Vegetarian: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

Apparently I’m really into tacos right now. I’ve collected several out-of-the-ordinary taco recipes to try. This vegetarian taco recipe came from a new cookbook, Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free by Amy Green. I was surprised by how many recipes I wanted to try from this cookbook. She had lots of easy, tasty sounding recipes.

These came together super fast and tasted super delicious (bonus, they’re also super cheap to make!). Even my husband who thinks most meals should include meat, thought these were good. The sweet potatoes add a sweet edge to the tacos, which cut the spicy a bit, although we do like spicy foods around here. I loved these topped with sliced or mashed avocado, salsa and cheese. These will definitely be working their way into regular menu rotation at our house.

SWEET POTATO AND BLACK BEAN TACOS
(from Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free)
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1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced 1/4 inch
1 Tablespoon canola oil
1 onion, diced
1 14.5-ounce can black beans, drained, liquid reserved
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2+ teaspoon chile powder
10 corn tortillas
salt and pepper

Optional topping ideas:
guacamole
salsa
cheese
sour cream
shredded lettuce
shredded veggies

Preheat the oven to 200°F.

Place the sweet potato in a steamer basket with 1/2-inch of water in the pan. Cook for 10 minutes, or until cooked through but still al dente. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large nonstick saute pan over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook for 5-8 minutes, until soft. Add the beans, cumin, chile powder, and 1/4 cup of the reserved bean liquid. Mash some of the beans in the pan and add more liquid as  necessary.

Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and toast the tortillas until they’re warm and a little brown on each side. Wrap the tortillas in aluminum foil and keep warm in the oven.

When the sweet potatoes are cooked, add them to the beans and stir. Add more liquid if necessary. The taco filling shouldn’t be dry, but it shouldn’t be runny either. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

Spoon the filling into the center of each tortilla. Top as desired.

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International Cuisine: Chipotle Mexican Meatballs

The other evening I had a flash of inspiration and wondered why there are Italian meatballs and Swedish meatballs and Greek meatballs, but no Mexican meatballs. So, I set out to make Mexican meatballs spiced with the smokey flavor of chipotle chile powder.

Not too spicy, with definite Mexican flavor, I wrapped these little meatballs in a soft corn tortilla, nestled on a bed of sautéed peppers and onions, topped with a bit of cheese, tomatoes, and guacamole. I call these Fajita Meatball Tacos (or something like that!).

CHIPOTLE MEXICAN MEATBALLS
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1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp dried cilantro flakes
1/2-3/4 tsp chipotle chile powder
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
splash of milk

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix all of the ingredients together and thoroughly work the spices into the meat (you may need to use freshly washed hands to do this).

Scoop 1-inch meatballs (or your preferred meatball size) onto a foil lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until cooked through.

Make into tacos or taco salad.