Make it a meatless Monday with this recipe that comes to us from Kids Cook Mondays and Alysa of Inspired RD. With winter’s root vegetables in season, grab a few sweet potatoes (roasting gives them a hint of smoky flavor) and pair with black beans. Your kids will have fun customizing their own tacos with their favorite combination of avocado, lettuce and green onions.

1 15 ounce can black beans
2-3 small sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 tomatoes, diced
2 fresh or canned, roasted green chilies, diced
2 tablespoons lime juice
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon oregano
10 corn tortillas
1/2 head lettuce or spinach*, chopped
1 avocado*, diced
1/4 cup cilantro*, chopped
2 green onions*, chopped


Adult: Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Open the can of black beans.

Kid: Spread the diced sweet potatoes on a baking sheet in one layer. Pour the black beans into a colander and rinse with cold water. Set aside.

Adult: Place the baking sheet in the oven. Roast the sweet potatoes for about 20 minutes, or until they are tender when pierced with a fork. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.

Together: Add the tomatoes, black beans, green chilies and garlic to the bowl. Mix well and season with the lime juice, salt, pepper, cumin and oregano. Taste for seasoning and adjust if desired.

Adult: Place a large skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Place a tortilla onto the skillet and cook for about 2-3 minutes, or until that tortilla becomes browned. Flip and cook an additional 1-2 minutes more, or until the other side browns. Fold the tortilla in half, set aside on a plate and repeat with the remaining tortillas.

Together: Place 2 or 3 browned tortillas on each person’s plate. Place a few spoonfuls of the sweet potato black bean filling inside each tortilla. Allow each person to top their tacos with their choice of lettuce, avocado, cilantro and green onions and enjoy!

Serves 4

Source: This recipe comes to us from Alysa of Inspired RD.

We’ve teamed up with the Kids Cook Monday initiative to bring you a weekly recipe that encourages families to set aside the first night of every week for cooking and eating together as a family. Be sure to check out their website for more great ideas on how to empower your kids in the kitchen!