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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!

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Roasted Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos

Roasted Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos Recipe

Vegetarian tacos filled with black beans and roasted sweet potatoes.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ยบF.
  2. 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.
  3. When potatoes are almost done, combine the black beans and salsa in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until warmed through.
  4. Fill each taco with salsa beans and sweet potatoes, then finish with desired toppings and a squeeze of lime juice.

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91 Comments

  • Reply
    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh
    September 23, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Yum! These look delicious and filling!

    With as many aches and pains as I’m getting, I should start a blog called Oh My Back…Kicking and Screaming My Way Into Middle Age. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      Kiersten
      September 23, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      That is the PERFECT name for a fitness blog.

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    Shelby | Diabetic Foodie
    September 23, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I love sweet potatoes and black beans together. These tacos sound terrific – can’t wait to try them.

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    McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN | Nutrition Stripped
    September 23, 2013 at 10:02 am

    YUM! I just had tempeh tacos last night, don’t you love tacos?!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 23, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      I love tempeh tacos too! Tempeh is such a good sub for ground beef.

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    Julie
    September 23, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Hahahaha, I love the Oh My Pants name! I feel like you still need to find a way to put it to good use. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Kiersten
      September 23, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      After I posted this, I started thinking that maybe I should buy the domain. Just to keep in my pocket. Just in case. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Reply
        rogue1
        September 23, 2013 at 10:22 pm

        So would the prizes go to the first person who COULDN’T put their hands in their pockets? 0_o

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    dixya| food, pleasure, and health
    September 23, 2013 at 10:41 am

    you really cant go wrong with these ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Alanna @ One Tough Cookie
    September 23, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Wow! These look delicious! I remember my roommate and I used to make a sweet potato and black bean filling, then she throw together this five-minute naan, and we would have soft ‘burritos’ of sorts. Fantastic flavour combination — I’ll have to give yours a try soon!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 23, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      I love making sandwiches and wraps with naan–that sounds so good!

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    Laura @ The Rookie Cook
    September 23, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Haha! I am so not a visionary either -than again, I don’t even have as much vision you do…Oh my house!!
    These tacos look super yummy. Pinned!
    Ps. You could always do a weekly/bi-weekly/monthly series called Oh My Pants for desserts ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 23, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      Thank you for the pin! Hmm, that’s a good idea–maybe I’ll start tagging my desserts with Oh My Pants.

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    dishing up the dirt
    September 23, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Sometimes sticking with what you know and do best is the right thing. I always have a million ideas and then I think to myself “How the heck am I going to have time to do that when I barely have time to do everything else!” I do however, have time to whip up these sweet potato tacos! yum.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 23, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      Yes, I have the same problem! So many things I want to do, but only 24 hours in a day. Sigh.

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    grace @ Earthy Feast
    September 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Oh my sweet potatoes! This is my favorite combo! Last week I made sweet potatoes stuffed with black beans and bbq’d tempeh. I ate it every day for lunch. Lime, cilantro and crumbly cheese would’ve made it even better though!

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      Kiersten
      September 23, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      Ooh, that sounds SO good. And so filling too!

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    September 23, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Love how simple these are! I’m obsessed with sweet potatoes right now so these will be perfect for dinner.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 23, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Now that it’s fall, I’m totally on a sweet potato kick too.

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    September 23, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    They are simple and delicious!
    Oh My Pants for a dessert blog name sounds like a genius idea, Kiersten.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 23, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      Well darn, maybe I should start that blog!

  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    September 23, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I love roasted sweet potatoes, these are my kind of tacos!

  • Reply
    BusyWorkingMama
    September 23, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    That is my favorite hot sauce. Great recipe!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 23, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      I love it too–I can’t have Mexican food without it!

      • Reply
        rogue1
        September 23, 2013 at 10:23 pm

        Also tasty in Micheladas!

  • Reply
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen
    September 23, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Roasted sweet potatoes and black beans is a combo that never gets old. Loving these tacos!

    Do not let go of Oh My Pants….most awesome blog name ever, it needs to happen. You’ve got a loyal future reader right here!

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      Kiersten
      September 23, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      Maybe I should buy the domain? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Rachel @ Bakerita
    September 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Mmm, a restaurant near my house makes some darn good sweet potato and black bean tacos and I always miss them at school…so now I’m definitely going to have to make yours to recreate them! Yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 23, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Ooh, I wish I could find a restaurant that sold sweet potato & black bean tacos! It’s hard to find good veggie tacos.

  • Reply
    EA-The Spicy RD
    September 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I love this post b/c I am an idea person too, {I actually thought up the “sock shop” long before there was an actual sock shop!} although I have never come up w/ an idea as genius as Oh My Pants-cracking up w/ that title ๐Ÿ™‚ Love this yummy recipe!

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      Kiersten
      September 23, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      And then don’t you think, hey, I should have started that when I thought of it! That happens to me all the time. So then when I have an idea, I feel like I must! act! now! in case someone else thinks of the same idea. Which is nice when the idea is good, but it doesn’t work out as well when the idea is bad…

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    Emma
    September 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I bet “Oh My House” and “Oh My Pants” would both have been entertaining reads but I’m happy with “Oh my Veggies” !
    You’re so right on b.beans + sweet potatoes. Fantastic together. I should really make tacos more often too…

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      For a long time, I was bored of tacos, but now I want to make them alllll the time. They are so easy!

  • Reply
    Meg @ Beard and Bonnet
    September 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I made something similar this weekend and it was so yummy! You really can’t go wrong with black beans and sweet potatoes.

  • Reply
    cassie
    September 23, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I am not really an idea person so yours are wildly entertaining to me. I love “Oh My House”!!

    And I love these tacos!!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 23, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      That’s probably a good thing! It’s probably good that you don’t spend weekends framing candy wrappers.

  • Reply
    Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge)
    September 23, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Love tacos! One of my favorite go-to meals. Black bean and sweet potato are a no-fail combo!

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    janet @ the taste space
    September 23, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Truth: Rob’s blog is at http://freepantsonline.com. solely because he liked the name. Bring on or off the pants! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 23, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      Bwahahaha! That is hilarious. I love it!

  • Reply
    Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens
    September 23, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I literally laughed out loud – less Steve Jobs, more Hoarders. You crack me up!!!

    Never mind the fact that I had a huge dinner. I so totally don’t have room in my belly for one more morsel. But the second I read the description of this amazing dish, I wanted it. Like now. Not tomorrow for dinner. Now. I’m ready to have my mind blown!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 25, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      Sometimes you just need a second dinner, right?!

  • Reply
    rogue1
    September 23, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Tuesday has traditionally been pizza and NCIS night here at rogueranch–but since NCIS is changing so much, I believe it will become taco night!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 25, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      That sounds so much better than my Real Housewives and boxed wine night. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Katie (The Muffin Myth)
    September 24, 2013 at 12:58 am

    And I bet the leftovers would make brilliant breakfast tacos! I love black bean and sweet potato together, it’s such a great combo. And if it ain’t broke, who needs to fix it, right?!

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      Kiersten
      September 25, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      I loved your breakfast taco recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kathryn
    September 24, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Ha, I had totally the same idea about setting up a home blog before I realised all the practical issues (especially lack of skill in the decorating arena) in the way. Let’s just stick with tasty food shall we? Love these tacos, perfectly tasty & filling.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 25, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      Maybe we could collaborate on an awesome new home blog for people who can’t decorate?

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