Sweet potato black bean enchiladas are the ultimate vegan meal! Enchiladas were the first recipe I tried when I became a vegetarian in high school. Since then I have made this dish countless times and enhanced the recipe more with each attempt.
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This sweet potato black bean enchilada recipe is full of delicious flavour and nutrition! The tasty filling is wrapped in a delicious tortilla and covered in a savoury tomato-based enchilada sauce.
On top of that, it’s simple to make and budget-friendly. This recipe provides a large pan of enchiladas so you can enjoy them through the week. I don’t know about you, but I love leftovers!
Vegan Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas: Healthy and Nutritionally Balanced
These sweet potato black bean enchiladas are quite healthy as-is. The recipe is packed with vegetables which provide fibre, vitamins and minerals. There is also black beans and corn for a boost of plant-based protein along with even more fibre. You will get some healthy, complex carbohydrates from the sweet potato in addition to lots of beta-carotene/ vitamin A. Additional carbohydrates, fibre, B-vitamins and minerals will be found in the tortilla wraps (choose whole wheat if possible).
Overall, this sweet potato black bean enchilada recipe includes four out of the six food groups for a healthy vegan diet! All that’s missing is fruit and nuts or seeds. You can easily include a serving of nuts, in the form of a tasty sour cream sauce made from cashews, to these enchiladas.
In fact, the one thing that is missing from this recipe is a good source of healthy fats. Healthy fats from avocado, nuts and seeds will make any meal more satisfying and help fill you up and keep you feeling full. Avocado or guacamole is an ideal addition to enchiladas or any Mexican meal. As noted above, cashew sour cream is also a great choice if you have a few extra minutes available to make some!
Adding fat to meals that contain beta-carotene (found in the sweet potato) can help increase the absorption of that nutrient!
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!
Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas
- 9x13 Baking dish
- Cutting Board
- Can Opener
- Medium-sized Pot
- Large pan
- 6 large flour tortillas
1 Batch Vegan Enchilada Sauce
- Peel and cube the sweet potato into small pieces. Cook in a pot with some water on medium-high heat, or in a steamer for 5 minutes. Drain water and set aside.
- Chop onion and bell pepper, then mince the garlic.
- Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes, until it starts to soften.
- Add garlic and peppers and cook for another 3 minutes.
- Add spices, drained and rinsed black beans and corn. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Stir in sweet potato. Take the pan off heat and stir in cilantro.
- Make a batch of 2-minute enchilada sauce.
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F.
- Grease the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish (I use oil spray).
- To assemble, lay out 6 large flour tortillas and divide the filling evenly among them. Wrap the enchiladas and place in baking tray, with the open edge of the tortilla facing down to hold it together.
- Pour sauce over the top of the enchiladas. Try to pour/ spread the sauce evenly.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until sauce begins to bubble around the edges.
- Garnish with extra cilantro before serving (optional).