These sweet potato tacos are easy to make & thoroughly delicious. Gently spiced sweet potato, a crunchy, zesty slaw & a kick from chipotle cream, they're comforting and so good.
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Tacos, to me, are very much warm weather food. So I think I made these sweet potato tacos as much to tell myself it's spring, even if the weather outside isn't totally cooperating.
Our snow pile has at least largely melted, but the last couple days it's fleeted between sleet and rain. Not exactly encouraging spring fever.
But really, I think I would use any excuse to have these tacos again as they were that good. Quick to make, great flavors and both vegetarian and pretty healthy, if you needed another excuse.
Here I have kept things relatively simple, though not exactly traditional, but everything works so well. The sweet potato is warm, gently spiced and soft. The slaw is crisp and zesty and the chipotle cream is smooth with a kick. All wrapped up in warm soft tortillas, they are delicious in every bite. You won't even notice there's no meat (if you have a dedicated carnivore around).
How to make sweet potato tacos
While there are three different things in the filling, they are all really easy and quick to make. The slaw just takes a quick few chops, add in some lime juice and seasoning then it's left to mingle. Then grate the sweet potato, slice the onion and saute both for a few minutes with cumin and paprika to get nice and soft.
Meanwhile, chop up the chipotle pepper and mix with the sour cream and warm the tortillas. After that, it's a quick assemble and serve them up.
Why a Brussels sprout slaw?
The slaw is made with Brussels sprouts rather than the more typical cabbage for a few reasons - first, I hate finding part of a cabbage in the fridge after a week or two of me not getting round to using the rest of it (which is often inevitable) whereas you can easily buy a small amount of sprouts.
Secondly, raw Brussels sprouts have a nice sharpness which work really well with the rest of the flavors, in particular the slight sweetness from the sweet potato.
These sweet potato tacos make for a delicious lunch, appetizer or even a light main meal, maybe served up with some rice and beans, fried plantain or a salad. They don't take long to make but have that complexity of the mingling flavors and textures that they seem like they've taken much longer.
I for one think I'll be making them a few times over the coming months as a nice easy, light and delicious lunch. Hopefully the sun and warmth will come to join me soon. In the meantime, I'll happily immerse myself in warmth through my tastebuds with these. Give them a go too; you won't regret it.
Try these other tasty taco recipes:
- Salmon tacos
- Tacos al pastor (spice-marinated pork and pineapple)
- Jerk shrimp tacos
- Lobster tacos
- Plus get more 30 minute meals and vegetarian meals in the archives.
Sweet potato tacos with sprout slaw and chipotle cream
- 5 oz Brussels sprouts 140g
- 4 spring onions green onions
- 2 tablespoon cilantro coriander, chopped
- 1 ½ tablespoon lime juice
- salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoon vegetable oil or canola/sunflower
- 2 cups sweet potato coarsely grated, from 1 medium sweet potato, approx 8 ½oz/ 240g
- ½ onion or 1 small, halved then thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground paprika
- 1 tablespoon chipotle in adobo chopped canned, approx 1 pepper
- 4 tablespoon sour cream
- 8 small-sized corn or flour tortillas
- Chop the end off the brussel sprouts and peel off any tough outer leaves. Halve the sprouts lengthwise then slice thinly. Chop the end off the spring onions and thinly slice.
- Put the sprouts, sliced spring onions, chopped cilantro/coriander, lime juice and some salt and pepper in a small bowl and mix well then set aside.
- Heat the oil in a skillet/frying pan and add the grated sweet potato and sliced onion. Add the ground cumin and paprika and mix together.
- Cook, stirring now and then, for around 10 minutes until softened and starting to brown slightly.
- Meanwhile, chop the chipotle pepper (remove seeds if you want to make a little less hot) and mix with the sour cream.
- Warm the tortillas - this is best done in a dry skillet/frying pan but can also be done under the grill or in the microwave.
- Assemble the tacos by putting some of the sweet potato mixture on each, followed by some slaw and drizzle over the chipotle cream. Serve immediately.
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