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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos

Last week before a Rockies game, we stopped into Prost, a Denver brewery specializing in German-style beers, or rather, biers.  We had lunch from the food truck parked outside.  I selected black bean and sweet potato tacos from the menu; yum-yum-yummy!  I just had to come home and try to make them, even though Michael is no big fan of the sweet potato.  I think they came out pretty close, if not even more yummy, due to the home grown tomatoes, green onion and cilantro topping them.  🙂

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These are super fast, super easy-peasy, and perfect for company no matter how they prefer to get their protein.

ingredients

  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 sweet potato, baked and diced (I baked mine in the microwave)
  • 1 small can diced green chiles
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • corn tortillas
  • lettuce, shredded
  • cilantro, roughly chopped
  • tomatoes, chopped
  • avocado, sliced
  • green onion, chopped
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges

Pierce the skin of the sweet potato and bake until done.  This took a bit over 4 minutes in my microwave; remember microwave power varies.  As soon as it becomes cool enough to work with it, peel and cut into 1/4 inch dice.

peel and dice sweet potato

In a pan, saute the garlic in a bit of veggie broth.  Cook until it starts to become golden and aromatic.

saute garlic

Add beans and green chiles to the pan, followed by sweet potato, cumin, salt and pepper.  Stir to combine.

heat black beans and green chile

Warm tortillas in the microwave, wrapped in a clean kitchen towel or tortilla warmer.  Prepare your toppings.

assemble toppings

Assemble tacos with the black bean mixture, green onions, cilantro, tomatoes, avocado, and lettuce.  Squeeze fresh lime juice over the tops.

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Enjoy with a bit of salsa if you like (Michael loves hot sauce on these), and a margarita or two!

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So how did the “Not a Big Fan of Sweet Potatoes” like them?  Michael sez, “Yum!” They were yummy the next night as some of the best leftovers ever.  You’ll get about 12 regular-sized tacos from this recipe.  I’m thinking they would make luscious little appetizers made with tiny corn tortillas.  The filling would also be spectacular rolled into corn tortillas and baked as enchiladas.  Oh yummy!

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Twice-Baked Sweet Taters

I never met a sweet potato I didn’t like.  Well, now that I’m a grown-up, not so much likin’ the kind with marshmallow.  But any of the rest?  Yup, pretty much love them all so far.  My new fav?  Twice-baked.  With tangy goat cheese.  And crunchy pecan topping.  Ohhhh yeaaahhhh.  (Original recipe from Everyday Food Magazine.)

Simple yet fancy.  Quick enough for a weeknight.

For the potato part:

  • 2 sweet potatoes, scrubbed, skin on
  • 2 oz fresh chevre (I bought smoked chevre by mistake–awesome!  I make them with smoked chevre all the time now!)
  • 1 TBSP butter, room temperature
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 TBSP finely chopped fresh chives

For the topping:

  • 1/8 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/8 cup panko (or unflavored breadcrumbs)
  • 1 TBSP butter, room temperature

Preheat oven to 375F.  Scrub sweet potatoes and prick all over with a fork.

Wrap taters in foil–separately or individually.  Bake until tender, about and hour.

When cool enough to handle, cut in half long ways and scoop out all but 1/4-inch of the flesh, creating shells.  Arrange in a pan.

Place scooped-out tater flesh, chevre, butter, salt and pepper in a food processor.  Process until smooth.

Add chives, pulse to blend.

Divide tater mixture evenly among shells.

Mix the topping.

Divide topping evenly over taters.

Bake until topping is golden, 10-12 minutes.

Serve up as a side to a yummy sandwich or as your Thanksgiving sweet potato dish! 

After the first time I made these, I was thinking the smoky, tanginess from the chevre along with the pecan and sweet potato flavors were calling for a drizzle of smoky-sweet maple syrup.  If you’re game, give it a try…I did today with a left over tater, warm from the microwave.  Really, really yummy!

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