sweet potato and black bean enchiladas


‘They’ say never to try a new recipe on guests, but this one was a huge hit. Even my mother – who says, “All it needs is meat!” about everything I make – practically licked her plate clean.

As for next time, (and there will be a next time) I’ll probably make the filling, store it in the fridge, and bake the enchiladas as needed (one per person was PLENTY. Even for the biggest of appetites). I made all eight at once and by the end of the tray, they were a little dry.

Oh, and a little note concerning hot chili peppers. Jalapenos are not, (I repeat, NOT) at the same spiciness level as habernaros. Learn from my mistakes.


Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas

2 large sweet potatoes, diced and roasted
1 tbsp olive oil
1-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small fresh chili, seeded and minced
1 1/2 cup cooked black beans
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
1 tbsp chili powder
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 cups salsa
8 large flour tortillas
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped

  • Preheat oven to 350*F.
  • Saute garlic and chili in oil until fragrant. Add beans, tomatoes, chili powder, salt, pepper and sweet potatoes. Simmer 5 minutes. Set aside.
  • Spread a thin layer of salsa on bottom of lightly oiled 9×13″ baking dish. Set aside.
  • Spoon a portion of the sweet potato mix down center of each tortilla, roll them up and place – seams down – in the baking dish.
  • Spoon remaining filling mixture over, top with remaining salsa and onions.
  • Cover and bake until hot and bubbly, about 20 minutes.

About Angela

My name is Angela. I am a 28 year old psych and criminology graduate, but I'd rather not diagnose you. I am a cuddle-slut. I can recite the entire script of The Princess Bride, (including accents) and believe that the meaning of life is contained within. Polyanna, Snap.com commercials, and Oprah 'reunion shows' make me cry. I can whistle and hum at the same time, but I cannot touch my toes. I am an expert in both listening and talking. I look good in orange. I am a writer. I kick ass in Gin, Hearts, and Cribbage but I don't understand Canasta or Bridge. I can be heard singing Broadway numbers from my shower, and have dressed up as a viking princess, (complete with aluminum foil breast plate) The Phantom of the Opera, and a Ghostbuster for Hallowe'en. I have a bird named Bean. I have a brother named Adam. They are not related. I like vanilla body lotion, peanut butter, saunas, Jim Carrey, broccoli, pets, TheOnion.com, Muppets, Kevin Smith, Corelle dishes, dry erase white-boards, Barenaked Ladies, Philosophy, the letter J, Harry Potter, picture frames, swimming, quilting, Michael Moore, genealogy, Raggedy Anne, tacky 50's tchotchke, 'Idiot's Complete Guide To' books, tweezers, feather pillows, polar dips, aquariums, Martin Luther King Jr., and Dr. Pepper. I don't like meat, gossips, cooked carrots, American Idol, mosquitoes, sweating, politics, public washrooms, tardiness, tuition, hunting, pat answers, pick up lines, brown bananas, cliches, pine scented air freshener, Kevin Costner, bacon, candied apples, pro-wrestling, humidity, and hypocrisy. Books I've read recently The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Dark Tower, When Nietzsche Wept, What's So Amazing About Grace?, Catcher in the Rye, Not Wanted On the Voyage, The Red Tent, The Little Prince, The Way the Crow Flies, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Poisonwood Bible, The Fall, The Knot of Vipers, Calculating God, The Chrysalids, Sick Puppy, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Franny and Zooey, The Brothers Karamazov, and jPod. I am slightly neurotic. No I'm not. Yes I am.

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