Sweet Potato Enchiladas

This was a great recipe! I tried it for the first time when we were camping – Alycia made this to share – it was AMAZING. She rocked it! I was inspired so thought I would try it.

Yeah, this was another mandolin slicer nightmare, so ended up not doing things exactly as the recipe stated, but ultimately, this was GOOD. Original recipe here and below, my mods in [xxx]. Thank you PaleOMG for another great recipe!

What’s great about this is you can make it ahead and freeze, or just make it on a Sunday and have on a Monday or Tuesday. It’s great!

Enjoy! 

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Prep time: 25 mins/Cook time: 15 60 mins/Total time: 40 1.25 hours mins
Serves: 4
Ingredients
For the enchiladas
  • 3 sweet potatoes, sliced thin lengthwise with a mandoline [yeah…this did NOT work for me…SO! I sliced them the other way to make tater circles. I ended up then layering almost like an enchilada lasagna.]
  • [Spinach – added as a layer, you’ll see in pics]
  • 1lb grass fed ground beef [used 2 shredded chicken breasts]
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced [I use one whole -I never use just half an onion. Just not my style]
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced [four]
  • 1 (4oz) can diced green chiles [yes]
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin [++]
  • 1/4 chili powder [++]
  • 1/4 sea salt [yes]
  • 1/4 black pepper [yes]
  • 3-4 tablespoons Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil [used olive oil]

For the sauce

  • 1 (14oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 yellow onion, minced [1/2, just minced it in my food processor]
  • 1/3 cup vegetable broth [had chicken]
  • 1 tablespoon Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder [yes]
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano [yes – I buy and use OFTEN the Mexican Oregano…so good.]
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder [yes]
  • salt and black pepper, to taste [yes]
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Now to make our “tortillas” from our sweet potatoes. Use a mandoline to thinly slice your sweet potatoes lengthwise. (You can use a knife but I found I couldn’t get the thinness I wanted or consistency with each slice with using a knife) [see bullet above. Seriously, I had no patience for trying to do that…the ‘lasagna’ thing worked VERY WELL. Did the same with the spinach.]
  3. Heat up a large skillet or griddle and place 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in it. When skillet is very hot and coconut oil has melted, add your sweet potatoes. Cook your sliced sweet potatoes for 3-5 minutes per side or until sweet potatoes are soft. You DO NOT want them crispy. (You may have to do this a couple of batches so keep coconut oil on hand.) Do as many batches as you need to and place sweet potato slices on a paper towel to remove excess oil and cool while you cook your meat. [did NOT do this – just layered the taters in the pan with the sauce goodness]
  4. Once your sweet potatoes are cooling, use the same skillet to cook your meat. Add in a bit of oil then add your minced garlic cloves along with your onion.
  5. When the onion becomes translucent, add in your ground beef [chicken] along with your green chiles and spices. Let that cook down until cook completely through, using a wooden spoon to break up the ground beef and incorporate all the flavors.
  6. While the meat cooks, place a saucepan over medium heat for your sauce. Add your tablespoon of oil along with your minced onion.
  7. When the onion becomes translucent, add your tomato sauce and vegetable broth, as well as all your seasonings. Let that cook down until it thickens just a bit.
  8. Now once everything is done cooking, it’s time to use your fingers!
  9. Pull out an 8×8 or 9×9 glass baking dish, add a spoonful of enchilada sauce on the bottom and start building your enchiladas.
  10. Each enchilada should take 3 slices of a sweet potato. Place a slice down in the dish, then another half way on top, then another half on top of the second slice. It should be a feathering or fan effect. Now place a spoonful or two of your meat mixture in the center of your sweet potatoes, then wrap your sweet potatoes over the meat, tucking the ends underneath the other ends of the sweet potatoes (like a tortilla).-see first picture for an example  [This is where I layered. Just like an enchilada…and saves a shit ton of time.]
  11. Repeat until all your sweet potatoes are gone. If you are have leftover meat, place that around your enchiladas.
  12. Pour your enchilada sauce on top.
  13. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes. [Due to the lack of cooking the sweet potatoes, I cooked this for an hour. It was DELISH.]
  14. Cool then eat your heart out! [Oh, we did Juli. WE DID.]

 

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