Sweet Potato and Kale Enchiladas

This was another of those “let’s look for a recipe that uses the veggies in the CSA box” nights that turned out really well. The original, in Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook called for red or yukon gold potatoes, but we had sweet potatoes on hand and I thought they made a nice contrast to the spicy homemade enchilada sauce.
Chris says:

We’re becoming kale fiends!

Lisa says:

I know it… we never cooked with it at all until this year…

Chris says:

Well they certainly love giving it to us in the CSA box… not that I’m complaining. Anyway, what do you think?

Lisa says:

I like it — I didn’t think I’d like the sweet potatoes, and I still want to try this again with regular spuds, but the taste is really good. What do YOU think?

Chris says:

I think it’s hard to take a good picture of enchiladas.

Lisa says:

Hmmm…. don’t worry about it. I think people know enchiladas aren’t that photogenic.

Chris says:

Maybe. Anyway, I love these things. I’d probably puree the enchilada sauce a little more next time, but I like the combination of flavors.

Lisa says:

The guacamole you made goes really well with it too. I heart guac.

Chris says:

I’m really liking the recipes from this book. They certainly don’t scream “vegan”.

Lisa says:

I agree! They’re just good.

Sweet Potato and Kale Enchiladas
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
3 hatch chilies, roasted, peeled, seeded and chopped coarsely
2 1/2 tsp ancho chile powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp Mexican oregano
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes with juice
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp salt

1 lb sweet potatoes
1 bunch kale, washed, trimmed, and chopped finely
3 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 cup vegetable stock or water
3 tbsp lime juice
1 1/2 tsp salt

12–14 corn tortillas

Peel and diced the potatoes, then boil them until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 375°F and have ready a shallow casserole dish, at least 11 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches.
Prepare the enchilada sauce : In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, sauté the onions is oil for 4 to 7 minutes, until softened. Add the remaining sauce ingredients, bring to a simmer, and remove from the heat. When the mixture has cooled enough, taste and adjust the salt if necessary. Puree with an immersion blender until the mixture is smooth and even.
Prepare the filling: Cook the olive oil and minced garlic in a saucepot over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until the garlic is sizzling and slightly browned. Add the kale, sprinkle with a little salt, and raise the heat to medium, stirring constantly to cover the kale with the oil and garlic. Partially cover the pot to steam the kale until it has wilted, 4 to 6 minutes.
Remove the lid and mix in the potatoes, vegetable stock, lime juice, and salt. Use the back of a wooden spoon to mash some of the potatoes. Cook another 3 to 4 minutes, until the stock is absorbed. Add more salt or lime juice to taste.
Ready a plate filled with about 3⁄4 cup of enchilada sauce, a casserole dish, a stack of corn tortillas, a heated cast-iron pan, and the potato and kale filling.
Ladle a little bit of the enchilada sauce onto the bottom of the casserole dish and spread it around. Take a corn tortilla, place it on the heated pan for 30 seconds, then flip it over and heat until the tortilla has become soft and pliable. Drop the softened tortilla into the pie plate filled with sauce; allow it to get completely covered in sauce, flip it over, and coat the other side.
Now, place the tortilla in the casserole dish, place some of the potato filling down the middle and roll it up. Continue with rest of tortillas, tightly packing enchiladas next to each other.
Pour about a cup of sauce over the top (reserving some for later), cover tightly with aluminum foil, and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes, until edges of the tortillas poking out of sauce look just a little browned. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Top individual servings with any remaining enchilada sauce, warmed slightly.

Makes 12-14 enchiladas

2 responses to “Sweet Potato and Kale Enchiladas”

  1. Yesssss….! I am making a variation of these tonight. I would love to use kale but if I do I know *somebody* will not eat them, so I am going to use potatoes + caramelized onions +….something, something! The dilemma is whether to use sweet potatoes, like you guys, or yukons…Both?? I adore all of your recipes + reviews!

  2. I know this post is almost 3 years old, but I saved it a while ago and just made it yesterday – just wanted to say thanks! They were SO GOOD!

    I did add a little cheddar & monterey jack as I wasn’t too concerned about it being vegan and I was cooking for my mom who I knew would miss the cheese. 🙂 Other than that I didn’t make any real changes, and I think they would’ve been just as good without the cheese.

    The enchilada sauce, especially, is delicious – and luckily I ended up with a substantial amount left over so I will either freeze for next time or drench something else in it this week. 🙂 I didn’t use canned tomatoes since I have so many fresh right now (just pulled the last of the summer plants out of the garden before putting it to bed), so it may be that the reason I ended up with a lot of extra is I wasn’t too exact with my substitution, just peeled and diced “a bunch” of tomatoes. Also, I tried the immersion blender but given the pot I used I didn’t end up with quite enough depth to get it really smooth without getting splashed a bit – it looked still a tiny bit chunky as in your picture – so I did transfer it to the normal blender, and then the texture was just perfect.

    Thanks again!

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