Sweet Potato-Black Bean Tacos


Tender, smoky sweet potato is the star of these vegetarian tacos. A mashed black bean spread with onion holds everything in place. Serve with your favorite taco toppings.

Sweet Potato-Black Bean Tacos
Photo: Will Dickey
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • ½ cup finely chopped red onion

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 8 (5 inch) corn tortillas, warmed

  • cup crumbled queso fresco

  • 1 medium avocado, thinly sliced

  • Sour cream, salsa, toasted pepitas and/or fresh cilantro leaves for serving (optional)

  • Lime wedges for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Combine sweet potatoes, paprika, garlic powder, salt and 2 tablespoons oil in a large bowl; toss to coat. Spread on a large rimmed baking sheet and roast until tender and browned, about 25 minutes, flipping and tossing halfway through.

  2. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add beans; cook, stirring occasionally, until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Transfer 1/3 cup of the bean mixture to the baking sheet with the sweet potatoes; toss to combine.

  3. Add 1/2 cup water to the remaining bean mixture in the skillet over medium-high heat; stir and mash the bean mixture with the back of a fork or a potato masher until it's almost smooth but some bean chunks remain. Remove from heat; stir in lime juice.

  4. To serve, spread 1 1/2 tablespoons mashed bean mixture onto each tortilla and spoon 2 tablespoons sweet potato mixture over the bean mixture. Top evenly with queso fresco and sliced avocado. Add sour cream, salsa, pepitas and/or cilantro, if desired. Serve immediately with lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

477 Calories
22g Fat
61g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 tacos
Calories 477
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 15g 54%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 13g 26%
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Vitamin A 16445IU 329%
Sodium 453mg 20%
Potassium 925mg 20%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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