It’s Taco Tuesday, or should I say Taco Tator Tuesday! Oh wait it isn’t Tuesday it’s only Monday….well they work for Meatless Monday too! Tacos, nachos, burritos, fajitas… Mexican food is one of my favorites! Basically put salsa and guac on it and I’m there! Like other Mexican sweet potato dishes I have posted these are very similar to Mexican Quinoa Sweet Potato Skins, a game day recipe I posted last year that used quinoa, tomatoes, and black beans to fill potatoes. Different from my Sweet Potato Nachos, still a family favorite, but still the spicy sweet combination I love. There are others if you get hooked on the combination! Still avoiding soy but after finding Trader Joe’s vegan chorizo it will be even harder. A fellow blogger has a gluten free and soy free vegan chorizo recipe I can’t wait to try when I get the kitchen back. I will be testing it out and will keep you posted! If you try it in these let me know how it is! The is a very loose one as they are like tacos and if you are like our house everyone likes things a little different. The concept is the same though you bake your potatoes, cut in half and scoop out the centers, fill with fillings and bake again shortly, and then top with ALL the salsa and guac goodness! Extra hot salsa on mine to balance nicely with the sweet potato please and ALL the guac! I tamed down my Taco Tator and took picture of others in the family as well since mine would have been a huge mess and you would have asked, is there really a potato under there? Are you sure that isn’t just a pile of mashed avocado and salsa? Hey you Mexican food lover you know how it is. Oh and more exciting news…. we are getting a Chipotle so close I can just run over to it and back and still have my food be hot! Or even more exciting a Starbucks too!! Now if only they can be sure to open before next month when we don’t have a kitchen or a whole main level at all for a week… yes more on that but really we will have a bathroom on lower level we can use, can’t use the main level other than to walk in the house, and our bedrooms. No fridge, stove, nothing. So we will have to eat out, have PB&J for dinner every night, or maybe cereal as I plan on having a cooler with milk and a few staples and luckily it is cold here so I shouldn’t need ice.
Makes 4 servings
4 baking or sweet potatoes, 1 per person desired size
1-2c black beans, or pinto beans
4 servings vegan chorizo, seasoned lentils, Beyond Meat Crumbles, or protein of choice as you would on tacos
1 heart of romaine, shredded
Toppings as desired, chopped peppers, cheese, salsa, avocado, guacamole, sour cream
Preheat oven to 400F. Clean potatoes, poke with a fork and bake for 45 minutes, or until almost done as this will depend on potato size. You can also cut down on the cooking time starting them in the microwave or cooking fully in the microwave. While the potatoes are cooking heat/cook your protein of choice as directed. Get toppings ready. When potatoes are almost done remove from the oven and let cool until you can hold them or hold them with a silicone pot holder. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out centers being careful to leave enough of the potato to hold shape but scooping out the centers so there is a place for your fillings. Use the potato that was removed for breakfast the next day or something else. Lay potato halves on a baking sheet, skin side down. Fill centers of your potatoes with protein and beans. If everyone in your family wants the same you can mix the beans and protein ahead of time and fill. Top with cheese if desired or other toppings you will want cooked. Place potatoes back in the oven for about 10-15 minutes or until cheese has melted, the potatoes should look nice and cooked/golden, but not overly cooked and dry. Remove from the oven. Place lettuce on a plate, place potato halves on the lettuce and top with additional toppings of choice such as shredded lettuce, salsa, guacamole, or sour cream. Enjoy!
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