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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Taco Recipe

These Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos are a quick and easy vegetarian option for any Taco Tuesday Night or Cinco de Mayo Menu!

Our lucky 6 ingredient recipe winner for the American Express 6 Ingredient Dinner Challenge is Lindsay L.

Congratulations, Lindsay!

She posted this Sweet Potato and Black Bean Taco recipe on her blog, The Lean Green Bean, in December of 2010.

She says she’s “obsessed with sweet potatoes” and over the past year she’s discovered how much she loves curry powder.

One day she sprinkled curry powder roasted sweet potatoes. It quickly became one of her favorite dinner sides.

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Lindsay says that they’re big fans of Mexican food and black beans with sweet potatoes are one of her favorite Mexican-inspired combinations.

“Since we eat tacos a few times a month, I decided to toss the ingredients in a tortilla shell and see how it turned out.

The result was a huge success!”

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Taco Appeals Because…

“…because they’re simple and use ingredients that I almost always have on hand and even though it only needs 6 ingredients, you can easily customize it to your personal taste preferences or add a few extra ingredients that you might have on hand.”

Lindsay also appreciates that these Sweet Potato and Black Bean Taco Recipe are a healthy meal she can rely on about once a month.

Lindsay suggests a few simple adaptations to this delicious taco recipe:

If you don’t like, or can’t eat cheese, you could replace it with some fresh spinach.

Not a fan of curry powder?

Try paprika instead.

Don’t like tomatoes?

Add some bell pepper strips.”

I love how adaptable these Sweet Potato and Black Bean Taco Recipe are!

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I think this taco recipe is going to quickly become one of my favorite black bean recipes.
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Taco Recipe are so quick to make and very tasty! – Katie

A little bit about Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean

lean green beanShe resides in Ohio with her husband, two dogs, and two cats and is studying to become a Registered Dietitian.

Lindsay loves being outside, taking pictures, cooking, baking, traveling and being physically active. Her favorite food is crab cakes.

Lindsay learned how to cook from her mom, the best cook she knows.

“I learned everything I know about cooking from my mom, the best cook I know.

I started cooking and baking at a young age and have always loved being in the kitchen.”

Lindsay is a former picky-eater who used to live on Cheerios and Mac n Cheese.

Since studying to become a dietitian, she’s become more adventurous. “I want to be able to practice what I preach!

I love talking to people about food and helping them make healthy food choices.

I’m constantly searching for ways to make recipes healthier, especially when I’m baking.”

Visit Lindsay at her blog, The Lean Green Bean.

You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.

Thanks for sharing your Sweet Potato and Black Bean Taco Recipe!

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The veggies are coated in a blend of butter, maple syrup and ground chipotle pepper.

After roasting, both the sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside and sweet spicy all over.

These Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls have a beautiful golden, orange color that brightens up the dinner table.

Sweet Potato Dinner rolls are versatile too.

Not only are they great for dinner, but my kids loved these rolls in place of regular bread for cinnamon sugar toast for breakfast.

These Fall Mexican Rice Bowls are an easy and seasonal dinner recipe.

I love these Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos because they use ingredients that I almost always have on hand and even though it only needs 6 ingredients, you can easily customize it to your personal taste preferences or add a few extra ingredients that you might have on hand.

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Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos are a quick and easy vegetarian option for any Taco Tuesday Night or Cinco de Mayo Menu!


For the Sweet Potatoes and Black Bean Tacos:

  • 1 large Sweet Potato, diced
  • Salt, Pepper, and Chili Powder Cumin - to taste
  • 1 cup Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup diced Yellow Onion
  • 4 flour Tortillas
  • 1/3 cup diced poblano pepper
  • 1/3 cup Shredded Mexican Cheese

Optional Garnishes:

  • Shredded Lettuce or Cabbage
  • Avocado or Roasted Tomatillo Guacamole
  • Lime Wedges for squeezing
  • Cilantro
  • Sour Cream


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  3. Toss the sweet potatoes on the lined baking sheet with olive oil until lightly coated.
  4. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and chili powder, and cumin.
  5. Roast sweet potatoes for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Meanwhile, saute the diced onion for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the poblano and saute for 3 minutes.
  8. Stir in the black beans until heated through. Stir in the sweet potato. Season to taste.
  9. Spoon into tortillas and top with cheese and your choice garnishes.


Tips: Dice your sweet potato pretty small so they roast faster and leave the skin on for added nutritional benefits. Cook your own dried black beans to cut down on the sodium and store them in the freezer. When you need them, all you have to do is pull some out, dump them in the pan and heat through!

adapted from Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 291Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 9mgCarbohydrates 47gFiber 7gSugar 3gProtein 11g

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Becca B.

Wednesday 29th of February 2012

I just wanted to comment to say that I make these on a regular basis and my family (including my 2 year old) loves them! I use slightly different seasonings, and I usually use some bell pepper instead of poblano because I never remember to get poblanos from the store, but this is a really, really great idea and a huge hit in my house. I love how seasoning the sweet potatoes with Mexican seasonings (I use cumin, chili powder, oregano, salt and pepper, and sometimes coriander) cuts the sweetness. Also, they go together SO fast. A really great weekday meal!

Mike @ How To Make A Smoothie At Home

Wednesday 24th of August 2011

What an amazing dish. Thanks for sharing such an easy recipe!!


Tuesday 23rd of August 2011

Congrats Lindsey on the win and the great recipe. It is so freeing to eat healthy whole foods. I am in love with everything sweet potato, these tacos look great!


Tuesday 23rd of August 2011

What I like the best is how light and colorful it looks. Summer is still here and this would be a perfect meal.


Sunday 7th of August 2011

Never have I run into a recipe with black beans that I did not love. This sounds very interesting with the added flavor of sweet potatoes. Thanks!