Black Eyed Pea & Sweet Potato Tacos with Pomegranate Seeds

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Did everyone have a good Christmas?!!  I still kinda can’t believe it is over already.  One day I’m listening to Christmas music and eating cookies upon cookies and the next day there is no Christmas music to be found and I’m writing “Eat less cookies” on my New Years resolution list.  Oh, how times change!

Speaking of New Years, is anyone else out there as superstitious as I am and stuffs spoonfuls and spoonfuls of black eyed peas into their mouths every New Year’s Day so they can get some good luck?  I won’t go into all my superstitious habits, because quite frankly I think that might jinx them (feel free to think I am totally crazy right now!), but I will tell you that eating black eyed peas has become a grand tradition in this house.  Because, let’s face it, I can use all the extra luck I can get.

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In the past I have chocked them down and not enjoyed a single bit of them, so this year I decided to make a dish using black eyed peas that I knew I would love.  Are you surprised that I chose a taco dish?  I didn’t think so!  I also added some pomegranate seeds for a little extra luck and who can resist that beautiful color?!  Side note: don’t wear white while you are separating the seeds out unless you want a magenta speckled shirt.

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I’m curious, do you write New Year’s resolutions every year?  If so, do you stick to them?  I think it is a fun tradition, although I’m not sure I always stick to my resolutions.  Mine always tend to be the cliche ones like, “eat healthier” and “exercise more”, but this year I’m happy to report that I’m already eating healthier than I have ever eaten and a few months ago I started running more frequently.  So, this year I’m planning on filling my resolutions list with fun and creative projects that I think might finally be attainable.

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Anyone have any fun resolutions they want to share this year?!  I’d love to hear them!

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Black Eyed Pea & Sweet Potato Tacos with Pomegranate Seeds

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10
  • Category: Entree, Gluten Free, Vegan


  • 3 cups diced sweet potatoes, about 1 medium sized sweet potato
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 + 1 pinch black pepper, divided
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1 cup diced green pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked black eyed peas, or 1-15 ounce can rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 8-10 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

Optional toppings:

  • Guacamole
  • Lettuce
  • Cilantro Leaves
  • Salsa


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place diced sweet potatoes on a large sheet pan and drizzle with 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil, 1/4 teaspoons salt. 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika and 1 pinch black pepper. Toss to coat and roast until sweet potato is tender, about 25 minutes, flipping once. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large pan with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Add the onion, green pepper and a pinch of salt. Cook until onion and pepper soften, 3-5 minutes. Add in the garlic, stir for 1 minute and then add in the black eyed peas and sweet potatoes. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika. Stir and cook until heated though, 5 minutes.
  3. Warm tortillas and scoop about 1/4-2/3 cup of filling into each taco. Top with pomegranate seeds and desired toppings.


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Happy Holidays!


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  1. says

    I’m all about the black eyed peas for good luck these days ~ love how you incorporated them into a taco. Not surprised about the sweet potato, Ha. Hosting a little Mexican party here tomorrow, I need to make these taco’s as one of the options. Hope good luck comes with them. And I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, although kitty doesn’t look too happy in the red collar =) New Year’s is coming just as quick. So sad Christmas is over, feel like the long, dreary winter is going to begin. Sigh. I’ve been eating actually pretty healthy and doing ok exercise wise too, so my New Year’s resolution is just to relax a bit more, not to stress as much.

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha, Laura! I just can’t stop eating sweet potatoes! I guess there could be worst things I eat though! I hope you have stuffed yourself with black-eyed peas today! I sure have! I also hope your Mexican party was super fun and filled with lots of tacos! Ha, Cheeto hated the color at first but then I think he warmed up to it :) I need to follow your lead and try to relax a little more this year! Happy New Year, Laura!!

  2. says

    I never knew that black eyed peas meant good luck! I’m definitely going to start eating them now because of that! :) I am superstitious about some things, although like you, I won’t reveal those either. These tacos look delicious, Izzy! I love the combination of sweet potatoes and black eyed peas. And I’m loving your creativity with the pomegranate seeds. Yum!

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha, it would be bad luck if we talked about them!! Yes, you must eat lots of black eyed peas on New Years Day so you can have all good luck! I hope you had a great New Year’s Eve and I wish you a happy new year!!

  3. says

    I looooove black eyed peas! They are power houses of nutrition and packed with protein. I never thought of putting them in a taco, but I love the idea, especially with sweet potatoes! Love this recipe, Izzy!

    I don’t really make resolutions, rather, just short and long term goals as the year progresses. I do think about them, probably more, as the new year approaches. A tradition I started doing a few years ago was to reflect on the previous year, think about my accomplishments and what I wanted to do yet didn’t get done.

    Lovely to see you three. Cheeto looks like he merely tolerated that family photo! hehe

    • She Likes Food says

      I love black eyed peas so much too, Traci! They used to be one of the only beans I wasn’t a fan of, but I now love them and want all the good luck I can get so I have been shoveling them in my mouth all day!

      I like your idea of not making resolutions, but rather setting goals. I think I will do that this year instead of my regular resolutions!

      I hope you awesome holidays and I wish you lots of luck and happiness in the New Year!! :)

  4. says

    What beautiful looking tacos! I was just thinking that I should be making Black Eyed Peas on New Years, and here you are beating me to it! I think it’s a great idea (love black eyed peas!), and yet I would’ve never thought of such a creative way to make them. I love it! Pinned!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks so much, Kristi! Black eyed peas are definitely the way to go on New Years! Happy New Year to you :)

  5. says

    It’s ridiculous how fast time has flown by! Almost a new year already. I don’t particularly like making resolutions but his year I do have a little list with at the top eating more healthy and losing weight… I need to, as it gets out of hand really, so it would have been my resolution even without the new year… :) I didn’t know about the tradition of eating black eyed peas either! Might give that a try and these tacos are sure to taste fabulous!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Simone! I still can’t believe that today is the first day of 2015! Where the heck did 2014 go?!! I decided not to write down any resolutions this year, but eating healthy and exercising are definitely on my radar! Happy New Year :)

  6. says

    Oh mah gosh…Izzy your sweet potato dishes are just so dang creative I can hardly stand it! These tacos are amazing—I LOOOVE all those pretty pomegranate seeds on top. They add a nice POP of color!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Sarah!! I think I might have a slight sweet potato addiction… Is that bad?! I hope you have a great New Years and lots of happiness in 2015!! :)

  7. says

    I was relieved when Christmas was over…sadly I overworked myself again! haha I’m trying to eat better already too, and these tacos are a great way to start! I love this combination with the smoked paprika — delicious! This I need to try. :) As for resolutions, exercise is always a priority, but I really want to work on being more organized in all areas of my life and stick with doing a meal plan. Fingers crossed! Hope you have a wonderful New Year, Izzy! :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Smoked paprika is a must these days! Oh man, I need to work on organization this year too! I think that is my biggest downfall and it is funny because I work as an office assistant! You would think I could be more organized! Happy New Year to you Marcie! And I hope you find some time to relax now that the holidays are over :)

  8. says

    Uh, eating healthier and exercising more are DEFINITELY on my list this year! But they would be even if it wasn’t New Years, seeing how the baby is out and now it’s time to get my butt in gear (and work off those cookies…). These tacos look like the perfect healthy and flavorful dinner for a great New Years!

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha, yeah I’m not sure if I can ever let myself be pregnant around the holidays because I think I might go crazy with all the food! I’m not even pregnant and have been eating way too many cookies! It is definitely time to put the cookies down! Happy New Year to you, Ashley!!

  9. says

    I didn’t start eating black eye peas on New Year’s until I met my husband, we try to do it every year now. I love that you made tacos with these and the flavors sound incredible together!

    • She Likes Food says

      I didn’t start eating them until a few years ago and now I make sure to eat a bunch each New Years! Not sure if it really helps, but it is still fun to do! Happy New Years :)

  10. says

    Tacos tacos tacos! I’ve gone about a week without them and am craving them like nobody’s business! haha We were visiting family and my parents don’t love them (let’s pretend I’m not actually related to them for that one! haha). These look awesome!

    Last year was the first time I actually wrote down resolutions / goals – some I kept … some not so much! And I love the family picture at the end!

    • She Likes Food says

      It had been a while since I had had Mexican food too and I think I inhaled these tacos! My husband always says he doesn’t really like Mexican food and it kinda infuriates me! lol I find that I don’t usually keep most of my resolutions either, so this year I didn’t write any down, but will just try to do better at a few things. Happy New Year :)

  11. says

    Izzy, I love these sweet potato tacos, they look so healthy and delicious! Every year I tell myself I’m going to try to be more organized and get better with meal planning so hopefully this will be the year :) Starting with gathering everything for these tacos because they sound amazing!!

    • She Likes Food says

      I really need to work on being more organized too, Kelly! Let me know if you find any great tips! I hope you had fun holidays and a happy New Year! :)

  12. says

    These tacos are GORGEOUS and I love the fun POP that pomegranates give to dishes :) Once again, an absolutely delicious recipe!!!! Can’t wait to try these tacos! Pinned!

    And I am not doing a NY irresolution perse, but I am writing down a list of goals to achieve for 2015! Wishing you a very happy 2015! 😀

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Ceara! Aren’t pomegranates so pretty! I like the idea of writing down goals for the year! I think I will go that direction this year instead of resolutions! Happy 2015 to you too! :)

  13. says

    Oh my gosh, these tacos are gooooorgeous! AND they’ll bring me luck in the New Year! I want to devour that entire platter o’ taco, STAT! Happy holidays, beautiful!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Julia!! I plan on eating these tacos for every meal tomorrow so that I can get as much luck as I can! Here’s to a great 2015!!

  14. says

    Ooooh what beautiful tacos Izzy! I don’t ever write down specific resolutions, I know I’ll just get frustrated if I can’t keep them! Maybe I should start thinking about some anyways – but keep them manageable :) Oh and love the pic of the three of you :) Happy New Year!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Nora! I’m thinking of doing things your way this year and not writing down anything specific, just hoping for a good year! Happy New Year!!

  15. says

    Well, now you’ve got me thinking about new year resolutions. I had completely forgotten to think about them this year! Cliche or not, I definitely need to get exercising a bit more after the holidays, although the ice and snow we’ve had this week isn’t particularly conducive to it!
    Happy New Year, Isadora! I love the tacos … once again you’re introducing me to new ideas!

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha, sorry Helen! I thought about writing some tonight, but think I just want to try to have a great year without writing down too many things! As cold as ice and snow is, I kinda miss that weather! It has been rainy and cold all day here today though, so I’m getting a little taste of it! Happy New Year, Helen!

    • She Likes Food says

      Aren’t tacos the best?! I use them as an excuse to stuff all kinds of things into a tortilla :) Happy New Year to you too!

  16. says

    WAH! Christmas and New Years are both over :( How does it go by faster and faster every year?! I have never heard of this black eyed peas superstition until this year, so funny! These tacos look delicious and I love the addition of pomegranates. So pretty!

  17. says

    I have been craving really fresh and healthy tacos lately, and yours look absolutely perfect! I love the idea of sweet potatoes paired with black eyed peas, plus a hint of sweetness from the pomegranate.

    I always get very carried away with my new year’s resolutions! I end up making way too many and usually don’t follow through with all of them. One that I am serious about for this year is to try harder to finish all the groceries I buy. Often times I’ll buy something for a specific recipe and won’t end up using all of it, which is so wasteful. So I’m really hoping I can stick to that one!

    • She Likes Food says

      I think I’m always craving tacos, haha! The pomegranate makes them so good with the sweetness and also the color! I do the same with my resolutions, Julia! I decided not to set any in stone this year, but I really love your resolution of not being wasteful in the kitchen. I do the same exact thing and always feel so bad about it! I’m going to try to stick to that one too!

  18. says

    I just became a vegan this year, and this recipe was the first one I tried :) These tacos are so bright, healthy, and delicious…I couldn’t get enough! Honestly the best taco I have ever eaten; it was hard for me to not eat 3 or 4 at one go, and I will probably make them twice a month! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Selanya! I’m so glad you loved them! I’m taco obsessed and could eat them everyday! Thank you so much for commenting and letting me know :)


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