Sweet Potato Tacos
Sweet potatoes make a delicious filling for vegetarian tacos that the whole family will love. They're easy to make vegan, too. These are topped with a jalapeño-lime crema and pickled red onions.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 2pounds sweet potatoes (long and thin work best)
- Salt, to taste
- 1jalapeño pepper
- ½cup sour cream
- 1scallion (chopped, white and green parts)
- ¼cup fresh cilantro leaves (plus more for garnish)
- 1tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1tablespoon butter
- 8corn tortillas
- Garnish: pickled red onions
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Add the sweet potatoes to a large pot and cover with cool water. Add a few big pinches of salt.
Step 3Bring to a boil over high heat and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for about 15 minutes, turning them occasionally so they cook evenly, or until you can pierce the thickest part of a sweet potato easily with a sharp knife.
Step 4Drain and let sit until cool enough to handle.
Step 5Meanwhile, using metal tongs, carefully char the jalapeño over a high heat gas flame, blackening the skin on all sides. Alternatively, place on a small pan and char under the broiler for about 5 minutes, turning often.
Step 6Wrap in plastic wrap or place in a plastic bag to let steam. Once cooled a bit, wipe off the peel and discard the stem. Roughly chop the pepper. If you'd like a spicy sauce, leave the seeds. If you'd like a milder sauce, discard the seeds.
Step 7Add the jalapeño, sour cream, scallion, cilantro, and lime juice to a blender or small food processor. Season with salt.
Step 8Blend until smooth, tasting for seasoning. Add up to a teaspoon of water to help the mixture blend, if needed.
Step 9Once the sweet potatoes are cool enough to handle, slice into 1/2-inch slices. Heat a large non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat.
Step 10Once hot, add the butter and melt. Add the sweet potato slices in one layer and let cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until browned around the edges on the bottom. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Flip and cook on the other side, about 4 more minutes. If needed, cook in batches.
Step 11To assemble the tacos, warm the tortillas . Top with slices of sweet potato followed by the sour cream sauce, pickled red onions, and cilantro. Serve.