Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos Recipe

Jennie Phaneuf | One Sweet Mess

Sweet potato and black bean tacos are a vegetarian meal you can feel good about serving everyone in your family. A spicy crema makes them...

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Welcome to day three of Taco Week!

I did a little happy dance when I received my taco invite over the summer. Okay, it was a full on jig. Can you blame me—all tacos, all week! That’s something to get excited about.

My contribution to Taco Week is vegetarian sweet potato and black bean tacos drizzled with a chipotle crema. Honestly, it doesn’t have to be all meat, all the time.

Since it’s officially fall, what better way to celebrate than with a fall-inspired taco? These tacos are full of perfectly crisp sweet potatoes seasoned with smoky cumin, chili powder, and sweet, smoked paprika. I added diced red peppers to the mix for a burst of sweet pepper flavor.

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Let’s not forget about the taco toppings, because, as we all know, it’s all about the toppings. I sprinkled these tacos with diced red onion, fresh torn cilantro, and a drizzle of chipotle crema. It’s a taco of epic proportions. 

These tacos are super easy to make. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes, chop some red peppers, open and drain a can of black beans, chop some cilantro and red onion, and measure out some spices. Cook the sweet potatoes with the diced red pepper and spices. Mix up the crema (three simple ingredients) and slap it all together on a soft shell tortilla.

Boom, you have yourself a taco dinner! Add a side of seasoned rice and refried beans, and your dinner just got epic.

How many tacos can you take down in one sitting? I’ll go first: three. If I’m really hungry, or, say, competing in a taco competition (true story), then ten.

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That night, I was a taco-eating machine. I was also ten years younger and perpetually starving. If you asked me to eat ten tacos today, I would probably go into a taco coma.

For these tacos, I might just try.

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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos Recipe

    12 Servings


For the Sweet Potato & Black Bean Filling:
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 small Sweet Potatoes, peeled and diced (or 2 large)
  • 1 Red Pepper, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ancho Chili Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 15 oz can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
For the Chipotle Crema:
  • 1/3 cup Sour Cream, preferably full fat
  • 1 tablespoon Chipotle Pepper in Adobo, chopped (roughly 1 pepper)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fresh Lime Juice
For the Tacos:
  • 12 Flour Tortillas, or corn tortillas
  • 1/2 Red Onion
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • Taco Sauce


For the Taco Filling:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add diced sweet potatoes and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
  2. Add diced red pepper and spices to the pan with the sweet potatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10-12 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender. If the pan gets dry and you notice your potatoes starting to stick, add an extra drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Stir in black beans. Cook for 1 minute to warm them through. 

For the Chipotle Crema:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
  2. Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. 

To Build the Tacos:

  1. Add a generous amount of the sweet potato and black bean filling to your soft tortilla shell.
  2. Top with diced red onion, a pinch of chopped cilantro, and chipotle crema.
  3. Serve with hot sauce. Repeat until full. 


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Author: Jennie Phaneuf
Recipe Yields: 12 tacos
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 taco
Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 48
Calories 180

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g
  Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 12mg
Total Carbohydrate 29g
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 2g
Protein 6g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Jennie Phaneuf

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