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Recipe Detail

Black Bean Tacos

A meatless alternative to a family favorite. Serve these spicy, healthy tacos as a meal, or make them to offer as a snack at your next party. 

To add a bit more heat, experiment with adding more jalapeno or add Mexican chile powders such as ancho or chipotle.

Makes 12 tacos.


  • 1 ½ pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 medium-size yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 cups mixed dark green lettuce (romaine, baby spinach and baby kale work well)
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup cotija cheese
  • 12 small corn tortillas


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with foil, and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mix sweet potatoes, jalapeno pepper, 1 tablespoon canola oil and spices until potatoes are coated. Spread the potato mixture onto the foil-lined pan.
  4. Bake potatoes for 20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes.
  5. While the potatoes are baking, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  6. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes; add garlic and sauté for 1 additional minute, stirring constantly.
  7. Add drained black beans and corn and heat, stirring occasionally.
  8. Toss potato mixture and black bean mixture together. Stir in lime juice.
  9. Warm the corn tortillas in the oven until soft.
  10. Divide taco filling, lettuce, cotija cheese and salsa among 12 corn tortillas.
Nutritional information
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 228
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 12g 4%
Sodium 359g 15%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Protein 7g
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.