Quick Vegan Enchiladas with Sweet Potato Sauce

A couple of tips - you want to use flexible, pliable tortillas, at room temperature or warmer. If you're tortillas are on the stiff side, place them in a baking dish, covered, in a warm oven for a few minutes to soften up. Or if you have a microwave, give them a quick hit. Play around with fillings here - a small amount of crumbled feta (if you're not vegan), or plant-based equivalent, added along with the black beans adds a nice creamy component to the filling, a nice accent without needing to be the main event. ;)


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 15- ounce can sweet potato puree, butternut squash puree, or pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, grated on microplane
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 8 corn tortillas (6-inch), room temperature or warm
  • 1 15- ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup chopped black olives
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cilantro leaves
  • to serve (optional): oven-roasted tomatoes, serrano vinegar & chiles*, a favorite salsa, etc.


  1. Preheat oven to 425F.  

Make the Filling

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the olive oil, sweet potato puree, turmeric, half of the grated garlic, taco seasoning, salt, zest of the lemon, and 1 1/2 cups of water. Stir well.

Assemble the Enchiladas

  1. Ladle a cup of the sweet potato mixture into the bottom of an 8 x 12-inch (or larger) baking dish, or equivalent. Lay the tortillas on a work surface, and divide the black beans equally between them, sprinkle equally with olives. Roll up tortillas, and place seam side down in baking dish. Pour the remaining sauce on top (it will thicken). 

Bake and Make Sauce

  1. Bake the enchiladas for 30-35 minutes, or so. Half way through, sprinkle with sliced almonds, and finish baking - until golden and bubbling. While the enchiladas are baking, thin the tahini with 1/4 cup warm water. Whisk in the remaining garlic, a pinch of salt, and squeeze of lemon juice. Top the enchiladas with dollops of the tahini sauce, and the fresh cilantro when they come out of the oven. Serve hot!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Serves 6


*Serrano Chile Vinegar & Chiles: Combine 8 serrano chiles, sliced 1/8th-inch thick with 2 cups white vinegar in a Mason jar, and refrigerate. Use the chiles w/in a week or two. You can use the vinegar for weeks after that in dressings, etc.