Sweet Potato Tacos Made Lighter and Brighter with Cabbage Cups

Recipes like this are life-savers!

Seriously! Sweet Potato Tacos make the PERFECT weeknight dinner.

For the first two years I was eating a plant-based diet, I had sweet potato tacos probably 5-6 times per week. Sometimes for dinner, sometimes for lunch.

This was partially because of how easy they are to prep, how totally scrumptious they are, and how well they work for leftovers.

Actually, when I was first making sweet potato tacos, I put them in organic corn tortillas just as you would expect tacos to be served. However, when I went back for seconds, I tended to make more of a burrito bowl, meaning I just loaded the ingredients into a bowl instead of a tortilla. This allowed me to have another serving, but without as many calories.

Yes, whole grain tortillas are nutritious, but they’re still made with flour even if it is organic corn flour. This processing makes them more calorie dense than the whole corn kernels would be.

Over the years, I gradually stopped buying tortillas to use at home—except for special occasions like a Latin-themed class or potluck. Instead, I just started with burrito bowls right from the gecko.

It was just recently that I got the idea to use cabbage cups as the taco shell. I was a little hesitant about the cabbage texture because it’s completely different than that of a soft or hard shell tortilla.

It was all good though! I did the testing and was super excited by how much I enjoyed the cabbage cup tacos!!

They were so delicious that I joyfully ate four cabbage cup tacos! YUM YUM YUM!

If you decide that you would like your cabbage shells a little softer and warmer, no problem! I’ll tell you just what to do for this in the chef’s notes below.

There’s really no shortage of flour-free and plant-strong tortilla alternatives. Quick and easy options are romaine and buttercup lettuce leaves. If you want to use a darker green, try raw or lightly steamed collards.

I hope that these Sweet Potato Tacos do for you just as much as they did for me!

Recipe by Katie Mae

Makes 6 tacos | Ready in 15 minutes (not included sweet potato cook time)
| Stores 6 days in fridge (unassembled)


2 medium-sized cooked sweet potatoes, mashed (any potato works)
1½ cups cooked black beans (15oz can, partially drained)
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon salt-free seasoning (i.e. Benson’s Table Tasty)
6 purple cabbage cups* (OR romaine leaves)
1 Roma tomato, diced
1 avocado, diced
1­–2 limes, sliced into wedges


  1. Set freshly cooked and mashed sweet potatoes aside. If the sweet potatoes were cooked previously and are cool, then warm them up on the stovetop or in the microwave.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, add the black beans, cumin, chili powder, and salt-free seasoning. Heat the beans for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. To assemble the tacos: First spread a layer of sweet potatoes, about ¼ cup across the center of a lettuce cup or romaine leaf. Add about ¼ cup of the black beans over the sweet potatoes. Top with diced tomatoes, avocado, and a squeeze of lime juice. Enjoy!


If you want the cabbage cups to be a little bit softer and warmer, layer the sweet potato into the cabbage cups and then microwave them for just 30 seconds. Then continue filling the cups with the other toppings.

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  1. Susan Fischer

    can’t wait to try this!

    1. KatieMae

      Awesome, Susan! Hope you find them as fun and tasty as much I did!

  2. steve manowski

    I want to try these, but I have a question. Do you make the cabbage cubs or do you buy he cups? I have looked at a few stores an no one carries them. Thanks in advance for any and all feedback.

    1. KatieMae

      Steve, the cabbage cups are actually just single layers of a whole cabbage. Slice off the end/stem of the cabbage and slice it in half (from top to bottom). Then you can carefully pull apart the outermost layers of the cabbage, working your way in. The leaves closer to the center will be smaller than the outside ones. You can also start with smaller cabbages to help give you smaller leaves, which I find easier to fill and eat. Hope you enjoy them!

  3. KatieMae

    Hi Marilee! I will private message you now with details.

  4. Laurel Michaels

    We had your sweet potato tacos tonight and they were great! Thank you, KatieMae, for your consistently delicious recipes. I’m also in love with your Quick and Easy Tofu Scramble — Black lava salt rocks this dish (first time ever for me).

    1. KatieMae

      Hi laurel! I’m so glad you liked these tacos! They’re definitely a favorite of mine! We made the Tofu Scramble in class last fall, but I think you missed that night. That’s great you were able to try it out! Tofu scramble is the only dish I use it in, but the Black Lava Salt makes such a difference!

  5. Logan Smith

    How can iThrive members get this recipe without joining the recipe club? I saw it on the presentation with you and Jon.

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