Savor the Flavor: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

Oct 20, 2023 | Healthy & Dietary, Main Courses

sweet potato and black bean tacos

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos: A Hearty Delight

There are certain dishes that hold a special place in one’s heart. For me, sweet potato and black bean tacos bring back fond memories of lazy Sunday afternoons spent in my grandmother’s kitchen. Each bite of these delicious tacos is like a warm embrace, full of comforting flavors that transport me back to a simpler time. Today, I am thrilled to share this recipe with you, a perfect combination of wholesome ingredients that will undoubtedly become a beloved addition to your culinary repertoire. So, let’s dive in and prepare some mouthwatering sweet potato and black bean tacos together!

sweet potatoes and black beans


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 small tortillas, corn or flour
  • Optional toppings: avocado slices, cilantro, lime wedges, sour cream, shredded cheese

taco toppings


1. Prepare the Sweet Potatoes

Start by peeling and dicing the sweet potatoes into bite-sized cubes. Place them in a bowl and set aside.

2. Sauté the Onions and Garlic

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped red onion and minced garlic, stirring occasionally, until they become fragrant and translucent.

3. Add the Spices

Now, it’s time to bring in the delightful flavors. Sprinkle the ground cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, salt, and pepper over the onion and garlic mixture. Continue to cook for an additional minute, allowing the spices to release their beautiful aroma.

4. Cook the Sweet Potatoes

Carefully add the diced sweet potatoes to the skillet and gently toss them with the spice-infused onion and garlic mixture. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover the skillet. Cook for about 10-12 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender. Make sure to stir occasionally to prevent sticking or burning.

5. Add the Black Beans

Once the sweet potatoes have softened, it’s time to introduce the black beans to the party. Simply add the rinsed and drained black beans to the skillet, and gently stir everything together. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

6. Warm the Tortillas

While the sweet potato and black bean filling is simmering away, warm your tortillas. You can do this in a dry skillet over medium heat for about 20-30 seconds on each side, or wrap them in foil and heat them in the oven at 350°F for a few minutes. This step ensures that your tacos are soft and pliable, ready to hold the delicious filling.

7. Assemble the Tacos

Now comes the fun part – assembling your sweet potato and black bean tacos! Take a warm tortilla and spoon a generous amount of the filling onto its center. Feel free to get creative with your toppings! Avocado slices, fresh cilantro, a squeeze of lime juice, sour cream, or a sprinkle of shredded cheese are all excellent choices to enhance the flavors.


  • If you enjoy a spicy kick, add a dash of hot sauce or a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes to the filling while it cooks.
  • For a heartier version, you can also sauté some bell peppers or corn along with the sweet potatoes and black beans.
  • Experiment with different tortillas – try whole wheat, spinach, or gluten-free options to cater to your dietary preferences.

Once your tacos are assembled, it’s time to savor every delicious bite. Bite into the warm tortilla, letting the creamy sweet potatoes and hearty black beans dance together on your palate. The combination of flavors and textures is truly a match made in culinary heaven.

Closing Thoughts:
Food has a magical way of connecting us to our past and evoking emotions like nothing else can. For me, sweet potato and black bean tacos encapsulate the essence of home, family, and the joy of sharing a meal with loved ones. I hope that this recipe brings you as much comfort and happiness as it has brought me throughout the years. So, grab your apron, gather your ingredients, and embark on a culinary journey that is sure to leave you craving more!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 taco

Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 200
% Daily Value*  
Total Fat 4g 6%
  Saturated Fat 1g 5%
  Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 290mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
  Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
  Sugars 3g  
Protein 6g  
Vitamin A 250% Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 6% Iron 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

  Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
  Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
  Dietary Fiber 25g 30g
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