After doing the same dumb thing several times, don’t we usually learn from our mistakes? Apparently I don’t. I continue to do the same stupid thing time and time again, that stupid thing – reaching into to grab whatever it is in the ridiculously hot oven immediately after opening the oven door only to be smacked in the face with a giant heat wave that seems to singe every last one of my eyelashes and crispify my contact lenses (yes, crispify – dry them out in a split second). Yeah, I guess some lessons may not ever be learned. I feel as though I do that at least once a month, I bake a lot and can sometimes get in a rush and forget about that lovely heat wave. Word of advice, when roasting the sweet potatoes, do yourself a favor, step back for a moment when opening the oven door. It was worth it for these amazing tacos though :). I think I just get so excited because I have to sit there and smell whatever is in the oven, so when that timer finally goes off I can’t handle the anticipation anymore (like that gooey cheese pizza in the nearly 500 degree oven, yeah that’s the hot one).
Whether you are vegetarian or not, please try these tacos! I can’t fully express to you how much I love them, you just need to try them. Even though they are incredible simple they are also incredibly good. They are reminiscent of the flavors of a sweet pork taco but of course without the meatiness. Tacos are one of my favorite foods and I’ve been trying to stretch a bit beyond my comfort zone of beef, pork or chicken tacos and try some other endless options. With it being Fall, I decided what better to try out than sweet potato tacos. I sat around forever trying to decide what flavors to pair with the sweet potatoes, until it finally hit me. I wanted to enhance as well as balance out the sweetness of the potatoes – so what better than honey and lime. It’s one of the best combinations.
My husband hates sweet potatoes. He loved these tacos. All through dinner he kept saying “mmmmm” “mmmmm, these are so good.” I’m surprised he didn’t ask if the corn was hand shucked (name that movie – it’s one of my all time faves? What About Bob. Love that show). My kids kept coming over while I was trying to take these photos begging for “just one last piece” time and time again. They definitely turned out to be a hit at my house, I hope these hearty and flavorful tacos are savored to the last bite at your house too. They were good enough that I could have cared less about tomatoes, salsas and hot sauces and for me that is shocking. I like my tacos with the works and these really don’t even need it. Yes they are also good with it but they are amazing with the filling alone. Enjoy!
Honey-Lime Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Corn Tacos
Yield: About 5 - 6 servings
- 1 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes , peeled if desired and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
- 4 Tbsp olive oil , divided
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 small yellow onion , diced (1 cup)
- 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 (14.5) oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup frozen yellow corn , thawed and drained
- 3 Tbsp honey
- 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
- Corn or flour tortillas
- Romain lettuce or purple cabbage , cotija or feta cheese (monterrey or manchengo would also be good), diced avocados, fresh salsa or pico de gallo and hot sauce (optional)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil then place sweet potatoes on foil. Drizzle with 3 Tbsp olive oil and toss to evenly coat. Sprinkle evenly with cumin, paprika, coriander, cayenne pepper and season lightly with salt and pepper to taste then toss to evenly coat. Bake in preheated oven 15 - 20 minutes until tender, removing from oven and tossing once halfway through baking.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat. Once hot add onion and saute until caramelized (golden brown on edges and tender), about 5 - 6 minutes, adding in garlic during last 30 seconds of sauteing. Reduce heat to medium-low, add in drained black beans, corn, honey and lime juice. Heat until warmed through. Toss in roasted sweet potatoes and cilantro. Serve over warm tortillas with desired toppings.
Recipe Source: Cooking Classy