Roasting carrots with a little chili powder creates the perfect balance with the natural sweetness of carrots! These Chili Roasted Carrots are one of the most-requested recipes in our house. They’re totally addicting, especially when drizzled with Avocado Cilantro Dressing!
One of the best ways to turn veggie haters into veggie lovers is roasting! Many times steamed vegetables come out mushy and flavorless, but roasting vegetables gives them a delicious flavor and excellent texture that we cannot get enough of. Chili Roasted Carrots are one of our favorite side dishes! The little bit of spice really shines on top of sweet orange carrots and we always make them with a side of Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing for drizzling or dipping.
What Kind of Carrots Are Best for Roasting?
All fresh whole carrots are great for roasting, we personally are not fans of roasting baby carrots, but maybe you are... Let us know in the comments below! You can sometimes find fresh carrots with the stems attached (winter carrots) in the vegetable section of your grocery store, which are slightly sweeter than the bagged carrots. For a special treat and a beautiful presentation try also rainbow carrots.
Cutting Carrots for Roasting
We have found that the best roasting takes place when the carrots are cut into thick, uniformly-sized sticks. This ensures even cooking throughout the entire pan (and gives you delicious, perfectly even flavor in every bite!). Our preference is to peel the carrots and cut them in half lengthwise and then cut each half in 2-3 even pieces depending on the thickness.
How Long Do You Roast Carrots?
Place cut carrots on a cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil and spices, and roast at 400 degrees for 35 minutes, until you can easily pierce the carrot with a fork. Bigger, uncut or whole carrots will take closer to 45 minutes or even an hour. Once the carrots are perfectly roasted, top them with Avocado-Cilantro Dressing or one of our other delicious green sauces (see list below)! This is the perfect finishing touch that makes your dish feel extra special.
You may want to try one of our other delicious green sauces like Avocado Crema, our piquant Cilantro Sauce (paired with yummy Stuffed Poblano Peppers), our favorite Avocado Tahini Cream (perfect with veggie burgers) which is another great dressing for roasted carrots, potatoes, and more, our Spicy Yemenite Schug, which will brighten your homemade hummus or corn salad, our Argentinian Chimichurri Sauce and let's not forget about a classic Pesto Sauce.
More Carrot Recipes You May Enjoy
- The Best Moroccan Carrot Salad
- Coconut Ginger Carrot Soup
- Basmati Rice with Carrots and Raisins
- Carrot and Parsnip Vegan Latkes
- Passover Coconut Ginger Carrot Rice
- Quinoa with Carrots and Raisins
- Roasted Rainbow Carrots
- Pickled Fennel and carrots
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Our creamy green avocado cilantro dressing is perfect for dressing up cooked vegetables, salads, and bean medley and takes our roasted chili carrots to a whole new level.
- 10 medium-large sized carrots
- 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp prepared chili powder
- Avocado Cilantro Dressing
- Pre-heat oven to 400F
- Cut carrots in half lengthwise, and cut each half in 2-3 pieces depending on the thickness ensuring all the pieces are similar in size and thickness
- Place carrots in a large bowl and add olive oil, salt, and chili powder
- Mix well until all the carrots are well coated with the olive oil and the spices
- Bake for 35 minutes or until tender
- Drizzle Avocado-Cilantro dressing right before serving
- Category: Side
- Method: roasting
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: ⅙ of the dish
- Calories: 150
- Sugar: 5.2
- Sodium: 499
- Fat: 12
- Saturated Fat: 2
- Unsaturated Fat: 10
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 11
- Fiber: 3.5
- Protein: 1.3
- Cholesterol: 0
Keywords: roasted carrots, cilantro, avocado, dressing, vegan, gluten free, side