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Sweet Potato Tacos

These sweet potato tacos are one of the best vegetarian recipes. Easily made gluten free and vegan too! This delicious healthy dinner can be served with any of your favorite toppings like pico de gallo, sour cream, and salsa.

sweet potato tacos topped with sour cream and diced avocado

These sweet potato tacos are full of smoky flavor and are so filling and delicious!

Sweet potatoes are one of my top picks for any mexican related recipes.

Another favorite way to eat this yummy combo is in our sweet potato black bean enchiladas and in these sweet potato refried bean nachos.

Sweet potatoes are perfect for vegetarian mexican recipes, because they are not only nutrient dense (and filling), but their sweetness contrasts perfectly with those smoky flavors and fresh zing-y lime juice.

I prefer to roast mine at super high heat to get some crispy edges. This is key to getting the best flavor on your sweet potatoes!

sweet potato tacos topped with sour cream and diced avocado

Ingredients to make sweet potato tacos

  • sweet potatoes
  • spices: salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and chili powder
  • olive oil
  • fresh diced garlic and onion
  • black beans
  • fresh limes
  • cilantro
  • toppings of choice
ingredients needed to make sweet potato and black bean tacos

Simple, and packed full of so much fresh flavor!

I buy sweet potatoes almost every week and love to roast them.

Gone are the days of my childhood where I only ate sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving. I use them in so many recipes now!

how to make sweet potato tacos

Step 1: peel and dice your sweet potatoes into small chunks and place them in a large mixing bowl.

Step 2: Drizzle the sweet potatoes with olive oil and add the salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder.

Stir until the sweet potatoes are totally coated in oil and spices.

Step 3: Transfer the sweet potatoes to a rimmed baking sheet.

Edges are preferred to keep the sweet potatoes from falling off when it’s time to flip and stir them.

Roast the sweet potatoes at 450 degrees for 25-30 minutes, flipping at least once, until the edges are browned.

Why to roast sweet potatoes at 450 degrees

They cook faster (only 30 minutes!)

The sweet potatoes get crispy edges which makes them taste so yummy.

Step 4: Add the garlic, onion, and olive oil to a large skillet.

Cook over medium high heat for 7 – 10 minutes, until the onion is soft and translucent.

garlic and onion in a skillet

Step 5: Add the drained black beans, fresh squeezed lime juice, and cooked sweet potatoes and stir until heated through.

Taste and adjust salt or seasonings if necessary and you’re ready to serve your sweet potato tacos!

Scoop some of that yummy filling into soft taco shells and it’s time to eat!

Best toppings for sweet potato and black bean tacos

  • avocado: sliced or diced
  • fresh lime juice: this is a must, do not skip it!
  • sour cream
  • guacamole
  • pico de gallo
  • salsa
  • cilantro
  • tamed jalapeños
building a sweet potato and black bean taco

These tacos are plant based, simple, filling, and so flavorful. It’s going to be one of your favorite taco Tuesday dinners!

open faced black bean sweet potato taco on a plate topped with sour cream, cilantro, and avocado
squeezing fresh lime juice onto a sweet potato taco

My personal favorite toppings for sweet potato tacos are sour cream, avocado, and fresh squeezed lime juice.

They add the perfect creamy and citrusy contrast to the smoky sweet black bean and sweet potato filling.

Every bite is so flavorful and delicious!

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sweet potato tacos topped with sour cream and diced avocado

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You can’t go wrong with these black bean sweet potato tacos. Try these for taco night next week!

Yield: 6 servings

Sweet Potato Tacos

sweet potato tacos topped with sour cream and diced avocado

These sweet potato tacos are one of the best vegetarian recipes. This delicious dinner can be served with any of your favorite toppings!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

For the Sweet Potato Taco Filling

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into small chunks
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 10 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 can of black beans, drained
  • juice of 1 - 2 limes**

For Serving

  • soft taco shells
  • cilantro
  • avocado
  • fresh lime juice
  • sour cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees
  2. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes and place in a bowl
  3. Add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cumin, and enough olive oil to coat (I used ¼ cup)
  4. Toss well to combine the spices and oil with the sweet potatoes
  5. Transfer the sweet potatoes to a nonstick baking sheet and roast at 450 degrees for 15 minutes
  6. Stir and flip potatoes, and roast an additional 10 - 15 minutes, until the edges are crispy
  7. While the sweet potatoes are cooking, add the diced onion, minced garlic, and 1 teaspoon of olive oil to a large skillet
  8. Cook over medium high heat for 7 - 10 minutes, until the onion is soft and translucent
  9. Add the drained black beans, lime juice, and cooked sweet potatoes and stir until heated through
  10. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary
  11. Serve the sweet potato and black bean filling on soft taco shells 
  12. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro
  13. Add toppings of choice. We love sour cream, avocado, and fresh squeezed lime juice

Notes

  1. Use lime juice to your taste. I personally love lime juice, and used the juice of 2 whole limes for my filling
  2. Use vegan sour cream if you are dairy free

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 234Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 607mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 7gSugar: 10gProtein: 5g

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Lynn

Friday 8th of April 2022

I just made this taco recipe for the first time and left the table very satisfied. The spices are delicious. I sliced the onions and almost caramelized them. Also, we added sliced avocado that was yummy. Thank you!

Kelsey

Monday 1st of February 2021

10 cloves of garlic?! Just making sure that’s right haha

Joy Shull

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

You can use less if you would like, but yes that is correct. It should be a little less than one bulb of garlic. Maybe 1/2-2/3 of one depending on the size.

Analisa

Monday 9th of November 2020

I added some soyrizo in the onion stage. And it is delicious!

Alex

Wednesday 6th of May 2020

Delicious! We really enjoyed these for cinco de Mayo dinner last night!

Jeanne

Sunday 10th of March 2019

Made these last week and we loved them so much that I'm making them again tonight. Excellent!!

Joy Shull

Monday 11th of March 2019

Awesome, so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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