There are several reasons this sweet potato burritos recipe came about, each of them important in its own way.
One, it tastes so damn good it would be against our professional ethics not to share it with the world. And we’re professional if nothing else.
Two, the sun came out a couple of days ago (it’s gone again now) and put us in holiday mode. I love my trips to Spain and Hauke lived there once upon a time, so we’re currently hankering after some proper sunny food – Spanish and Mexican spring to mind.
Three, we wanted an easy, family friendly recipe. You know, the sort that’s easy to follow, easy to make loads of, and the type of thing the whole family will enjoy.
Sweet Potato Burritos – Right place, right time
Very luckily for us, we have a new chef (as part of our ever-growing kitchen squad) – based in Spain no less – the lovely Lorena. Hailing from Barcelona, Lorena has been a professional chef for 14 years, and is currently the head chef at Coconut Club, Barcelona. Her experience is obvious in this fantastic recipe.When we approached Lorena she told us about her passion for Mexican food – and told us she could improve our blog with it. How right she was. She hit us with these sweet potato burritos and winning partnership was born. They’re next level stuff.
This amazing burrito recipe is a fantastic fusion of cumin and lime, paprika and garlic and it really hits the spot. If you’re a spice lover then you can add a little chili powder for that extra kick – and there’s some optional coriander too (I said optional, coriander haters!).
These sweet potato burritos have quickly become a family favourite – they’re very easy to make more for larger groups, little extra effort is required. You can also make large batches and freeze the leftovers. Just whip out a fresh tortilla wrap and you’re ready to go again. Nice!
Sweet Potato Burritos – Health Benefits
Sometimes we have to think quite deeply about making our recipes as nutritious as possible, perhaps slipping in a few leaves of spinach here, or a cube of ginger there. No such thing is needed with this one – it’s based primarily on sweet potatoes, black beans and avocado so it pretty much writes itself.
Sweet potatoes are an exceptionally good way of hitting your body’s nutrient and vitamin count. More and more studies are coming through all the time, and it’s clear that sweet potatoes are a winner. One of the best natural ways of making sure your body gets all the vitamin A it needs, its high levels of beta-carotene are off the charts (well not literally, but they’re at the very top anyway). Africa, India and the Caribbean are using sweet potatoes to make sure their kids get enough of the right stuff, and we can learn from their examples.
Black beans are well-loved on this site, and for good reason. High in both fiber and protein, they’re an excellent source of both. Whether you want to build muscle, help weight loss or just improve your digestive system, these are a great way to help. Be careful not to eat toooo many at one time though, they can build up a little gas 😉
And finally, the lovely avocado that needs no introduction. These self-regulating little vitamin bombs are really high in vitamins K, B6 and C – and the best news – they come with their own ‘good’ fats. These fats are needed for the body to absorb the vitamins better – a perfect combination.
So – Mexican dish, Spanish flair and a whole load yummy nutritious goodness. These sweet potato burritos are just what we’ve been waiting for. Thanks Lorena!
Sweet Potato Burritos
Sweet Potato Burritos - bursting with Mexican flair and tantalising flavours, this authentic recipe is easy to make for one or the whole big family!
- 4 tortillas
- 1 tin black beans, drained and rinsed (1 tin = 250g after liquid removed)
- 1 large onion
- 1 tin diced tomato (1 tin = ca 425g)
- 2 medium sweet potatoes (1 medium sweet potato = ca 225g)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 avocado
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika powder
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 lime
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 handful fresh cilantro or parsley
- 1 tsp chilli powder
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F
Slice the sweet potatoes in half and roast them in the oven until tender (about 45 mins).
Finely slice the onion and chop the garlic.
Heat up a pan and add the olive oil and onion.
Cook for 3 minutes then add the garlic.
Fry for another minute or so then add the tomatoes and leave to simmer on a low-medium heat for 10 minutes. Add the cumin, paprika, salt, pepper and oregano about halfway through.
Drain and rinse the beans and add to pan, simmering for another ten minutes.
Peel, de-stone and thinly slice the avocado.
The sweet potatoes should be ready now too - it’s time to make our burritos!
Scoop out the sweet potato “mash” from their peels, take out a wrap, layer some of the potato and spread with a fork.
Add the tomato/bean mix and avocado slices down the middle of the burrito.
Now garnish with avocado slices, sour cream, lime juice and cilantro.
Roll, and cook in a large pan for a 30 secs - 1 minute on each side. Tip for families: use the oven instead. Place the burrito in the oven for 3-5 minutes on 200°C/400°F.
Repeat with each burrito.
When they’re done, you’re done!
What a delish recipe, Lorena! If you want to see more of her creations check out her instagram. She's got some skillz!