My latest fave-est are these sweet potato tacos.  I first made them for a class I did for Share Our Strength called “Cooking Matters,” a program for low-income folks who just want to learn how to cook and eat healthy on a budget (which applies to anyone, really.)  The whole class got so excited about this recipe, and since I always have sweet potatoes on hand, it has become a regular entree in our home, too.

Sweet Potato Tacos (vegetarian and gluten free) Makes 4

These will satisfy even the meat-lovers in your family.  They’re packed with protein from the beans and provide hearty sustenance from the potatoes and greens. Make sure to cut the sweet potatoes in a small dice to ensure they are tender when cooked.

1/2 medium-sized onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
olive oil
1 large sweet potato, diced
1 can of organic black beans, rinsed and drained (organic beans are naturally lower in sodium)
1/2 t. red pepper flakes
1 t. cumin
1/2 cup organic cheddar or feta cheese
lime, cut into wedges
cilantro, roughly chopped
avocado, diced and drenched in lime juice
4 corn tortillas
Salsa (optional)

In a large sauce pan, saute the onion and garlic in olive oil for about 5 minutes over medium heat. Add the sweet potato and saute for 5 minutes more.

Warm tortillas in dry skillet.

Add the black beans, red pepper flakes and cumin (and maybe a 1/4 cup of water to help the mixture keep moist) and continue to cook on medium heat for about 5-7 minutes or until the mixture is nice and hot.

Grab your tortilla, add a heaping spoonful of the potato/bean mixture, sprinkle on some cheese, a squeeze of lime, a few cubes of avocado and a toss of cilantro.  You can also add salsa, or any other condiments you like.


Sweet Potato Tacos — 5 Comments

  1. Yeah, Shirley, and it could be Cinco de Julio, too! You can also use any type of bean, plus cabbage for extra crunch. XO

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  3. Looks and sounds yummy.

    Do you have to cook the sweet potatoes first, or does the 5 min saute + 5-7 min heating do the trick?

  4. If you cut them up small, you don’t need to cook them beforehand because you’re continuing to cook them after you add the beans, etc.

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