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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Paladar's Sweet Potato Tacos



I  am very, very excited to share this recipe for sweet potato tacos with you today. First, let me tell you a  little bit about how I even came to realize that sweet potato makes a great filling for tacos.
In Fall 2010, Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar opened its doors in Annapolis, Md. I was counting the days down before they opened. I checked their menu and got pumped up about items such as  tropical hearts of palm salad, crispy yucca fries, ceviche, guacamole, slow roasted chicken empanadas, and many other fun Latin-inspired dishes and sides that are unique to other restaurants.

I went to the restaurant when they first opened, and I continued to go back for more. Their food and customer service is always spectacular. I also hear they have some amazing rum drinks on the menu.
This past winter, I received information in the mail from Paladar about a photo contest they were running.  The prize for the contest was a very generous gift card to the restaurant. A couple days before the entries were due, I asked my coworkers if they would be interested in entering the contest. I work in a middle school special education office with several other women, and many of us were stressed out at the time (and to top it off, no snow this year so no  extra days off), so I thought it would be fun to enter the contest with my team. We entered the contest and with the help from our friends and some social media gurus, we WON the contest! It really lifted our spirits to win , and we all really enjoyed our outing to Paladar together.

The winning Carnaval mask photo!
The last time I went to Paladar, my husband and I took out  our friend and Twitter personality, Kevin Eder, and his fun wife, Molly. That is when I saw the sweet potato tacos on the menu. I ordered them & I fell in love. When I got home, I searched for sweet potato taco recipes on the Internet, but nothing seemed to compare. I contacted Paladar to see if they would be willing to share the recipe with me. Annapolis executive chef, Joe Tis, was kind enough to send me a version of the recipe, and Paladar's team also okayed me to share the recipe with you - how nice! Thank you, Scott, Joe, & Paladar. You guys are great!
I think you will love the recipe. The tomatillo salsa is amazing. I served the tacos last weekend not once, not twice, but THREE times. I could eat them every night for dinner if I had to.
Well, let's get to the recipe already. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Tacos Recipe

For the filling:
1 1/2 Tbsp. of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, divided
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and then diced in 1/4-inch cubes
4  hearts of palm stalks from a can, cut lengthwise and then sliced in to desired size 
1 can of pinto beans or great white northern beans, drained well
Salt and pepper
2 tsp. of cinnamon

For the tomatillo salsa:
6 fresh tomatillos, husked
1/4 of one bunch of fresh cilantro
1/2 red onion OR 1 - 2 thin slices of a jalapeno pepper
1 lime, juiced

For the toppings:
Red cabbage
Chopped Chives
8 - 10 soft tortillas (6-inch/taco size)

DIRECTIONS:
Make tomatillo salsa first. Place tomatillos, cilantro, and onion in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until it is to salsa consistency. Pour in to a bowl, squeeze in the lime juice, cover and put in fridge for an hour.
In a bowl, mix together the sweet potatoes, hearts of palm, 2 1/2 tsp. olive oil, and salt and pepper. Place the potato mixture on a foil-lined baking sheet, and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes (until potatoes are done). Put the rest of the olive oil in to a large skillet. Heat oil, then add potato mixture and pinto beans to the skillet. Add in some salt, pepper, and the 2 tsp. of cinnamon. Saute until the beans and potatoes are warmed through, then remove pan from heat.
Heat tortillas in a microwave for 20 - 25 seconds. Build your own tacos. Put sweet potato mixture down the middle of the tortilla, then top with cabbage, chives, and tomatillo salsa.
Serve with mango and avocado salad (recipe to be posted soon). Enjoy!
*Children seem to really love these tacos - I think it's the consistency of the sweet potato & the flavor of the cinnamon.

PALADAR LATIN KITCHEN & RUM BAR, ANNAPOLIS
Other locations: Cleveland, OH

5 comments:

  1. I liked this so much when you served it to us, I am making it tonight. Wish you were here to make it for us! I was able to find all the ingredients at Wegmans today.
    Lynda

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  2. Wish I was there too. Hope they turn out well!

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  3. Beth- your mom sent me the link to this blog. very neat! Will try these sweet potato tacos.
    Jan W.

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  4. Jan - you should try the sweet potato tacos! They're pretty easy to make & don't require too much time. Plus so yummy :0) Thanks for checking out the blog!

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  5. These look yummy!! Looks like a great recipe to make and share with my sister who's a vegetarian.

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