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Spicy Potatoes

May 17, 2020 by Chris Collins

These Spicy Potatoes are ultra crispy, nice & spicy and BURSTING with flavour. Perfect finger food or even as an easy side dish!

overhead shot of potatoes fresh out the oven in grey baking tray

Spicy Roast Potatoes

There’s plenty of things that take on spice nicely, but few things come close to the mighty spud. And when I tell you these are addictive boy oh boy do I mean it. Here’s why you’re gonna LOVE these spicy spuds:

  • Easy – So easy and stress free to make!
  • Perfect Texture – Gorgeously crispy on the outside and beautifully fluffy on the inside.
  • Dip – These are great with a dip, here I’ll show you a super-duper easy dipping sauce to go along side.

They’re perfect as a side to a main, but also great to serve at a gathering, game day or at a dinner party for some delicious finger food. Follow me…

closeup shot of fingers holding up potato on baking tray

Potato Slices

I love slicing these into disks for a couple of reasons. Firstly it means they go extra crispy, as both sides get direct contact with the tray (once you’ve flipped them). The second reason is because it increases the surface area, which maximises the amount of dip you can get with each dunk (the way my mind works, honestly 🤣).

What’s the best potato to use?

You want to use a floury potato like Russets, Maris Pipers or King Edwards. Stay away from more waxy varieties of potato, these retain too much moisture and won’t go as crispy. In all cases you want to keep the SKIN ON for extra flavour.

Prep wise it’s as easy as slicing into disks. You can go the extra step and par-boil (as I do in my Baked Potato Wedges) or soak in cold water (as I do in my Sweet Potato Fries). Both of these methods help remove starch and help the potatoes come out fluffy in the centre. However, keeping in line with the quick and easy aspect of this recipe we won’t be doing that.

hand holding sliced potatoes above heart shaped chopping board

How to make Spicy Potatoes

In terms of spice, the main ingredient here is Cayenne Pepper. I love cayenne pepper obviously for it’s spice, but it also adds awesome flavour. Alongside the cayenne pepper we’ve got smoked paprika, onion powder and garlic powder, all of which go perfectly with cayenne.

Hot Baking Tray

Once you’ve coated the potatoes with the seasoning and a good glug of olive oil, it’s time to roast. A tip to getting the potatoes nice and crispy is to preheat the oven tray. This way they start crisping up the second they hit the pan.

Give them space

Potatoes are divas, they like their room. You’ll want to make sure you space out the spuds and make sure there’s no overlaps. You want each slice to have direct contact with the pan, otherwise they’ll start to steam and won’t go crispy.

How to make spicy potatoes - 5 step by step photos

Dip for Spicy Potatoes

If you’re serving these in a finger food context I highly recommend serving with a dip. Further, I recommend going with a creamy style dip. Dairy helps cool down spice!

Lemon Herb Dip

Here whip up a super duper simple (but really delicious) dip. Here’s what I use:

  • Greek Yogurt & Sour Cream
  • Parsley & Chives
  • Onion & Garlic Powder
  • Fresh Lemon Juice

Other dips that go great with these potatoes are Sour Cream and Chive and Cheese and Chive. In all cases though I highly recommend making the dip in advance, just to give chance for the flavours to develop.

overhead shot of potatoes un scrunched paper with pot of dip and salt with hands reaching in

Do these freeze well?

They do indeed! Just allow them to completely cool, then cover and store in the freezer. Then bake from frozen at a slightly lower temp.

If you’re after more crispy potato recipes then check out my EXTRA Crispy Smashed Potatoes!

For more recipes to get those tastebuds tingling check out these beauties too:

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these spicy potatoes shall we?!

fingers dipping potato into white pot of dip

How to make Spicy Potatoes (Full Recipe & Video)

overhead shot of potatoes un scrunched paper with pot of dip and salt with hands reaching in

Spicy Potatoes

These Spicy Potatoes are ultra crispy, nice & spicy and BURSTING with flavour. Perfect finger food or even as an easy side dish!
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Servings (click & slide): 4
Course: Appetizer / Finger Food
Cuisine: Universal
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Calories per serving: 257kcal
Cost per serving: £1 / $1


  • 30cm x 45cm (12” x 18”) Sheet Pan/Oven Tray
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Plastic Turner
  • Small Mixing Bowl & Spatula (for dip)
  • Cling Film (for dip)

Ingredients (check list):

Spicy Potatoes

  • 2lb / 1kg medium sized Potatoes (see notes)
  • 2.5 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper (see notes)
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Salt, plus an extra pinch to serve
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

Easy Lemon Herb Dip (optional)

  • 1/2 cup / 120g Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup / 120g Sour Cream
  • 1/4 cup finely diced Chives
  • 1/4 cup finely diced Parsley
  • 1 Lemon, juice only
  • 1/8 tsp EACH: Onion Powder, Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste


Lemon Herb Dip

  • I HIGHLY recommend making this in advance to give chance for the flavours to develop.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine 1/2cup/120g Greek yogurt and sour cream with 1/4cup chives and parsley, the juice of 1 lemon, 1/8 tsp onion & garlic powder and salt & pepper to taste.
  • Taste test for seasoning and adjust accordingly. Cover in the fridge until needed.

Spicy Potatoes

  • Pre heat the oven to 200C/390F with the baking tray in there so it get nice and hot.
  • Meanwhile, slice your potatoes into disks (around 1cm/just under 1/2 inch). Place in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add in 2.5 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, 3/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Combine with your hands (messy, but ensures the potatoes get the best coverage).
  • Carefully space out the disks on the hot tray (try not to overlap, this will cause them to steam. They need direct contact with the pan) and place in the oven 30-40mins, or until golden and crunchy. I recommend taking out half way and flipping each potato. If they start charring at all before 20mins turn down the heat. Timings will depend on type and thickness of potatoes - just be vigilant.
  • Serve with an extra sprinkle of salt (this will draw out any final moisture) and serve as a side or with a dip!

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Potatoes - I find the best potatoes for roasting are fluffy baking potatoes like Russets, King Edwards or Maris Pipers work great. Avoid waxy style potatoes, they retain too much moisture and prevent the potatoes from getting crispy.
b) How spicy are these potatoes? - A really difficult one to judge as it's all down to individual preference. 1 tsp cayenne pepper will give you a definite kick, but I'm confident you certainly won't find them unbearably spicy. I have increased the cayenne pepper up to 1.5tsp before, and they are very spicy. At that level it does over shine the other flavours, so I don't recommend going over this for that reason. 
c) Shape - I find disks work great because they go crispy on both sides nicely. They're also great for dunking into a dip. Feel free to make these into wedge shapes if you'd prefer!
d) Dip - Highly recommend serving with a dip, dairy cools down spice. This is a really simple one, just make sure you leave it to rest to get the best out of it. Sour Cream and Chive Dip and Cheese and Chive Dip also go great. Check out all my Dip Recipes for more!
e) Freeze - You can freeze these after they've cooked, just allow to completely cool then tightly cover in the freezer. Bake from frozen at 180C/356F until crispy again.
f) Calories - based on 1 serving (4 servings in total) without the dip.

Your Private Notes:


Nutrition Facts
Spicy Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 257 Calories from Fat 79
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.82g14%
Saturated Fat 1.258g6%
Trans Fat 0.004g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.074g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.195g
Sodium 451mg19%
Potassium 995mg28%
Carbohydrates 41.34g14%
Fiber 5.5g22%
Sugar 1.93g2%
Protein 4.93g10%
Vitamin A 476IU10%
Vitamin C 45.2mg55%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 2.06mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    Mama Maggie's Kitchen
    May 18, 2020 at 9:02 am

    5 stars
    My mouth is literally watering. I wish this Spicy Potatoes were in front of me.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 18, 2020 at 10:15 am

      Thanks Maggie 🙂

  • Reply
    Krissy Allori
    May 18, 2020 at 12:09 am

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness, these sound amazing. My husband loves all the spicey things so I know he will love these. I can’t wait to make them for him.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 18, 2020 at 10:14 am

      Hope they go down well 🙂

  • Reply
    May 17, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    5 stars
    Made these the other night as a snack! Family barely let me get a bit!! Big hit with the family.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 18, 2020 at 10:13 am

      Woo hoo! Great to hear 🙂

  • Reply
    Shadi Hasanzadenemati
    May 17, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    5 stars
    I was looking for a recipe like this, thank you for sharing!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 18, 2020 at 10:13 am

      You’re so welcome!

  • Reply
    May 17, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    5 stars
    These potatoes look so delicious, and easy to make! I need to make these for my family asap! They would love them!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 18, 2020 at 10:13 am

      Enjoy! 🙂