaster, and I think I’ll try it again and modify it. Thanks so much for putting it up!

  17. I just made your chili and gonna write a post on it. OMG. just what i needed after a hard day in PA school. Great fuel for a workout!where has this recipe been all my life! gonna browse for more quick and easy recipes for a student 🙂

  18. just made this and put it on top of your coconut rice recipe from the pumpkin cashew curry! (which i also made last week)… soooo delicious

  19. So awesome! I’ve made it twice and I wish I was always eating it. Chili cheese fries were my hangover cure in my pre paleo life, so this has been a god send.

    1. So I am Jessica K (now I’m Jessica W, congrats to myself – LOL) But here is an update, we eat these at least (yes I said at least) once per week! If I were religious I’d say god sent you to earth to bless me with this awesome recipe (actually if I were religious I probably wouldnt say that, but that is really beside the point). LOVE LOVE LOVE

  20. I made these last night, but vegetarian style, and they were amazing! Thank you for the idea that should have been right on my radar as we LOVE sweet potato fries and chili. 🙂

  21. Damn girl you are freakin’ awesome!!! I’ve tried so many of your recipes this week and my family loves them! These chili fries we are having tonight and WOW spicy but YUMMY!!!! Please don’t stop doing this blog – you may have just saved our Paleo lifestyle. I was make the same old things until my hubby stumbled across your AMAZING website. Making the caramel pecan bars this weekend for a party – SO EXCITED!!! And may I say that if I was a Dude I would totally be hitting on you. You are beautiful and I adore your sense of humor/personality.

  22. Sounds delicious. I won’t use the coconut oil spray but I will use virgin coconut oil. The spray is easier but not nearly as healthy as just using the oil (in my opinion).

  23. WOW I just made these and they are un-freaking-believable. I don’t know if I even came up for air while eating them. I had a good laugh as I realized I was doing close to the same thing as you on a Friday night. What a winning combo though, I would’ve never thought to do it. Way to go girl! As per usual your recipe rocked.

  24. OMG my mouth was on fire! Luckily, we haven’t totally switched from no dairy yet, because I don’t know what I would have done without a glass of milk. I was sweating and my nose and eyes were watering as I kept piling in bite after bite, but I couldn’t stop… it was SO good! Next time I will definitely scale back on the heat!

    PS- I looked up your coconut spray and I just couldn’t bring myself to pay $20 for it (plus they don’t ship to Guam). I have a Misto and put my jar of coconut oil in a cup of hot water from the tap for long enough for some of it to liquify (about 20 min). Pour it in the misto and it works wonderfully, and it’s WAY cheaper! I just have to remember to let the Misto sit in the warm/hot water before I use it again.

  25. Hey juli,
    Very tasty even with my teaspoon/tablespoon mix-up (I was making garlic infused oil that’s my excuse).
    Just started strict paleo today (I’m going to try it for 30 days) so very glad of your site. Meatza tomorrow 🙂
    Keep posting the good stuff

  26. OMG this was amazing. I added hot sauce to mine, but I add hot sauce to everything because I am a redneck who eats paleo. I’m like a month in and I follow your blog religiously. I live in Denver too, so that makes me feel super cool to live in the same town, but I’m about to move to Alaska. Go figure. Anyway, I really enjoy reading your recipes and you are a great person to follow on this new journey. You make me smile when I read your posts and I can relate so much. Jeeze this was long. Thanks again!!!!

  27. Im new to the Paleo scene….at 35 years old I just found out I am “highly gluten sensitive”.

    This recipe is sooooo incredibly good! A little spicy (but certainly not too much..just maybe a little much for some people).

    My 12 year old son said to tell you you were “A BOSS”!
    Thanks for creating something my whole family can eat without complaint.

  28. Made this with a few changes-
    Ground turkey instead of ground beef.
    Diced fire roasted tomatoes instead of normal diced tomatoes.
    Added liquid smoke to the chili.
    Went with extra salty & spicy garlic butternut squash fries instead of sweet potato fries.
    Topped with Kerrygold cheddar, green onions, and Skyr (Icelandic yogurt – kind of like greek yogurt).

    Pretty good. I’ll definitely make more fries next time in comparison to the amount of chili, though – I ended up eating most of it with a fork!

  29. This was so delicious. Much better than the stuff at restaurants with questionable ingredients.

    When I made the chili I was making soup as well so I just chopped a little more leek-celery-carrot and used it as the base. Sneaks more veggies in and you can’t even tell if you’re trying to feed veggie haters. At the time of adding the garlic I also added a diced jalapeno to make it spicier and a coarsely diced red bell pepper to “make up” for the fact that there were no beans (and sneak more veggies in).

    I doubled the beef/spices and added TJ’s Fire Roasted Diced tomatoes.

    I was going to put some sour cream but with the whole sliced avocado on top I found I did not need it!

    Also disclaimer this is not paleo but if you put a little bit of cornstarch on your sweet potato fries it helps them come out crunchier. You don’t have to put a ton. Just enough to barely coat the fries.

    Thanks for the delicious recipe! Just found your blog a few days ago and looking forward to trying more recipes! And yes 1988 is the best year though can you believe we are 25?????

  30. Sorry, I don’t like to leave negative feedback but feel it’s only fair for others. The fries came out great! But the chili was quite boring in my opinion. It had a VERY tomato taste to me and my fam. In fairness, I didn’t have veg broth and instead used chicken broth. Ended up doubling cumin and tripling chili powder to get a chili flavor. Thanks for the idea however! I’m soo bored and tired of both cooking and chewing! Lol paleo is so much chewing and cooking!!!! I miss yogurt and protein shakes!! Haha

  31. OMG This was sooooo good! I must admit I modified it a bit but you take all the credit! My bf couldn’t get enough of it 😀 I even took pictures cause I thought I’d be able to post it here but I guess I can’t… Thanks for what you do!

  32. Wow!!! Officially one of the BEST paleo recipes I have made thus far… and I have made A LOT!! You’re the best, thank you so much for sharing! And thank you to your search bar for the list of your ground beef recipes lol. I doubled it because I had 1lb of grass-fed ground beef and its soooo cheap at Sprouts right now. Super psyched to eat the leftovers at work tomorrow and make the whole office drool 🙂

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