Spicy Vegetarian Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

When my mind is bored, it wanders to thoughts of tacos. I’ve committed myself to doing a Taco Tuesday each month on the blog, so I consider it brainstorming instead of food fantasy. While I know there are no less than a bajillion different taco combinations and ideas floating around in the world, my mind always relapses to the regular cast of actors… Egg, cheese, chicken, avocado, pico, cheese, beef, salsa, cheese… Monotony, indeed.

Spicy Vegetarian Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos | Dash of Texas

Spicy Vegetarian Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos | Dash of Texas

Spicy Vegetarian Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos | Dash of Texas

So we took a risk this month and chose the taco road less traveled. Slowly, in between fangirling over episodes of Doctor Who, I pieced together this concoction. A vegetarian taco comprised of sweet potato chunks slowly roasted in a spicy seasoning, a creamy black bean dip with a spark of lime, caramelized sweet onions, and a sprinkling of cotija cheese.

Why vegetarian? Meh, I realized that when planning a meal I constantly revert to some form of meat as the star. Some friends of ours recently adopted a vegetarian diet, and they’re rocking it… Talking about the delicious spicy lentils they made for dinner, the place with the epic black bean burger down the street from them, or how they were able to throw every single vegetable in their kitchen into a taco and call it an amazing dinner. We needed some inspiration to step out of our comfort zone, especially in the realm of tacos.

Spicy Vegetarian Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos | Dash of Texas

Spicy Vegetarian Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos | Dash of Texas

Spicy Vegetarian Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos | Dash of Texas

I was pleasantly surprised with the end result of these little nuggets. I was admittedly a bit heavy-handed with the chili powder initially, so I’ve tweaked that in the recipe. If you love sweet potatoes in any form, you’ll be smitten with them dusted in smoky/spicy flavors and slow roasted. I smeared the black bean concoction on the center of the tortilla like a little blanket, then layered it with the remaining ingredients. I adore onions and have been accused of overusing them (ahem – husband…), but I offer no apologies for sprinkling them atop these tacos. They, along with a bit of crumbled cotija cheese, add a sweetness and creamy texture that balances out the other major players.

Spicy Vegetarian Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos | Dash of Texas

Spicy Vegetarian Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos | Dash of Texas

Make this fit your tastes even more by squeezing a lime wedge over the top, or smothering it in your red salsa of choice.

And spoiler – the leftovers make for one helluva plate of migas.

Spicy Vegetarian Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos | Dash of Texas

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