Okay, major confession time……
I’ve never made sweet potato fries before. Don’t judge, it’s just that most of the french fry lovers in my family claim to hate sweet potatoes so I’ve always felt it would be a pointless venture. But now there will be no going back. I’ve opened the door to homemade french frying and everyone knows that they can be done. Fact: there will be more fries happening, a lot of em, and very soon.
I think that if regular potato fries went up against sweet potato fries in a competition to see which tastes better chili-cheesified, the latter would win hands down every time. Sorry regular tatos, we’ll still love you forever, but it’s October and sweet potatoes are calling to us!
Oh, and speaking of October and Fall, this is like the ultimate football season food, because nothing says guy food like chili fries. I have this condition when it comes to making chili though, I end up throwing everything into it before I consider it done. But that’s how it should be with chili, don’t you think? It has to develop its flavor over a long period of time to be at it’s best. Plus, it’s pretty hard to go wrong by adding a little extra this and that to reach chili perfection.
And now that I’ve been making chili for years, I always make it by touch and don’t measure any of it, but I did my best to give you guys an accurate ratio recipe to follow. I still recommend going with your instincts on the final taste, though. Only you know your own preferences so don’t be shy to add a little more of the flavors you love.
For example, sometimes when I’m in the mood for a smokier chili, I basically just keep dumping in the liquid smoke until I taste it. I also like adding miscellaneous things like coffee, cocoa, and cinnamon, to get that perfect depth of flavor. Of course, I make food by the vat these days, so for smaller batches I’d say to take it easier on any drastic flavors. It goes both ways too, I know my chili ingredient list is like 12 miles long, so if there are a few things that you don’t have or you’d rather not add, just skip em. Every batch of chili I make ends up slightly different and I love that.
My brother Chase has always despised sweet potatoes, but I even got him to try these. He loved them actually, and he even said he was really sad when his plate was empty. That says a lot, since he’s a typical growing teen boy that usually finishes his plate thoughtlessly and immediately moves on to the next thing to keep up with his raging metabolism. I think you need to make these this season if you want to really enjoy life’s greatest pleasures. Just sayin’.