1 medium orange-fleshed sweet potato (often labeled "yam")
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 pound Mexican chorizo*, such as Silva brand, removed from casing
12 corn tortillas (6-in. diameter)
6 romaine lettuce leaves
1 lime, halved
2 ounces cotija (crumbly white Mexican cheese)* or feta
2 firm-ripe avocados
How to Make It
Peel onion and sweet potato and dice into 1/2-in. cubes. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onion, potato, and salt and cook until onion begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until potato is just tender, 8 to 9 minutes.
Increase heat to medium-high and add chorizo. Cook, breaking up sausage with the back of a spoon, until cooked through, 7 to 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat tortillas in an oven or a microwave, or char over an open flame until warmed and softened. Wrap in foil or a clean kitchen towel to keep warm.
Stack and thinly slice lettuce; combine in a bowl with juice of a lime half and cotija. Halve, peel, pit, and thinly slice avocados; put in another bowl and toss with juice from remaining lime half.
Spoon about 3 tbsp. chorizo-sweet potato mixture into each warm tortilla. Divide lettuce and avocado among tacos.
*Find Mexican chorizo and cotija at well-stocked grocery stores and Latino markets. Avoid the very soft, bright orange chorizo--it's too oily.
These tacos were fantastic! Instead of chorizo, I used Soyrizo. I did add some diced serrano chiles and cilantro to the romaine and lime. My whole family loved them. Such a great idea and a nice break from meats.
We loved these tacos, however I used soy chorizo from Trader Joe's. I also cooked the yam the day ahead and refrigerated it over night. Then chopped it up and cooked it with the onion. Add sour cream or yogurt to soften the strong chorizo taste. This is a delicious vegetarian version and a simple quick meal.
I wasn't too crazy over the taste, but someone else may think differently. I would suggest the you chop the chorizo by hand before adding to the mix b/c the spoon doesn't break it up as easily as the instructions suggest.
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