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Spicy Sweet Potato Tacos with Arugula and Avocado Crema

Chile-sauced sweet potatoes, peppery arugula, goat cheese, and tangy avocado crema–tuck all these into soft warm corn tortillas for a delicious taco meal. Sweet, salty, bitter, smoky, and spicy, these spicy sweet potato tacos deliver rich mole flavor!

closeup of tacos in holder and bowl of with avocado crema

The base of these tacos are tender oven-roasted sweet potato chunks simply seasoned with spicy brick-red chile spice. To serve, spoon the spiced sweet potatoes into warm corn tortillas, then top with chopped arugula leaves and goat cheese crumbles. Finish with a big drizzle of this amazing avocado lime sauce! Yum!

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Sweet potato, arugula, goat cheese filled tortillas in metal taco holder

You can season your hot roasted potatoes with this easy chile chocolate mole or this red enchilada sauce. Or you can simply toss the potatoes with chili powder and other Mexican spices before roasting.

Spicy Sweet Potato Taco notes:

  • The avocado crema is simply ripe avocado blended with water, lime juice, garlic, and salt! It goes with all kinds of Mexican tacos and quesadillas.
  • You can substitute feta cheese crumbles or grated Cotija in place of goat cheese.
  • **** For vegan tacos skip the goat cheese. The avocado crema offers plenty of oomph to balance the spiced sweet potato and arugula flavors.
  • For protein-strong tacos, mix black beans or chickpeas with the potatoes and red sauce.

Sweet potato seasoning options:

  • You can toss your roasted sweet potatoes in my shortcut vegetarian mole sauce. Or you can seaon the potatoes in a homemade or purchased red enchilada sauce or this quick and easy enchilada sauce made with chili powder.
  • The easiet is way to give your sweet potatoes that smoky spice is to roast them with olive oil and a mix of peanut butter, chili powder, smoked paprika, and cocoa powder. You’ll find the amounts in the recipe notes below. Another option is to use a purchased ground mole spice blend like this one. Keep a smoky red Mexican spice blend or sauce in your pantry and you might just find yourself making these tacos all the time!
Overhead shot of tacos, one without the arugula and crema

You need only 1 cup of homemade chile chocolate mole sauce for these tacos. Since the recipe makes six cups, portion the unused mole into smaller containers and freeze. Your spicy smoky mole will be ready to use in other vegetarian Mexican recipes, like these vegetable enchiladas. Mole sauce is also delicious with hot grilled vegetables.

About corn tortillas:

Mi Rancho brand’s organic corn tortillas are hands-down winners. They taste like real corn. I am not paid to say that. Mi Rancho also makes 4-inch corn tortilla “sliders” that are perfect for mini tacos or these caramelized onion and arugula tostadas.

If you don’t plan on using your fresh tortillas right away, pop them in your freezer. They’re easy to thaw–same as you would for refrigerated (not frozen) corn tortillas, place them on a baking sheet, spray with cooking spray, and heat in a 325°F oven.

I try to mark Taco Tuesdays with a different recipe each week and finally broke down and bought some of these stainless steel taco holders. (Affiliate link.)

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This is a slightly updated recipe from the spicy sweet potato tacos I posted here in June 2017.


  • Steve

    Love the flavor. We substituted spinach and feta, because that’s what was in the fridge, both good substitutions. Thanks for the recipe. Reply · 7 June, 2024

    • Thank you Steve! I’m so happy you like these tacos. Love your substitutions! The avocado sauce is on repeat here–it’s a wonderful vegan option. Reply · 10 June, 2024

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