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Sweet Potato and Carrot Tinga Tacos

One of my sisters had a bit of a health scare last week. For a moment we thought we were going to lose her, and things got very scary. It takes something like that to put everything into perspective. All of this week I have been thinking about how important our health is.

I live in Orange County, CA and it’s so easy to get carried away with things, wanting things, buying things, a bigger house, a better car, or signing up for this class or that. It is also easy to get frustrated, at least for me, when you can”t afford something that you need. We live in a two bedroom apartment and live on one income, because I stay at home. I guess you could say that in the land where 1 million dollar houses are a common occurrence, we are struggling to make 1 income work and send our child to private school, but this is what’s best for our family right now.

Sweet potato and carrot tinga tacos are a bit sweet, the chipotle-tomato sauce adds a tanginess and spiciness that will keep you coming back.

When I thought my sister might not not make it, all I could think was that none of those things matter. Here is where my husband will jump in and say that I’m wrong, that indeed those things do matter, that I can’t just dismiss them. He’s right, I can’t dismiss them because money puts food on our table, and gives our child a high quality education, and if indeed we die tomorrow, money will matter to the people we leave behind. Yet, imagine if we did live comfortably, but did not have our health, what then? Money can’t buy you health.

This is why I transitioned the blog to be vegan Mexican, because I wanted to eat healthy, but I was missing the flavor and dishes I grew up with. I’m not talking about Tex-Mex, enchilada sauce quinoa bakes, or queso. No, I’m talking about real authentic Mexican food made vegan. The blog is definitely a work in progress and I know some dishes like the capirotada can only be understood by my fellow Mexicanos, and that’s ok. I hope the blog inspires you too try some vegan dishes, because only you as a mom can take charge of your families health, be it paleo, vegan, gluten-free, whatever works best for you. Don’t take your health for granted!

Sweet potato and carrot tinga tacos are a bit sweet, the chipotle-tomato sauce adds a tanginess and spiciness that will keep you coming back.

The Recipe: Sweet Potato and Carrot Tinga Tacos

Yikes! Can you tell I’m a bit emotional about this? This weeks dish is a sweet potato and carrot tinga tacos. Tinga is traditionally a shredded chicken or beef in a chipotle tomato sauce, but in this case we are using shredded vegetables. The sweet potatoes and carrots make this dish just a bit sweet, the chipotle-tomato sauce adds a tanginess that will keep you coming back for more, and the avocado gives it a luscious creaminess. Serve on warm tortillas. Enjoy!


Sweet Potato and Carrot Tinga Tacos

Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 Servings


  • 1 White onion, medium, sliced
  • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups (2 ea.) Grated sweet potato
  • 1 cup Grated carrot
  • 1 can (14 oz.) Diced tomatoes
  • 2 Chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable stock
  • 1 Avocado, sliced
  • 8 Tortillas corn or flour


  1. In a large sauté pan over medium-heat, sauté onion(oil optional) for 3 -4 minutes, until the onion is translucent and soft. Add the garlic and sauté, stirring for 1 minute.

  2. Add sweet potato and carrot to the pan and cook for 5 min stirring often.

  3. To make the sauce: Place the diced tomatoes, vegetable stock, and chipotle peppers in the blender and process until smooth
  4. Add chipotle-tomato sauce to the pan and cook for 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sweet potatoes and carrot are cooked through.

  5. Serve on warm tortillas and top with avocado slices.

Chef's Notes

Increase or decrease spiciness by adding or removing some of the chipotle peppers.

  • Lisa Braack Erdelyi

    Sending prayers for your sister, Dora. xoxo

    • dorastable

      Thanks Lisa, she is recovering nicely and should be back to normal soon. Give the kids hugs and kisses for me.

  • Jeni

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hopefully, your sister will be able to heal quickly. I completely agree with you that health is very important and sometimes that it is easy to take for granted.

    I love that your blog takes traditional Mexican recipes and puts a vegan twist on them. I have been inspired by your recipes and your recipe for sweet potato and carrot tinga tacos sound amazing. I can’t wait to make them soon!

    • dorastable

      Thanks Jeni,

      I have also been inspired by your blog. I’m a little jealous that you actually live in Mexico, but thank you for translating so well your love for Mexico and it’s cuisine.

  • Francisca Buenrostro

    where is the link for the recipe?

    • dorastable

      HI Francisca. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. The problemas has been resolved and you should be able to see the recipe.