Sweet Potato Chips are a crunchy, healthy snack that you can make at home. No deep fryer required! You can make them at home in just a little over 30 minutes.
How to Cut the Potatoes
The easiest way to prepare sweet potato chips is by using a mandoline slicer. This handy kitchen tool will help you create paper-thin slices, which are best for getting crispy chips.
If you slice the potatoes too thickly, they won’t crisp up. You want them to be roughly 1/16th” thick, which is hard to achieve using a knife alone.
Be sure to hold the potato at an angle when slicing the potato, to make the slices as large as possible. The potato slices will shrink significantly as they cook, so the larger slices will mean you’re not left with teeny-tiny baked sweet potato chips.
If you have a food processor with a slicing blade, that might work, too, but you won’t have as much control over that as you do with a mandoline slicer.
Have a sweet potato that is wider than your mandoline slicer? Simply slice the side off until it fits, so you can easily slide the potato back and forth over the blade.
Safety Tip: As your sweet potato gets smaller and smaller when using the mandoline slicer, be sure to use the finger guard that the slicer comes with, to protect your hands. It’s very easy to slice your fingers on the sharp blade! (It happened to me once, and I’ll never let it happen again.)
Why Are They Healthier?
Are sweet potato chips healthy? Since these chips are baked, instead of fried, they use less oil and have no artificial preservatives added. All you need is olive oil and salt to make them!
When baking sweet potato chips, you can skip the oil all together, but the mouth feel won’t be the same as store-bought potato chips. In fact, oil-free potato chips are pretty dry and unappealing in texture.
Instead, I recommend brushing each potato slice lightly with olive oil (on both sides) so that they bake evenly, with a melt-in-your-mouth crispness.
You don’t want to use so much oil that they are dripping, but you want to use enough that they have a shine to them with they go into the oven.
How to Cook Them
I’ve been baking sweet potato chips for years, and have experimented with all sorts of time and temperatures. In my opinion, it’s best to bake sweet potato chips at 300ºF so they won’t burn too quickly.
If you try baking sweet potato chips at 350ºF or 400ºF, they tend to get too brown before they get that melt-in-your-mouth crispiness that we come to expect when eating a chip.
Setting your oven slightly lower and cooking them a little longer gets that perfect crispy texture, without waiting too long for your homemade sweet potato chips.
You’ll probably notice that smaller chip slices will cook faster than the larger ones. After roughly 25 minutes of baking is usually when I need to remove the smaller pieces, and then the larger slices will need 30 to 35 minutes of baking total.
If you find that your chips aren’t nearly done after 35 to 40 minutes of baking, that probably means they were sliced too thick. You can continue to bake them until they crisp up more, but they may never be quite as crunchy as a store-bought chip when they are thicker.
How to Serve Them
What do you eat with sweet potato chips? These homemade chips are a little more earthy-tasting than the deep-fried kind you’d buy at the store, so I think they go best with a dip, like homemade guacamole or vegan ranch dressing.
They also make a great side dish for my favorite veggie burgers.
Baked Sweet Potato Chips
- 1 sweet potato , washed and scrubbed (about 8 oz.)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Fine sea salt , as needed
- Preheat the oven to 300ºF and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Use a mandoline slicer to cut the potatoes into paper-thin slices. You want them to be almost-transparent, but not quite. The thinner they are, the faster they will cook, and the crispier they will be.
- Arrange the potato slices in a single layer on both baking sheets, without much overlap. Brush both sides of each potato slice with oil, then sprinkle with sea salt.
- Bake at 300ºF for 15 minutes, then flip the chips over and bake for another 10 minutes. Be sure to watch the oven closely if your chip slices are particularly small, as they will cook the fastest. You want the chips to be lightly golden all over to get the crispiest results.
- Remove any small chips that are looking browned at the 25-minute mark, then continue to bake for 5 more minutes. If the chips aren't all uniformly golden at the 30-minute mark, continue to bake them in 5-minute intervals until they are done, removing any brown pieces as you go, so they won't burn.
- Let the chips cool on the pan for at least 5 minutes. They will crisp up even more as they cool. Serve right away with your favorite dip, or as a side dish.
- Homemade chips don't store particularly well. They will get a little softer if you store them in the fridge overnight, but you can re-heat them in the oven again, if you want to crisp them up the next day.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you would prefer to use a dehydrator to bake these chips, I recommend using the highest setting on your dehydrator. (This can range from 165ºF to 176ºF on the models I own.) At 165ºF, I need to let the sweet potato chips cook for 4 to 6 hours to get crispy. The thinner you slice them, the faster they will cook. Dehydrated chips don’t quite have the same mouthfeel as a baked chip, but you don’t have to worry about them burning this way.
If you want to experiment with your air fryer, you won’t be able to cook as many chips at one time. Bake at 300ºF for 15 minutes, then open the air fryer and separate any chips that have stuck together. The air fryer’s circulation usually causes the chips to fly around, so they stick together more with this method. Once they are separated, return to the air fryer and cook for 10 to 15 more minutes at 300ºF until they are lightly golden all over.
Yes! You can use white potatoes instead of sweet potatoes if that’s what you have on hand. Just keep in mind that they might cook slightly faster, so keep an eye on them in the oven.
If you try these Baked Sweet Potato Chips, please leave a comment below and let me know how you like them! And if you make any modifications, I’d love to hear about those, too. We can all benefit from your experience.
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Questions and Reviews
Yum!! You just reminded me that I haven’t made these in far far too long, and I have a perfectly good mandolin AND 3-blade spiralizer sitting in my kitchen for the job! I’ll be doing the oven baked method, and I’m thinking salt and vinegar will be my flavour. your chips look so perfect! Mine always get burn marks but that doesn’t normally stop me from gobbling them all up! 🙂
I am a cheesy girl 🙂 so I would take any cheese flavor..or just a bit of salt..so these sound perfect! So simple too…I definitely need to get a mandolin!
You had me at “oil free”! 🙂 I can’t wait to try these!! Off to add a Mandoline slicer to my Amazon cart… 😉
I’ve always loved salt & vinegar chips! Kettle cooked are my fav.
These look amazing! You’re so right about the fine line between crispy and burnt – learned that the hard way!
I need to get a mandolin!! These look super tasty and so easy. I’m more of a plain girl when it comes to savoury things, I love just plain chips with a touch of sea salt! For snacks I definitely prefer sweet though!
These look so amazing (and addictively good)! I just stumbled upon your blog and love it! I can’t wait to check out more of your recipes! 🙂
They look delicious!!! 🙂
Thanks for the idea! <3
Great and looking forward to these healthy snacks. I have always been a potato chip lover!How would you dehydrate to keep this a raw recipe?
To keep it raw, you’ll have to keep the temperature at 118F or below. I imagine it would take 6-8 hours for them to get crispy, maybe even longer… which is why I’m too impatient to do it. 😉
Let me know if you have any luck!
Oh, I will definitely be trying these! Did you like them better in the oven or the dehydrator? I have both…
I like how they didn’t burn in the dehydrator… so I guess that gets my vote. 🙂
I love making sweet potato “chips”! They are soo delicious!
wow, these chips look soo yummy and love that they’re without the grease! just curious as to where you got your mandoline…have been meaning to get one but don’t know which one is the “best”
I love the Benriner Mandolin! We used it during my detox cooking class, and I see them on “Top Chef” often, too. 🙂
I ordered mine on Amazon: http://amzn.to/H5bdor
Just wondering how you got the salt and spices to stick to the chips, mine just ended up in the bottom of the bowl.
The slices were moist after cutting, so the spices stuck because of the moisture. If your slices aren’t as moist, you could spray them with water to help!
Made some of these this morning, except I used oil as I think it is necessary for the absorption of the vitamin A in the sweet potatoes. Vitamin A (as well as vitamins D, E, and K) is fat soluble. Of course if you’re having other healthy fats with this then oil-free is great. Yummy!!
I made these this afternoon & they were yummy thank you for sharing 🙂
I make these for my dogs with no seasoning. Great healthy treat.
So yummy! Just made a batch from the dehydrator. I used the 160′ method as I’m also impatient and this my first set of chips I’ve made this way. Thank you! Great pictures too :=)
These are great. Also try zucchini like this. Cut em thick, though. It’s amazingly fantastic.
Did you blanch the potato’s when you dehydrated them. Lots of websites say to do this but when I do it takes like 20 hrs for them to get chip like . Thanks for any help
How do you remove the starchy flavor?
Confused are these yams or sweet potatoes? They look like yams
Some people may call them yams, but they’re technically orange-fleshed sweet potatoes.
I too am wondering about blanching. I read they were to be blanched 8 minutes before baking to kill anything in the raw food and make them keep better. Bit doesn’t that kill good bacteria and nutrients as well? Which is better for you? How long do they keep each way? Do they have to dehydrate longer if blanched?
Thank you for the great recipe and for answering my questions.
We are eating Potato chips with a cup of tea in the morning.
So thank you for this type rice-pies.
We tried these both in the oven and dehydrator! I’m pleased with the dehydrator – they were better on day 2 (and easier to manage over watching the oven so closely) I WILL say we added just a hint of melted coconut oil – tossed ours (well really smeared with my hands) and some cajun seasoning and they are quite AWESOME 🙂
I made these using beets instead…after 2 hrs in the dehydrator, they were still chewy and not crispy at all. I haven’t had any success with my dehydrator and root chips yet. I really want crispy chips. Do beets take longer? I will try the sweet potatoes next time. Any tips?
Do you need to soak or blanch before you dehydrate them? The way you do them, are they as crunchy as the chips on the market? Do the snap when you break them in half?
They do get very crispy and snap in half, but they don’t have the greasy, buttery texture that fried chips have.
How long is baked sweet potato can last?or is it only good for a several minutes? Can it last for a month? If so,Do i have to put it in the refrigerator? Would it loose it’s crispiness if i do that? Please i need a response quick.
So I have tried sweet potato chips twice. Our dehydrator is just a basic one and doesn’t have temp settings. So it dehydrates slow. However, both times I’ve done them; they’ve ended up TOO crispy. Is there anything I can do to them to make them where I don’t feel like I’m going to break a tooth?!?!
I recently made sweet potato chips with my Dehydrator ,but they came out tasting starchy even after seasoning them.How do I take out the starchiness? Is it advisable to blanch them before putting in the dehydrator ?
I was sooo excited to make these last night only to find that they tasted like dried starchy sweet potatoes.? So after wasting tao sweet potatoes, I sliced another one, coated it with a little bit of organic coconut oil, and this batch turned out a lot better!? I ‘m going to see if I can rehydrate the first batch, and selvage those, as I don’t like to waste food.
Thank you for these ideas. I mixed coconut oil with powdered pink salt and a hnt of ceyanne pepper and brushed both sides before putting them in my dehydrater..They been in there for the last 15 hrs. But Im willing to wait as long as it takes…There is nofan on my hydrater. I have mmandelin that only cuts one size….I think its a 16th of an inch. You didnt say how thin the slices shoud be so Im wondering if I cut them too thick, Thank you for responding to our questions. Imblooking forward to making this a habit. I eat one every time I check it just because it tastes so good…done or not!…..oh yes, I put them on parchment paper in order for easy clean up. They are still drying so Im wondering what you think….will the parchment paper keep them from drying?
I made these in the microwave. Such a tasty crispy late-night guilt-free snack! (Peel, then slice just like above, place on parchment papered plate, micro 3 min ’til limp, season, micro in 30-second increments until dry.)
How long do you think these would last??
I’m making them right now. Then, when I can get to the store, I am going to do it with beets! Love beet chips!
This was an unmitigated disaster. I tried the chips at 1/4” and I was at 20 mins (10 per side at 400) and they still weren’t done. Not only that, but the raw spice sprinkled lightly was so overwhelming I had to throw them out.
Round 2: 1/8” and put spice in a medium (avocado oil) and lightly brushed them. Still so spicy that it was unpalatable. Not only are the directions not accurate, the spice level is not even close to kid friendly.
Thank you for writing these 2 ways. I’ve got lime zest in the dehydrator right now and I think lime salt sweet potato chips will be next.
Where’s the recipe for the dehydrated way ? Also all your seasonings aren’t posted like they were a couple days ago
Sorry, I’m in the process of updating this post right now, but it’s a birthday weekend for both of my kids, so I’m slower than usual. The seasonings were just onion powder sprinkled to taste with the salt for a “sour cream and onion” flavor, or you can do a pinch of chili powder, instead. For the dehydrator, I usually do a heat of 118ºF until they are crispy, which can take 4+ hours. You can’t burn them in the dehydrator, so it’s just a watch and see sort of process until they are as crunchy as you want them to be.
I made one sweet potato dehydrated in medallion slices but it took 14-15 hrs at 149* why would that be ? I only did olive oil n salt n cinamon
It will depend on how thinly they are sliced, and it’s been quite a while since I’ve done this, so I’m going to test it again soon to post more accurate directions for both.
These look so good! I never thought of using a mandolin and usually just cut mine by hand. Can’t wait to try them!
These sound so good! Is the sweet potato flavour still strong after being baked? 🍠
These sweet potato chips are delicious! I cooked them at 300 but some had to go for 40 plus minutes. I think they were a little thick. Also learned not to use too much oil. I had to wipe some off after cooking.
We’re just eating these chips. They taste great. thank you for the recipe! I don’t have a mandolin and I cut the potato by hand with a knife. It took a while but the effect is worthwhile. Now I see the need to buy a new kitchen helper!
Delicious! There’s just one little problem….I can’t stop eating them. I used a Japanese yam. They’re not as sweet as sweet potatoes.