Vegetarian Sweet Potato Bean Enchiladas

Enjoy these Vegetarian Sweet Potato Bean Enchiladas for any weeknight meal, weekend potluck; delicious made with homemade sauce, and sour cream on top!

Vegetarian Sweet Potato Bean Enchiladas

I have so many fond memories growing up with my sisters. Many centered around food, when you think of camping trips, holidays, and weekends of eating my mom’s cooking! One favorite meal was enchiladas. We’d try new ways of cooking them, and today I’m sharing a Vegetarian Sweet Potato Bean Enchiladas recipe!

Most weekends for our family in the summer months consisted of camping, picnics, river rafting, and weekend car rides. Sundays, of course, were filled with church services, always a nap, and sometimes a relaxing car ride.

Weekend car rides were a little different, depending on if it was a Saturday or a Sunday. Back then it was customary to stop by a friend’s, family’s, or neighbor’s home unannounced.

It was just what we did. Of course these were days before texting became our “real time,” and what we relied upon for our communication.

Saturdays were the most fun. If we’d end up at a friend’s homes with a pool, we’d beg our parents to pull over and “just say hi.” Having our swimming suits on was always an additional bonus!

Our parents enjoyed long chats over coffee, a piece of pie, a big hunk of watermelon, or even a glass of water—sometimes inside, sometimes out.

Over the weekend, my sisters and I would also hop on our bikes and ride into town, probably 10 miles—and visit friends and relatives. Again, stopping in announced.

The level of excitement when you stand at the door, thirsty and hot, waiting in anticipation … are they home?

Vegetarian Sweet Potato Bean Enchiladas

Vegetarian Sweet Potato Bean Enchiladas

As I mentioned above, we must have eaten Mexican food at least twice a week growing up. We learned to cook, to experiment with new recipes, but 3 standard recipes were tacos, enchiladas, and Pedro’s Special Mexican Casserole. (You can also try Green Chili Corn Tortilla Strata, or Chicken Quinoa Black Bean Bake, Breakfast Tacos Recipe, Crispy Shrimp Tacos, and Carnita Street Tacos.

Vegetarian Sweet Potato Bean Enchiladas

Today I’m sharing my Vegetarian Sweet Potato Bean Enchiladas recipe, full of a delicious surprise – lots of olives!

Are you an olive lover?

Truly, enchiladas are the best when served as leftovers, wouldn’t you say?

Vegetarian Sweet Potato Bean Enchiladas

Vegetarian Sweet Potato Bean Enchiladas


3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided

2 sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into small chunks

Salt and pepper

1 onion, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

1 large can diced green chilies, drained

1 can Bush’s Black Beans, drained

1 can Bush’s Kidney Beans, drained

1 can medium olives, drained and sliced

1 lb. sharp cheddar cheese, grated

4 Tbsp. butter

1 Tbsp. flour

1-2 Tbsp. chili powder (depending on how spicy you like it)

1 tsp. cumin

2 cans tomato sauce (6 oz cans)

2 cans water

2 Tbsp. sugar (optional, if you like a sweeter sauce)

Corn tortillas


Sour cream


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the diced sweet potatoes (in half-inch chunks) on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.  Drizzle with 2 Tbsp. olive oil; salt and pepper. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until tender with a fork. Remove from the oven.

Turn oven down to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, add remaining 2 Tbsp. oil, chopped onion, and pepper, and saute for 5-6 minutes.

Stir in the green chilies, drained beans, and olives and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Melt butter in a saucepan. Add flour, chili powder, and cumin. Cook until bubbly. Add tomato sauce and water. Bring to a boil.

Dip corn tortillas in sauce, then put in pan and fill with veggie mixture and cheese and roll up. Pour sauce on top and then more cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, until bubbly. Serve!

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Vegetarian Sweet Potato Bean Enchiladas

3 comments on “Vegetarian Sweet Potato Bean Enchiladas”

  1. we love olives and enchiladas and yes….they just seem even better the next day. I wonder if my hubby would like these…he is not a sweet potato fan. :(

  2. I made these last night and my whole family LOVED them! Left out the olives because I’m the only one that likes them but they were still so delicious!

    • That sounds great! Yes, olives are optional (but we are an olive family, so it’s super YUMMY with olives). Glad you enjoyed!

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