As a student I ate a lot of Chilli Cheese Fries and when I was travelling, with friends, in the USA I think my intake doubled. Mainly ordered in bars or in fast food restaurants, it certainly wasn’t the healthiest of choices. I’m a lot more heath conscious now and it no longer exists in my diet, and definitely not in my kids diet. Until now that is.
A while ago I served some left over chilli with left over sweet potato wedges to Finn and Rory. They loved it and that is when I thought of making Healthy Chilli Cheese Fries. It is made up of baked sweet potato fries, chilli packed full of veg, a little cheese and some guacamole. This version is much lower in fat and sodium than most chilli cheese fries and is packed with goodness.
Still not convinced that these are healthy? Have a look at what it is made up of
Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potaotoes provide a range of nutritional benefits. One medium sweet potato contains well over our daily requirement of Vitamin A and gives us a good dose of Vitamin C, potassium and fibre. They are baked instead of fried.
If you use my chilli recipe then your kids will get a dose of the following vegetables; tomatoes, onion, celery, pepper, courgette, aubergine. Simmered for a long time the veg breaks down and they won’t even notice!
My guacamole recipe is made using avocado, tomato, onion, garlic, lime, coriander and no added salt for the kids. Pretty healthy, right?
I grated the tiniest amount of cheese on Rory’s portion (due to salt levels) and a little more on Finns. Don’t go crazy with it, a little is enough especially when it is topped with guacamole.
Healthy Chilli Cheese Fries
- 1 kg Sweet Potatoes
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Smoked paprika (optional)
- 2 cups of cooked chilli
- 1 cup guacamole (approx)
- 1/4 cup grated cheese. (approx)
Pre heat oven to 200c / 400f
Wash and peel sweet potatoes
Slice the sweet potatoes into 1/4 inch (about 60mm) thick fries
In a large bowl mix the cut sweet potato with the oil and smoked paprika until fully coated
Place the sweet potato fries in a single layer on a baking tray.
Bake until tender and browned (approx. 15-20 mins), turning occasionally.
Portion out the fries and top with some chilli, a little cheese and some guacamole.
Recipe NotesSee links for chilli and guacamole recipes.