Sweet Potato Enchiladas


This post may contain affiliate links.

Sweet Potato Enchiladas from Healthy-Delicious.com #recipe

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 1

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|http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/19/difference-between-sweet-potatoes-and-yams_n_1097840.html" target="_blank].)
Print Pin Rate
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 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
  • teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 6 8- inch Flour Tortillas soft taco size
  • 1 can Old El Paso Green Enchilada Sauce
  • 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.

sweet potato enchiladas from healthy-delicious..com

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.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin


By on March 15th, 2013

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie.

More posts by this author.

7 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Enchiladas”

  1. I only like sweet potatoes when paired with something spicy! I’ve made them into tacos before, and I’ll soon be making them into enchiladas thanks to you!

  2. I’ve done butternut squash enchiladas before but sweet potato are new for me! These are definitely happening given my sweet potato addiction!

  3. We are enchilada FIENDS over here and while we’ve made sweet potato burritos before, we’ve never tried the enchilada version. So yeah, these are happening ASAP! 🙂


Leave a Comment

Recipe Rating (Optional)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.