One of the many benefits of a vegan diet is the lower cost of plant-based proteins. In addition, plant proteins are often quick to prepare and don’t require long, slow cooking times like many animal proteins. We set out to prepare a nutritious, vegan meal in 30 minutes or less, all costing less than $5.
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos
These tacos are an excellent source of vegan protein and fiber. They can be made as a quick dinner or as a veggie option for taco night.
Vegan Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos’ Cast of Ingredients
Makes 4 servings
- 1/2 pound sweet potatoes – $0.99
- 1 medium onion – $0.49
- 2 cloves garlic – $0.20
- 1 can black beans – $0.89
- 3 tbsp chopped cilantro – $0.50
- corn tortillas – $1.49
- 1 lime (optional) – $0.29
- 1 avocado (optional) – $1.29
Oil and Seasonings ($0.50)
- 5 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
Step 1 – Prep Ingredients
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Peel and chop onion to a small dice. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into 1/2-inch cubes.
Step 2 – Roast Sweet Potatoes
Arrange cut sweet potatoes on a baking sheet. Toss with 3 tbsp olive oil, 1/8 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper and 1/4 tsp paprika. Roast for 25 minutes, tossing halfway through.
Step 3 – Sauté Onion and Garlic
Sauté onion in 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat with 1/8 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, and 1/4 tsp cumin. Once translucent, add 2 cloves chopped garlic and saute until fragrant.
Step 4 – Add Black Beans
Drain and rinse black beans in a colander. (Rinsing canned beans removes as much as 40% of the added salt.) Add black beans to onion and garlic mixture and toss until headed. Reduce heat to low.
Step 5 – Add Sweet Potatoes and Prepare Tortillas
Once sweet potatoes are roasted, add them to the onion and black bean mixture and toss with 2 tbsp chopped cilantro.
There are several methods to heat tortillas:
- Wrap in aluminum foil and steam in oven for 5 minutes.
- Toast lightly in a toaster oven.
- Lightly pan fry with cooking spray.
Step 6 – Serve and Enjoy
Spoon sweet potato and black bean mixture into tortillas. Garnish with avocado and remaining cilantro, and serve with lime.
- Calories: 395
- Total fat: 15.1 g
- Saturated fat: 2.2 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
- Sodium: 126 mg
- Total carbohydrates: 53.8 g
- Dietary fiber: 11.6 g
- Sugars: 2.4 g
- Protein: 13.9 g
Bobby is the community and social media manager at Zipongo. He has a degree in nutrition and dietetics and previously worked as a health educator.