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Tacos! It’s been too long.
Well, not really. I make tacos at least once a week, but I have not posted tacos since these Caribbean Jerk Salmon Tostadas with Grilled Pineapple Peach Coconut Salsa. That was back in August and those are technically not even tacos.
So yeah, it has just been too long.
And yeah, I am aware that there is this giant food holiday on Thursday. I am also aware that I should probably be showing you last-minute Thanksgiving food, and maybe I will tomorrow, but we still gotta eat for the next three days, right? So, I mean why not make it good food?
Good pretty, festive and healthy food.
I am pretty sure that most everyone is loaded up with sweet potatoes and cranberries in their cupboards right now, and if you’re not you should be. They are November’s super foods and they are kind of delicious.
And speaking of November and food and Thanksgiving, do you guys have your menus set?
Personally, I have never been so unprepared.
I have honestly not given our Thanksgiving meal a thought until now. Ok well, I have thought about Thanksgiving meals, but only in regards to what to make to show you guys. As for my family’s Thanksgiving I have not a thing planned… and there is a lot of us. Too many if you ask me, but that’s just my family. It’s big.
Fortunately (in this case anyway), most of them all have super boring taste buds, so our Thanksgiving does not require much thought.
Although, I know there has to be a lot of pie, so I better at least start prepping some dough or something.
Ok, but back to the tacos.
These tacos, that personally I could honestly eat for Thanksgiving dinner and be SO happy with, do have two Thanksgiving “all-stars”. Hello sweet potatoes and cranberries.
This recipe is one of my favorites.
First the quinoa and sweet potato filling. In my opinion it is better than any meat filling out there. It is full of flavor and texture. It’s spicy with the slightest hint of sweet from the sweet potatoes. The combo of chipotle and sweet potatoes is one of the best. Plus, it’s really quick and easy to throw together. I never even peel my sweet potatoes, that alone helps cut down the already quick prep time!
My favorite part?
My favorite part is without a doubt the salsa. The salsa is what makes these tacos. It is incredible, and my all time favorite salsa that I have made yet. And I made A LOT of salsa over the summer. It is sort of like cranberry sauce, but so much better. It has more flavor, better taste and paired with the quinoa it is just SO good. Actually, I would totally dig into the salsa with a spoon, spread it on toast, sandwiches, pretty much whatever.
And the leftovers are equally as good.
The next night I made a giant taco salad with a little lettuce, a lot of quinoa, cheese, avocado, crushed tortilla chips and a ton of salsa. Total health food. It’s kind of awesome and perfect since I have a feeling Thursday through Friday will be um well… not so healthy.
Oh, and the quinoa can also be eaten as a side, or even a lunch. It is very versatile.
I just cannot say enough good things about these tacos. They are my favorite, maybe one of my favorite recipes on this site. Yes, I have a lot of recipes on Half Baked Harvest and as of right now these tacos are in the top five favorites.
They are so good. They’re a little spicy, a little sweet, very healthy and the prettiest food I have ever eaten. You guy will love them. Really you will!
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Get at em.
hi Tieghan! for Lent this year i gave up a bread, which includes tortillas, so i have been looking for creative ideas for Mexican recipes. i used your sweet potato taco filling to fill kale “enchiladas”! it was fabulous!! thanks so much for the great, and versatile, recipe 🙂
Oh what a great idea!! So happy you loved the filling!! 🙂
The heat in these taco’s is a monument to man’s arrogance.
They are amazingly delicious but “a little spicy” is a bit of an understatement (or at least for weak willed Canadians).
That said I do make these on a semi-regular basis. Thank you for the recipe!
Happy you love them! Thanks!
Hello, when you mention “2 canned chipotle chilies, minced” for the tacos, do you mean 2 cans of chipotle chilies or do you mean 2 chilies out of one can? Thank you! Hope you can respond soon as I would love to make them tonight! Thanks again
Hi! It is 2 canned chipotle chiles that you mince. So two chilies out of one can. DO NOT use 2 whole cans, that would be crazy spicy!! YIKES!
Sorry for the late response. You comment got missed some how. SO SORRY!
Hi, I figured as much! They were soooooo delicious thank you!! Please more vegetarian recipes like this! Very creative. Loved the sweet potato, avocado and adobo all together (put extra adobo sauce on top) and I used tri color quinoa.
So happy you loved these!!! 🙂
I made these last night and they were amazing! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much, Gina!
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Every time I read it, I just get more and more excited about whats next.
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Wow! Thank you so much! So happy you are enjoying my blog!
Hey there… I can’t find blackbeans where I live in Spain, so is there an alternative that you would use. Cant wait to make this… it looks so delicious. Thank you.
Hey Sally! Just leave the black beans out, not big deal!
Hope you love these! They are one of my favorites! 🙂
I read over 3 times….saw nothing that incorporated the black beans the ingredients called for
Hey Nettie, I am so sorry about that. The black beans are stired in at the end of cooking. I fixed the directions.
Hope you love these!
My cranberries burned. 🙁 How often should we stir? I stirred it a couple of times, even pulled them out early, but their juices were burnt and I had salsa-less tacos. I whipped up some quacamole and added the pomegranate seeds to that, which was pretty awesome.
Also, the sweet potato / quinoa mix was REALLY hot, and I only used half the pepper and half the cayenne.
I think when I try again, I’ll do the cranberries in the microwave instead of the oven. And maybe only 1/2 of one chipotle pepper.
Oh man, sorry you cranberries burnt!! But glad you added the pomegranates to some guac! Yum!
Hope the next time goes a lot better! Thanks for making these and reporting back!
Just made the filling recipe. Opted out of the salsa this time. A question for you: do you know if the filling freezes well? It made so much and there’s just one of me! I don’t want it to go bad before I can eat it all 🙂
Thanks for sharing the recipe!
I have never frozen this, but I do know that quinoa and sweet potatoes freeze really well. I would give it a try, I think it will work great!
Thanks so much for making these! 🙂
Made these on Tuesday for a weekly Taco Tuesday with friends. They were a huge hit! Love having leftovers for work 🙂
Thanks for the recipe!
YAY!! SO happy you loved these! Thanks for reporting back, Kaitlin!
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WOW! These were seriously delicious! I made them for Thanksgiving and they were perfect! Love the smoky, spicy, amazing flavor! The salsa and cotija cheese really set it off. Will definitely share and make again! One question…in the ingredient list it calls for black beans, but I didn’t see where to add them in the instructions. I left them out and didn’t miss them. But i was curious. ;). Thanks for the delicious recipe!!
YES!! These are my favorite!! So happy you loved them!
I did add black beans to mine, but only to half the mixture. Most of my family despises beans, but i personally love them! Totally you choice on the beans!
Ironic – I just posted a recipe to my blog yesterday that’s similar, using ounces fresh cranberries. I agree, this is something I could eat every day in the fall!
Thanks Anna!! I will have to check out your recipe!
That salsa. Wow. Just wow.
The salsa is my favorite! I loved it!
Do you just use one chili out of the can for the salsa? Or the whole can?
Just ONE chili! Not the whole can. That would be SPICY! LOL!
Hope you love these! 🙂