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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Sweet Potato Tacos with a Spicy Yogurt Sauce

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These hearty sweet potato tacos are loaded with refried black beans, veggies, and topped with a spicy Greek Yogurt taco sauce. They’re gluten-free, easily made vegan, healthy, delicious and super family-friendly! The best part? They’re ready in just 30 minutes!

sweet potato tacos with black beans and a spicy yogurt sauce served on a wooden cutting board

Sweet Potatoes, black beans, and Greek Yogurt.

Not the traditional ingredients you’d normally find in a taco, right?

It doesn’t matter – because these are some of the most amazing sweet potato tacos you’ll ever have!

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I LOVED these tacos. The sweet potatoes became creamy after they were cooked and mixed in with the black beans perfectly. The carrots still had a bite to them which gave the veggies a bit more texture. The yogurt sauce cooled things down and was silky and delicious. And cilantro – I know, you either love it or you hate it. I happen to love it.

The sweet and spicy flavor of these black bean sweet potato tacos was so satisfying. We’ll definitely be having these again soon!

How to Make Sweet Potato Tacos with Black Beans

Recipe Ingredients and Notes

sweet potato tacos ingredients

To make these tacos, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Refried Black Beans: You could also use refried pinto beans if you don’t have black beans!
  • Sweet Potatoes: Diced into small (1/2 inch) cubes for even cooking. You don’t have to peel your potatoes for this dish!
  • Carrots: For added texture, and they pair really well with the sweet potatoes
  • Red Onion: We caramelize the onion slightly in the pan and it adds a wonderful sweetness to the tacos
  • Spices: Chili powder, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic, salt, and taco seasoning add heat and a depth of flavor
  • Toppings: I used chopped cilantro here, but you can use any and all taco toppings that you enjoy!
  • Corn Tortillas: I used soft corn tortillas but to switch things up you can use crispy taco shells too
  • Plain Greek Yogurt: For the creamy Greek Yogurt taco sauce!

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Cut up your veggies: sweet potatoes, onions, and carrots. Meanwhile, heat the black beans over low heat and add 2 tsp taco seasoning (or to taste – the more you add, the spicier it will be).

Step 2: Saute the onions, carrots, sweet potatoes in olive oil over medium heat. Add in the garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and cayenne if you’re using it. Let the mixture cook until the potatoes are soft. (If you want it to cook quickly, cover the pan and just stir every couple minutes).

sweet potatoes, carrots and spices sauteeing in a pan

Step 3: While the veggies are cooking, chop your cilantro and set aside. Prepare your Greek yogurt sauce. Empty the yogurt into a bowl, and stir in 2 tsp of taco seasoning (taste it periodically to make sure it’s achieved the spice level you want). Add 1-2 Tbsp water to thin out the yogurt mixture (the more water you add, the thinner it will get). Mix everything together until the yogurt is smooth.

greek yogurt sauce for tacos - spicy yogurt sauce in a bowl

Step 4: Begin assembling your tacos! Heat up your corn tortillas, and on each tortilla put: 2-3 Tbsp refried black beans, 1/3 cup of the veggie mixture, 1-3 Tbsp of the yogurt mixture (depending on how much sauce you want), and a sprinkle of cilantro. Eat ’em while they’re hot!

sweet potato tacos with black beans and a spicy yogurt sauce served on a wooden cutting board

Are These Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos Healthy?

Absolutely! These are some tacos you can feel great about eating. Here are some of the ways they pack a nutritional punch:

  • Vitamins and Nutrients: Sweet potatoes are rich in iron, calcium, B Vitamins and Vitamin C. Along with the carrots, you’ll also get a healthy dose of Vitamin A in this recipe!
  • High in Fiber and Protein: Just one taco will give you 7 grams of plant protein and 6 grams of filling fiber! Fiber is important for a healthy digestive system and protein keeps you fuller longer.
  • Low Calorie: You can enjoy two of these sweet potato tacos for just about 300 calories!! That means you can have taco night every night, totally guilt-free!

Recipe Variations

  • Make it Gluten Free: Most corn tortillas are already gluten-free, just check to make sure yours are certified gluten free.
  • Make it Vegan: Just switch out the yogurt sauce for some guacamole or pico de gallo, or a vegan sour cream!
  • Make it Kid Friendly: Truth be told, these sweet potato tacos are already super kid friendly! But since some kids can be sensitive to spicy food, to make it 100% picky-eater proof, you can switch out the yogurt sauce for some shredded cheese. I promise your kids will go crazy for this recipe!
  • Switch up the Toppings: Try adding some salsa, pico de gallo, finely diced white onion, avocado or guacamole, cabbage slaw, fresh lime wedges, queso fresco, cojita cheese, or a shredded Mexican cheese blend, or sliced jalapenos!
  • Add Tofu or Cauliflower: Tofu and cauliflower both roast up really nicely and would be a fun accompaniment to the sweet potatoes in this recipe. The tofu would also add some more protein to the dish!

How to Store and Keep

If you have leftovers, I recommend storing all of the taco ingredients separately. If you make the tacos and store them, they will get soggy.

To Store: Put the sweet potato filling in an airtight container. Put the yogurt sauce in a separate airtight container. Lastly, put the toppings in a third airtight container and place any remaining corn tortillas in a zip top bag. Place everything in the fridge. It will keep for up to 3-4 days.

Tips For Making The Best Sweet Potato Tacos

  • Cut your sweet potato and carrots into similar sized cubes, so they cook evenly. 
  • Adjust all of the spices and salt to your tastes — for a spicier taco, add more taco seasoning and cayenne!
  • Try roasting the sweet potatoes instead of sautéing them for a more caramelized flavor.
  • Assemble the tacos right before you eat them, so they don’t get soggy!
sweet potato tacos with black beans and a spicy yogurt sauce served on a wooden cutting board

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sweet potato tacos with black beans and a spicy yogurt sauce served on a wooden cutting board
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Sweet Potato Tacos with a Spicy Yogurt Sauce

These hearty sweet potato tacos are loaded with refried black beans, veggies, and topped with a spicy Greek Yogurt taco sauce. They're gluten-free, easily made vegan, healthy, delicious and super family-friendly! The best part? They're ready in just 30 minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 12 tacos
Calories: 160kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • sweet potatoes cut into small cubes
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 1 red onion diced
  • Cilantro diced (it’s a garnish, so use as much as you like)
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper optional, if you like it spicy
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 15 oz refried black beans 1 can
  • 4 tsp Taco seasoning divided
  • ½ tsp salt more to taste
  • 6 oz 0% Greek Yogurt
  • 12 Corn tortillas

Instructions

  • Cut up your veggies: sweet potatoes, onions, and carrots. Meanwhile, heat the black beans over low heat and add 2 tsp taco seasoning (or to taste – the more you add, the spicier it will be).
  • Saute the onions, carrots, sweet potatoes in olive oil over medium heat. Add in the garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and cayenne if you’re using it. Let the mixture cook until the potatoes are soft. (If you want it to cook quickly, cover the pan and just stir every couple minutes)
  • While the veggies are cooking, chop your cilantro and set aside.
  • Prepare your yogurt sauce. Empty the Greek Yogurt into a bowl, and stir in 2 tsp of taco seasoning (taste it periodically to make sure it’s achieved the spice level you want). Add 1-2 Tbsp water to thin out the yogurt mixture (the more water you add, the thinner it will get). Mix everything together until the yogurt is smooth.
  • Begin assembling your tacos! Heat up your corn tortillas, and on each tortilla put: 2-3 Tbsp refried black beans, 1/3 cup of the veggie mixture, 1-3 Tbsp of the yogurt mixture (depending on how much sauce you want), and a sprinkle of cilantro.

Notes

Tips For Making Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos
  • Cut your sweet potato and carrots into similar sized cubes, so they cook evenly. 
  • Adjust all of the spices and salt to your tastes — for a spicier taco, add more taco seasoning and cayenne!
  • Try roasting the sweet potatoes instead of sautéing them for a more caramelized flavor.
  • Assemble the tacos right before you eat them, so they don’t get soggy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1taco | Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 363mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g

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46 responses to “Sweet Potato Tacos with a Spicy Yogurt Sauce”

  1. The kids want tacos all the time. I get tired of them! I love these – so different and still so flavorful! Terrific recipe!5 stars

  2. I liked it very much and so did my mom and her boyfriend , I tried the sauce and its a good thing we bought two yogurts cause one had too much seasoning so I started a new one and added some taco seasoning and chili powder and it tasted like a taco but yeah it was really good! Now to eat the rest.

  3. I’m going to make these tomorrow 😉 I managed to catch my mom when she was going to head to the store so she’s going to use my debit card to buy the ingredients…. I really hope I like it, though the catch would be the sweet potatos because I remember trying them before but not liking them but hey, I could try again, and who knows sauteing them might help. Though Im removing the onions on the case my mom eats them because she hates them while I love them well C’est La Vie. Anyways I hope it turns out well…. I might share it with my mom’s coworkers.. I did bribe my Math teacher to get me a chocolate eclair before with chicken Cordon Bleu.. decisions decisions

    • Oh yay!! I’m glad you were able to get the ingredients – that’s great. Hopefully you like the sweet potatoes in this recipe – the key is to cut them into bite sized chunks and saute them so they’re slightly crispy. You could always add the onions to your portion and leave them out for your mom, because I think the onions are delicious in this recipe! Keep me posted on how it goes!

  4. Hey again,
    I forgot to comment on these tacos. They were AMAZING! THANK YOU! They are so flavorful and healthy. I love it. The one thing I did do is add chilli powder to the yogurt mix to make it extra spicy (I think next time I’ll get spicy taco seasoning though!) Thanks again! By the way, your trip to Italy looks amazing. Jealous! 😉 Thank you!

    Andy

    • Yayyy! That is so great! Love the chili powder idea too 🙂 And I’m so glad you liked my Italy photos!! It really was amazing — you have to make a trip out there when you get a chance! Hope you’re well, thanks again!

  5. Hi Anjali!
    I tried your sweet potato tacos with spicy yogurt sauce, and the enchilada lasagna over the weekend..and they were so amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your recipes! They were quick and easy, and of course delicious! I just wanted to let you know that you are such a great inspiration!!

    • Awww thank you so much for your kind words Madhuri!! I’m so glad that you’ve been enjoying my recipes and that they were easy to make!! Can’t wait to hear which ones you try next – I’m sure you will love them!

  6. Made these tonight. My boyfriend opted out and just made regular chicken tacos (even after I made fun of him for being boring). BUT OMG I could not care less, it just meant more for me. These were amazing! And I absolutely loved the sauce. I added some guac and salsa to mine (took away the cilantro too, can’t stand that stuff, i Know i’m weird).

    but overall, thanks for the great dinner idea. was DELICIOUS!!!

    • Haha! I love that you made these a dinner for one (despite your boyfriend opting out) – and I’m so glad you liked the recipe!! You know, my husband actually doesn’t like raw cilantro either – so you’re not alone 🙂 It’s definitely a love-hate ingredient (I happen to enjoy it, but I know other people who don’t) Guac and salsa are perfect additions too!

  7. This looks delicious! I might have to try them asap, just without the beans. Or is there something I could sub for beans? I’m just not a big fan of beans haha

    • Thanks so much! Hmmm – if you dislike all beans (including spiced chickpeas and lentils – which would be the first alternative substitute I’d suggest) – you could try substituting mashed avocado with cilantro, onions, and lime juice for the beans. Let me know if that works and how it turns out!

  8. I love your blog, and this recipe is exceedingly fantastic. Great, inventive use of ingredients! I have this pinned on Pinterest and featured on my site!

  9. I made these for dinner tonight and they were wonderful and super easy! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I made them exactly the same except I used Trader Joe’s diced onion, garlic and shallots mixture instead of preparing and dicing everything myself. I also used a smoky paprika chipotle seasoning on the sweet potato’s.

    • Yay!!! I’m so glad you liked them! Love the idea of using that paprika chipotle seasoning – I’ll have to try that next time!

    • Thanks Ewa!! I’d recommend Greek Yogurt because it’s healthier than sour cream and virtually tastes the same 🙂 Hope that helps!

    • Oh good point! This recipe makes 6 tacos – so about 6 servings, and you should get 6 corn tortillas (one per taco). I’ve updated the recipe to include that information too. Hope you like it!

    • Haha yeah! I mean if it tastes the same (or better than) the less healthy version – I feel like it’s totally ok 🙂

  10. These recipes look awesome! According to the Natural Standard database, yogurt is a great source of probiotics, which may be used to treat problems in the stomach and intestines. However, only certain types have been shown to work in the digestive tract, including Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. What a great way to incorporate a healthier option into this great dish.

  11. Is there a vegan alternative to Greek yogurt for the sauce? I am looking for vegan recipes for when family visits. Thanks!

    • You could try making it with soy yogurt, or you could also use silken tofu, a splash of soy milk, and add a ton of spices (cumin, paprika, cayenne, etc) and you’d probably get the same effect! Hope that helps!

  12. I just wanted to say these look amazing, and I found it very funny to read about the yogurt situation because I have two very picky eaters in my house, the first being my husband, and getting them to eat everything without finding creative ways to hide it in their food is sometimes hard, I love Greek yogurt!!!

    • Thanks so much Alessandra!! Let me know if your picky eaters enjoy the Greek yogurt sauce (and if they think it’s sour cream like my hubby did!)

  13. These look delicious – I especially love the Greek yogurt sauce. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  14. Wow, these tacos look fantastic. The sweet potatoes are a very nice addition too. Beautiful photos, I need to make this.

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