Baked taquitos stuffed with sweet potatoes & black beans. Cook them in the oven or air fryer. The crackling crunch of the corn tortilla exterior gives way to a smoky, spicy, sweet filling. Serve them with guacamole, salsa, or vegan cheese dip for dunking. Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free.
Why are finger foods instantly more fun than foods you eat with a knife and fork? If you want to please a crowd, finger foods are the way to go.
Baked taquitos with sweet potatoes & black beans
Take these baked taquitos, for example.
The crispy corn tortilla exterior gives way with a crunch to the enticing filling. The sweet potatoes and black beans have been flavored with onions, garlic, spices, and a chipotle pepper in adobo.
Cook once, eat multiple times
I’m someone who likes to cook once and eat multiple times.
So one batch of this sweet potato & black bean mixture can be used for sweet potato black bean tacos one day. Then the next, roll the filling into corn tortillas for taquitos.
It’s a way to re-purpose leftovers, so that you don’t get bored.
Also, taquitos keep well in the refrigerator or freezer. (See the recipe box notes for instructions.)
That makes them a great dish to give expecting parents. Not only is it a break from the casseroles and soups in the freezer. Baked taquitos are also a food you can eat one-handed! Very handy for those who are holding an infant non-stop.
How to make baked taquitos
First, start by cutting a sweet potato into even, half-inch pieces. Then cook the sweet potato in the air fryer or oven.
While the sweet potato is cooking, sauté onions and garlic in a skillet. Add spices, a chipotle pepper in adobo, black beans, and a splash of water to de-glaze the pan and combine the spices.
Add the cooked sweet potatoes to the skillet, as well as another splash of water, if necessary.
Warm the corn tortillas
Now it’s time to fill the corn tortillas with the sweet potato & black bean mixture.
Corn tortillas have to be warmed before rolling. Otherwise, they will break. By warming them first, you make them more pliable.
You can warm the tortillas in the microwave. Or warm each tortilla one by one in a dry, warm skillet. Your choice!
Then move each warm tortilla to a separate cutting board, plate, or work station. Put an even line of sweet potato & black bean mixture about a quarter of the way down the tortilla.
Then roll the tortilla, like you’re rolling a cigar.
(To see step-by-step pictures on how to roll a taquito, check out this post for vegan taquitos with jackfruit.)
Baked taquitos in the oven or air fryer
Now you can either bake the taquitos in the oven or air fryer.
To cook them in the oven, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put the taquitos onto the baking sheet, seam side down. That way the seam will bake closed, keeping all of your filling inside.
Bake for 15 minutes at 420 degrees.
To cook them in the air fryer, put the taquitos into the air fryer basket seam side down. Don’t flip them while they are cooking, in case the seam isn’t fully shut.
Air fry for 9 minutes at 400 degrees.
Serve baked taquitos with your favorite dipping sauces and dig in!