Crispy quinoa and mole sweet potato tacos from naturally ella

today’s tasty post is brought to you by the sweet and talented naturally ella!  are you looking for the perfect online resource for healthy vegetarian eating?  well, i’ve just introduced you to it’s creator.  so head over and get cooking!  you’ll love her seasonal recipes and beautiful pictures.  and then come back for these tacos.  because mole and crispy quinoa?  ENOUGH SAID.  andale andale!

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There seems to be two major food groups in my diet: tacos and spring rolls. 

Why these two items? They are easily gluten-free and vegan (pleasing almost every eater) and are easily adaptable for any season. The sweet potatoes during the winter make for a hearty meal that soak up all the delicious flavors.

To take these tacos a step further, try your hand at making your own tortillas- amazingly easy (and cheap too!)

Crispy Quinoa and Mole Sweet Potatoes Tacos


Sweet Potatoes:

1 medium sweet potato

1 tablespoon olive oil

Juice from one lime

Mole Seasoning:

1 teaspoon oregano

2 teaspoons cocoa powder

1 teaspoons ancho chile powder

1 teaspoon coriander

1 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoon sage

1/2 teaspoon pepper


1/2 cup quinoa, pre-cooked

1 tablespoon olive oil

2-3 handfuls lettuce

4-6 corn tortillas

2-3 ounces queso fresco or goat cheese

Lime juice/Cilantro to top


Preheat oven to 350?. Peel sweet potato and cut into 2-3” long sticks that are 1/4” in thickness. Toss together all the seasonings for the mole rub. Sprinkle over sweet potatoes, drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice; toss until everything is well coated.

Roast sweet potatoes until tender, 25-35 minutes.

Heat olive oil in a skillet over high heat and add quinoa. Cook and stir quinoa until liquid has evaporated and quinoa is crisp, 2-3 minutes.

To assemble tacos, layer spinach, roasted sweet potatoes, quinoa, and cheese. Give a quick squeeze of lime juice and sprinkle with cilantro, serve warm.

*Crispy quinoa inspired by Sara’s salad.

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Reader Comments

  1. Elizabeth|

    These look so good, and the flavor combination sounds incredible! Can't wait to make this for my daughtersI know the chocolate will be a huge selling point.

  2. mbasilgarden|

    I am so excited to try this recipe out tonight!! It looks SO delicious.

  3. Angelune|

    Yummmm…. I just made this tonight and loved it! Definitely delicious, also easy!

  4. tunie|

    These are just so aesthetically pleasing to look at – they look and sound delicious!

  5. Mr & Mrs Vegan|

    We are constantly looking out for new ways to cook quinoa and sweet potatoes! Thanks so much for this mouthwatering recipe!! Can't wait to share it:)

    Roland & Priscilla

  6. Luna|

    I made this last night and really enjoyed it. I tried it with the spinach on top but ended up leaving that off as I found it detracted from the flavor of the quinoa and sweet potatoes. I really liked the combination of those with the feta that I used since I didn't have queso fresco or goat cheese.