Spicy Sweet Potato Avocado Tostadas

Spicy Sweet Potato Avocado Tostadas (vegan, gluten free) / @loveandlemons

There are no cool breezes in the air, but fall feelings are starting to happen in Austin by way of our local produce selection. This recipe was created from as many things from my Farmhouse Delivery (a local CSA-like farm share) box that I could fit into one meal. I received a sweet potato the size of my small dog Annie, and a bunch of tiny grape tomatoes – so I thought hearty tostadas with fresh, spicy salsa would be fitting for an in-between seasonal dinner.

Spicy Sweet Potato Avocado Tostadas (vegan, gluten free) / @loveandlemons

The okra here isn’t totally necessary but I had tons to use up so in it went. Feel free to sub in a veggie you might have (too much of!) on hand.

Spicy Sweet Potato Avocado Tostadas (vegan, gluten free) / @loveandlemons

This salsa has 6 ingredients and it’ll take you about 5 minutes to make. Mix it together, roast some sweet potatoes, and you’re almost there. Pulse it in a food processor if you want a smoother salsa, I kept mine chunky.

Here’s a new tip for spicing sweet potatoes: Try roasting them normally – with olive oil, salt, and pepper – and then wait until after they bake (while they’re still hot) to toss them with your ground spices. I find them to have a bigger & better flavor this way without the chance of them burning in the oven. Here, I used McCormick Gourmet’s cumin and chili powder. Make them even spicier with pinch of cayenne – but keep in mind the spice level of your salsa.

Spicy Sweet Potato Avocado Tostadas (vegan, gluten free) / @loveandlemons

When your sweet potatoes are nearly roasted, add your tortillas and bake until they’re super crispy.

Assemble tostadas with smashed avocado on the bottom so that your tostada stays cohesive when you take a bite. I should also add that refried beans, (while not pictured here) are a nice addition underneath the avocado.

Spicy Sweet Potato Avocado Tostadas (vegan, gluten free) / @loveandlemons

spicy sweet potato tostadas

Serves: serves 2
for the salsa:
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • ½ clove garlic
  • 1 sliced serrano chile
  • juice of ½ a juicy lime
  • a few pinches of salt & pepper
for the tostadas:
  • 2 cups cubed sweet potatoes
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • ½ teaspoon each: McCormick Gourmet cumin & chili powder
  • 4-5 corn (or flour) tortillas
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • extra lime slices, for serving
optional additions:
  • ½ cup refried beans
  • a few chickpeas, black beans or another protein
  • roasted okra
  • a few sprouts
  • hot sauce or sriracha
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Mix together salsa ingredients and let chill for at least 20 minutes (while you prep everything else). Before serving, taste and adjust seasonings.
  3. Toss sweet potato cubes with olive oil, salt & pepper, and spread on a baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown. During the last 10 minutes of baking, brush tortillas with olive oil and pop those in the oven until crispy.
  4. (Optional: if you're making okra, drizzle with olive oil, salt & pepper and roast at the same time - for about 15 minutes or until they start to brown).
  5. Remove sweet potatoes from the oven. While they're still warm, toss them with cumin and chile powder.
  6. Assemble tostadas with a spread of refried beans, smashed avocado (use the back of a fork to gently mash a bit onto each tortilla), a squeeze of lime, roasted sweet potatoes, a spoonful of tomato salsa, and any of the other optional toppings.

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  1. Helen from veganfromvenus.com

    I just love your site!

  2. These look absolutely fantastic. Will try them on the teens. I am sure they will love them.

  3. Greg from kitchenmonster.com

    I love the idea of using sweet potatoes in the dish. I feel like sometimes Mexican dishes have too much bite to them and I think the sweet potatoes will definitely tone down that spiciness. I can’t wait to try this recipe for myself!

  4. This is the loveliest salsa; though no surprise, I do love your blog because of the wonderful & easy recipe just like this. 🙂

    I am making this one today. Thank you for the recipe 🙂

    • jeanine

      aw, thanks Pang! 🙂

  5. Anneli from refreshedandfit.com

    Those look wonderful! I love sweet potato and I’m always adding them to recipes whether it’s a pasta sauce or soup. I don’t think I’ve made tostadas before, but, I’m going to try and I haven’t seen fresh okra here where I live. When I’ve had a recipe call for it I have found it frozen, so, I’ll substitute something else.

    • jeanine

      These are just fine without the okra too – I just had to use mine up 🙂

  6. Meg from liquidsunshineak.com

    Love sweet potato tacos! Thank you for sharing the recipe and your beautiful photos!

  7. Tieghan from halfbakedharvest.com

    Love these flavors. such a perfect dinner!

  8. Denise

    Love tostadas and your recipe sounds yummy. This summer I’ve gone crazy for grilled okra.

  9. I love the idea of roasting the sweet potatoes first and then tossing with the spices. I am definitely going to be trying that next time I have sweet potatoes!

  10. Minna from livingminnaly.com

    That okra and sweet potatoes! Makes me less sad about saying goodbye to summer produce. Beautiful microgreens topper too!

  11. These are great! Sometimes just having a few ingredients on hand can turn out to be the best meal!

  12. I love okra and have never thought to put it in in Mexican dishes. This is a very original take on both a tostada and the typical uses for okra. Love the way you’re thinking!

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