Sweet Potato Cassava Tortillas

Looking for a simple tortilla recipe that’s easy to make, extra nutritious, and great at meeting dietary needs of you or someone you are cooking for? Look no more, sweet potato and cassava flour tortillas are here to save the day.

You won’t need a tortilla press to make these simple tortillas. They only have 3 ingredients and are gluten free, dairy free, and fit into all kinds of food protocols because they are grain free too. New to cassava flour? I’ll tell you all about it in this post.

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Sweet Potato Cassava Tortillas

Looking for a beautiful and unique tortilla to serve to friends or family who might have some food restrictions in their life?  Look no more, because this easy to make cassava flour tortilla is just what you’ve been looking for. Cassava flour tortillas are gluten free, nut free, grain free, and very low in fat. No food issues, no problem, this is a fun tortilla to make to feed anyone! I made these while a few of my siblings were over and they loved them and were super impressed with the texture and flavor.

The cassava and sweet potato dough is extreme easy to work with, they cook up in just a few minutes, and they are packed with color and flavor thanks to using sweet potatoes. The hint of sweet with the tortilla make it an excellent companion to savory bold taco fillings.

This post and recipe are sponsored by one of my very favorite companies, Bob’s Red Mill, and I’m highlighting their cassava flour today. You can find cassava flour on their website or in well stocked grocery stores near other specialty flours. I use Bob’s Red Mill products every day in my kitchen, so it’s a real treat to work with them.

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What is Cassava flour?

Cassava flour comes from the starchy root of the cassava plant. Cassava flour is similar to tapioca starch, and the root has been a longtime staple crop in South America, Asia, the Caribbean, and Africa.

Cassava flour is light in flavor and texture which makes it perfect for gluten free baked goods like bread, brownies, tortillas, and flatbread.

Cassava flour is nut and grain free which makes it great for accommodating food allergies and specialty diets too.

I have found it very easy to work with and I’m excited to use it more in my kitchen.

You can buy Bob’s Red Mill Cassava Flour here.

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Steps for making cassava flour tortillas:

  1. Roast 2 large sweet potatoes in the oven. I prefer to roast them because you get a sweet potato that has dried out just a bit in the oven and the texture is perfect for this recipe. Microwaving, boiling, or pressure cooking the potatoes leave more moisture in the end product, so if you choose to use one of these cooking methods, you’ll probably need to increase the amount of cassava flour used.
  2. Peel and blend the sweet potatoes until very smooth (I used my blender to process the potatoes).
  3. Measure out the sweet potatoes and the cassava flour and mix to combine.
  4. Place the mixture on a counter top and knead to combine. The texture will be really similar to homemade play-dough. It is very soft and tender but not at all sticky.
  5. Divide the dough into 8 pieces.
  6. Roll the dough out in between two pieces of parchment paper.
  7. Cook in a hot skillet over medium to medium-high heat until cooked through and a little charred on each side.
  8. Repeat with remaining pieces.
  9. Serve as you like.

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What can I serve with sweet potato tortillas?

sweet potato cassava flour tortillas

cassava flour tortilla before rolling out

Tips for making gluten free tortillas:

  1. Make sure the dough is soft and tender but not sticky. You can adjust the cassava flour as needed to achieve this texture.
  2. Use two pieces of parchment paper to gently roll out the tortillas. If you are getting a lot of crinkles in the top paper (as you roll out the dough), peel it off the tortilla and put it back on top again, this will help the tortilla to not stick or tear.
  3. The tortillas should be about 1/4 inch thick. If they are too thick they don’t cook through well and have a gummy texture and if they are too thin they tear when you take them off the paper. It might take rolling out 1 or 2 first to get a hang of it. I found that rolling gently and not aggressively made for the most even and consistent tortillas.

lentil tacos in cassava tortillas

The texture of these homemade tortillas is what I love the most about them. The dough is easy to work with (not too sticky, not too tough to roll out by hand, not too brittle). And the texture of the cooked tortillas is perfect; they are tender, flexible without cracking or breaking, but not gummy or too thick. I know you’ll be as pleased with them as I am!

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Sweet Potato Cassava Tortillas


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 2 min
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 8 tortillas 1x

Description

Easy to make gluten free tortilla recipe made from sweet potatoes, cassava flour, and salt. These cassava flour tortillas are gluten free, nut free, grain free, and made without a tortilla press!


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Scrub the sweet potatoes clean with water and a scrubbing brush. Poke them a few times each with a fork to allow steam to release.
  3. Place the sweet potatoes in a baking dish and place them in the oven.
  4. Bake for around 45 minutes or until very tender.
  5. Remove the potatoes from the oven and allow to cool slightly so they are easy to handle.
  6. Remove the skins from the potatoes and place the peeled sweet potatoes in a blender or food processor. Process until very smooth.
  7. Measure out 1 1/2 cups of very smooth pureed sweet potato and place it in a mixing bowl.
  8. Add cassava flour and salt to the bowl and stir to combine well.
  9. Dump the sweet potato mixture onto a clean working surface and knead to combine. The texture of the dough should be like homemade play-dough, very soft and tender but not sticky. Add small amount of cassava flour as needed, kneading it in between each addition, until a smooth but not sticky texture is achieved.
  10. Divide the dough into 8 equal parts.
  11. Roll each piece of dough into a smooth ball.
  12. Place 1 ball of dough on top of a piece of parchment paper. Place a second piece of parchment paper over the dough. Use a rolling pin to gently roll the dough out into a circle. The circle should be about 6-7 inches across and the dough should be about 1/4 inch thick.
  13. Preheat a cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat.
  14. Remove the top layer of parchment paper and then gently remove the tortilla from the bottom piece of parchment. Place it in the hot skillet and let it cook until lightly charred, about 1 minute, flip and repeat.
  15. Remove the tortilla from the pan and place it inside of a clean dish towel to keep warm.
  16. Repeat with remaining dough, stacking the cooked tortillas on top of each other in a towel to keep warm before serving.
  17. Serve warm tortillas with your favorite taco toppings (might I suggestion this lentil taco filling? It’s what is pictured in this post and really good!).

Notes

  • The potatoes can be roasted and blended ahead of time to shorten the prep needed on tortilla making day.
  • Store extra tortillas in an air-tight container and refresh in a warm pan as needed.
  • You can make a double batch of these tortillas and keep some in the freezer for quick meals. Just store in a freezer safe container, thaw in the fridge, and then refresh in a warm pan. They freeze very well.
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 8 SERVING SIZE: 1 tortilla
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 118.9 Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 159.1mg Carbohydrates: 28.3g Sugars: 1g Protein: 4g Vitamin A: 176.8µg Vitamin C: 6mg

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This post is sponsored by one of my favorite clients, Bob’s Red Mill. All opinions are my own.

Cassava flour and sweet potato tortillas are easy to make and great for anyone who wants to cook gluten free, grain free, or nut free. The hint of sweet in the tacos is perfect for savory taco fillings.

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Hmmmm…..now you have my brain churning…..with these ingredients and no oil used when cooking….I can dehydrate a batch and figure out a way to rehydrate them. Then, when I’m backpacking with my sister she can have tacos and lunches with tortillas! Possibly, without rehydration, they would be crispy, crunchy chip like things we could dip into a spiced up hummus….a high protein, low carb trail lunch! Nice!!! Thanks!!!!! 🙂

I’m going to have to tell my sister. She struggles with some stomach issues and I think she would love these.

I was a little sceptical, but I really liked them. They were so good. The hint of sweet with the spicy lentils was such a good balance and added depth to the meal. I want to try adding different spices to it and use it for other types of meals. I think I will also play with varying thicknesses to get more of crunch or more of a bread/dough-like (think gordita). I will definitely be making them again.

I got to be a taste tester and they were amazing. Flavor was really balanced with the spicy taco flavor and they were so fast and easy!

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As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.