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Would You Like a Taco?

By on December 11, 2015

“Sometimes food just taste better in a corn tortilla slathered with avocado and salsa!”
-Beth Nydick

Black Bean and Sweet/Russet Potato Taco with Spinach Pesto

Dinner last night, an easy recipe plus you can add any protein to the mix. I made a ground turkey/beef filling and the boys ate it all. None leftover for their lunch today :( .


The Recipe

To make the Pesto:

  • 4 cups spinach leaves
  • 1 cup basil
  • ½ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 2 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • juice of one lemon
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

To make the Taco:

  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 sweet potato, cut into medium cubes
  • 1 russet potato, cut into medium cubes
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 tsp Taco Seasoning (Recipe below)
    OR 2 tsp cumin, 2 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 8 yellow corn tortillas
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • lime, salsa and cilantro for toppings
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper



  1. Preheat your oven to 400. In a medium bowl toss the cubed potatoes with the olive oil and 2 tsp Taco Seasoning or 1 tsp chili, 1 tsp cumin and ¼ tsp garlic powder. Then bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  2. While the potatoes are baking, put all the ingredients for the pesto in a blender or food processor. Season with salt and pepper. With the motor running, pour the oil in a thin stream. Your making pesto. Make sure to taste test for salt and pepper levels.
  3. Open the can of beans and rinse then pour into a small pan and add the remaining Taco Seasoning. Heat for 5 minutes until hot. While the beans are heating, wrap a stack of tortillas in a packet of aluminum foil and put it in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until heated through.
  4. Place 2 tortillas on a plate, then spoon on some beans, russet and sweet potatoes. Place 1 tbsp of pesto on top of veggies. Top with avocado, salsa, and cilantro leaves. Squeeze lime to top off your amazing tacos. This is defiantly a fork and knife taco. Put less ingredients in your taco if you want to eat it by hand.


Taco Seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper



  • Mix together all ingredients. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.