Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas


  • 10 small yellow or white corn tortillas*

  • 3 c. 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-oz can black beans* (drained // or sub pinto or refried beans)

  • 3 1/4 c. Red Enchilada Sauce (or store-bought)

  • Cilantro, for serving

  • Guacamole or avocado, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C) and position a rack in the middle of the oven.

  2. 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.

  3. 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).

  4. 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.)

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Pour about one third of the enchilada sauce into the bottom of a 9x13-inch (3 quart | or similar shaped) baking dish. Spread to coat.

  8. 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.

  9. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over the top of the enchiladas in a stripe down the middle. TIPUse less sauce for slightly drier enchiladasThe more sauce you use, the more tender the tortillas will become.

  10. 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!

  11. 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.