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Guajillo Sweet Potato Tacos

  • Author: Jessi Heggan
  • Prep Time: 35
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Diet: Gluten Free


The best vegetarian taco recipe! Spicy guajillo stewed sweet potatoes topped with a creamy cashew date sauce. 



Guajillo Sweet Potatoes

  • 1 ounce guajillo chiles (I used these)
  • 1 red onion, chopped and divided
  • 1.5 cups water, divided
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 16oz can tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2lbs sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • ½ red onion, chopped

Creamy Date Sauce

  • 1 cup soaked cashews* see notes
  • 3 dates, pitted (I used Date Lady)
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp sea salt

Taco Shells and Toppings

  • 810 tortillas ( I prefer to use Cassava)
  • 34 radishes, sliced
  • 12 avocado, sliced
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • Spicy pickled onions</>
  • 23 Tbsp cilantro


  1. Heat a medium saucepan to medium heat. Seed the dried chiles and tear them in to large pieces and toast them in the pan for 1-2 minutes. Make sure they don’t burn.
  2. Add 1 cup water, ½ cup red onion, lime juice and maple.
  3. Let the mixture lightly simmer for about 10 minutes so the chiles can soften.
  4. Carefully add the hot mixture to a blender along with the tomato paste, red wine vinegar, cilantro, garlic, salt, cocoa powder, and oregano and blend until smooth.
  5. Heat a large stockpot to medium heat and add the guajillo sauce and the remaining ½ cup water to the pot along with the chopped sweet potatoes, jalapeno and the remaining red onion. Put a lid on the pot and let it simmer for 35-45 minutes, stirring frequently so it doesn’t burn or stick to the bottom of the pan. Cook until sweet potatoes are softened.
  6. While the sweet potatoes are cooking add the soaked cashews to the blender along with the other ingredients and blend until smooth. Set aside or store in an airtight container.
  7. When the sweet potatoes are done heat some tortillas and fill with sweet potatoes, date sauce, avocado, pickled onions, pumpkin seeds and cilantro.
  8. Serve immediately and enjoy.


  • You can soak the cashews in water for about 4-6 hours and then strain and rinse. You can also quick soak them by placing them in a saucepan covered with water and bringing them to a boil and then taking them off the heat. They can soak for about 30 minutes and then strain and rinse.


  • Serving Size: 6

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