I couldn’t make enchilada sauce and not make enchiladas. It just doesn’t make sense.
And because I’ve somehow never put sweet potatoes in enchiladas (practically my favorite food), it had to be done. May we present EPIC Sweet Potato Black Bean (+ Kale!) Enchiladas!? Let us show you how it’s done.
Origins of Enchiladas
It’s believed that enchiladas may have originated from a similar Mayan dish called papadzules. But the first written recipe for enchiladas was in an 1831 cookbook called El Cocinero mexicano (source).
Typically, enchiladas are made with meat, seafood, beans, cheese, potatoes, or vegetables stuffed in corn tortillas and topped with enchilada sauce. The word “enchilada” is a form of the verb “enchilar” which means “to season with chile.” And chilies are the heart of enchilada sauce!
The following is our plant-based take on the concept, using some of our favorite ingredients: sweet potatoes and black beans!
How to Make Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas
This 9-ingredient recipe starts with perfectly roasted sweet potatoes cubed and tossed with smoky spices.
While that’s happening, prepare your black beans, kale, and Enchilada Sauce (If you haven’t already).
Once your sweet potatoes are roasted, toss with beans, kale, and a little enchilada sauce for extra flavor.
If you want, you can also add some store-bought vegan cheddar cheese – but we didn’t find it necessary. All that’s left to do is fill, roll, and bake to perfection!
We hope you LOVE these enchiladas! They’re:
Protein- + Fiber-rich
& So delicious
This would make the perfect meal when you have a little extra time on your hands and want to make something extra hearty and flavorful. Top with whatever sounds delicious! We went for a simple avocado crema (simple recipe in notes), jalapeño, and cilantro.
These enchiladas are delicious on their own, but they also pair well with things like our 5-Ingredient Ginger Beer Margaritas, Mexican Quinoa Salad with Orange Lime Dressing, Vegan 7 Layer Mexican Dip, Chips + Easy Red Salsa, Mexican Salad Cups, or one of these other 14 Mexican-Inspired Recipes!
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Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas
- 10 small yellow or white corn tortillas*
- 3 cups cubed sweet potatoes (skin on)
- 1 Tbsp coconut or avocado oil (or sub water)
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 2 cups chopped kale (or other sturdy green)
- 2 Tbsp water
- 1 15-ounce can black beans* (drained // or sub pinto or refried beans)
- 1/4 cup Red Enchilada Sauce (or store-bought)
- 3 cups Red Enchilada Sauce (divided // or store-bought)
FOR SERVING optional
- Guacamole, avocado, or Avocado Crema (see notes for recipe)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C) and position a rack in the middle of the oven.
- Add cubed sweet potato to one large baking sheet (or more as needed) and drizzle with oil (or water), cumin, paprika, and salt. Toss to combine.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until sweet potatoes are fork tender and slightly caramelized. Set aside to cool. Also reduce oven heat to 350 degrees F (176 C).
- In the meantime, add your kale to a large cast-iron or metal skillet over medium heat with 2 Tbsp (30 ml) water. Cover and steam for about 4-5 minutes or until kale is slightly softened but still vibrant green. Uncover and set aside. (You could also sauté the kale in a bit of oil if you prefer.)
- Add drained black beans to a mixing bowl with steamed kale and roasted sweet potatoes. Add the smaller measurement of enchilada sauce to the kale and sweet potatoes and stir to combine.
- Wrap tortillas in damp cloth towel and microwave to warm for 30 seconds to make more pliable. (Alternatively, place wrapped tortillas directly on oven rack for a few minutes to heat through.) This will help them become more pliable and easy to roll.
- Pour about one third of the enchilada sauce into the bottom of a 9×13-inch (3 quart | or similar shaped) baking dish. Spread to coat.
- Lay one corn tortilla down in the saucy dish to coat. Then flip it over to coat the other side. Fill with ~1/3 cup of the filling. Then roll up and lay seam-side down at the edge of the dish. Continue until all tortillas are filled and rolled, adding more sauce as needed to moisten tortillas. Add any remaining filling to the edges of the dish. If you run out of space to roll the tortillas in the baking dish, continue saucing, filling, and rolling them on a small serving plate.
- Pour remaining enchilada sauce over the top of the enchiladas in a stripe down the middle. TIP: Use less sauce for slightly drier enchiladas. The more sauce you use, the more tender the tortillas will become.
- Bake at 350 degrees F (176C) for 15-20 minutes or until warmed through. Top with desired toppings and serve. We went with fresh jalapeño, cilantro, and avocado crema (recipe below), but these enchiladas are delicious on their own!
- Leftovers will keep covered in the refrigerator up to 3 days or in the freezer up to 1 month, though best when fresh. Reheat in a 350-degree F (176 C) oven for 15-20 minutes or until warmed through.
1/2 cup (60 g) raw cashews, soaked in very hot water for 1 hour then drained
1 small ripe avocado (~3/4 cup or 113 g)
1/2 cup (8 g) chopped cilantro
3 Tbsp (45 ml) lime juice
1/4 tsp sea salt
water to thin (~1/2 cup or 120 ml)
Directions: Blend until creamy and smooth. *To keep this recipe grain-free, sub Plantain Tortillas for the corn tortillas. *In place of canned beans, you can use 1 1/4 cup homemade black beans per one 15-ounce (425 g) can beans. *Nutrition information is a rough estimate based on using corn tortillas and without optional ingredients.