Let’s talk tacos.
They are my perfect food.
I’d gladly serve and eat them everyday if I could and never get sick of them.
Tacos are just good, easy, fun – and so adaptable.
Growing up we really did have tacos every other night. Ok, maybe not every other night, but at least two or three times a week. At least.
Of course back then they were only straight up beef tacos with a very generous amount of taco seasoning. No tomatoes, no lettuce no avocados, no salsa, no guacamole and definitely no crema.
Just ground beef, flour tortillas for the boys, hard tortillas for Mom and I, a ton of cheddar cheese and salad for Dad, where my mom and I might steal some lettuce from .
Sometimes on very rare occasions Mom and I would get our way and get turkey tacos, but to be honest that only happened if we were able to sneak the turkey meat into the pan without the boys finding out.
Tacos were just easy and everyone liked them. Well not everyone, my dad would alway makes himself salads every night for dinner.
Like every night.
When we were younger we ate boring, boring food. Chicken, tacos, chicken, tacos, steak, chicken and rice with everything. No exaggeration there either. We had rice practically every night and we still have it a lot.
We love rice.
No actually my Mom loves rice and everybody else has learned to love it and want it with practically everything, because of her.
My dad actually likes good food.
Not a whole lot of beef or chicken, but lots of fish, vegetables, tons of spicy food and cheese. But we all love cheese. Cheese is at the top of the food chain around here.
So my poor dad ate salad every almost night for like fourteen years. Then I came in and took over the kitchen and he finally started getting food good enough to retire the salads.
But he still does love a good salad.
In fact this salad is his all time favorite……
Buffalo sauce is his absolute favorite… on anything.
Anyway, we still like tacos around here. We just can’t break the taco habit.
And yes, we still have them once a week. The boys though? Yeah, they still eat them like every other night, but they are picky and will not eat much of anything else.
So these are different.
But I promise the sweetness from the sweet potato is so amazing with the spicy chorizo, like so amazing.
And then with the sweet corn and black bean salsa and the roasted avocado cream?
Oh man, if only you knew. It’s so good.
And so much better than plain beef tacos. That I know for sure.
Plus, there is no oven involved.
Yes, NO oven!! I did it, I made a meal that you actually do not need to turn the oven on for. Can I please get a round of applause?
Ok fine, just make the tacos tonight. You can all clap then!
Sweet potato + Chorizo Tacos with Black Bean Salsa and Roasted Poblano Avocado Crema
Serving Size: 4
- 1 sweet potato, cut into thick sticks or chopped (if roasting in the oven)
- 1 pound ground mexican chorizo
- 1 clove garlic, minced or grated
- 4 ounces pepper jack cheese, grated
- 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
- 2 corn or flour tortillas, warmed
- Black Bean Corn Salsa
- 1 cup cooked black beans
- 2 ears [grilled corn | http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/exactly-how-i-grill-my-corn-chipotle-lime-and-cotija-cheese-butter/]
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
- 1 jalapeno, seeds removed and chopped
- 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 1 lime, juiced
- salt + pepper, to taste
- Poblano Avocado Crema
- 1 avocado, skin and pit removed + chopped or sliced
- 1/4 cup greek yogurt
- 1 poblano pepper
- 2 teaspoon hot sauce (I use Franks)
- 2 limes, juiced
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- salt and pepper, taste
Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. Add garlic and sweet potatoes and stir. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, until sweet potatoes are just softened. Crumble in the chorizo and cook until browned and cooked through, about 8-10 minutes. I like to really grind up the meat with a wooden spoon to make sure the meat gets cooked and browned evenly.
While the sweet potatoes are cooking make the roasted poblano crema, remove the core and seeds from peppers and slice in half. Lay on a baking sheet and preheat the broiler on your oven. Place under the broiler skin-side up until skins are completely charred and black – this took about 5 minutes for me, but sometimes is can go faster or shorter. I like to check them every 2 or 3 minutes and rotate if needed. Immediately remove peppers from oven and using kitchen tongs, quickly place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap (obviously being sure to not let plastic wrap touch peppers). Set aside for 15 minutes. Or you can grill the peppers directly on the grill until charred.
While the peppers cool throw the salsa together. In a medium size bowl add the black beans, grilled corn, jalapeno, cilantro, green onions, lime juice and cumin. Season with salt and pepper and toss well. Set aside
Once the peppers are cool remove some of the charred skin (I like to leave some of the skin on, but that is up to you) and place the pepper, avocado, greek yogurt, lime juice and hot sauce in the bowl of a food processor. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and process until smooth. Taste and season to your liking.
To assemble, place generous spoonfuls of the sweet potato + chorizo mixture in warm tortillas. Top with shredded cheese, then black bean and corn salsa and roasted poblano crema.
I love taco Tuesday!