when we lived in massachusetts, my husband and i had a favorite mexican place near our house that we always visited whenever we wanted some authentic (well, by east coast standards anyway) mexican food*. what the place lacked in ambiance (depending on your view of televisions showing the current fútbol game), it more than made up for with seriously delicious food (and cheap prices!).
one of the first times i went there, i was having an adventurous moment and ordered the chorizo and potato quesadilla. aaaaand instantly fell in love. turns out chorizo is delicious!
at some point, the restaurant changed the printed menu a little bit and no longer listed this particular item, though they still had all of the ingredients and were happy to make the dish for me when i asked.
after a while though, i decided to try ordering something off the actual menu, though still with chorizo, because now that i knew how good it was, HOW was i going to order anything else? i settled on chorizo soft tacos, which did not include potatoes.
oh man. those are some tasty tacos. also? chorizo can be pretty greasy. it turns out that eating several tacos filled to the brim with just chorizo can leave a pretty intense puddle behind on the plate when you’re done.
when i decided to recreate chorizo tacos at home, i knew that i wanted to include some potatoes to help fill up the tacos without being quite so filled to the brim with meat. and, irish heritage notwithstanding, i just don’t have a lot of love for white potatoes. they’re just so… nothing.
enter… chorizo and sweet potato tacos! the creamy, roasted sweet potatoes add such a nice contrast to the spiced pork and crunchy red cabbage and onions. and because we chop the sweet potatoes into little cubes before we roast them, they are done in less than 20 minutes, so we don’t have to wait too long to enjoy our chorizo and sweet potato tacos.
in fact, since we moved, it’s now way faster to make these tacos myself than it is to drive the 2 hours back to the mexican restaurant. and now that i figured out my favorite recipe for chorizo and sweet potato tacos, i’m not even that tempted to. well, not very often, anyway…
*taqueria el amigo in waltham, for anyone within a 25-mile radius who likes good mexican food.
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nutrition facts are per taco