Roasted Sweet Potato and Chorizo Lettuce Wraps

Oh, friends. It’s been a rocky week.

Have I told you that I’m clumsy? And I’m even more clumsy when I’m pregnant.

This past week I’ve had a string of incidences that range in severity from dropping a brand-new roll of toilet paper into the toilet, to jamming our garbage disposal with things I don’t usually put down there, to nearly breaking off the side window of our car while pulling out of the garage. (Yes, it’s still attached. Barely.)

Lessons this week:

1. Close the toilet before refilling the cabinet behind the toilet with rolls of toilet paper.

2. Do not put chunks of ginger or ginger peel down the garbage disposal.

3. Even if you’re having a deep discussion about belly buttons with your 3-year-old, still pay attention and give your side mirrors proper clearance while pulling out of the garage.

I better have this baby before I destroy everything we own.

These lettuce wraps were one of the few things I did right in the past few days. I love the combination of sweet potatoes with spicy, Mexican flavors, and because I had just purchased a package of chicken chorizo, I was anxious to try it out.

Roasting the sweet potatoes with some corn brought out their sweetness which complimented the spices in the chorizo. I was afraid they’d be too spicy for my kids, so I made some cool cilantro cream to tone things down. Worked like a charm.

After the little carb-fest we had on Sunday, these were a nice change. And we all LOVED them.

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Roasted Sweet Potato and Chorizo Lettuce Wraps

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 15

Cook Time: 30

Total Time: About 45 minutes

Ingredients:

For the filling:
2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 cup frozen or fresh corn
3 Tablespoons heat-safe oil (like coconut or grapeseed), divided
2 teaspoons ground cumin
pinch of cayenne
pinch of salt
1 cup chopped onion
10-12 ounces chorizo, diced
juice from 1/2 a lime
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

For the cilantro cream:
1 cup sour cream or Green yogurt (or a combination of the two)
1 T freshly squeezed lime juice
2 T chopped fresh cilantro
pinch of salt

For the wraps:
1 head of leaf lettuce (green, red, butter, or Bibb), leaves separated and rinsed well
1 cup crumbled feta
Additional lime wedges, for garnish

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place sweet potato cubes and corn on a large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 T of the oil and sprinkle with cumin, cayenne, and a pinch or two of salt. Toss to ensure the vegetables are coated in the oil and spices. (Use your hands. It's fun.) Give the pan a few shakes to spread everything evenly in the pan. Roast for 15-20 minutes, stirring a couple of times during roasting, until the potatoes are tender and all of the vegetables have brown spots. Set aside.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining Tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the onion, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. Add the chopped chorizo. Stir and cook until the chorizo begins to brown on the edges, about 5 minutes. Add the sweet potato mixture to the skillet, then squirt the juice from half a lime over the top. Sprinkle in the cilantro and mix well. Remove from heat.

Combine the sour cream, 1 T of lime juice, and 2 T chopped cilantro in a small bowl. Stir to combine, adding a pinch of salt to taste.

Assemble the wraps by putting a couple spoonfuls of filling into the middle of a lettuce leave. Place a small amount of cilantro cream and feta cheese on top.

Nat's Notes:
1. I used Aidell's pre-cooked chicken chorizo, which had a nice, spicy bite. Combined with the rest of the filling (and the cream), it wasn't too spicy for my small children. It was also easy to chop into cubes. If you use regular chorizo, just crumble it into the pan.

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25 Responses to “Roasted Sweet Potato and Chorizo Lettuce Wraps”

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    Blog is the New Black — March 28, 2012 @ 5:11 am

    sounds amazing!

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    Kelley {mountain mama cooks} — March 28, 2012 @ 6:02 am

    Yum! Where did you find the chicken chorizo? I’ve never seen it and am totally intrigued now!

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    • Natalie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 7:52 am

      It’s made by Aidell’s. I found it at Costco!

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    DessertForTwo — March 28, 2012 @ 6:51 am

    Aww, you poor thing! It’s ok, you might be clumsy, but I bet you’re cute while you do it ;)

    This recipe speaks to me! I adore sweet potatoes. And chicken chorizo?? I’ve never seen that–where did you find it?

    Take care of yourself! :)
    Christina

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    • Natalie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 7:53 am

      Thanks hon. That’s what everyone tells you when you’re pregnant (that you’re cute and stuff), but you always feel like more walrus-like than cute.

      I found the chorizo at Costco… Aidell’s makes them :)

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    Bev Weidner — March 28, 2012 @ 7:00 am

    Wrap ME up in these!

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    d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo — March 28, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    Ahh I learned the “close the toilet” rule once with a roll of paper towels – I was quite annoyed!! So frustrating!

    These wraps sound so super – we love chorizo! We’ll make them for dinner tonight (but sans all the cilantro!)

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    • Natalie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 8:38 am

      I must say, though… I was surprised just how absorbent it was! It soaked up half the water in the bowl with about half of the roll. Interesting.

      Enjoy these! :)

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    Annie — March 28, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    Beautiful photos!
    Also, could not agree more about the clumsiness while pregnant. I think that belly throws off your center of gravity or something. I was such a mess near the end of my last pregnancy. You are not alone!

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    • Natalie replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

      Thank you Annie! Yes, my center of gravity is WAY off. I think the baby is sucking out my brains, too. I’m only running on half of my mental power these days.

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    Noble Pig - Cathy — March 28, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

    You could wrap me up in all this goodness. Love…love

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    Joanne — March 28, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    Aww chica, sounds like a rough week! but silver lining – next week will be smooth sailing in comparison. It has to be.

    I love the sweet/spicy combo here…totally my kind of deal.

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    Bree — April 2, 2012 @ 11:58 am

    What creative flavor combinations–sounds delicious!

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    gwen — April 7, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

    Natalie, these are DELICIOUS! I always trust recipes on your site, but I didn’t expect to be completely blown away by roasted sweet potato and chorizo wrapped in lettuce. I should’ve known better. :)

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    Cara — April 24, 2012 @ 6:05 am

    OMG. I want! So nicely done.
    And if it makes you feel better, I ripped the bumper off my car while pulling out of my garage last week, and I’m definitely not pregnant!

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    • Natalie replied: — April 24th, 2012 @ 7:13 am

      Cara! LOL. Ya, I don’t feel so bad now :) Actually, I’m often this clumsy when I’m not pregnant. I could have done it any time!

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    Mindy O — April 25, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    I think I must have used the wrong kind of chorizo because it wasn’t really “choppable”. It was really smooshy. Was it supposed to be precooked chorizo? I overcooked the sweet potatoes and so they were totally smooshy. ALL things that are my fault. I’m going to try again and shorten the cook time of the potatoes from 20 to 15 and see if that’s any better. Plus different chorizo. I’ll have to take a look at our Costco and see if they carry Aidell’s.

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    • Natalie replied: — May 1st, 2012 @ 11:02 am

      OHHH yeah. I DID use pre-cooked. I ought to note that in the recipe. I forget that the other kind is crumbly. Thanks for pointing that out! :)

    • Mindy O replied: — May 1st, 2012 @ 11:08 am

      So glad to know I’m not completely out of my mind!

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    Kevin (Closet Cooking) — April 27, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

    Those chorizo lettuce wraps look really good!

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    Kristi — June 5, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

    I’m way excited to try these. My husband served an LDS mission in Spain and grew very fond of Chorizo, it’s hard to find the actual hard Spanish chorizo (more pepperoni-ish than the Mexican chorizo), but we’ve found it at World Market. I’m curious what this Costco variety is like! I’ll check it out next time!

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    Kristi — June 7, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

    We all LOVED them, thanks for another great recipe!

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    Janssen — January 17, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

    Just made this for the second time tonight (although this time I forgot the feta! I’d even BOUGHT feta for it) and we LOVE it. Although I’m lazy enough that I just make it as a salad.

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