Smoky Sweet Potato-Black Bean Enchiladas with Sweet Corn Crema

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I've been posting more savory recipes recently, just cause I've felt like it. I love to bake, but I really like cooking, too.

I cook a lot of vegetarian food, because meat can be so expensive, and also because it seems easier; you don't have to worry about cross contamination and internal meat temperatures! I'll happily eat a plate full of vegetables for dinner just about every day.

It sometimes might be challenging to get your friends and family to try an all vegetarian meal. The secret is... don't tell them.

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I'm serious! People can be so close-minded about vegetarian food. If you make these Smoky Sweet Potato-Black Bean Enchiladas for your family, there's no way they could miss the meat. These enchiladas are packed with flavor and very satisfying.

They're healthy, too. The tortillas are not fried at all, just steamed, and there's not a lot of unnecessary cheese used.

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The filling of the enchiladas contains cooked, mashed North Carolina sweet potato (my favorite vegetable, I've decided), black beans, queso fresco, chili powder and cinnamon. The filled tortillas are covered in fire roasted tomato and chipotle enchilada sauce.

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When the enchiladas are finished baking, and you're ready to eat, top them with a Sweet Corn Crema (made with creamed corn, sour cream and cilantro) and avocado slices, and you've got a nutritious, easy meal that took hardly any time to prepare!

The sweet potato-black bean-corn combination is to die for - there's just something about it.

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Smoky Sweet Potato-Black Bean Enchiladas with Sweet Corn Crema

2 cups cooked mashed North Carolina sweet potato
1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups crumbled queso fresco cheese, divided use
1 teaspoon ground chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups jarred fire roasted tomato-enchilada sauce
2 tablespoons adobo sauce from canned chipotle chiles
10 corn tortillas
1/2 cup canned creamed corn
1/3 cup reduced fat sour cream
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped cilantro
Avocado slices, for garnish

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large bowl, stir together sweet potato, black beans, 1 cup cheese, chili powder, cinnamon, and salt until well combined.

Whisk together enchilada sauce and adobo sauce in a medium bowl until combined; pour half of the sauce into a 13x9-inch baking dish. Warm tortillas in the microwave, covered in damp paper towels, until warm – about 1 minute. Place about 1/4 cup sweet potato mixture on one side of a tortilla, roll up, and place in baking dish; repeat process with remaining sweet potato mixture and tortillas.

Drizzle remaining enchilada sauce on top of tortillas, and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

To make the sweet corn crema, in a food processor, puree creamed corn and sour cream until well combined and smooth; stir in cilantro until combined. Serve enchiladas with a drizzle of sweet corn crema, and top with avocado slices.

Makes 4 servings


45 comments:

  1. Yum, these sound delicious!!! I heart Mexican food, and especially smoky chipotle flavors!!!

    Can't wait to try these! Never thought of putting sweet potatoes with mexican food, but sounds like a great recipe. Reminds me of this restaurant here in san jose that does things like that and pumpkin seeds in their quesadillas, thai jerk flavored burritos, cilantro rice, and the like!

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  2. I like mixing in a couple vegetarian dishes into the weekly line up too. Luckily, my husband actually likes this too! These enchiladas sounds great! They are definitely going on my list!

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  3. Those sounds really good! I agree with you about vegetarian being easier. I never miss meat but my hubby does. I will try these out on my meat loving husband some time :D

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  4. Emily these look wonderful!!

    and your photography....wow, it's just sooo beautiful!

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  5. Yum, I love the sweet potato/black bean combo. There is a recipe on allrecipes.com called "addictive sweet potato burritos" that my mom made a few years ago, which first turned me on to that combination. I bet this is delicious!

    - Maggie

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  6. I must keep this recipe and try it out sometime! My boyfriend recently stopped eating meat (I guess I rubbed off on him) but has been craving a burrito. I think enchiladas will do just the trick! These look so delicious. It must be nice to be multi-talented :)

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  7. Stunning presentation!!! This sounds like my kind of meal - I especially love the cilantro :-)

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  8. Oh my gosh, it looks incredible! Love the colors, but your pictures are awesome too!!

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  9. my kind of dinner (or lunch or snack). looks beautiful and i also love the black bean/sweet potato combo! great work.

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  10. This contest entry puts my sweet potatoes with avocado and goat cheese cream to shame! I love pairing sweet potatoes and black beans together, and the sweet corn crema sounds like the perfect finishing touch. I think you have a good chance of winning!

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  11. I love baking too, but I need more work with cooking - loving the enchiladas!

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  12. This looks delicious Em - and your photos are fabulous.

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  13. This looks delish - I may need to try this soon!

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  14. Yum, they look good. And I really love that you are posting a vegetarian dish :)

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  15. Is it possible that you're as fabulous a main course cook as you are a baker? It seems that way. Yummy recipe. I LOVE the corn crema. Did you make that up? That would be good on SO many things.

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  16. I try and cut back completely on sweets but that never stops me from coming over to Sugar Plum and drooling over all the delcious recipes and photos. I am a savoury gurl all the way and more and more noving over to the "dark side" of being a vegetarian.

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  17. Well, I guess I know what I'm having for dinner! Thanks for sharing!!

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  18. This looks amazing. The Hubble would definitely call me out on the no meat thing. I don't think I would be able to slip a vegetarian meal past him...

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  19. This looks so good! My husband would never be okay with it though. I agree with your thoughts about vegetarian meals, if only I could convince him!

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  20. yum! I just bookmarked this recipe!! Will definitely be making. Thanks.

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  21. I've been OBSESSED with vegetarian food lately...especially sweet potatoes. They are my soulmates. Or at least they would be if they had a pulse. Sigh.

    Homemade Mexican food is always way better than restaurant in my opinion because of all the fun mix-ins you can add! These look awesome!

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  22. fabulous. sweet potatoes are definitely up there on my list of veggies i can't live without. it's probably closely tied with butternut squash :)

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  23. Very creative recipe. I think black beans and sweet potatoes really are wonderful together, especially when you add some good spice. I'm such a chipotle addict!

    I wish I were healthy enough to eat a plate of veggies for dinner. I'm way too picky. I need my MEAT! I really disgust vegetarians because I'm such an animalstic flesh-craver.

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  24. We eat vegetarian once or twice a week, and I always love those days!! These look absolutely amazing!

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  25. These look perfect, Emily! I'm with you on veggie-loaded meals - so much easier, and honestly, I think I get more creative with them!

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  26. Wow..this is outstanding! Your pictures are fabulous, too. I'm definately making this...sweet potatoes are my favorite, too. :)

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  27. WOw! Prettiest pictures ever! This looks really, really good. I mean really.

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  28. Thanks everyone!

    Sue, I did. :) It sounds fancy, doesn't it?

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  29. These look and sound amazing! Pretty sure I will be trying these...although you had me at "enchilada." Can life get any better than enchiladas?!

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  30. These look fantastic! I've decided that I must try making the sweet corn crema.

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  31. I prefer eating mostly vegetarian, but I agree that people have a weird stigma about vegetarian meals. And I'd rather cook vegetables than handle lots of raw meat - not really my thing! I always make my bf try the food I make before I tell him what's in it! :) These enchiladas look wonderful!

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  32. Oh yum!

    I agree that to get people to eat vegetarian meals...just don't tell them it is. I also don't tell my husband if I bake something "healthy." He'll equates healthy=gross.

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  33. Oh my gosh, these look and sound phenomenal!! I can't wait to try this recipe. My hubby generally isn't a fan of vegetarian meals...but you're right, I can usually sneak one by, if I just don't tell him. :)

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  35. oh my yum! that looks fantastic. i love sweet pot and black beans together.

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  36. I totally agree on the fantastic-ness of the sweet potato and black bean combo. There is a recipe in the Moosewood Collection LowFat Favorites (my fave veggie cookbook for sweet potato black bean burritos, and I still remember the very first time I made it, my then-fiance could not wrap his around the idea of a meatless meal (never mind a burrito without meat OR cheese!) Needless to say, it became one of his favorite recipes :) Your version sounds delicious!

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  37. These sound amazing!!! Definitely going on the dinner list for this week. :)

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  38. the meat would not be missed, and that's no small feat for this carnivore! i'm loving the corn crema especially, and your presentation is stunning!

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  39. these sound wonderful!! I've bookmarked it!

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  40. Someone else recommended the sweet potato/black bean combo to me the other day. Can't wait to try it out.
    I love your sweet recipes, but love seeing you post the savory stuff too!

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  41. made these tonight and they were a hit! i didn't have any sour cream around so i just used greek yogurt, but it still tasted good w/ this substitution ;)

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  42. That sounds better! Makes them healthier, right? I'm so happy you liked them!

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  43. I recently went vegetarian, and sweet potatoes are my absolute favorite food, so I had to try this. I made it last night for my family and they loved them! Keep up the delicious healthy recipes :)

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  44. So, I found this recipe via Pinterest and I just took a bite...oh my, it is absolutely divine!! Thank you for such a great recipe!

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