Loaded Southwest Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries 1I’ve been having fries for lunch every day this week, and taunting you all with my delicious creation on Instagram and Twitter! I haven’t posted a recipe on here in ages so you should know I think very highly of this one. As in, there may or may not be a guy in my life now and this is the first thing I plan to cook for him.

I stumbled upon a similar recipe by Naturally Ella but decided to omit quite a few of the ingredients. Cilantro activates my gag reflex. Just the smell of it is suffocating to me. Similar to freshly mowed grass. Chokes.

When I make this I make enough for two at a time to reheat leftovers the next day. Ain’t nobody got time for having the oven on for 40 minutes a day during Florida summers. When I reheat the fries they are mushy, but the taste is still incredible. They may even taste better since the few times I’ve made this I love the crunch of the crispy fries, but the softer one’s are sweeter and more flavorful.

IMG_7655Loaded Southwest Sweet Potato Fries (serves two)

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 pound)
  • 1 T. Coconut Oil
  • 3 T. Cornmeal
  • 1/2 T. Adobo
  • 1 can Low Sodium Black Beans
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 2 wedges of laughing cow queso (one per serving)
  • Honey to drizzle on the fries just before eating
  • Cilantro and lime to garnish (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cut fries into 1/4″ strips and put into a large container with a lid. Melt coconut oil in microwave and pour over fries. Add cornmeal and adobo. Put the lid on the container and shake to coat. Transfer to parchment lined baking sheet and cook for 40-45 minutes, flipping once halfway through
  • When fries are almost done empty beans into a microwavable bowl, add adobo to season if you’d like, and heat up in the microwave (or stove if that ain’t your thing.) When fries are done put half onto two plates, cut up a square of laughing cow cheese for each, 1/4 of an avocado, and 1/2 cup of the beans on top of the fries. Yes, this does leave some leftover beans so feel free to just add 1/2 the can. I like to throw my plate into the microwave for about 30-45 seconds to melt the cheese before adding the avocado.


Many of you have already asked me how I get the fries to come out crispy. I think there are a few things contributing to my crunch success. First, cut the sweet potatoes as thinly as possible. About 1/4″ or smaller. Second, the cornmeal added to them before baking seems to help. Finally, I always roast veggies on parchment paper and swear that makes them crisp better. If 40-45 minutes have passed and they still aren’t done to your liking then try to put the oven on  broil for 2-3 minutes (but be very, very vigilant that they do not burn!)

When I eat this I do so with a fork, not like I’m eating ‘real’ fries. I find I can shovel more food in my mouth quickly that way.IMG_7660Aside from the baking time this is a super quick, simple recipe. The way I make it the calories come out to about 550 per serving.  A bit more than I usually eat but I like to make lunch the biggest meal of the day and it’s all such healthy, delicious ingredients!

Have you ever made homemade fries before? Did they fail or turn out?


    • Erica House says

      I was JUST thinking about nachos last night! Not really a good way to make those healthy, but I absolutely love ’em!

    • Erica House says

      They are! Now that I’ve eaten it a few times I think I prefer them leftover. One giant mushy pile of deliciousness.

  1. Liz says

    Hi Erica, sorry to de-lurk to hassle you, but every time I go to ericadhouse.com it takes me to the Eglin Gate to Gate recap, and I can’t access newer pages (I’m here via the link on facebook), Are you aware of a problem? I’m not very techie so it might just be my browser or something, apologies if so. I read your blog every day for the thoughtful, interesting and honest posts and often check for updates so I’m not liking not seeing the newest posts!

    Many thanks,

    • Erica House says

      And thank you so much for reading :) I have had a lot of server issues lately so I’ve emailed them about it. Can you access ericadhouse.com when you open up a new browser and put that in directly? It seems others are getting to my new posts okay, and I just clicked on the link in my facebook account and it went to today’s post.

    • Erica House says

      Here’s the message my host suggested I pass along to you – hopefully this works! “”It sounds like you can only see a certain number of posts. What Browser are you using? I would recommend to have you clear your cache and cookies cause when we view it on our end it is pulling up the most recent posts.”

    • Erica House says

      The cheese is SO good! I don’t do cheese very often, and I know laughing cow isn’t the most ‘natural’ out there, but it’s a great edition to the dish for only 35 calories.

    • Erica House says

      Definitely! The adobo could be subbed with any sort of cajun seasoning (or make your own if you have paprika, cumin, etc.) but the laughing cow is a must!

  2. Jenny Garrett says

    Thanks! Sharing this with my family at our family reunion in a few weeks in Wyoming! I am trying to lose weight. I am hoping this is a healthy meal that will aid in the process. I love your website, and your honesty about money, etc..


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