We’ve always been on a healthy eating craze and want to send the message that eating healthy does not mean eating boring and expensive foods. We’re all about eating tasty foods that are easy to make, especially when time is so tight.
A classmate of ours recently talked about buying frozen taquitos for a get-together because they were easy finger foods that most people enjoy. Taquitos are a great party food item but we wanted to look for an easy way to make them at home. We came across this gem on Pinterest and they taste just as good as the ones from the freezer aisle—and they are healthier, win!
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Taquitos
2 heaping cups cooked sweet potatoes, cubed
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup corn
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4 ounces cream cheese, melted
2/3 cup salsa
1 tsp chile powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
a few dashes of pepper
10 (8-inch) flour tortillas
1 tbsp melted butter
1 tbsp olive oil
sour cream, guacamole or ranch dressing, for serving
- In a large mixing bowl, gently toss the sweet potatoes, black beans, corn and cheese together.
- In a separate small bowl, mix the cream cheese, salsa, chile powder, cumin, salt andpepper together.
- Pour over the sweet potato mixture and toss until well combined.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or grease lightly with oil.
- Working one at a time, scoop up 1/3 cup of the mixture and place it on the lower third of the tortilla. Spread it out in a log shape and roll up tightly. Place seam side down on the baking sheet. Repeat until all the filling is used.
- Mix the butter and oil together then brush over the tortillas with a pastry brush—this really adds to the crispiness of the tortilla.
- Bake 15 minutes until lightly golden.
- Serve with your choice of sour cream, guacamole or ranch dressing for dipping.
As medical students, we often find ourselves attending countless hours of lecture, studying late at night in the library, and eating junk from the hospital cafeteria. We forget that there is a life outside of the bubble that is medical school! Read our column to take a break from the work and exist outside of medical school.