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These beautiful freshly baked empanadas de camote are filled with sweet potato, slowly simmered in cinnamon and anise. The dough is hand-kneaded and rolled out, then baked with the fragrant sweet potato filling. I like to eat them right out of the oven with a steaming cup of Mexican hot chocolate.

Sugar, anise, and cinnamon syrup in a small stainless steel pot
Flour and sweet potato syrup in a large glass bowl

I used to think empanadas were a Mexican thing but soon discovered that almost every country has their own version. Whether they are sweet or savory, they are incredibly delicious, easy to eat, and the perfect food on the go.

Flour mixture mixed together in glass bowl
Kneaded dough on a wooden surface

Empanadas by Doña Consuelo

This recipe was given to me by Doña Consuelo, a friend of my cousin Esperanza. Doña Consuelo had heard that my little nephew has severe allergies and can’t enjoy most of the pan dulce available in our town, so she graciously shared her recipe for these empanadas de camote, which just so happen to be vegan.

Cubed sweet potatoes cooking in a stainless steel pot

Doña Consuelo is one of those OG cooks that has never written down a recipe, and measures everything by fistfuls. So my beautiful cousin had her over to her house and had her recreate the recipe, and then proceeded to measure every fistful of flour and pinch of anise. She passed the recipe to me and I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

Mashed sweet potato in a glass bowl

I decided to pay her a visit to thank her for the recipe and just chat. Sitting in her living room, lamenting that she could no longer use her hands to knead the dough or make them for her family (she has arthritis), she reminisced about the traditional candies that are hand made in Múzquiz, her home town. She talked about the treats she ate as a child, and how she wished they were made with the same quality today.

Sweet potato plopped in the middle of dough disk

All of this has me pondering on the importance of passing down family recipes and adapting them for the new generation. Food is such an important part of our culture and we shouldn’t let the traditional recipes disappear with the previous generations. Save your family recipes!! Make them vegan, make them yours!

Empanadas ready to bake on a sheet tray

The Recipe: Empanadas de Camote

  • The original recipe called for vegetable shortening, but I have substituted it for coconut oil, but you could also use melted vegan butter.
Chef Dora and Doña Consuelo posing for a photo
  • I also reduced the amount of sugar (believe it or not!), but you can sub with piloncillo, sugar in the raw or muscovado sugar.
  • I used the orange-fleshed sweet potatoes.
Empanadas de camote on a blue plate, cup of coffee and cinnamon stick
A close up of an empanada de camote cut in half.
Empanadas de camote on a blue plate, cup of coffee and cinnamon stick. The top empanada is cut in half showing the filling.

Empanadas de Camote (Sweet Potato Empanadas)

These beautiful freshly baked empanadas de
camote are filled with sweet potato, slowly simmered in cinnamon and anise.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: mexican sweet potato empanadas, sweet empanadas, sweet potato
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 16 empanadas
Calories: 321kcal
Author: Dora S.

Ingredients

Sweet Potato Syrup:

  • 2 1/2 cups Water
  • 2 Ceylon cinnamon sticks, 2 inches long
  • 1 ½ tsp. Anise seed
  • 1 ½ cups Sugar, granulated
  • 1.6 lb. Sweet potato, peeled, cut into large dice (About two large ones)

Empanada Dough:

  • 17.6 oz. All-Purpose flour
  • 2 ½ tsp. Baking powder
  • 2/3 cup Melted coconut oil (the original recipe used shortening)
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/3 cup Sweet Potato Syrup (see above)
  • ¼ cup Aquafaba liquid of a can of chickpeas

Instructions

To make the syrup:

  • Combine the water, cinnamon sticks, anise seed, and sugar in a small pot. Bring to a simmer over low heat and simmer softly for 30 min. Strain. Reserve 1 1/3 cups of the syrup and set aside.
  • Pour the rest of the sweet potato syrup in a small pot and add the sweet potato. Bring to a very low simmer, cover, and let cook for 45 min. (It’s going to seem like it’s not enough liquid to cook the sweet potatoes, but we’re basically going to steam them in the syrup. As they cook they will release liquid as well.) Drain and mash with a fork.
  • While the sweet potatoes are cooking, in a large bowl mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, and cinnamon. Add the melted coconut oil and mix well.
  • Add sweet potato syrup and mix.
  • Transfer dough to a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes or until the dough has come together is elastic and smooth, but not sticky. Let it rest for 45 min.
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Divide the dough into 16 equal portions and roll them into balls ( 2 oz. each). On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough 1/4 inch thick.
  • Place 1 tbsp. of the filling in the middle of the dough round. Fold the dough over to enclose the filling, and crimp the edges with a fork to seal or seal them decoratively as the Argentinians do. Pierce each empanada three times with a fork near the crimped edge.
  • Brush with aquafaba and bake for 35 – 40 min. or until the empanadas are golden brown on the bottom.

Notes

The original recipe called for vegetable shortening, but I have substituted it for coconut oil, but you could also use melted vegan butter.
I also reduced the amount of sugar (believe it or not!), but you can sub with piloncillo, sugar in the raw or muscovado sugar.

Nutrition

Serving: 1empanadas | Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 275mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 6435IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg

I have fallen in love with sweet potatoes. I actually used to dislike them, but during my pregnancy I craved them and now I can’t get enough of them. These sweet potato and carrot tinga tacos are one of the many ways you can use sweet potatoes. The shredded carrots and sweet potatoes are stewed with onion, garlic, and a tomato-chipotle sauce. The sweet potatoes 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 for tacos or on tostadas smothered with beans.

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.

Traditionally, tinga is a shredded pork dish that originates from Puebla. It is also commonly made with chicken or beef. For another vegan option you could use jackfruit or hearts of palm. The best thing about this recipe though is that it’s super easy to make and only requires a couple of ingredients. I make a less spicy version for my kids and they love it!

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.

Our baby is now 2 months old, and I’m trying to get back into the rythm of things, testing recipes, posting, and recording videos. I am planning on finally launching a youtube channel in the next couple of weeks, but I have to say it makes me really nervous. If you have any suggestions, words of encouragement, or recipe requests I am all ears. Enjoy!!

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

Make sure to cook the tinga until the sweet potatoes and carrots are tender. The texture should not be crunchy. Enjoy!

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.

Sweet Potato and Carrot Tinga Tacos

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.
4.5 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: carrot tinga, vegan mexican recipes, vegan tacos
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 304kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 cup Thinly sliced white onion
  • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups Grated sweet potato
  • 1 cup Grated carrot
  • 1 can (14 oz.) Diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. Mexican oregano (optional)
  • 2 Chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable stock
  • 1 Avocado, sliced
  • 8 Tortillas corn or flour

Instructions

  • In a large sauté pan over medium-heat, add water and onion, cook for 3 -4 minutes, until the onion is translucent and soft. Add the garlic and continue to cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  • Add sweet potato and carrot to the pan and cook for 5 min stirring often.

Sauce:

  • Place the diced tomatoes, vegetable stock, oregano, and chipotle peppers in the blender and process until smooth.
  • Add chipotle-tomato sauce to the pan and cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sweet potatoes and carrot are cooked through. If necessary add more vegetable stock to the pan. 
  • Serve on warm tortillas and top with avocado slices.

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Notes

Increase or decrease spiciness by adding or removing some of the chipotle peppers. You can also serve on tostadas smothered with refried beans. 

Nutrition

Serving: 2tacos | Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 340mg | Potassium: 820mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 17425IU | Vitamin C: 13.3mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 2.2mg

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato and Carrot Tinga Tacos
Amount Per Serving (2 tacos)
Calories 304 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 340mg15%
Potassium 820mg23%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 17425IU349%
Vitamin C 13.3mg16%
Calcium 117mg12%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I dislike veggie burgers. They’re not burgers!!! Inevitably though, you will find yourself eating one, because they are commonly the only vegetarian-vegan options available at casual restaurants. Why make them at home then? Well, this recipe for spiced sweet potato black bean burger is pretty good, if I do say so myself. I usually make a big batch and freeze them. This way when I’m too lazy, tired, or out late doing stuff, I just pull some out of the freezer and make dinner, voila!

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

 

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

 

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

The addition of garam masala gives it a unique flavor and they are packed with veggies. The munchkin loves them. I do have to warn you, they are definitely not burgers. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them on their own with a salad or in a whole wheat wrap. Alright lovely readers, it’s late, have a sweet night.

This spiced sweet potato black bean burger, is packed full of veggies and protein. Garam-masala and serrano pepper give it an extra kick

The Recipe: Spiced Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger

This burger is packed full of veggies and protein. I have added garam-masala and serrano pepper for an extra kick. I usually make these when I have leftover brown rice and quinoa. Enjoy!

Spiced Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger

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Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 9 servings
Author: Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Diced yellow onion
  • 4 Garlic, cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup Carrots, peeled, diced
  • 1/4 cup Celery, diced
  • 1/2 Serrano, diced
  • 1/3 cup Corn kernels, fresh or canned
  • 1 cup Sweet potato, cooked, peeled, mashed
  • 1 tbsp. Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/3 cup Maseca, corn flour
  • 1 cup Black Beans, drained, canned
  • 1 cup Brown rice, cooked
  • 1 cup Quinoa, cooked
  • 1/4 cup Chopped parslet
  • To taste Salt kosher
  • To taste Black pepper ground

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a food processor add onion, garlic, carrots, celery, serrano, and corn kernels and process until the vegetables are chopped finely but not pureed.
  • In a large pan, set to medium-low heat, sauté vegetable mixture until all of the liquid has evaporated, about 5 – 7 minutes. Set aside and let cool for 5 min.
  • In a large bowl combine brown rice, quinoa, beans, sweet potato, garam masala, paprika, corn flour, parsley, vegetable mixture, salt, and pepper.
  • Place half of the mixture back into the food processor and pulse 3 times. Return mixture to bowl and mix well.
  • Form into patties. Refrigerate for at least an hour before cooking.
  • To cook, sauté in 1 tbsp. of oil for 2 -3 min. on each side until golden brown.
  • Serve.

Notes

If the mixture still seems too wet, you can adjust the quantity of quinoa and brown rice accordingly.