In a perfect world, I would eat nothing but tacos.

Embarrassingly Easy Smoky Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos I

We are talking tacos for like, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Totally. I don’t think I would make any exceptions because we all know that practically anything can be reasonably placed in a tortilla.

As a side note, are you realizing that I can basically justify anything in life about, well… anything?

If you’re having an issue, just talk to me. I will probably justify it.

Embarrassingly Easy Smoky Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos I

It’s no secret that I have a serious infatuation with my favorite taco place that we frequent…very…often. It’s embarrassing. And I don’t think I can come close to the delicious things wrapped in fluffy and warm carbs that I receive quickly after consuming an entire bowl of queso with the freshest chips I’ve ever had in my life, but sometimes you just have to attempt something at home.

Not that I truly want to. If I could have someone make me tacos for the rest of my life, it would be one of my three wishes after rubbing the lamp. Can we make this happen?

Embarrassingly Easy Smoky Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos I

Just like everything else this week, they are so easy. So freaking easy. I mean, just as the title states, I’m sort of horrified even telling you about them but then I think about the weird things that I want to wrap up and call a taco and just assume that there must be more crazies like me out there in the world. If you told me to stuff a fried tortilla shell with something like truffles (of the chocolate variety) or eggs or even mashed potatoes, I’d most likely listen because I fully believe that the planets have aligned when tacos are in my life.

You probably get it now. I could eat tacos for the rest of my days and be perfectly smitten. I think I’m doing it.

Embarrassingly Easy Smoky Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos I


Smoky Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

Yield: makes 8 tacos

Total Time: 35 minutes


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 red onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 (15 ounce) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
8 flour tortillas, warmed
1 cup freshly grated manchego cheese
fresh cilantro for topping
lime wedges

chipotle lime crema
3 tablespoons greek yogurt
3/4 cup half and half
1 tablespoon adobo sauce (from a can of chipotles in adobo)
juice of half a lime
zest of half a lime
1/8 teaspoon salt


Season chopped sweet potatoes with salt, pepper, cumin and smoked paprika. Heat a large skillet oven medium heat and add olive oil. Add onions and garlic, tossing to coat, then add sweet potatoes and stir. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, until sweet potatoes are just softened and cooked through.

While potatoes are cooking, combine yogurt, half and half, adobo, lime juice and zest and salt, whisking well to combine. Set aside.

Once sweet potatoes are cooked, add in black beans and toss well. Cover and cook again for 5-6 minutes until everything is warmed through. Heat tortillas and serve sweet potato mixture topped with cheese, crema and lots of cilantro!

Embarrassingly Easy Smoky Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos I

Oh and I want to spread that makeshift crema all over my entire life.

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79 Responses to “Embarrassingly Easy Smoky Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos.”

  1. #
    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — December 13, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    I don’t know about just tacos, but I could eat Mexican food for the rest of my life!!


  2. #
    Kristen @ notsodomesticated — December 13, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    I’m not sure if I could eat tacos every day for the rest of my life, but I could at least handle of month of eating these. ;) Another awesome looking recipe, Jessica!


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    Alicia Greenrabbit — December 13, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    While I’m thinking of how beautiful your photos are ,how much I want to make this tonight with some lovely fresh Cilantro, the news is showing a bunch of old rock and roll farts singing and try and ruin my teenage thoughts of my favorite bands and the music I loved to dance and sing to………Mick Jagger 70?!!!! I need a margarita ….tonight.


  4. #
    Kim in MD — December 13, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    Yum! I love the smokey, spicy flavors in this taco!


  5. #
    Amanda — December 13, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    this actually came at the PERFECT time. i’m studying abroad and doing a taco night for my international flatmates. that crema is soooo happening! :) thank you!


  6. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — December 13, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    No judging here – I feel the same way about tacos! Here in Canada we have this horrible (in my opinion) thing called poutine that is typically served with gravy and cheese curds. There’s a restaurant that does all sorts of different twists on it to fuse it with the cuisine/flavours of other cultures. How cool would it be to have a restaurant that does the same thing with tacos? Thai tacos, BLT tacos, curry tacos, bacon and egg tacos, paella tacos, sushi tacos…. a girl can dream, right?!


  7. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — December 13, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    I love sweet potato and black bean tacos!! Your chipotle lime crema sounds amazing! Loving the sauce!!!!


  8. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — December 13, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    These look delicious!!


  9. #
    Liz — December 13, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    Tacos for every meal would be awesome – balanced meals :D


  10. #
    Genevieve — December 13, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    Jessica, you are my favourite food blogger, and when I became vegan a year ago I was crushed that I would not be able to enjoy your creativity. But I find myself using tons of your recipes regardless! This is one of them! I make the crema using avocado instead of dairy. And your quinoa burgers, sweet potato burgers, easy bean patties, are staples at my house! Thanks again for making your talent accessible to all!!!!!


  11. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — December 13, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    Oh these look delicious Jessica!!!


  12. #
    Katie — December 13, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    I’m in for this taco diet. This will work out perfectly when we are someday next-door neighbors.


  13. #
    Lauren | Have Fork, Will Eat — December 13, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    These look delicious. Black beans and sweet potatoes are a fabulous combination; we’ve made them into tamales and it was delicious. Tacos are much more doable on a regular basis though!


  14. #
    Angela @ Health's Angel — December 13, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    I live, literally, about 10 blocks away from Walnut Street/Copeland and I have YET to go to Chica Loca. What is my problem!? Must change this ASAP.


  15. #
    Kristina — December 13, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    yes Yes and more YES.

    I put anything and everything into a tortilla (including eggs and potatoes, no truffles… yet?). my most weird AND most favorite? a Reuben taco. I know. it blows my mind too.

    this time last year, we were backpacking through Mexico for the month. I was in HEAVEN with all of the street tacos. we had to try Every Single One. amazing.


  16. #
    Tarah — December 13, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    Have you been to Yorita in the Southside? They have some interesting taco combinations and a solid drink menu. I once had a taco topped with a quail egg there! Chica Loca is on my list to try next time I’m in the area. Thanks for all of your fabulous posts – love your blog!


  17. #
    Heather — December 13, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    Move to Texas and your taco-eating dreams can become your reality! Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks…tacos for every occasion. Its pretty awesome :)


    • Stacey — December 13th, 2012 @ 6:01 pm



  18. #
    Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries — December 13, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    I like embarrassingly easy… and sweet potatoes… and black beans. Sounds perfect to me. Yum!


  19. #
    collette — December 13, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    Sounds perfect too me- but probably not to my meat lovin’ man, he would want meat and say its not a meal without meat. BUT I bet these would be fantastic with some leftover chicken thrown in for him! Hmmm…. we might have a winner!


  20. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — December 13, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    these looks great Jess!

    while someone in my life -ehem’ that damn bf of mine! lol – would demand some meat in this dish, I love the veggie take!! great share xx


  21. #
    Brittany from Counting My Cupcakes — December 13, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    Love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love.

    The end.


  22. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 13, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    I love the looks of these, easy or not, sweet potatoes, smokiness, and black beans sound perfect!


  23. #
    Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk — December 13, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    Embarrassingly Easy is my style! I”m always looking for easy weeknight meals and these will be on my table soon!


  24. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — December 13, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    i love the sweet potato and black bean taco – these tacos look delish!


  25. #
    deva at deva by definition — December 13, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    I adore tacos for breakfast. They are the best things ever. So filling and yummy.


  26. #
    Brittany — December 13, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    Don’t be ashamed of your easy recipe. I love them!!!


  27. #
    Michelle — December 13, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

    Seriously, your writing is amazing and makes me laugh so loud and awkwardly at work.

    Is it bad that when you mentioned mashed potatoes in a taco I started drooling? I think you might actually be on to something. I’m a taco freak too. I can’t help it. And I will be making that recipe asap!


  28. #
    Casey — December 13, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

    My only problem with your creative tacos is that I have no idea what board to pin them on.


  29. #
    Michelle — December 13, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    All tacos. All the time. There is a shop in Portland that sells them for $1. And it’s a Mexican market in the front so alllllllllll the pastries you could possibly want. For dessert. Or dinner.


  30. #
    Claire — December 13, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

    I actually have had tacos with mashed potato in them! Swedish tunnbrodsrullee – a wrap containing mashed potato, sausage and if you are crazy like me, prawn cocktail… sounds weird but it’s absolutely delicious! Oh and ketchup and fried onions only make it better :)


  31. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — December 13, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    Embarrassingly easy = perfect for after work. Looks god to me!


  32. #
    Noëlle — December 13, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    Lalalalove! Sounds delicious. :)

    Noëlle @ Aspen Valley Services


  33. #
    Larry — December 13, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

    Could you please please PUH-LEASE pay me in tacos to dress you? That would be THE best job everrrrrrrr. In life. TImes 5.


  34. #
    Eileen — December 13, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    Tacos, man. I would have no trouble at all eating them every single day! Love the classic block bean and sweet potato combo!


  35. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — December 13, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

    Yesterday you had me wanting Thai food and now Mexican food – basically, your page makes me hungry and in need of good food! Mmmmm Cilantro…..


  36. #
    Chica Loca taco — December 13, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

    Good job ~ They look pretty darn close to ours! We like to mash them up, a little easier to eat … And BTW there is *nothing* wrong with tacos for breakfast lunch & dinner!
    We’ll tell you about our taco extravaganza in Austin some day….! Hint: 12-15 tacos a day….


  37. #
    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — December 13, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    I am loving unique tacos lately. These are so cool!


  38. #
    Kristi — December 13, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

    Um dessert tacos? Yes: wrap a flour tortialla around toasted marshmallows (at leat 3), half a banana (sliced lengthwise), half a Hershey bar, and a healthy schmear of creamy peanut butter. Toast the thing like Taco Bell does with burritos so it’s crunchy outside and the chocolate & pb melt inside. Then die. (And if I’m not the first to leave this idea in the comments forgive me – I’m at work so I skipped past them.) *muah*


  39. #
    Laura — December 13, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

    I will happily join you and eat tacos everyday. However, I’d also like to have some type of pizza everyday too. These look like a perfect dinner during next week’s holiday baking frenzy.


  40. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — December 13, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

    Sweet potatoes and black beans are probably two of my favorite things in the world and it is a serious atrocity that I haven’t had them together in a tortilla. That all changes tonight! Serious. I have all three items in my kitchen. The stars hath aligned!!


  41. #
    Alex — December 13, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

    I LOVE sweet potatoes and beans….especially baked beans and sweet potatoes :)
    I must try this soon! Love your blog, by the way!!


  42. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 13, 2012 @ 8:50 pm

    Wowzers, these look freaking fabulous!


  43. #
    Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} — December 13, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

    Crazy awesome taco recipe!


  44. #
    maegan — December 13, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    Looks delicious! Oh and just move down to South Texas.. we do eat tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Breakfast tacos are my fave.. yum :)


  45. #
    Bonnie — December 13, 2012 @ 10:44 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight! YUM! :) And I love that the comments are written in blue too! ;)


  46. #
    JulieD — December 14, 2012 @ 12:16 am

    Easy is the best, these look awesome!!


  47. #
    Jackie B. — December 14, 2012 @ 1:33 am

    I recently had dinner at an awesome Mexican speakeasy in NYC and haven’t been able to get tacos off my mind ever since! Definitely going to have to re-create these for my boyfriend and I– thanks for a wonderful-looking, easy recipe!


  48. #
    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — December 14, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    yum! nothing wrong with an easy meal— and i love love love tortillas!


  49. #
    Shantay Whitchurch — December 14, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    Greetings folks ! I`ve recently composed a post , I may even call it a research regarding rather similar subject . There is not much clear information on that, but I`ve managed to get something at that blog .


  50. #
    Michelle — December 14, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

    This taco place is 5 hours away from where I will be staying over Christmas. Still considering the drive.



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