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Sweet Potato Burrito Smothered in Avocado Salsa Verde


For The Burritos

2 medium sweet potatoes

1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon smoked hot paprika (or chipotle powder)

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

sea salt and black pepper

4 to 6 whole wheat tortillas

2 roasted red peppers (I used jarred)

2 cups cooked black beans or 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

1+ cup shredded Jack cheese

For The Avocado Salsa Verde

2 ripe avocados from Mexico

1 cup mild salsa verde, jarred

2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

1 to 2 teaspoons fresh jalapeño, deseeded and roughly chopped (optional)

1 lime, juiced

1/4 cup packed cilantro leaves

up to 2 tablespoons water, to thin as necessary

sea salt, to taste (optional)


1 1/2 cups chopped romaine lettuce

1 small red onion, finely chopped

finely chopped jalapeño (optional)

sour cream


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Scrub and peel the sweet potatoes. Chop them into large, bite-sized chunks, about 1 to 1 1/2-inches wide/long and 1/2-inch deep. Toss the sweet potatoes with the olive oil, cumin, smoked hot paprika, cayenne pepper and salt and pepper. Make sure they are lightly coated in oil on all sides. Pour the sweet potatoes onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Arrange the sweet potatoes evenly in a single layer. Do not overcrowd. Bake for about 45 minutes, flipping the sweet potato chunks halfway, until they are golden and caramelized around the edges.

Make the avocado sauce: in a food processor or a good blender, combine the avocado flesh, salsa verde, garlic, jalapeño (skip this if your salsa is spicy) and lime juice. Blend. Add the cilantro and blend again. Add water to thin out the sauce if desired; the sauce should glop easily off a spoon. Taste and blend in some sea salt or add another squeeze of lime if necessary. This sauce should taste like a real kick in the mouth; you’ll know you’re done when you can’t stop going in for another spoonful of the stuff.

Make sure the oven is still on at 450 degrees Fahrenheit.* Place your tortillas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. In the middle of each tortilla, put down a couple strips of roasted red pepper, then pour 1/3 cup black beans down the center and top it all with 1/3 cup roasted sweet potato chunks. Sprinkle 1/4 cup or more of jack cheese on top. Pull one edge of the tortilla over to the center of the burrito, then pull the opposite edge over to overlap a bit. Gently roll the burrito over. Repeat with remaining burritos. Bake your burritos for about 5 minutes on the middle rack, until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are lightly crisp.

Carefully transfer each burrito to a plate. Smother it in avocado sauce, sprinkle with ample romaine lettuce, some chopped red onion, jalapeño if you’d like and a dollop of sour cream. Go at it with a fork.


Roast the sweet potatoes ahead of time and warm them up a bit before assembling the burritos for a quick weeknight meal. You could also bake a batch of them and wrap them up for later, reserving the avocado sauce and toppings for the last minute.

The taste of the avocado sauce is dependent on the type of salsa you use. I recommend a basic, mild salsa verde made with tomatillos.

The avocado sauce will keep well in a bowl in the fridge for a few days. Cover the surface of it with with plastic wrap to minimize contact with air and help ensure that your sauce doesn’t go brown.

If you have leftover sauce, it doubles as a stellar salad dressing on romaine lettuce.

*You don’t necessarily have to bake these burritos (warm tortilla, black beans and sweet potatoes should melt the cheese) but I preferred the faintly crunchy exterior of the baked burrito.

This burrito could easily be made vegan by omitting the cheese and sour cream. Still delicious, I promise!

Peeling sweet potatoes is SO easy with this sharp, cheap little vegetable peeler.


Posted on February 25, 2013 at 10:32 PM
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