Enchiladas are one of my favorite things to order at Mexican restaurants, although I haven’t in a while because I’ve been trying to explore the many other flavors of Mexican cuisine. Although they are traditionally served with beef and/or pork, here in the US they can be stuffed with anything under the sun. Using my love affair with sweet potatoes as an impetus, I decided to adapt the Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas recipe from Karina’s Kitchen into a casserole, mainly because I was feeling too lazy to make each enchilada. Karina’s recipe is interesting because it calls for a chile pepper based sauce instead of the traditional enchilada sauce. The extra spice that these gave contrasted nicely with the sweetness of the sweet potatoes (and these were extra sweet for some reason…I bought them at Trader Joe’s…maybe there IS something to the idea that organic is better than non?).

This weekend, I was talking about the fact that I cook a lot with one of the other MD/PhD potentials (he is definitely entering the Cornell program also) and he asked me what kinds of things I cooked. I thought about it for a second and said, “Well, I can do anything with a sweet potato”. He smiled and said, “Sweet potatoes are good”.

I think we are going to get along quite well.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchilada Casserole
Serves 4, adapted from Karina’s Kitchen

1 cup broth
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 cup green chile peppers in adobo
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp cumin
1 can black beans
1 lb sweet potato
4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup green chile peppers in adobo
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
10 white corn tortillas
1 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese
2 tbsp lime juice
1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 9×13 baking dish.
2. Make the chile sauce by combining the broth, the cornstarch (dissolve it in water first), 1 cup chopped green chiles, garlic and 1 tsp cumin in a saucepan. Bring to a high simmer and simmer until it begins to thicken. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Microwave the sweet potatoes until soft and then mash. Combine with half a cup of the chopped chiles. Add the 1/2 tsp of cumin and chili powder. Season with salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, mix the black beans with the 4 chopped cloves of garlic and the lime juice.
4. Line the bottom of the baking dish with about half of the green chile sauce. Place half of the tortillas on top, ripping them so they fit. Spread the sweet potatoes over the casserole dish and then top with the black beans. Top with the tortillas and add the rest of the sauce. Sprinkle with grated cheese (unless you want to make it vegan, then skip the cheese).
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese starts to brown.

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8 Responses to Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchilada Casserole

  1. Debinhawaii says:

    Yum! This looks and sounds so hearty and good. You are the queen of sweet potatoes!

  2. burpandslurp says:

    sweet potatoes? OH YEAH! high five on the sweet potato love!
    I’ve actually never tried Mexican food yet. tacobell doesn’t count. so this could be a perfect first venture into the mexican cuisine…

  3. Reeni? says:

    This looks so comforting and delicious! All the flavors of Mexico in one-dish. I love it. Do I sense a little bit of an attraction going on with this guy you met?

  4. Elra says:

    This recipe sounds so delicious Joanne. I can not believe it has sweet potato in it. It’s my favorite ever. I don’t know, maybe it sweetness make me like sweet potato more then a regular potato.

  5. Donna-FFW says:

    This sounds fantastic..e keep these sweet potato recipes coming… they are all wonderful!

  6. Joanne says:

    Deb – Thanks! I like that title. I think I will put it on my future business cards.

    burpandslurp – You are SO right, Taco Bell doesn’t count. If I were you, I would get myself to a Mexican restaurant – PRONTO.

    Reeni – I plead the fifth. By which I mean, it was one of those situations where you meet someone and just click, so we shall see what transpires. I am hopeful. You are very observant :P.

    Elra – I KNOW that it is the sweetness that makes me like sweet potatoes better than regular potatoes. And all that vitamin A doesn’t hurt.

    Donna – Thanks! Have no fear, as long as I live and breath, I shall cook with sweet potatoes.

  7. ttfn300 says:

    black beans and sweet potatoes are a rockstar combination 🙂

  8. Joanne says:

    ttfn – Totally agree! It’s too bad I haven’t combined them before.

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