Here at Brightheart Farm, we love to eat. Especially during the winter months, it takes a lot of creativity and recipe searching to keep your diet anything close to resembling seasonal, and because fresh produce from the garden isn’t really an option in the dead of winter, I relish any opportunity I get to use farm grown products in the off season. That’s why the major part of this recipe is devoted to the sweet potato.  Yes, you’ll find beans, onions, and other ingredients, but the sweet potato really is the siren’s call of this easy and delicious dish.  

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons of chili powder
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic (substitute powder if you don’t have the fresh stuff around)
  • 1 large (or two small) sweet potato(s), diced*
  • 15 ounces of cooked and drained black beans
  • ½ cup of your choice salsa (I used my own recipe, which I’ll post in the future)
  • Large flour tortillas
  • Salt, to taste

*There are many varieties of sweet potato, and I encourage you to experiment with different kinds. I personally love the Carolina Ruby because of its taste and beautiful coloring. It’s also the first kind of sweet potato that I ever grew myself, so it has a soft spot in my heart.  Of course, as with all things, I suggest sourcing whatever produce you can from your very own garden and to make processed ingredients, like salsa, from scratch. The flavors will be a reward in and of themselves!

Directions

Begin by heating the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onions and allow them to cook until translucent or slightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add the chili powder and garlic and stir.

At this point, go ahead and stir in the sweet potato, add a splash of water to the pan, and cover with a lid. Allow the sweet potato to cook until tender, about 10 minutes.  

Once the sweet potato is cooked, stir in your black beans, salsa, and add salt to taste. Bring the entire mixture to a simmer for another 10 minutes. At this point, I would suggest heating up your tortilla in a pan or in the oven.

When the mixture is finished cooking, scoop out a helping onto your tortilla, and add whatever other toppings or garnishes you might want. I usually add hot sauce, avocado, greens, and a little bit of cheese (but if you don’t eat cheese, feel free to go without). Wrap it all up, and enjoy! I know that I did.