September 11, 2017

Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes stuffed with a spicy black bean filling, cheese, avocado, cilantro and your favorite toppings.
Serves 4

Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes! If you are looking for a quick and healthy vegetarian dinner, this is it. 

Ready for simple?

Good. Me too.

If you need a new go-to weeknight dinner, let me suggest these potatoes. Baked sweet potatoes topped with taco black beans and your favorite toppings.

They’re like tacos, with more vegetables and all the flavor. If you follow me on Instagram, you know how much I love tacos. I swear I’ve eaten tacos at least a few times a week this pregnancy; it’s hard for me not to want those savory, spicy little treats. When a new taco joint opened up two blocks from our house this summer, it was like all the stars aligned. Homemade tacos a few steps away? I feel like I’ve won the St. Louis lottery.

Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes! If you are looking for a quick and healthy vegetarian dinner, this is it. Sweet potatoes stuffed with a spicy black bean filling, cheese, avocado, cilantro and your favorite toppings. Gluten-free | www.delishknowledge.com

So, needless to say, these are tacos but not really tacos. Instead, we’re taking the best parts and putting them on top of a baked sweet potato.

The magic of this meal is how silly easy it is. Bake a few taters, throw a can of black beans and spices in a sauce pan to warm up, then assemble. If you don’t have time to bake a sweet potato, you can always do the microwave option. Or, peel and slice the potato into thin chips, bake until crispy and enjoy these like nachos.

The toppings are really up to you. I like a generous sprinkle of cheese, hot sauce and avocado but anything goes. That’s really the beauty of tacos isn’t it? Most things work. I’ve eaten a lot of crazy taco combinations in my years and rarely am I turned off by an ingredient. If you like it on tacos, it will work in this recipe.

Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes! If you are looking for a quick and healthy vegetarian dinner, this is it. Sweet potatoes stuffed with a spicy black bean filling, cheese, avocado, cilantro and your favorite toppings. Gluten-free | www.delishknowledge.com

What you’ll need for these Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

In addition to sweet potatoes, you’ll also need ingredients for the taco filling. 

  • White or yellow onion
  • Fresh garlic cloves
  • Cooked black beans
  • Tomato paste
  • Chili powder, cumin and cayenne pepper
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Shredded cheddar cheese 

 

Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes! If you are looking for a quick and healthy vegetarian dinner, this is it. Sweet potatoes stuffed with a spicy black bean filling, cheese, avocado, cilantro and your favorite toppings. Gluten-free | www.delishknowledge.com

How to make these Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

These potatoes couldn’t be easier to make, especially once you cook the sweet potatoes. You can do this in the oven or even the microwave! If you are running short on time, you can cook the sweet potatoes in just 5 minutes in a microwave oven. 

From there, you’ll make the filling by sautéing the onion in olive oil, then adding in cooked black beans and spices. Smash some of the beans with the back of a wooden spoon or potato masher so they stick together easier. 

To assemble, pour the cooked black beans into the cooked sweet potatoes and top like you would tacos! We love avocado, cheddar cheese and sour cream best here. 

Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes! If you are looking for a quick and healthy vegetarian dinner, this is it. Sweet potatoes stuffed with a spicy black bean filling, cheese, avocado, cilantro and your favorite toppings. Gluten-free | www.delishknowledge.com

Enjoy this easy, Meatless Monday dinner option.

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking! 

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Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes! If you are looking for a quick and healthy vegetarian dinner, this is it. Sweet potatoes stuffed with a spicy black bean filling, cheese, avocado, cilantro and your favorite toppings. Gluten-free | www.delishknowledge.com

Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hours 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings/potatoes 1x
  • Category: dinner, main, healthy, entree
  • Cuisine: vegetarian, glutenfree

Description

Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes! If you are looking for a quick and healthy vegetarian dinner, this is it. Sweet potatoes stuffed with a spicy black bean filling, cheese, avocado, cilantro and your favorite toppings. Gluten-free.


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hours 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings/potatoes 1x
  • Category: dinner, main, healthy, entree
  • Cuisine: vegetarian, glutenfree
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hours 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings/potatoes 1x
  • Category: dinner, main, healthy, entree
  • Cuisine: vegetarian, glutenfree
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Ingredients

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups cooked black beans (drained and rinsed if using canned)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 lime, zest and juice
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • salsa/sour cream, for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prick potatoes a few times with a fork, then until tender, about 45-70 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes (I usually check them around 45 minutes, then add more time as needed). Alternately, you can cook them in the microwave though I don’t think the texture is the same.
  2. When the potatoes have about 15 minutes left of cooking time, make the beans. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Add the onion and cook until tender and translucent, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, spices, beans and tomato paste and cook until beans are warmed through. Stir in lime juice and zest. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if needed.
  4. Remove potatoes from the oven, slice down the middle and mash a few times. Top with bean mixture, cheese, avocado, cilantro and salsa/sour cream, if using. Serve immediately.

Notes

To my dairy-free friends. These are awesome when covered in my spicy taco cheese sauce. Recipe here.

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Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes! If you are looking for a quick and healthy vegetarian dinner, this is it. Sweet potatoes stuffed with a spicy black bean filling, cheese, avocado, cilantro and your favorite toppings. Gluten-free | www.delishknowledge.com
 

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    1. Kathy
      November 7, 2019 AT 2:42 pm

      What a delicious recipe! I love sweet potatoes and have been trying to eat more of them. This recipe is a keeper!

    2. Sophie
      October 11, 2018 AT 8:57 am

      I searched for an easy, vegetable-packed dinner and this was the most eye-catching result and my goodness, did it deliver. It was so delicious! I’m a bit of a dead head when it comes to cooking, I’m not very imaginative and I need a simple recipe to stick to and this was perfect. Will definitely be using this site for dinner again!
      I didn’t use the cumin or cayenne because I’m lazy so I subbed them for paprika and it still worked fabulously well 🙂

      1. Alex
        October 11, 2018 AT 11:36 am

        Thanks Sophie!!! So glad that you liked it! And- lazy dinner cook is usually how I define myself too. 🙂