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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos

March 28, 2019

I have made a couple variations of veggie tacos and I really liked these ones.  I didn’t make the avocado dip, just added avocado for simplicity, but included the original recipe here.

Other veggie taco variations I have made have included mixtures of black beans and corn, tofu, and sweet potatoes as included here.  This would be gluten-free if you have GF tortillas.

Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Total Time: 1 hour
Yield: 4 servings
Taste: Good


Roasted Sweet Potatoes
1 pounds sweet potatoes (3 to 4 medium sweet potatoes), peeled and sliced into 1-inch chunks
1 tablespoons olive oil
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (omit if sensitive to spice)
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt

Spicy Black Beans
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 small yellow or white onion, finely chopped
Fine sea salt
1 teaspoons ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
1 cans black beans, rinsed and drained (or 3 cups cooked black beans)
3 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon sherry vinegar or lime juice
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Avocado-Pepita dip
1 avocados, pitted
1/2 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro (mostly leaves, some small stems are ok)
1/4 cup pepitas
1 small jalapeño, seeded and roughly chopped, or ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (go easy if sensitive to spice)
1 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 tablespoons lime juice (about 1 medium lime) or 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Everything Else
8 to 10 small corn tortillas
Crumbled feta
Suggested garnishes: Pickled jalapeños or pickled radishes or pickled red onions, torn cilantro, hot sauce, etc.


Sweet potatoes

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Toss the prepared sweet potatoes with the olive oil, cayenne pepper (if using) and salt. Arrange in a single layer and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, tossing halfway, until the sweet potatoes are tender and caramelizing at the edges.  
Black beans

2.  Warm the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and a sprinkle of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions have softened and are turning translucent, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add the cumin and chili powder and cook for about 30 seconds while stirring. Pour in the beans and water. Stir, cover and reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer.

3.  Cook for 5 minutes, then remove the lid and use a potato masher or a fork to mash up at least half of the beans. Remove from heat, stir in the vinegar, season with salt (~1/8 teaspoon) and pepper, and cover until you’re ready to serve.

Avocado dip

4.  First, toast the pepitas in a skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until they are fragrant and starting to make little popping noises, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

5.  Scoop the avocado flesh into a food processor or blender. Add the cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, lime juice, water and salt. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of the processor/blender as necessary. Add almost all of the pepitas (reserve a few tablespoons for garnish) and process just until the pepitas are chopped into small pieces (some remaining texture is desirable). Taste, and add more salt if necessary. Transfer the dip to a small bowl for serving.


6.  To warm the tortillas, heat a large skillet over medium heat and warm the tortillas in batches, flipping to warm each side. Alternatively, you can warm them directly over a low flame on a gas range. Stack the warmed tortillas on a plate and cover with a tea towel to keep warm.

7.  Spread black beans down the middle of each tortilla, then top with some sweet potatoes and avocado-pepita dip. Garnish with feta, pepitas, and anything else that strikes your fancy. Repeat with remaining tortillas and serve.

Note: These would also be good with a crunchy slaw salad.


Serving Size 2 tacos
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 363
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 24%
Saturated Fat 2.4g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 8.85g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 365mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 16%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 6g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 54% Vitamin C 19% Calcium 9% Iron 17% Vitamin D 0% Magnesium 33% Potassium 25% Zinc 13% Phosphorus 31% Thiamin (B1) 17% Riboflavin (B2) 11% Niacin (B3) 12% Vitamin B6 23% Folic Acid (B9) 29% Vitamin B12 0%Vitamin E 5%Vitamin K 23%

Source: Cookie and Kate

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