I’m willing to bet that when you think about enchilada fillings, sweet potato probably isn’t the first thing that crosses your mind. You’re thinking about it now though, right? And you get how sweet potato enchiladas are totally a thing?
Because they are. Sweet potatoes add the subtlest touch of sweetness that gets balanced out by spicy jalapeño peppers and mellow green enchilada sauce. (I don’t like these to be too saucy so instead of dumping the sauce over top, I dredge each tortilla in it individually. You can’t really see it in the photos, but I promise you that it’s there!)
The filing is soft and gooey and perfect, although the overall texture is really up to you: mash the potatoes as little or as thoroughly as you like. Because the filling is so soft, you really don’t need the cheese on top… it’s mainly for show. Because, well, what’s an enchilada without cheese? The idea of that just makes me sad.
These sweet potato enchiladas are surprisingly filling, and I find that one is more than satisfying when served with a little sour cream and some whole-grain tortilla chips. The recipe makes six, but the leftovers reheat great!
Sweet Potato Enchiladas
Sweet Potatoes give these enchiladas a touch of sweetness thats balanced by spicy jalapeños and mellow green enchilada sauce. Look for orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, usually labelled yams in US grocery stores. They'll have rounded ends and a coppery colored skin. (If what you're looking at has a dark brown, bark-like skin, it's an African yam and is not what you're looking for! Here's an article that explains the difference between sweet potatoes and yams .)
- 1 large Orange Sweet Potato, peeled and cut into cubes
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 small Onion, sliced
- 2 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 Jalapeno Pepper, seeded and minced
- 1 can Old El Paso Traditional Refried Beans
- 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
- 1 teaspoon Cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- 6 8-inch Flour Tortillas (soft taco size)
- 1 can Old El Paso Green Enchilada Sauce
- 1/3 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Heat oven to 400*F.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the sweet potatoes and cook until tender, 10-15 minutes. Darin and mash.
- Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a sautee pan set over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer half of the onions to a small dish; set aside. Add jalapeno to pan and cook 3 minutes.
- Add the mashed sweet potatoes, refried beans, and spices to the pan of onions. Mix well.
- Pour the enchilada sauce into a shallow dish. Dip a tortilla in the sauce, coating both sides. Spoon half cup filling onto center of tortilla; top with reserved onions. Roll up and place seam-side down in a 6"x8" baking dish. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Top with cheese and bake 15 minutes, until the enchiladas are warm and the cheese is melted.
This post was brought to you in partnership with >Old El Paso/General Mills. The recipe for Sweet Potato Enchiladas and all opinions are my own. Always have been, always will be.