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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

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

  • 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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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. πŸ˜‰

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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. πŸ™‚

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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. πŸ™‚

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        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 πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚

    • 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!

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    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? πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚

    • 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 πŸ™‚ 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.

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    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.

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    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! πŸ™‚

    • 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. πŸ™‚

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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! πŸ™‚

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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.

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      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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