Sweet Potato Tacos with a Cilantro Cream

sweet potato tacosI love sweet potatoes. They are a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, fiber, B vitamins, potassium and iron. They also have a low glycemic index. For those that haven’t ventured past traditional baked sweet potatoes or fries, I encourage you to experiment more with sweet potatoes in the future. We love to make an Asian inspired side by whipping them with ginger and chives or in a soup with sweet corn and potatoes in the winter. And don’t forget sweet potato pie at Thanksgiving!

This taco recipe was modified from a layered casserole that we love to eat in the winter. It does involve some roasting, so I save it for days that you don’t mind turning on the oven. I tried one with some shredded red cabbage for crunch and it was nice, but not necessary. Feel free to play around and see if you like it with or without!

Serves 4


2 large sweet potatoes, diced into 1 inch cubes

1 TBS + 2 tsp olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground pepper

1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed

1 lime

pinch cayenne

1/4 tsp cumin

salt and pepper to taste

1 ripe Haas avocado

1 large onion, medium dice

4 oz Manchego cheese, shredded

1/2 C sour cream

1 TBS cilantro, finely chopped

8 Flour or corn tortillas

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss sweet potatoes, olive oil and salt and pepper in a bowl to combine. Place in a pan (I love using my large nonstick roasting pan, but a 9X12 glass or metal pan will work as well). Roast for 20-25 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender, turning once after 10 minutes. They should be slightly caramelized on the outside when done.

While the sweet potatoes cook, saute the onion over medium heat in 2 tsp olive oil until soft and slightly caramelized. Set aside.

Next, combine the black beans, juice from half the lime, cayenne, cumin and salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl.

Dice avocado into 1/2 in cubes and set aside.

Combine 1/2 C sour cream, 1 tsp lime and 1 TBS cilantro in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Now it’s time to assemble. I like to put the tortillas over a medium flame on my gas stove for a minute per side to give them a slightly smoky flavor, but you can also just put them between two wet paper towels for 30 seconds to make them more pliable). Layer sweet potato, onion, black beans, manchego, avocado and finally the cilantro cream.



3 Comments on “Sweet Potato Tacos with a Cilantro Cream”

  1. Cara says:

    Yum! I love the combination of sweet potatoes and black beans. It always reminds me of the very first recipe I made from the Moosewood Lowfat Favorites cookbook early when my husband (then fiance) and started living together. It was sweet potato and black bean burritos. At this time I was just getting into healthier cooking and starting to make more vegetarian meals. My husband was a little shocked that we were having burritos that didn’t involve any cheese or meat, but once he tried them, he’s been asking for them ever since 🙂

    • I love that there are so many variations you can do with this recipe. The casserole that I make in the winter has tomatillo salsa which gives it a completely different flavor.

  2. Rico says:

    2 big thumbs up. Did make a small modification, we made burritos instead of tacos. I don’t like tacos. All the stuff inside tends to fall out.

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