Loaded Sweet Potato Fries | Air Fryer Crispy

Loaded Sweet Potato Fries is where comfort food meets healthy food! Most people have a sweet tooth. I have a french fry tooth!

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I can’t help it. I grew up on McDonald’s fries. Love ’em! So when I made the clean eating switch, this was a problem! Big problem. Sweet potato fries to the rescue!

And now I’m leveling up my sweet potato fries! There’s not much more satisfying than crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, perfectly cooked sweet potato fries topped with some of the most amazing ingredients on Earth! Yes, they’re that good. Just keep on reading for all the tips and tricks to ensure yours are perfect every time!

Are Sweet Potato Fries Healthier Than Regular?

Let’s get to the point on this one – yes sweet potato fries are better for you than regular fries. Especially if you air fry them like I do here. So why are they healthier for you? Fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C, for starters.

Sweet potatoes also contain high levels of antioxidants and anti inflammatory properties. They are the perfect base for these amazing loaded sweet potato fries!

My battle with Crohn’s disease has put me on the hunt for healthful, clean-eating ingredients in recipes that actually taste great! Now I’m not one to brag, but these loaded sweet potato fries knock it out of the park! Be sure to check out my free handout – Anti Inflammatory Foods to Eat and Avoid if you’re also looking for better ways to eat!

  • Loaded with vitamins ad minerals? Check
  • Lots of anti-inflammatory goodness so I can keep up the good fight? Check
  • Fiber to keep that digestive tract running smoothly? Check
  • Tastes great and is comfort-food-satisfying? Check, check, check!

How to Make Loaded Sweet Potato Fries (full recipe below)

The key to success is to make sure you get super crispy sweet potato fries to start with. I show you exactly how to do that here. (Hint: an air fryer is key! Here’s the one I use and love.)

Choose your toppings (see below for specifics). Now, this is where you can get creative. Just grab your favorite ingredients and toss them on top. Then dig in and enjoy!

Watch me make them here! (I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube Channel for more easy cooking tutorials!)

You can also toss them under a broiler for a few minutes to get all the toppings nice and warm and ooey, gooey (if you use cheese.) Add a little dollop of sour cream and you’re good to go!

What To Put on Loaded Sweet Potato Fries?

Good question! I’m glad you asked. The truth is, anything goes! Pile your cooked sweet potato fries on a cookie sheet and go to town! But… since I’m going for a healthy version here, let’s pick the good stuff.

Black beans are my ultimate favorite topping on loaded sweet potato fries. And super easy to make with my Instant Pot Black Beans recipe here. If you smash the beans a little before adding them, they’ll stick to the fries a little better.

Next, I add a little minced red onion for a bit of a kick, some sliced jalapeño (can you ever really have too much kick?), diced tomatoes, sliced olives, then top with a little cheese (I like a non-dairy cheese sauce like this, but use whatever type you want!)

As mentioned above, placing the loaded sweet potato fries under a broiler for a few minutes really does give the best results. Then just top with a bit of sour cream and cilantro. And you’ve got your healthy comfort food! Dig in (a fork helps!)

Ingredients Used in This Recipe

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  • Sweet Potatoes – delicious, loaded with healthy goodness, and the star of the show
  • Black Beans – either canned or made from dry, these add even more fiber and can help bone heart health. See below for the best seasonings for these.
  • Red Onion – loaded with anti inflammatory properties and can help reduce high blood pressure
  • Jalapeño – more fiber and vitamin C
  • Tomatoes – so many good things in tomatoes – vitamin C, lycopine, potassium, folate, and so much more
  • Olives – vitamin E and antioxidants
  • Cheese – calcium if you’re using dairy, or lots of fiber and protein if using cashew-based
  • Pico de Gallo – a delicious mix of tomatoes, onions, and cilantro

And that’s all there is to it! A super healthy, super filling, and super satisfying comfort food meal! Sure to become a household favorite.

Kitchen Tools Used in This Recipe:

  • My Air Fryer – https://amzn.to/2Wm1BHc
  • Cast Iron Skillet – https://amzn.to/3CuhT1U
Loaded Sweet Potato Fries | Air Fryer Crispy

Loaded Sweet Potato Fries | Air Fryer Crispy

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Loaded sweet potato fries - where healthy meets comfort food! Loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals plus tons of antioxidants!


  • For the Sweet Potato Fries
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil (can use other vegetable oil)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Toppings:
  • Black beans (Instant Pot black beans)
  • Pico de gallo
  • Avocado
  • Minced red onion
  • Jalapeño
  • Sour cream (dairy free recipe coming soon)
  • Cheese (can use plant based)
  • Cilantro


    1. Cut off the skinny ends of the sweet potatoes and scrub and peel them. You can leave the skins on for texture if you prefer.
    2. Slice the potatoes into strips with a french fry slicer or by hand. If slicing by hand, first slice the potato lengthwise in half. Lay flat then slice into even-sized strips approximately 1/4"-1/2' thick.
    3. Soak the potato strips in cold water for one hour then remove and pat dry.
    4. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.
    5. In a large bowl, drizzle oil over sweet potato strips and toss to coat. Add seasonings and toss again to evenly coat.
    6. Set air fryer to 380 degrees. Preheat if necessary. Place sweet potatoes in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook for 12 minutes, shaking halfway through. Then check for doneness. Add 1-2 minutes at a time until desired crispiness.
    7. Place cooked fries on a cookie sheet and top with favorite toppings then put under the broiler for 5 minutes. Enjoy!

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