Laura’s Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos

As I’m married to someone who does not eat meat, we have many vegetarian recipes on rotation in our household. Back when I attended university in Montreal, there was a taco restaurant across the street from my main building named Burritoville. This recipe is based off what they had adapted.

As I have a food blog, I love to pay homage to recipes that I’ve loved and this was definitely one of them. You would not necessarily think to add apples, sweet potatoes, black beans and cheese together but alas, it gives you a delicious recipe! Perfect for a Meatless Monday — not just a Taco Tuesday — this recipe is just what you ordered. Let’s dive in and make this taco recipe.

Can I Make Alterations to This Recipe? Can These Be Vegan Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos or Dairy-Free?

Yes! Yes they can! The base is entirely vegan to begin with. The only dairy (and therefore non-vegan element in the dish) is cheese. I use cheddar cheese in this recipe, but you can definitely use a plant-based or a dairy-free cheese. This vegetarian taco recipe is super easy to adapt!

The recipe is gluten-free (I exclusively use corn tortillas). If you aren’t a fan of corn tortillas, however, you can definitely use whatever floats your boat. I personally love the flavor of the corn, so, that’s what we use.

Cheeses: I use cheddar cheese but this recipe would pair beautifully with different types of cheese. you could add goat cheese if you wanted as well. Goat cheese adds a really nice tang flavor that you would not get from a traditional cows milk cheese. You could use cotija cheese which is delicious! I love to add crumbled cotija tacos. If you want the tang from a cheese but you don’t want to use goat cheese, then you could also use feta cheese. There are plenty of options!

Can I Add Additional Flavors?

Once you’ve made it, you can definitely play around with this recipe. You could use roasted sweet potatoes instead of adding them to the pot. If you like a bit of citrus, you could add a hint of lime juice to the pot. In addition, you could add garlic powder if you’re a fan of garlic (I love garlic powder). If you want a bit more heat, you can add cayenne pepper and smoked paprika — favorites in our household. We love the recipe as is but it could definitely be a fun addition to the recipe. Once you know how a recipe works, you can make many delicious recipes using the base of it and adding what you love to it.

I think beans are great and that hearty black beans add so much to this dish. However, if you don’t like black beans, you could try pinto beans instead. It would yield a different flavor, but, hey, go for it.

Are There Optional Toppings I Could Use?

Of course! If you like cilantro, then definitely toss some fresh cilantro on top of your tacos. I know some people think fresh cilantro tastes like soap (I do not) so I think it would be a great addition. You could also add sliced avocado. Avocado slices are a great addition to any taco. I also will just use guacamole. My husband loves to use hot sauce. You can use different types of hot sauce (if you like sriracha then go for it) or if you like the traditional Frank’s Hot Sauce then do it! I know some people like sour cream (if you’d like to be healthier, you could substitute a Greek yogurt). Last, a salsa could definitely go nicely. Traditional roja salsa or a salsa verde. My desired toppings are generally just guacamole but you do you, babe!

Can I Store Leftover Filling?

Yes! The filling will keep in the fridge for around 7 days and or you can freeze the filling for 3-6 months. If you do freeze it, allow it to thaw in the fridge over night!


  1. 1 yellow onion
  2. 3 sweet potatoes
  3. 4 apples, I use Honeycrisp apples
  4. 1 can black beans
  5. ½ cup liquid aminos
  6. 2-3 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, you can also use rice vinegar
  7. 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  8. ½ tablespoon cumin, taste as your food is cooking, you can add more
  9. 1 tablespoon oregano
  10. 1 teaspoon chili powder, chili powder is optional if you don’t want a bit of heat
  11. kosher salt + freshly ground black pepper, to your taste
  12. extra virgin olive oil, to sauté the onion
  13. tortillas

Looking for Other Vegetarian Recipes?

Vegetarian Tortellini Soup with Spinach
The Cobblers Wife Pasta
Spinach Soup
Tomato Tart
Butternut Squash Bisque
Fried Egg with Rice
“Meat” Balls
Vegetarian Bourguignon

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour

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