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Spiced Sweet Potato Tacos with Green Aji Sauce

Last night I just did not want to cook. I was cold and hungry and cranky and nothing sounded delicious and I just wanted to get Chinese delivery. Unfortunately, we live 20 minutes from the nearest takeout joint, and neither of us wanted to brave the 10 degree weather outside. So I sucked it up and cooked. And when I let go of my bad mood and focused on the task at hand, I actually got really inspired and made the most delicious meal. It just goes to show how fleeting thoughts can be and how important it is to stay in the moment.

These tacos contain spiced sweet potatoes, raw red peppers, grilled tofu, and green aji sauce.

They’re smoky, spicy, sweet, and salty. They’re crunchy, creamy, and tender. And they’re really easy!

This recipe makes 12 tacos. You’ll need:

- 12 tortillas (I like flour, but corn works too!)

- 1 batch of Green Aji Sauce from Viva Vegan. (note: I didn’t have fresh jalapeƱos, so I used pickled, and the sauce came out just fine!)

- 1 red, yellow, or orange sweet pepper, sliced thinly

- half a block of firm or extra-firm tofu, cut into 12 equal slices

- optional: additional cilantro, lime wedges, chopped lettuce or cabbage, hot sauce

For the spiced sweet potatoes:

3 medium sweet potatoes

3 tbsp oil (I used grapeseed)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp cumin

salt and pepper to taste

Cube the sweet potatoes in half-inch chunks and rub in spices and oil. If you’re like me, you won’t pay attention to the exact spice amounts and you’ll just dump the spices on the sweet potatoes and adjust accordingly.

Bake in a 400 degree oven for 30-40 minutes, or until tender. I’m lucky enough to have a convection oven (which I still haven’t quite gotten the hang of!) and these were done in 20 minutes flat.

To make the tacos:

Once the sweet potatoes are nearly finished, lightly grill or fry the tofu (I used a nonstick pan and a light spray of cooking oil). You can add salt and pepper to taste, but I found that leaving the tofu plain and still soft in the middle gave the best contrast to the other ingredients.

Assemble one slice of tofu, a spoonful of aji sauce, 4-5 slices of red pepper, and some cubes of sweet potato. Add garnishes as desired, and enjoy!