Vegetarian Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos

Vegetarian sweet potato and black bean tacos

Week 1 of January’s Super-Food Challenge* with the beautiful Francheska of Hey Fran Hey features the sweet potato. Don’t let its sweet-like-candy taste fool you. This root vegetable is power-packed, filled with fiber, beta-carotene, and a whole host of vitamins. We love baking it, roasting it, making it into fries, and using it as a meat substitute in tacos.

Sweet potatoes make a perfect hearty filling for a taco when you want to opt for a vegetarian version. We prepare ours in a saute pan with some diced red onions to add a sweet sharpness and a mix of already-in-your-pantry spices to add a flavor punch. We combine it with black beans, a whole wheat tortilla, and a dollop of creme fraiche, sour cream, or even Greek yogurt, and you’ve got yourself a complete protein. These tacos will be so delicious and easy to make that you’ll hardly think of this as a challenge.

Check out our full list of sweet potato recipes here

*We are so excited to be part of Hey Fran Hey‘s January Super-Food Challenge. We know that everyone wants to kick off the new year with some healthy eating habits, so we put together a list of our favorite super foods. Throughout the month of January, you’ll be challenged to cook a new super food every week. Get ready to feel super!

Sweet potato and black bean vegetarian tacos by Cook Smarts

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Vegetarian Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos
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Hearty and sweet, sweet potatoes make an excellent vegetarian taco filling. Topped with a squeeze of lime juice and a dollop of fresh guacamole, you’ll be forgetting that these are sans-meat
Author: Jess Dang
Recipe type: Vegetarian
Serves: 2
  • Sweet potatoes, peeled & cubed – 1lb.
  • Garlic, minced – 1 clove
  • Red onion, diced – ½
  • Black beans – ½ can
  • Veg / canola / grapeseed oil – 1 tbs.
  • Paprika – ½ tbs.
  • Cumin – ½ tsp.
  • Cayenne – a pinch
  • Tortillas (preferably whole wheat) – 4
  • Crème fraiche / sour cream / plain yogurt (optional) – ¼ cup
  • Avocado (optional) – 1 small ripe
  • Limes – 1
  1. Sweet potatoes – peel & cubePeel and cubed sweet potatoes
  2. Garlic – mince
  3. Red onion – diceDiced red onions
  4. Beans – open, drain, and rinse
  1. Heat your largest frying pan / cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tbs. oil to the pan. Once oil is heated, add garlic, red onion, and a dash of salt to heated oil. Sauté until softened, ~3 minutes
  2. Next add sweet potatoes to the pan with a generous pinch of salt and spices. Add 2 tbs. of water to the pan, cover with a lid, and lower heat to a simmer. Cook for ~5 to 8 minutes, until sweet potatoes are softenedSauted sweet potatoes
  3. Add beans to the pan and toss everything together until beans are heated through. Season to taste with more salt or spices
  4. Warm tortillas according to package instructions and fill with spoonful’s of your filling, a healthy dollop of dairy, sliced avocado, and a squeeze of lime juice. Even die-hard carnivores are going to be so jealous of your dinner. Go *YOU*

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  • My oh my, this sounds FABULOUS! Going to be making some of these soon!

  • NeaSki

    I added zucchini into the dish…as Rachel Ray says “DELISH”!!!

  • Thanks Tiffany. I hope you had a great holiday season, and happy new year. So excited for what’s in store for Garlic and Salt!

  • @NeaSki Great addition. That sounds like a super healthy way to kick off the new year!

  • SlmDeni

    This was AWESOME, had it for dinner last night and even the mini me was impressed…Cant wait for next weeks recipe!!

  • @SlmDeni So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Hope this super food stays in your life all year long!

  • Can’t wait to try. Question: what do you do w/ the other half of both the onion and garlic? Step one says to sauté only half of each but I don’t see when to add the remainder into the recipe…thanks in advance. Want to make these tonight!

  • @Courtney – Great question. So the other half of the onion and garlic can be used to make guacamole. That’s totally not explicit in the recipe so let me fix that. Happy cooking!

  • Jess, I’m doing them again tonight. SOOOO good! And I am laughing because I have the same can of beans and the same TJ’s spices that I will be using. Great minds… great minds 🙂

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  • @Tiffany Thanks for making them again. So glad to see them on your site too!

  • Lindsay

    Wow – made this recipe for my family tonight and it was absolutely delicious and easy too! So thrilled to have found your site and looking forward to trying more of your recipes. Thank you!

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