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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas

Here’s one of our favorite recipes we’ve made over the years. We first developed it when we first started our blog; however, since we love trying new things, we haven’t had a chance since to re-try it.

We’ve made it again to update the photo (since it was taken a while back with an old camera) and refresh the recipe. Good news – it’s just as good as we remembered!  We’ve made a few updates to the base recipe.

Here are a few notes we made from the last recipe:

-While not a traditional enchilada filling, sweet potatoes and black beans is a fairly well-known vegetarian filling combination.

-We recommend using salsa verde (made with tomatillos) to make these “green” enchiladas, but you could substitute with your favorite salsa or enchilada sauce as well.

-We made a few other less “authentic” substitutions – flour tortillas were better texture-wise to our liking versus corn, but you could certainly use corn, especially for a gluten-free recipe! We also preferred the flavor of Colby jack cheese to Monterrey jack.

Enjoy!

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas
 
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Serves: 6
What You Need
  • 2 medium to large sweet potatoes (3 cups diced)
  • 1 red onion
  • 15-ounce can black beans
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 8 ounces canned diced green chilies (about 1 cup)
  • ½ tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 cups salsa verde (or homemade tomatillo salsa)
  • 8 ounces Colby jack cheese, shredded
  • 8 8-inch whole wheat flour tortillas (or 10 6-inch)
  • Sour cream
What To Do
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes. Place them a pot and cover with water; add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, around 12 to 15 minutes.
  3. Finely dice 1 red onion. Drain and rinse the black beans. Chop ¼ cup cilantro.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the cooked sweet potato, black beans, red onion, green chilies, ½ tablespoon cumin, 1 tablespoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper. Mix to combine.
  5. Warm the tortillas for a minute in the microwave, or in a pan for a few seconds per side, so that they are flexible. In a large baking dish, spread 1 cup of the salsa verde. Fill each tortilla with a heaping ½ cup scoop of the filling, add a ¼ cup cheese, and roll it up. Place each enchilada seam-side down in the baking dish. Repeat for the remaining tortillas. When all enchiladas are in the dish, top with the remaining salsa verde and the remaining cheese.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
  7. Serve garnished with sour cream (mixed with a few drops of water to loosen it) and chopped cilantro.
Notes
As a time saver, you could cook the sweet potato beforehand, and even prepare the entire filling in advance.

 

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47 Comments

  • Reply
    Beth
    October 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Sounds delicious! I love recipes that use sweet potato – I’ll definitely be making this meal soon!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    October 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    What a lovely main meal! I’m SO trying this as soon as possible. Great idea!

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    Cara
    October 14, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    The sweet potato and black bean combo never gets old to me; I love it! And I can totally relate to not going back and re-making old recipes.We have so many “favorites” that never get made since I am always doing new things. However, it’s always worth to go back – especially when you can snap a nice new photo like this one.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      October 15, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Agreed about sweet potato + black bean — a classic combination! And yes, it’s always fun to revisit old favorites — we don’t to it enough either! :)

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    Kathryn
    October 15, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Such a great simple but delicious evening meal. Love that combo of sweet potato and black bean.

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    Vegie Project
    October 15, 2012 at 7:21 am

    This looks delicious! I actually just had enchiladas for dinner, with adzuki beans and mushrooms. But I definitely want to try the black bean and sweet potato combination next time.

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      Sonja
      October 15, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Mushrooms in enchiladas sounds interesting – great idea!

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    Eileen
    October 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Sweet potato and black bean is such a perfect enchilada filling! Love it. :)

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    Christy@SweetandSavoring
    October 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I’ve only had sweet potatoes and black beans together a couple of times, but when I did it was sooo tasty.

    (Love that blue plate!)

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      Sonja
      October 15, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Thanks! Another thrift store find :)

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    Amanda
    October 18, 2012 at 12:12 am

    My husband actually asked me to make these when he saw them over my shoulder – and he’s not a fan when I try to cook vegetarian. Thanks for tasty looking recipe and great idea!

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    Parsley Sage
    October 18, 2012 at 7:04 am

    I could eat black beans every day of the week and I never thought about a sweet potato mash up. Brilliant!

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    This American Bite
    October 31, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I think I might make these for Friday night dinner, it’s just the two of us at home – this would be a treat.

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    Paul Hoff
    November 3, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I need to try this. We live in Japan where we have great sweet potatoes.
    What meat would you add if one were to cater to the carnivores?

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 3, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Hmm. I think these might please all the carnivores you know, but I suppose some shredded chicken wouldn’t be too bad. :-)

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        Anonymous
        February 8, 2014 at 8:25 pm

        I just made these for the first time with some beef (thin little pieces, like carne asada) to my husband’s enchiladas–because he’s a “where’s the beef?” kind of guy. This is an EXCELLENT recipe. Will defnitely be making again!

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      Chris Rawstern
      January 11, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      This sounds delightful. I have a pot of black beans simmering on the stove right now. If I was to add a meat to this dish, it would be pork. Pork is a great flavor cooked in with black beans, and pork and sweet potatoes are a match made in heaven. Pork. Definitely. Though I am positive it is a fantastic recipe as is!

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    Heather
    January 9, 2013 at 11:00 am

    This recipe is packed with flavor. I have done the unthinkable with this recipe. I was able to please three male carnivores! For my kiddos, they preferred a yellow onion to the red, that was the only change I made on round 2 of making this recipe. I love you guys! Keep being creative & inspiring!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      January 9, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Aww, thank you! This is so great to hear — we love to hear when the recipes are made and enjoyed — especially by a whole family! Thanks so much for writing :)

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    Kristi
    January 10, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Has anyone tried this with red enchilada sauce? How were the results?

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      Anonymous
      February 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      I made it with red sauce and it was fabulous!

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    Molly
    January 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I made these last week and they were delicious! I make a very similar recipe myself (without green chiles or onions and with a red enchilada sauce which, to answer Kristi’s question above, is delicious and goes very well with the sweet potatoes). I love the green chiles because I think it gives it the bite this otherwise sweet and savory dish needs. I did do two things differently that I thought others might want to try; I roast the sweet potatoes with a touch of salt and pepper (for added flavor and a texture I prefer to boiling or steaming) and I add probably about 1/4 a teaspoon a bit of cinnamon.

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      Kristi
      January 11, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Thanks so much Molly!

      • Reply
        Sonja
        January 13, 2013 at 8:41 pm

        Yes, thanks Molly. and great question, Kristi! I also think the red enchilada sauce would taste very good, but agree with Molly that the green chiles bring just the right compliment to the dish.

        Kristi, let us know if you try it out! (PS I love the spelling of your name — I have two wonderful women in my life — one of them my mother — with the same spelling :) )

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    nancy
    March 3, 2013 at 5:25 am

    any opinions on how u think it would be to add fresh corn off the cob, or use a simpler version of froz. or canned?

    • Reply
      Alex
      March 3, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Sounds good to me!

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    thoughts du jour
    March 4, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    This is one of our favorite recipes! We’ve made it several times, and it’s always a huge hit. I made it this weekend for friends who came over for dinner, and they were raving about how good it was!

    Feel free to check out the feature on my blog, too!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      March 5, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      Wonderful! So glad you enjoy them — they’re one of our favorites too! :)

  • Reply
    Laura
    March 7, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I have made this recipe twice so far today will be the third. it is soooo good!!!

  • Reply
    Miha
    March 8, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I made this today, it was amazing!!! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Kristi
    March 10, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    It was super yummy with the red sauce :)

    • Reply
      Kate
      March 22, 2013 at 8:27 am

      What recipe did you use for the red sauce? Sounds delish.

      • Reply
        Sonja
        March 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm

        We just tried it with a canned red sauce…but preferred the green sauce best here :)

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    Kate
    March 22, 2013 at 8:26 am

    I’m curious how this recipe would be with butternut squash. Has anyone tried? Any suggestions of what I might do differently?

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      Sonja
      March 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      I think this would taste very similar with butternut squash! I would probably roast the squash as I feel it has a better flavor and texture with squash than boiling. But you could boil it as well. Good luck and let us know if you try it out!

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    Stacie
    April 14, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I made this tonight and it was delicious . I think my sweet potatoes might have been extra large because there was enough filling for dinner, lunch tomorrow, and some for the freezer. I’ve definitely made some not so great vegetarian dishes lately and it was so nice to hear my husband request to have these enchiladas again!

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      Sonja
      April 18, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      Wonderful! So glad you liked them!

  • Reply
    Erin
    August 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    These look delicious! Has anyone tried freezing them? I’m assuming they would freeze well, but don’t want to waste a great meal!

    • Reply
      Alex
      August 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      We’ve never frozen them (they don’t last that long…), but I would think they would freeze OK.

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      Anonymous
      May 13, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      They freeze great if you do so before baking. Pull it out when ready, thaw in fridge over night and bake as directed the next day. If they are extra cold, add 5-10 minutes.

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    Caroline
    October 16, 2013 at 1:22 am

    I made this tonight and it was pretty darn good except I would sauté the onion before mixing it in. Raw onion isn’t really my thing.

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    maggie
    February 19, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    I made this for dinner today. It was fantastic. I am vegan, so omitted the cheese and sour cream. I topped with fresh salsa and diced avocado.

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    Julie
    February 23, 2014 at 12:03 am

    This recipe is a great starter, though I made a few changes – I added more spices than called for and (maybe my sweet potatoes were really big?) ended up filling a lot more tortillas than you called for – 14, actually. As a result of it making so many, they needed quite a bit more sauce, which this time around I didn’t have on hand, so I’ll remember that for next time. Quite tasty!

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    Rach
    April 25, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    These were dinner tonight and FABULOUS! Thanks for the great recipe.

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    Anonymous
    June 26, 2014 at 1:52 am

    Yummy!

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    Sally
    July 3, 2014 at 3:25 am

    I’ve loved this recipe for a while now. Today I made it for my family reunion–27 people–and it was delicious. Went great with Spanish rice and salad. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes.

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    Abby
    August 31, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Any chance this could be put together in its entirety 1 day in advance for baking later?? I have fam coming into town next week, and thought this would be an easy/ideal thing to toss in the oven after an exhausting day of sight seeing.

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