Ancho Chile Black Bean Sweet Potato Tacos

These straightforward black bean candy potato tacos are on the desk in 30 minutes and seasoned with ancho chile powder for optimum taste. Learn find out how to make this vegetarian twist on stewed tacos from my husband/sous chef Will in his first ever visitor publish!

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Hello Citizens of the Veg World! I’m Will, Lizzie’s husband, and I’ve been referred to as on as a probably-underqualified visitor poster.

When individuals discuss to me about Lizzie and her web site, they have an inclination to beat across the bush for some time earlier than lastly asking what they actually wish to know, so I’m going to spare you the questioning and reply your questions proper right here on the high:

  • Yes, I do get to eat all the recipes. My sack lunches are the envy of my workplace. 
  • Yes, I’m extraordinarily grateful for this. 
  • Yes, we nonetheless have junk meals in the home. 
  • No, I’m in all probability not as useful to Lizzie’s basic course of as I’d wish to suppose I’m, however she hasn’t burst my bubble but.
  • No, I actually don’t need to cook dinner fairly often, however sure, I do wish to cook dinner.

I’ve beloved to be within the kitchen since I used to be a toddler.  My mother is a superb cook dinner, and once I was little I’d hold round and “help” by measuring and stirring and making requests, which had been typically for baked items or for tacos.

My favourite meals was (and is) tacos, which we didn’t eat almost as steadily as I’d’ve favored. I’ve a vivid reminiscence of my mother telling me (in all probability greater than as soon as), “I’m not making tacos for you everyday, but when you grow up and have a home of your own, you can eat tacos for every meal if you want to make them.”

I confirmed her!!! From the time I left residence till Lizzie and I moved in collectively, I made positive I stored myself well-stocked on tortillas, salsas, and a wide range of proteins, which allowed me to realize my childhood dream. I actually did eat a type of tacos for a minimum of a 3rd of my meals. It was an excellent time.

In phrases of feasibility, I lucked into a favourite meals. Tacos are very accepting of a wide range of inputs. If you’ve got the elements I listed above, you’re about 75% of the way in which to a meal, and whereas I’ve lessened the tempo, I’ve stored up my love for the taco style over the previous few years as nicely. 

Every week I hold making the identical contributions to our grocery checklist: corn tortillas, black beans, cheese, and inexperienced and pink salsas. So a number of weeks in the past, when Lizzie had a late night time on the running a blog manufacturing unit and I used to be referred to as in from the bullpen to cook dinner dinner, I used to be ready and stocked to make some pantry tacos.

These tacos fall underneath the subcategory of Tacos Guisados. Guisado interprets to “stew,” and may include just about any mixture of meats, beans, and/or greens.

Throw the elements right into a pot with some spices, wait, put the stew right into a tortilla, and you’ve got your self a scorching meal. You can do it. I consider in you.

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How to Make Black Bean Sweet Potato Tacos

This specific model of black bean candy potato tacos could be very easy and retains nicely, so you’ll be able to cook dinner it up for a simple meal on the finish of a protracted day or in a batch over the weekend as meal prep. The brief ingredient checklist makes for easy steps, and the result’s scrumptious, filling, and vegetarian.

To make this recipe:

  1. Dice the scallions about half of the way in which up, beginning on the white, root finish (eliminate the tip with the little stringy issues), and discarding the leafy inexperienced part on the high. You’ll be capable of really feel the scallion getting much less dense as you progress up – cease as soon as the concentric circles of the scallion not seem very tight.
  2. Scrub or peel a candy potato and cube it into cubes which might be about ¾ of an inch extensive. The width of your thumb is an efficient eyeball check.
  3. From there, it’s only a matter of including all the things in the fitting order: fry the scallions till they’re delicate, then add your spices, the potato, and at last the beans and a few water, and let it stew.

Expert Tips

These will prove greatest should you:

  • During the final 5 minutes or so of cooking, take off the lid to let the stew steam off some water. This thickens the combination, which is able to stop the dreaded soggy/damaged tortilla.
  • Stir within the lime juice on the final minute to maintain the citrus taste contemporary.
  • If you may get it, use ancho chile powder as an alternative of standard chili powder. Both work, however the ancho chile provides wonderful taste.
  • Don’t take your tortillas for these black bean candy potato tacos as a right. Buy good tortillas (La Perla and Maria & Ricardo’s are two of my favorites) and heat them up – warmth a pan as scorching as you’ll be able to, then warmth every tortilla for 30-60 seconds on either side or till you see bubbles forming contained in the tortilla (BONUS: this can be a nice, low-risk surroundings to observe your pancake/fried egg flipping approach).
  • Keep the warmed tortillas wrapped in a clear towel or in a tortilla hotter till serving. [You can also warm tortillas by placing them directly onto a grill or gas-burning stove top to get a little bit of charring, but this requires full attention – it’s very easy to really burn them/yourself this way. But! If you’re bored of being at home and looking for ways to live on the edge, this might be the adrenaline rush for you.]
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If you want these black bean candy potato tacos and need extra from Sous Chef Will, tell us within the feedback beneath! If you’d wish to know extra about what goes on behind the scenes of the Veg World, you’ll be able to e-mail me at [email protected] or discover me @WilliamJStreit on Instagram.

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Ancho Chile Black Bean Sweet Potato Tacos

A vegetarian twist on stewed tacos, this recipe is straightforward to make and stuffed with taste.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: eight tacos

Calories: 165kcal

Author: Lizzie Streit, MS, RDN


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 candy potatocubed
  • Three scallionssliced midway up the stalk
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1.5 tsp cumin
  • half tsp dried oreganoor dried cilantro
  • 1.5 tsp ancho chile powdercan sub common chili powder
  • 1 15 ozcan black beansdrained and rinsed
  • Three/Four cup water
  • Hot sauceto style
  • half limejuiced
  • eight corn tortillaswarmed
  • Cotija cheesefor serving


  • Heat oil in a medium pot over medium warmth. Add diced scallions, salt, and pepper. Cook till softened – about Three minutes.

  • Add oregano or cilantro, cumin, and ancho chile powder collectively. Immediately add candy potato and stir till potato items are coated in spices. Fry for Three-Four minutes, stirring steadily.

  • Stir in beans, water, and some dashes of scorching sauce. Bring to a boil, cowl the pot, scale back warmth, and simmer. Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring each 5 minutes, or till potatoes are tender. While that is cooking, heat the tortillas for 30-60 seconds on either side in a pan over excessive warmth.

  • Take the lid off the pot and cook dinner for five extra minutes to permit further condensation to flee. Stir in lime juice and serve in tortillas.


  • Serve with cotija cheese, salsa, bitter cream, and/or a squirt of lime.
  • This can be served over cooked rice. To do that, skip the final 5 minutes of cooking with the lid off. This will hold the liquid within the pot, which is able to assist to supply taste to the rice.


Serving: 1taco | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 334mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4164IU | Vitamin C: Fourmg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg

Happy taco day! – Will

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