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Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos with Cilantro Ranch Slaw

  • Author: Katja Heino
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: feeds 3-4 1x


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil (like this)
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp taco seasoning (like this)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 and 3/4 cups cooked black bean (or a 15 ounce can)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • your favorite tortillas (I use THESE)



  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or plain dairy free yogurt (I use THIS)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • juice from one lime
  • 1/21 clove garlic (depending on your garlic preference)
  • pinch of cumin powder
  • salt to taste
  • water to thin, if necessary



  • one avocado
  • juice from 1/2 of a lime
  • salt to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 425’F.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss cubed sweet potato in avocado oil and taco seasoning until well coated.  Spread single layer and evenly onto baking sheet.  Bake for 25 minutes, until sweet potatoes are are soft and tender.  Remove from oven and salt to taste.
  3. While sweet potatoes cook, make cilantro ranch dressing by blending mayonnaise, cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, garlic, and cumin in a food processor or blender until creamy smooth.  Salt to taste and thin with water to a salad dressing consistency if necessary. Combine shredded cabbage and 1/4 cup cilantro leaves in a small bowl drizzle on cilantro ranch dressing and toss until coated.  Set aside.
  4. To make mashed avocado, use a fork to mash avocado, lime, and salt together.  Set aside. 
  5. Warm black beans in a small pot. 
  6. Char tortillas in the open flame of a gas stove until lightly charred.  Stack them under a clean tea towel as you work. 
  7. TO ASSEMBLE TACOS:  Add a small amount of mashed avocado to each tortilla, load on sweet potatoes and black beans, and then some cilantro ranch slaw. Enjoy! 


If you don’t have taco seasoning, you can make a mix of chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and oregano. 

This meal can be prepped ahead of time by cooking sweet potatoes, making cilantro ranch slaw, and mashed avocado ahead of time.  Simply warm up beans and tortillas just before serving.