One of my favorite things to do as a plant based eater is to make modern, updated versions of “student staples”. One of the cheapest meals on the planet is a baked potato with baked beans. As a student back in London, I used to eat this 3 or 4 times a week! I wanted to update it with a more modern (open minded) palate, so I decided to make a Mexican version of the classic.
First up, I switched the potato to a sweet potato, as I believe it compliments Mexican food better. The beans are replaced with black beans and I have gone the Tex-Mex route of making them in a quick, tangy, smoky sauce.
You can’t have Mexican food without a good guacamole so that is going in too.
You can’t have an Maximum Vegan dish without me hiding some greens in there either. Spinach gets the call up here, which also provides a nice texture difference to the softer sweet potato.
Finally, you will need a batch of my vegan sour cream that you can pour over the top.
This is a stayer for me. I love this meal so much! I hope you do to.
Be prepared, this is a BIG meal and you have to be working out to eat something like this. Make sure you have a salad for your other meal!
Start by making a spice mix. Mix together the smoked paprika, cumin, cinnamon, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and some salt and pepper
Poke the sweet potatoes and then rub in a teaspoon of the spice mix. I sometimes use a teaspoon of tomato paste to really rub it in
Transfer the potatoes to a baking tray and bake for 50 mins to 60 mins
Get started on the guacamole. Scoop out the flesh of the avocados and add the onion, tomato skins, coriander, lime juice and season with salt and pepper. Using the back of a fork, mash all ingredients to desired consistency. I like a chunky guac, so don’t go too mad here
10 minutes before the potatoes come out, add the black beans to a dry sauce pan and heat over a medium heat. After 2 – 3 minutes of regular “tossing” (hehe), add the tomato paste and remaining spice mix. Stir really well and then add enough water to loosen. Put back on heat and stir regularly until the sauce thickens. You may need to adjust the seasoning
Serve by slicing the potato in half length ways, add some spinach to the middle, spoon over some beans and a generous helping of guacamole and then finish by squirting some cashew sour cream on top
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