Smokey Sweet Potato Fry-Black Bean Tacos with Maple-Jalapeno Cream

Smokey Sweet Potato Fry and Black Bean Tacos with Maple Jalapeno Cream vegetarian
We celebrated Cinco de Mayo this past weekend with a taco bar. It's one of my favorite ways to entertain with Mexican inspired food. I make lots of toppings available and different seasoned meats. Everyone enjoys the casual feel of the taco buffet and ends up grazing the whole evening with different combinations.

I also make different tortillas available, corn (which I fry), flour for soft tacos and even the store-bought hard shell variety, which many people seem to love.

Since I have been working with Sargento (you can read about it in my first post) as a flavor journey correspondent, one of my assignments has been exploring "smokey taco fillings". I wanted to make sure my Cinco de Mayo taco bar included some offerings in that category. The smokey sweet potato fries were a big hit. They are the perfect vegetarian dish or a great "meatless Monday" option.

I used frozen sweet potato fries in these tacos. There are so many great ones available now and it is a huge time saver, especially for an easy weeknight meal. The maple-jalapeno cream is also a great addition. The jalapeno adds a little more smokiness and the maple is just a classic pairing with the sweet potatoes.
Smokey Sweet Potato Fry and Black Bean Tacos with Maple Jalapeno Cream frying tortillas
I used fried corn tortillas for these. It gave them a nice crunch. You can use whatever type of tortilla you like but this was everyone's favorite.

Smokey Sweet Potato Fry and Black Bean Tacos with Maple Jalapeno Cream Sargento Cheese
I decided to stick with Sargento's Fine Cut Shredded 4 Cheese Mexican cheese becuase I love the mixture. Their Shredded Taco Cheese would work well too and it has Manchego...yum.

Smokey Sweet Potato Fry and Black Bean Tacos with Maple Jalapeno Cream adding seasoning
When the fries come out of the oven, sprinkle them with smoked paprika. Generously squeeze lime juice over them and season well with salt.

Smokey Sweet Potato Fry and Black Bean Tacos with Maple Jalapeno Cream 1
Are these not gorgeous? Perfect for tostadas too!

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Smokey Sweet Potato Fry-Black Bean Tacos with Maple-Jalapeno Cream

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for | Serves: 8 tacos


Maple-Jalapeno Cream

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons jalapeno, seeded, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco
  • salt to taste


  • 2 lbs frozen julienned sweet potato fries
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons smoked paprika
  • juice of 1-2 limes
  • salt
  • 1 can (15 ounce) black beans, rinsed
  • 2 cups Sargento Fine Cut Shredded 4 Cheese Mexican cheese
  • 2 avocados, cubes
  • 1/2 cup minced red onion
  • cilantro leaves
  • 8 corn tortillas, fried


  • For the maple-jalapeno cream, add all ingredients to a medium bowl and stir to combine. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Can make ahead.
  • Cook sweet potato fries according to package directions. When you take them out of the oven, sprinkle with smoked paprika and season well with lime juice and salt.
  • Build tacos starting with sweet potato fries on bottom, black beans, cheese, avocados, red onion, cilantro and top with maple-jalapeno cream.

Disclosure: I am currently working with Sargento Cheese over the next year as a Flavor Journey Correspondent. While I have been compensated for my time, as always, all opinions are my own.

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9 Comments and 1 Reply

  1. These are super fun and super easy! Yum!

  2. The tacos sound ah-mazing! Sweet potatoes and black beans always have my vote, but that maple jalapeno cream puts it over the top!!!

  3. Those tacos look really tasty!

  4. Susan 4

    Love the idea for combining maple and jalapeno cream. Thanks :-)

  5. I think sweet potatoes and black beans were made to go together. These are amazing tacos, Cathy, great idea!

  6. brandi 6

    i love this idea! what a fun twist on tacos

  7. Jim 7

    I love recipes that are completely from the ground up! The fact that this is a taco makes it that much more awesome! Thanks for a great share. I will be trying this one.

  8. Melissa 8

    Made these tonight and they were a hit! I recommend overcooking the fries just a little to where you would normally say “Aw crap!” as you take them out of the oven (that was a direct quote from me). With all the other toppings it didn’t taste burnt, but the little burnt bits added a great crunch to the taco!

  9. Laura 10

    I LOVE the flavors in this! YUM! Pinned!


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