I can’t be the only one who loves putting vegetables into family meals in new ways. Well, I’m telling you, one of the best things I ever did with our weekly taco night is ditching the prepackaged taco seasoning. But even better than that, is adding roasted sweet potatoes to the ground beef! It adds a fantastic, earthy sweetness, improves the texture (read: decreases the amount of spillage out the bottom of the taco), and adds bonus nutrition! Honestly, my kids don’t even know that I do this. I don’t try to hide it from them, and they don’t care because they gobble down tacos like there’s no tomorrow.
I like to use my own spice blend when making tacos. The spicy smokiness of chipotle seasoning makes an amazing complement to the sweet potato. I use celtic sea salt in all my cooking to add trace minerals to our food. I’ll do my best to estimate all the amounts, but really taco seasoning is family-specific, so experiment!
Recipe: Sweet Potato Tacos
Two pounds ground beef (I use 85-90% lean grass-fed beef)
1-2 medium sweet potatoes, roasted at 375 degrees F for an hour, skinned
1 T ground cumin
1 T chili powder
1 T celtic sea salt
1/2 T garlic powder
1/2 T onion powder
1/2 T smoked paprika
1/2 T oregano (Mexican oregano if you have it!)
1/4 T chipotle powder
After roasting for an hour, insert a fork into the sweet potatoes to make sure they are well cooked. The fork should go in easily. If you don’t roast them well, they will end up chunky and stringy in your meat. Brown up the ground beef and add in all the seasonings. I don’t drain my ground beef… I want all that good fat! As you are chopping up the ground beef, add in the sweet potatoes and chop/mash everything up!
That’s it! Put this mixture into your tortillas and add all your favorite taco fixins!