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Roasted Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos

Roasted Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos Recipe

Roasted Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos
For better or worse (often for worse), I am an idea person. Not really in an inspiring, visionary type of way. More in a “Hey, I have an idea! I’m going to glue Japanese candy wrappers to a piece of cardboard and frame it!” kind of way. I’m less Steve Jobs, more lady on Hoarders who saves empty yogurt containers to make Christmas ornaments. I have ideas! Lots of ideas! For a while, I wanted to start a second blog, for desserts, called Oh My Pants. But then I realized that the fact that I don’t bake much might get in the way and really, I just wanted a blog called Oh My Pants.

So then I came up with another idea. I’d start a blog called Oh My House. We’d buy a house (bonus points if it was a former crack house or brothel–hello, interesting backstory!), renovate it, decorate it, and blog about it. Oh sure, the domain might have been taken, but I had the house picked out and everything! Except that there are eleventy billion home reno blogs out there right now. And we can’t buy a new house 2 years after moving into this one. Also, my idea of decorating is gluing Japanese candy wrappers to a piece of cardboard and framing it. Oh My House just wasn’t meant to be.

Tortillas & Sweet PotatoesRoasted Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos
New ideas are great, but sometimes it’s best to stick with what you know, right? Like sweet potatoes and black beans. Is it the most mind-blowingly innovative ingredient combination ever? No! But it’s delicious, healthy, and filling. These Roasted Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos are one of those classic vegetarian recipes that you really can’t go wrong with. After tossing sweet potato cubes and onion wedges with a little olive oil, lime juice, and spices, you roast them in the oven for 25 minutes; while they’re roasting, you simmer some black beans with salsa. Put them together on a tortilla, top them with delicious taco things like crumbled queso fresco and cilantro, and then get excited because dinner is done!

Roasted Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos Recipe

Roasted Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos

Vegetarian tacos filled with black beans and roasted sweet potatoes.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 extra-large sweet potato peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 small onion cut into 8 wedges, then broken apart
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or omit altogether for milder potatoes
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained (or 1 1/2 cup cooked black beans)
  • 1/2 cup prepared salsa
  • 12 small tortillas warmed
  • Lime wedges cilantro, salsa, hot sauce, crumbled queso fresco or shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, sour cream or cashew cream, and other taco toppings for serving


  • Preheat oven to 400ΒΊF.
  • Toss the sweet potato cubes, onion wedges, olive oil, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and salt in a bowl. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and bake for about 25 minutes, or until potatoes are tender, stirring halfway through cooking time.
  • When potatoes are almost done, combine the black beans and salsa in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until warmed through.
  • Fill each taco with salsa beans and sweet potatoes, then finish with desired toppings and a squeeze of lime juice.
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  • Reply
    September 24, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I love your blog not only for the recipes, but because you make me laugh almost every time I read it! I would follow Oh My Pants and Oh My House in a heartbeat πŸ™‚

    Also, I can’t wait to try these tacos. Delish!

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      September 25, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      Dang, maybe I should start Oh My Pants and Oh My House then. πŸ™‚

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    Grace @ FoodFitnessFreshAir
    September 24, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I’m always bouncing around ideas and running with new ones…and then realizing how busy my life is as a result! Lately, this has meant a ton of undocumented recipe play in the kitchen and revisiting old staples. A sweet potato – black bean combo has always been a favorite of mine.

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      September 25, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Yes, I would be a lot less busy if I didn’t have these ideas all the time. πŸ™‚

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    September 24, 2013 at 11:34 am

    haha lady! you are hilarious! i want to renovate an old, run down house, too! dayv thinks i’m crazy. i love black bean and sweet potato tacos. must make these!

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      September 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      Oh yeah, Chris thinks I am NUTS. I found the house I want and every morning, I look at pictures of it on That’s not creepy, right? It’s a mid-century modern ranch that’s been on the market since 2012 and keeps dropping in price. You should see what it looks like inside–just terrible! But I am obsessed with it.

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    September 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    You are so funny, but this wrap is not. looks so yummy, healthy and good.
    You are right though, we come up with an idea, thinking, wow Genius and google it up and there are millions of stuff like that…but hey, they were your ideas too.:).

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      September 25, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      Yes, I HATE it when that happens! πŸ™‚

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    [email protected]
    September 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    OH MY TACOS!!! Dude, these are going to happen in this kitchen! I can *almost* taste ’em… holy mother… SO GOOD!!

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      September 25, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      And they taste good, right?! πŸ˜€

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    Joy // For the Love of Leaves
    September 24, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    I am the same way with ideas, I’ve got them, I’m just not good at executing them very well!

    Oh, and these tacos look awesome. I love anything with sweet potatoes and black beans!

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      September 25, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      Yeah, I’m definitely better at the ideas than the follow through! πŸ™‚

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    September 24, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    oh! looks delish!

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    heather @ heatheromade
    September 25, 2013 at 12:25 am

    i love your ideas. i can’t wait to try this. i think it should be called oh my yum!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious
    September 25, 2013 at 2:53 am

    I love the sweet potato and black bean combo, especially in taco form!

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    September 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I was just looking through my cookbooks for recipe ideas and was considering making something with a sweet potato, black bean and tomato combination! I like your idea of heating the black beans with salsa instead of actual tomatoes for a tasty taco filling…and I’m sure the filling would be good just as a salad too!

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      September 25, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      Yes, this would make an awesome taco salad!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog
    September 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I so want you to have a blog by the name of “Oh My Pants.” Coolest name ever! These tacos are pretty awesome. I’m known around these parts for over indulging in tacos.

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      September 25, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      Now everyone is making me doubt my decision not to start Oh My Pants. πŸ™‚

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    September 27, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Lovely healthy and yummy wrap..

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    September 27, 2013 at 11:29 am

    dude, you definitely need to start Oh My Pants! I’ll happily be a contributor πŸ™‚ Who needs healthy?!?

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      September 30, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      I have too many ideas. Don’t encourage me! Because I’ll do it!

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    September 29, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Woah, hello tasty! I totally want these snackadoos in my face right now.

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    Brenda Williams
    September 29, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Great photos and love the tacos.

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    September 30, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I’m a vegetarian and adore sweet potatoes; my husband is a carnivore and “doesn’t dislike” sweet potatoes. We both LOVED these tacos! Thanks for the creative idea.

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      September 30, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Yay, I’m so glad you both enjoyed them! πŸ™‚ Thanks for your comment!

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    October 24, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I made these last night – seasoned for me and the husband, plain for my unspicy pre-schooler son. Everyone LOVED them – thank you so much. These will be regular additions to our dinnertimes!

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      October 24, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Yay, I’m glad they were a hit! πŸ™‚

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    October 30, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I made these and they are delicious!! Do you have nutritional information for this recipe?

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      October 30, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed them! I’m sorry, I don’t calculate nutritional information for my recipes.

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      March 27, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      I made a couple modifications based on what was in my pantry, but you can figure out the nutrition here: It’s my go-to for scratch recipes!

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    Jennifer King
    December 29, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Hi Kiersten – These tacos were fabulous. The seasoning of the sweet potatoes with the lime juice and the cumin really tied them into the overall recipe so nicely. Such great, satisfying flavor and so easy to make. I had leftover taco filling that I reheated the next day for lunch… Thank you! Jennifer

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      December 31, 2013 at 11:08 am

      Thank you! I’m happy to hear they were a hit! πŸ™‚

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    January 3, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Oh My Yum! Made these last night and they were a hit! We didn’t have any leftovers πŸ™ I added a little soyrizo to the beans too. Trying the Cilantro Pesto Pasta tonight! Can’t wait to get out of this cubicle and go home to start cooking. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      January 3, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed them–I hope the Cilantro Pesto Pasta is just as good! πŸ˜€

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    January 28, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Kiersten,

    You out did yourself here. These tacos were yummylious! I seriously was just planning on having two and then I tasted them. Oh my goodness! The best tacos ever. I ended up having 4. They’re small right. After I made them, I couldn’t help sharing the link to the recipe with others. My husband who is not a veggie or a black bean fan will LOVE these still.

    Thanks for the good work! You have a huge following. These tacos are just one reason why?

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      Kiersten Frase
      January 28, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment–it made my night! I’m happy to hear that the tacos were a hit. And they’re lighter than regular tacos, so it’s totally fine to eat 4. πŸ™‚

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    February 2, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    All I can say is WOW!! I’m usually pretty happy with my dinners but this was fantastic. I feel like it was restaurant worthy which is what I think of when rating meals. I can’t wait for my husband to try it. He has the flu and this just wasn’t sounding so good, oops πŸ™
    Anyway, super excited for lunch tomorrow. Thank you!

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      Kiersten Frase
      February 4, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      Yeah, I can see how tacos wouldn’t be appetizing when you have the flu! πŸ™‚ But I’m happy to hear you liked the recipe!

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    April 16, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    I substituted coriander for the cumin, used feta for the cheese, and made some lime-marinated red onion to add to the tacos. Absolutely delicious! Thanks for the recipe!!

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    Rachel R.
    October 9, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Another winner – everything I’ve made from OMV has been so good! This was one of the first vegetarian blogs I found and started following after becoming vegetarian two years ago, and it has been such a great resource.

    I made a couple modifications – I used a shallot instead of an onion, and threw in a small russet potato, too, because my sweet potato wasn’t that large. And I added some chipotle chili powder for a smoky, spicy flavor. My husband, in the midst of his first bite, said, “MMMMMMMMMMMM!” Agreed! The two of us ate the entire recipe in one sitting. Oops. πŸ™‚

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    September 27, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Just made them and they were amazing!!

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