Monday, May 17, 2010

Sweet Potato and Goat Cheese Enchiladas

I've been craving enchiladas for quite awhile. My mostly vegetarian and very pregnant friend Stephanie mentioned making sweet potato and black bean enchiladas while we were wandering around the farmers market this past weekend, and that pushed me over the edge. I had to make enchiladas.

I have issues with making enchiladas, in that I don't like doing it. Between making the separate pieces and then assembling the enchiladas, it just takes too long for me to do often. I made these all in one evening, but I speculate that you could easily make the filling and sauce ahead of time, leaving just the tortillas to prepare before assembly. I will probably do that next time. Baking time would need to be increased to 30 or 40 minutes.

These enchiladas are filled with spiced sweet potato, goat cheese, and asparagus for crunch. The sauce is an old stand-by of mine that I like on burritos, quesadillas, and--of course--enchiladas. I feel the tang of the sauce nicely compliments the starch of the potatoes and creaminess of the goat cheese. For extra spice, add some fresh jalapeño to the filling.

Sweet Potato and Goat Cheese Enchiladas

2 sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2" cubes
2 tbs light olive oil
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp chili powder
1/3 c red onion, diced
1/4 c red bell pepper, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tbs lime juice
12 7" corn tortillas
canola oil for frying
4 oz goat cheese
12 stalks medium thickness asparagus, trimmed, uncooked
2 c verde enchilada sauce (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 400F.

Toss sweet potato with 1 tbs olive oil, cumin, oregano, and chili powder. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven 15-20 minutes, or until fork-tender. Remove from oven and reduce oven temperature to 350F.

Saute onion, pepper, and garlic in remaining oil over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and lime juice. Stir in sweet potato cubes to combine and remove from heat.

To prepare the tortillas, fill a skillet to 1" deep with canola oil. Heat oil over medium heat. One at a time, place tortilla in oil, fry 15 seconds on each side, and place on paper towel to drain.

To assemble enchiladas:
Dip tortilla in verde sauce. Place one asparagus stalk on lower third of tortilla. Top with 1/2 tbs goat cheese and 2 tbs of sweet potato filling. Roll tortilla around filling and place seam side down in a lightly greased 9"x13" baking dish. Repeat until all tortillas are filled.

Top enchiladas with remaining verde sauce and goat cheese. If desired, garnish with additional red bell pepper and/or onion. Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes. Allow to rest 5 minutes before serving. Serves 6.

Enchilada Verde Sauce

6 tomatillos, husked and rinsed
1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed
1/2 medium yellow onion
1 tbs rice vinegar
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 c fresh cilantro
1 tbs lime juice
1/2 tsp salt

Place tomatillos, jalapeno, onion, and vinegar in a medium saucepan. Add water to cover ingredients. Bring to boil, then reduce heat. Simmer 10 minutes, or until tomatillos are tender.

Remove from heat and drain liquid off. Place the fruits and vegetables in a blender with cumin, cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Blend until all ingredients are well combined. Makes about 2 cups.


  1. Mmm, I love potatoes and/or sweet potatoes in Mexican food.

  2. The enchiladas sound delicious! Never would have thought to use sweet potatoes but love the idea.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. damn. you been busy... delicious catching up awaits me!!

    anyway....a friend of mine makes a scramble (eggs) with sweet potatoe, onion, garlic, yellow potatoe and fresh rosemary.... yum, but definitely NOT pretty.....

  4. Hillary

    I am so glad you took the time to make these enchiladas! I too make them infrequently because they are so time-consuming but I have always made the chicken ones; I am now wanting to make yours for a nice change!