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Spicy Sweet Potato Tacos with Arugula and Avocado Crema

Soft corn tortillas filled with chile-sauced sweet potatoes, arugula, goat cheese, and tangy avocado crema. Sweet, salty, bitter, smoky, and spicy, these spicy sweet potato tacos are gently seasoned with rich mole flavor!

closeup of tacos in holder and bowl of with avocado crema

The tender chunks of roasted sweet potato are tossed in a spicy brick-red chile sauce, either chile chocolate mole or red enchilada sauce or you can simply toss the potatoes with chili powder and other Mexican spices before roasting.

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

*** For vegan tacos skip the goat cheese.

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.
  • 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 cooked chickpeas with the potatoes and red sauce.
  • Like for these tacos, I toss the roasted sweet potatoes in my shortcut vegetarian mole sauce. But sometimes I’ll toss the potatoes in homemade authentic red enchilada sauce or a quick and easy enchilada sauce made with chili powder.
  • You can also just roast the sweet potatoes with olive oil and a mix of chile powder, paprika, and cocoa powder. (see recipe notes) Or you can buy a ground mole spice blend. (Affiliate link.)

Overhead shot of tacos, one without the arugula and crema

Robbie will tell you I’m very picky about my tortillas, both corn and flour. For corn tortillas, Mi Rancho brand’s organic corn tortillas are hands-down winners. They taste like real corn. Seek them out.

You need only 1 cup of homemade chile chocolate mole sauce for these tacos and my mole recipe makes six cups. Freeze the extra mole in smaller containers to use when you want. The spicy, smoky mole is excellent with vegetable enchiladas and over the top of hot grilled vegetables.

Tips for softening corn tortillas:

  • To soften, spray with cooking spray, and warm them in the oven, or on the grill.
  • Freeze your tortillas if you don’t plan on using them right away.

Mi Rancho caught me raving about their tortillas on Instagram and sent an assortment of their organic tortillas to play with. We’re sold on the 4-inch corn tortilla “sliders” for tostadas–you can bite into a crisp loaded tortilla without losing half of it all back to the plate!

Wishing you a fabulous week–get in the kitchen and cook something healthy and delicious!


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