These Plantain Sweet Potato Tacos are stuffed with plantains, sweet potatoes and black beans and topped with a simple guacamole. They're vegan, gluten free and a great lunch or dinner option!
I know you know this, but tacos are hands down my favorite food. Why? Because there are SO many different kinds and a variety of toppings, that you really can't get sick of them.
These sweet potato tacos are vegan-friendly AND gluten free but have plenty of protein thanks to the beans! Beans are the best, right? They also feature a somewhat unusual ingredient: plantains. Plantains are not something I eat all the time, but they're so easy to prepare, I'm thinking I need to start buying them more often.
WHY THESE TACOS ARE SO GOOD
- They're filled with good-for-you foods like beans, sweet potatoes and avocado
- They're vegan AND gluten free
- These tacos are the perfect Meatless Monday and/or Taco Tuesday meal!
HOW TO MAKE SWEET POTATO TACOS
There are multiple steps when making this recipe, but they're all very easy, I promise.
Cook the sweet potatoes: Peel the sweet potatoes then dice them and place then directly into a large skillet. I like to dice them fairly small so they cook more quickly.
Cook the beans: While the sweet potatoes are cooking, cook the beans. Make sure to drain and rinse them first, then pour them into a saucepan and cook for a few minutes until they're warm.
Make the guacamole: Mash one ripe avocado into the bottom of a bowl with a fork or potato masher, then add the remaining ingredients and continue mashing. The guacamole should only take two or three minutes to prepare.
Heat the tortillas: In a small skillet, heat the tortilla for a couple minutes on each side. For this recipe, you can use either flour or corn tortillas!
THINGS TO PAIR WITH THESE TACOS
Plantain Sweet Potato Tacos with Guacamole
- 8 flour or corn tortillas
- 2 plantains
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 sweet potatoes peeled and diced
- 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
for the guacamole:
- 1 avocado
- 2 tablespoon red onion diced
- 1 tablespoon cilantro chopped
- Juice from 1 lime
- Peel and dice sweet potatoes, then cook them in a large skillet with the olive oil.
- Meanwhile, drain and rinse the beans, then heat them in a saucepan over the stove.
- Once the sweet potatoes are cooked, push them to the side of the skillet, then add the plantains and cook for 2 minutes, then flip them over and cook for 2 minutes on the other side.
- Heat taco shells as you normally would (I heat mine in a skillet over the stove); then set aside.
- For guacamole: mash avocado into the bottom of a bowl, then add the onion, cilantro, and lime juice together and stir to combine. Place a spoonful of guacamole on the bottom of each taco shell, then top the tacos with the beans, sweet potatoes and plantains.
This is a good jumping off point, but with absolutely no seasonings, it sounded bland. I added a splash of beer, lime juice, cumin, chili flakes and salt and pepper to the potatoes and plantains. Then we added finely shredded cabbage to the taco along with a pile of pickled red onions and a dollop of crème fraîche. They were super tasty this way.
Cassie @ Almost Getting it Together says
I haveeee to make these. I love plantains + black beans. Annddd I have everything for them except for plantains so definitely going to make these for dinner next week!! xo
Arman @ thebigmansworld says
Can I add your steak tips to this? You legit left me craving tacos.
Lacey @ Runs & Roses says
Major YUM! This is everything I love all in one little taco. You are a genius!
I totally love Mondays. Not sure why. I just decided a while ago to do everything in my power to make them enjoyable so now I don't instinctually dread them anymore. Also for a "clean out the cupboard" meal these look incredible! Love all the flavor combos
I love that you love Mondays. We can both be Monday-loving weirdos!
Sam @ Better With Sprinkles says
Ahhh these are perfect! Summer and warm weather just seems like good taco weather...so I'm sure my guac cravings will start kicking in any minute now. Love the idea of a plantain taco!
OMG me too! But you think we could take these tacos to Jamaica and lie on the beach? I'm thinking yes! BEAUTY of a taco Erin
Thanks you guys! These on a beach would be too much perfection!
Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks says
Almost too many good flavors going on around here. I love plantains but I've never cooked with them myself!
Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food says
OH man I love plantains. These look so good and you're so creative. I'm almost always craving breakfast foods. It's really hard for me to decide what to eat for breakfast because all of it is my favorite.
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
My god, this is perfection in a taco <3
Haha thank you!! 🙂
Christine@ Apple of My Eye says
I love how fresh and delicious these look! I've been on a big taco binge lately (with a margarita or two of course) and love that these pack all that yummy flavor while still being healthy and good for ya. WIN!
I love that. What are tacos without margaritas anyway?
Rachel @ athletic avocado says
I just started eating plantains and I can't get enough! Love how you incorporated them into these tacos! I have to try this 🙂
Thanks Rachel--they're so good!
Shashi at RunninSrilankan says
It's been ages since I had plantains! Erin - this combo of plantains and sweet potatoes and black beans has me drooling!
Tina muir says
What a clever combo Erin, this sounds amazing!!!!! YUM! Pinning!
Thank you Tina!