Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas with Avocado Cream Sauce

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas

Much like popular Italian baked pasta dishes such as cannelloni or lasagna, this vegan Mexican baked tortilla dish is wonderfully rich despite the total absence of meat and dairy. There is only one drawback to this meal — it's so absurdly delicious and wholesome that it presents a challenge to the cook to come up with something that has as much flair and finesse for the next dinner. Thankfully there were leftovers.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas with Avocado Cream Sauce

Honestly, these must be the best enchiladas I have ever made and enjoyed. If you fancy meat or cheesy dishes, you won't miss either here even though these are completely vegan. And quite filling too. A spiced filling of black beans, sweet potato, brown rice, spinach and black olives are wrapped in corn tortillas and baked in a thick, rich and zesty homemade tomato sauce. Topped with a colorful creamy avocado and cilantro cream sauce with fresh lime juice that is drizzled on just before serving, this is a complete meal. Everything you need to nourish is included and these enchiladas are an ideal choice if you happen to be entertaining guests.

Vegan Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas with Avocado Cream Sauce

The enchilada sauce can be made the day before and the sweet potato roasted ahead of time as well so that everything comes together with ease when it's time to prepare dinner.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas with Avocado Cream SauceBlack Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas with Avocado Cream Sauce
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Adapted from The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Vegan Recipes To Glow From The Inside Out
Cuisine: Mexican
Published on October 6, 2015

Black beans, sweet potato, brown rice, spinach and black olives wrapped in corn tortillas and baked in a thick, rich and zesty homemade tomato sauce

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Enchilada sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 red chili, seeded and finely chopped (or a pinch of cayenne)
  • 2 tablespoons chickpea flour (besan) or unbleached white flour
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
Enchiladas:
  • 1 large sweet potato (about 2 1/2 cups), scrubbed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cups cooked black beans (2/3 cup dried or 1 19 oz can)
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup black olives, pitted and roughly chopped
  • juice from 1 lime (2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 6 6-inch corn or flour tortillas
Avocado cream sauce:
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, trimmed
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 3 tablespoons water, or as needed
  • juice from 1 lime (2 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Instructions:
  • To make the enchilada sauce, heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When hot, toss in the shallot, garlic and chili if using and sauté for a few minutes. Stir in the flour until the vegetables are coated. Now stir in the chili powder, cumin, paprika and cayenne if using. Stir for another minute.

  • Add the nutritional yeast and fresh tomato, whisk the mixture, and simmer a few minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, stock and salt. Simmer for another 5 minutes or until thickened. Add a bit more stock if the sauce is too thick. It should be creamy and thick, but not watery. Set aside until it's time to assemble the enchiladas.

  • To boil the sweet potato, peel and cut into small pieces and boil in enough water to cover until fork tender — about 5 to 7 minutes. Or to roast the sweet potato, preheat an oven to 400°, pierce the potato a few times with a fork, and bake until fork tender — about 30 minutes. Let cool, remove the skin, and chop into small pieces.

  • To make the enchilada filling, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and jalapeño and continue to saute for another few minutes. Stir in the chili powder and cumin.

  • Now add the red pepper, sweet potato, black beans and rice and stir well to combine. Add the spinach, a small handful at a time, and cook over medium-high heat until the spinach is wilted.

  • Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the olives, 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce, lime juice and salt.

  • Preheat an oven to 350°. To assemble the enchiladas, grease a large 9 x 13 baking dish with olive oil. Spread about 1 cup of the enchilada sauce over the bottom of the dish. Scoop about 3/4 cup of the filling onto each tortilla, wrap, and place seam-side down into the dish. Top with any remaining filling and the rest of the sauce.

  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the sauce has thickened and is a deep red colour.

  • While the enchiladas are baking, prepare the avocado cream sauce. In a small food processor or blender, mince the cilantro. Add the avocado, water, lime juice and salt. Process until well combined and creamy, adding more water as necessary.

  • To serve, individually plate the enchiladas and drizzle each with avocado cream sauce.

Makes 6 servings

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas

This is my contribution to My Legume Love Affair, a monthly event started by Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook and now administered by me. I am also hosting this month. I'm also sharing this with Jacqueline's weekly Meat Free Mondays event.

Other Mexican-style dishes to enjoy from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Cornmeal-Crusted Kidney Bean and Black Bean Chili
Refried Beans with Pumpkin
Mexican-Style Mung Bean Tostadas
Pinto Bean and Avocado Burritos

4 comments:

Jagruti said...

I have both ingredients in my pantry. Surely will try this recipe.

bellini said...

Loving the delicious avocado sauce too :-)

Stephanie Watt said...

Hi Lisa, I made this yesterday and we loved it! I was skeptical, but the nutritional yeast seemed to really add something special. The avocado sauce is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

janet @ the taste space said...

Sounds delicious, Lisa! I must admit I haven't had enchiladas in a very long time. :)