These mashed carrots have a pleasant and unexpected flavor surprise thanks to honey and chili powder!

I made these for our family Thanksgiving. Most of the members of my family like to try new things, so it was the perfect opportunity. Plus, we were coming from a distance and this was something that could be made ahead and reheated when we arrived. It is hard to come up with recipes that fit that bill, and since I love to cook, I hate to come empty handed or with a bag of dinner rolls! I should venture into baking my own bread…

Mashed Carrots with Honey and Chili Powder

These mashed carrots have a pleasant and unexpected flavor surprise thanks to honey and chili powder!


1.5 lbs carrots
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
course salt and ground pepper


Set a steamer basket in a saucepan with two inches of simmering water. Add carrots, halved lengthwise if large and cut into 1 inch pieces, cover and steam until very tender, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and mash with a fork or a potato masher (I used a potato masher). Stir in butter, honey and chili powder, season with salt and pepper. Serves 4. (I completely doubled this recipe for this occasion).

Recipe from Everyday Food Magazine, online version here

All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

Verdict: This was an interesting flavor combination. It was a nice change from my typical cooked carrots which I season with a) just honey or b) brown sugar and butter (mmm…). The consistency of the mashed carrots was….different. They weren’t smooth, and I think I would maybe prefer them sliced.

Husband’s take: He ate them, but prefers the brown sugar and butter approach.
Changes I would make: Next time I make these, I will probably just slice the carrots instead of mashing them. Everyone thought they were sweet potatoes, which is a little bit of a surprise when you taste the chili powder! I’m not sure how the flavors would disperse, it might be a good idea to mix the chili powder with the honey before adding it to the carrots if you were going to go the sliced route.
Difficulty: Easy. Maybe I should remove this category of my review, as all of my recipes are easy!

What I am eating now: Muscle Milk Light protein shake blended with banana and spinach.