Crispy quinoa and mole sweet potato tacos from naturally ella

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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.

sweet potato tacos

the what:


organic corn tortillas

2 ripe avocados


1/2 medium red onion

1 medium sweet potato

1 lime

can of organic black beans

salsa (preferrably fresh, organic and flavorful!)

salt, pepper, red pepper flakes

trader joe’s chilli pepper sauce (or similar)

the how:


-roast chopped sweet potatoes coated in EVOO and sea salt until semi soft (I used the toaster oven at 375 degrees)

-while potatoes are roasting, make a quick batch of guacamole (using avocados, cilantro, some chopped red onion, the salsa, sea salt and  1/2 the lime)

- sautee chopped red onion, sweet potatoes, red pepper flakes, sea salt, black pepper and a healthy dash of the trader joes chilli pepper sauce in EVOO until the veggies are soft. 

- add black beans (1/2-3/4 c) to sweet potato mixture and heat for one more minute

-heat corn tortilla over open flame

-pile the sweet potato mixture, guacamole, and cilantro and a squeeze of the lime

-try not to make a total pig of yourslf in front of your fiance while simultaneously shoving taco in your mouth and talking about what an amazing chef you’re turning out to be.

*this recipe will feed two hungry adults, with only a little leftover beans and guac.  double it up for easy leftovers!