How to Make Vegan Sweet Potato Tacos (Quick & Easy Recipe)
Growing up in Southern California tacos are definitely a staple recipe and knowing how to throw a good taco Tuesday is a MUST. After going plant-based I seemed to have stop eating them all together - I guess the taco trucks we happen upon on every corner never have vegan options.
Then, one night when I was watching one of my favorite shows on Netflix called The Chef, they made some delicious sweet potato tacos and I was totally inspired.
So I made a quick trip to good ol' Trader Joes, grabbed what I could, and got cooking. I'm not gonna lie, this recipe is one of my faves and I can't wait for you to give it a try.
What I love most about tacos is you truly can adapt them to whatever you already have in the fridge, or give your family tons of options so everyone can make them their own. As always, get creative, have fun and ENJOY! You've got this!
Vegan Sweet Potato Tacos
Serves: 4 to 6 | Prep: 45 mins | Cook: 25 Mins | Ready: 75 Mins
Masa Harina - Bob's Red Mill
Red Onion (approx 1/2 onion)
Cilantro (approx 1/2 bunch)
Corn on the Cob (2 to 4)
Red Wine Vinegar (1 to 2 tbsp)
Olive Oil (1 to 2 tbsp)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Sweet Potato (1 to 2)
Anaheim or Poblano Pepper (2)
Black Beans (1 can)
Olive Oil (1-2 tbsp)
Salt & Pepper to Taste
Garnish / Extras
Vegan Sour Cream
Mix the tortilla dough, following instructions on the back of the package. Cover the mix and let sit for approx 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Wash, peel, and cut/julienne sweet potatoes into thin, even strips. Dice into uniform, small cubes. Larger cubes will take longer to cook. In a bowl, toss sweet potato cubes in 1 - 2 tbsp of olive oil with salt & pepper to taste. Add to the cooking sheet and place it into the preheated oven. Cook for 15-20 minutes until a fork easily passes through the potato cubes when poked.
On an already hot skillet or griddle (high heat), char the outside of the corn and anaheim peppers. You can substitute Anaheim peppers with poblano peppers for a little more spice. Do not add any oil to the skillet or veggies during this stage, the oil will burn. Rotate veggies as they cook to fully charr all outside edges.
While you wait for the veggies to char start your corn salsa: dice red onion, de-leaf, and chop cilantro and add to a bowl.
In a separate pot, open, drain and rinse black beans and cook in a pot over medium heat until hot - add salt & pepper to taste.
Once peppers are charred, remove from heat and let cool. You can place the peppers into a plastic bag and seal to steam, making the skin easier to remove. Once cooled, peel the charred skin from peppers and dice. Set aside.
Once the corn is charred, remove from skillet and allow to cool slightly before taking the husk vertically and slicing downward to remove the corn from the cob into the bowl along with your chopped onion and cilantro. Add olive oil, red wine vinegar with salt & pepper to taste.
Uncover tortilla dough and check the texture of dough. It should be firm enough to roll into a ball in your hand without crumbling, but should not stick to your hand. Add more flour or more water to adjust the texture of dough as needed. Roll 1 tbsp of dough into a ball and place on center of tortilla press covered in plastic wrap - press ball into the tortilla and carefully peel from plastic, being careful not to rip tortilla. I've found flipping the tortilla over and peeling the plastic from the top seems to work best rather than trying to lift the dough off. If you do not have a tortilla press you can use a cutting board or flat plate to press dough into the tortilla.
On your skillet add oil and lightly fry both sides of your tortilla. This takes approx 30 seconds each side.
Take your tortilla on a plate, and layer in your ingredients. I start with a layer of vegan sour cream, then add sweet potato, peppers, black beans, corn salsa, chipotle salsa & garnish. Can we have taco Tuesday every night?
Let's Talk About Vegan Cheese
So...vegan cheese. There are SO many brands out there that I've tried and yes, some have been pretty nasty. I was one of those "I could never go plant-based because I love cheese too much" people. I know not everyone might have access to a Whole Foods, but it's worth the hunt to find which stores in town carry the best varieties of vegan cheese so you can try some for yourself.
I've put together a handy Plant Based Replacement Guide with all my favorite brands and go to's so you can see which brands I love most.
Do you buy your salsa from the store or make it from scratch? Let me know int he comments below!