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air fryer sweet potato tacos with cilantro, cabbage, and creamy sriracha on a flower patterned plate.

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Tacos

Categories : Air Fryer , Mains , Recipes , Vegetarian
Sweet potato tacos on a plate with tortillas, creamy sriracha sauce, cabbage, and cilantro in the background

At this point if you don’t already know that I love tacos, you are not paying attention. Admittedly, I have historically relied heavily on chicken tacos. While those are amazing and I stand by them entirely, I thought it was time to try something a little different. So, I strayed right into the vegetarian realm with these air fryer sweet potato tacos. They are zesty, satisfying, taco perfection. Besides, they’re drizzled with homemade ranch, so it is hard to go wrong.

I love this recipe because it combines classic southwest flavors, with the sweet caramelized flavor of roasted sweet potato…and it’s tacos, so obviously. Before cooking, the sweet potatoes are dressed with southwest taco seasoning. I prefer the savory side of sweet potatoes and frankly, I think it’s their strongest side. You hear that sweet potato casserole? Do better.

crispy seasoned sweet potatoes on a baking sheet.

Anyway, after getting dressed for dinner, the sweet potatoes are crisped to perfection in the air fryer. The tacos are topped with shredded red cabbage, for some crunch and color, homemade sriracha ranch, and fresh herbs. My favorite taco herbs are cilantro, green onion, and chives. Use whatever you have or love. Want to always have fresh herbs on hand for your tacos? Learn how to re-grow green onion from scraps.

FAQs

What air fryer do you use?

I use the Instant pot duo crisp because I prefer to have fewer appliances where possible. It works well as both an air fryer and a pressure cooker. (Note that if you purchase through my link I will receive a commission)

Can I make sweet potato tacos in the oven?

Yes! This recipe is written for an air fryer because I feel that the fryer does a better job of crisping the potatoes without burning them. However, the sweet potatoes can also be roasted in a standard oven. In order to get the sweet potatoes crispy in the oven, slightly increase the amount of oil used for seasoning. Once the sweet potatoes are dressed, bake them at 425 °F for 30-40 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes. Remove when sweet potatoes are browned and crisped lightly.

Can these tacos be made vegan?

Absolutely, simply replace the sriracha ranch for a vegan version such as this homemade vegan ranch recipe.

Are sweet potatoes good for you?

Sweet potatoes are high in fiber and vitamins A and C. However, while sweet potato itself can be categorized as a low glycemic index food, certain cooking methods can actually raise the glycemic index into the high range. Therefore, for diabetics they should be eaten in moderation.

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Close up of sweet potato tacos with red cabbage, cilantro, and green onion. A small bit of lime is visible in front of the tacos.

Now, get your sweet potato tacos cooking and appreciate yourself for making a whole new kind of taco. Look at you not eating meat for every meal. Great work!

Keep your belly full, your mind engaged, and your heart open.




Lillian
air fryer sweet potato tacos with cilantro, cabbage, and creamy sriracha on a flower patterned plate.

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Tacos

Zesty crispy sweet potato tacos, topped with sriracha ranch, red cabbage, and fresh herbs.
5 from 20 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Servings 10 tacos

Ingredients
  

Sweet potatoes

  • 2 large sweet potatoes peeled and cut into ½ in cubes (see notes)
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil enough to lightly coat the potatoes
  • 1 tbsp southwest seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt more to taste

Sriracha Ranch

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp milk any kind
  • 2 tsp sriracha more to taste
  • ½ tsp white sugar
  • tsp garlic powder
  • tsp onion powder
  • tsp dill weed
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • tsp black pepper

Tacos

  • 10 corn tortillas street taco size
  • shredded red cabbage
  • fresh herbs try cilantro, green onion, or chives
  • 1 jalapeño sliced thinly, optional
  • lime

Instructions
 

  • Mix together all sweet potato ingredients until well combined. Start with 1 tbsp of oil and increase as necessary until lightly coated.
  • Cook the sweet potatoes. Pre-heat an air fryer to 400 °F. Cook sweet potatoes for 20 minutes, tossing them every 5 minutes. If your potatoes are still not crisp on the outside, cook for another 5 minutes.
  • If you do not have an air fryer, make sure your sweet potatoes are well coated in oil, then cook in a pre-heated oven at 425 °F for 30-40 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes. Remove when potatoes have reached your desired crispiness. Note- they will not get crispy all the way through without burning.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together all sriracha ranch ingredients. Taste and adjust sriracha and salt level as desired.
  • To warm the tortillas, heat a medium pan over med-high. Heat each tortilla for about ~1 minute per side, until light brown spots appear.
  • Assemble your tacos. Distribute sweet potatoes evenly across your tortillas, then top with red cabbage, and jalapeno (if desired). Drizzle sriracha ranch, squeeze some fresh lime, and sprinkle fresh herbs over the tacos.
  • Enjoy!
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