An easy, healthy, Mexican-inspired side dish, these Air Fryer Sweet Potato Wedges with Tajín (chile-lime seasoning) require just a few minutes of active prep, and about 20 minutes in your air fryer. They pair beautifully with burgers, sandwiches, and your favorite grilled foods, but they make a great snack on their own!
👩🏻🍳 Tamara Talks - Recipe Inspiration
I am always looking for easy and healthy ways to use my homemade tajín spice blend. Tajín grilled chicken is a favorite summer recipe, and it's so easy! We love pairing them with this dragon fruit salad. Those "dog days of summer?" Try these mangonada paletas! You'll be missing out if you don't check out 25 Things to Put Tajín On.
Spice blends are one of the easiest ways I know of to get a healthy and flavorful dinner on the table in minutes. Tajín spice mix requires just 3 ingredients - ground red chile powder, crystallized lime powder, and salt - and it provides a burst of flavor to the simplest of dishes!
Once you've spent 5 minutes making the spice blend, and you've prepped the sweet potatoes (about 10 minutes of active times), you'll need oil and an air fryer to get this, healthy delicious Mexican-inspired side dish cooking. While the sweet potatoes air fry, focus on a quick main dish like these bison patties, or these shrimp skewers.
Sweet potatoes are so healthy, and I'm always looking for new and interesting ways to use them. I hope you'll give these Air Fryer Sweet Potato Wedges with Tajín a try!
💭 Top Tip
For the crispiest sweet potato wedges, start by removing as much moisture from the sweet potatoes as possible. If you have time, soak your wedges in cold water for 1 to 24 hours (in the refrigerator). This process removes some of the starch, and they'll get crispier! NOTE: Be sure to dry them thoroughly when removing from the water!
Here is a quick look at the ingredients in the recipe – it’s handy to use at the grocery store or as a summary of what you need. Skip to the recipe for quantities.
- sweet potato(es) - I allow one large sweet potato (about 9 ounces) per 2 servings.
- tajín - You can make homemade tajín in less than 5 minutes, or you can buy pre-made tajín. When you make it at home, you can reduce the sodium like I do in my own recipe, and it doesn't contain any suspect ingredients!
- oil - Air fryers get really hot, so I choose canola oil or refined coconut oil for this task. You need a high smoke point!
See recipe card for quantities. 😀
This recipe for sweet potato wedges is so easy! If you've got your tajín spice mix at-the-ready, you can have them on the table in about 30 minutes! Start by heating up your air fryer to 400°.
- Prep the sweet potato(es) - Peel the sweet potato(es). If large, cut in half crosswise. Next, cut in half lengthwise. Cut each piece in 3 or 4 wedges, depending on how big around it is. I shoot for ½-3/4" thick at the thicker end of the wedge.
- Season the sweet potato(es) - Toss the sweet potato(es) with the oil. You want to use just enough for a light coating that will allow the spice mix to stick. Sprinkle the tajín lightly over the wedges, and thoroughly toss again. Add additional tajín as needed. (See above photo for reference!)
Hint: I like to use a large bowl that allows plenty of movement, and a spatula to toss. Too much oil can result in soggy sweet potato wedges, so exercise restraint.
- Air fry the sweet potato wedges - Add the prepared wedges to the air fryer. Try to avoid crowding the racks. I use the air fryer lid for my Instant Pot, and I have 2 layers available to me. Close the lid. Cook 10 minutes, shake, and cook an additional 10 minutes until they're crisp and have browned edges. The interior of the wedges should be tender.
This recipe lends itself well to many variations. If you're not in the mood for the chile-lime spice combination, why not try something a little different? This is not an exhaustive list!
- Spicy-sweet - Mix ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt with ¼ teaspoon cayenne, ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika, ½ teaspoon brown or turbinado sugar, ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Asian - Try five spice powder and sea salt
- Middle Eastern - Za'atar, sea salt, and either black or Aleppo pepper
- Mexican #2 - Add sea salt to this Mexican mole spice blend
The best way is to reheat them in the air fryer at the same 400°
Yes! We love the easy avocado crema you see in the photo below. In a small food processor, combine ½ cup plain yogurt, 1 small avocado, a handful of cilantro leaves, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the juice of 1 lime, salt and pepper.
On photo day, I used my relatively new Instant Pot air fryer lid attachment. I have been pleasantly surprised at how well it works. I also have a Samsung microwave with a "slim fry" setting that functions like an air fryer. It also works well. I have used my kids' air fryer - a Cuisinart model - with great success as well.