Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas with Mole Sauce

A few weeks ago, I saw a sweet potato and black bean burrito recipe.   Being a sweet potato lover, the recipe interested me.  I added the idea to the bottom of my mental “recipes to try” list.

Also on my long list of recipes to try, was mole sauce.  Mole sauce has always intrigued me.  Mole sauce is a brown/red sauce that originated in Mexico.  There are many legends about how the sauce was first created.

The most common version of the legend takes place at the Convent of Santa Rosa in Puebla sometime early in the colonial period. Upon hearing that the archbishop was going to visit, the convent nuns went into a panic because they were poor and had almost nothing to prepare. The nuns prayed and brought together the little bits of what they did have, chili peppers, spices, day-old bread nuts and a little chocolate and more. They killed an old turkey they had, cooked it and put the sauce on top; and the archbishop loved it.[3] Wikipedia

Mole sauce has just about everything you can imagine in it.  There are many versions of mole sauce but most popular is Mole poblano.

Mole poblano has an average of 20 ingredients; mole almendrado has an average of 26, and Oaxacan moles can have over 30.[5][8][1] Chocolate, if used, is added at the end of cooking.[13]According to Rick Bayless, the ingredients of mole can be grouped into five distinct classes: Chiles, sour (tomatillos), sweet (dried fruits and sugar), spices, and thickeners (nuts and tortillas).[14] Wikipedia

I have always thought the spicy tomato sauce with cocoa sounds a little gross, but then again, I have never met anything with chocolate that I didn’t adore!

When I saw this recipe for yam and black bean enchiladas with mole sauce at The Keen Kitchen, it went right to the top of my to try list.  I couldn’t wait to try mole sauce and the sweet potatoes and black bean combo!

I gotta be honest.  I didn’t think my family would like it.  I like to be adventurous in the kitchen, but my kids are not always up for the ride.  I planned to make the enchiladas on a night when we had plenty of leftovers in the fridge to fall back on if the kids rejected my new recipe.

Once I actually prepared the dish, I knew my kids wouldn’t like it.  It’s not an attractive dish.  I was sure the brown mole sauce would bring up some potty talk, if you know what I mean.

I sampled the enchiladas before calling the family to the table.  I took the first bite of the enchiladas without the sauce.  Mmm.  My sweet tooth was very happy.  I can imagine making sweet potato and black bean burritos for many meals to come.

On the second bite I included some mole sauce.  Wowza!  It was spicy.  It was salty.  It was sweet.  It was like a little party in my mouth.

I called the family to the table and offered plenty of sour cream to cool the kick.  To my surprise, 3 out of 4 kids loved them!

The only kid who didn’t like the enchiladas couldn’t have sour cream.  We usually use ketchup to cool Bella’s Mexican food, but ketchup didn’t work well with this dish.  The second time I made the dish, I served cilantro guacamole as a dairy-free alternative to sour cream.  I thought it was fantastic, but Bella wasn’t interested in trying it.

Even though my kids were great, next time I will fix this meal as burritos with the sauce on the side.  The mole sauce is very bold, and I think they will enjoy it much more if they can control their portion.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas with Mole Sauce

Serves 3

Enchilada Ingredients:

  • 1-2 large Sweet Potatoes or Yams
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 can Black Beans
  • 6 small Tortillas, gluten-free corn or flour

Mole Ingredients:

  • Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 small White Onion, diced
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup Tomato Sauce
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 2 tsp Salt


  • Guacamole
  • Cilantro
  • Daiya Cheese, cheddar, mozzarella or pepper jack
  • Sour Cream, if you can tolerate dairy


1.  Bake the sweet potatoes.

2.  Prepare the Mole Sauce.

A.  While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the mole sauce.  Heat oil in a medium saucepan.  Add garlic, onion and bell pepper and cook until onions are translucent.

B.  Add remaining mole ingredients and combine well.  Simmer, stirring often, 5-10 minutes or until desired thickness is achieved.

C.  Transfer sauce to a blender or blend with an immersion blender until sauce is smooth.  Set aside.

3.  Prepare the Sweet Potatoes.

In a small bowl, mash the sweet potatoes and add garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside.

4. Prepare the Black Beans.

Drain and rinse black beans.  Set aside.

5.  Assemble the Enchiladas.

A.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

B.  Spoon some sauce into an 8 X 8 pan and spread to coat the bottom of the pan.

C.  If necessary, heat the tortillas in the microwave to make them more pliable.

D.  Fill tortillas with a scoop of sweet potato, a scoop of beans and a little mole sauce.  Roll them up and place in the pan.

E. Pour remaining mole sauce over the enchiladas.  Cover and bake for 30 minutes.

6.  Garnish with your favorite toppings and enjoy!



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36 Responses to “Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas with Mole Sauce”

  1. This looks great, Nancy! I’ve never even considered sweet potatoes with something like this. I like the combination.

  2. Katie says:

    I love mole!!!!

    • Nancy says:

      Katie, Have you made mole before? Do you think this recipe sounds authentic? I’m curious what you think since I’ve never had it before.

  3. denise says:

    this sounds sooooo good!

    Stop by and link up at What’s Cooking Wednesday!

  4. Carla says:

    Looks good! I tried sweet potato and black bean enchiladas (from the Moosewood Cookbook) once and it was great, but never thought to put *mole* sauce on top!! Sounds delicious. I can’t wait to try it – – my hubby would love it.
    Following you from What’s Cooking Wednesday….glad to find someone else with vegan / veggie recipes 🙂
    Carla 🙂
    Mrs. No-No Knows

    • Nancy says:

      Thanks Carla! You know, I have a Moosewood book but I haven’t cooked anything from it. I need to get that thing out!

  5. Lark says:

    thank you for sharing another amazing recipe with us on “Made it on Monday”!

  6. Christina says:

    Wow, that sounds super delicious and unique! I have always wanted to try mole sauce but haven’t as of yet!

  7. Sarah says:

    I know a restaurant that has yamchilada’s and they are so good. Can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing.

  8. That looks amazing. I make black bean and sweet potato burritos all the time, but I never thought to top them with a mole sauce. Thanks for sharing!

  9. These sound and look sensational!

    Cannot WAIT to try them out!


  10. June Scott says:

    I’ve been looking for a mole sauce recipe. ZTejas has amazing mushroom enchiladas with mole sauce… will definitely try yours! Thanks for sharing. I also wanted to mention, and it may just be my browser, but the FB, Twitter & SU box blocks your content, making it very difficult to read your blog. For me it was about 1.5 from the bottom and about 1 inch in from the left of the page. Again, may just be my browser (Mozilla) but I thought you would want to know.

  11. Candace says:

    I have never been adventurous enough to give mole a try. My tastes are changing though. We had black bean enchiladas with pumpkin sauce last winter and that was a far cry from our norm. We loved them. Your enchiladas look and sound fantastic. You’ve made me want to give mole a try! Thank you!

  12. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Nancy,
    This is a great mexican food recipe. We just love the sweet potato and black bean combination and the mole really makes this one a winner. We will be trying this very soon. Hope you have a great week end and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come back soon,
    Miz Helen

  13. I am so happy you and your family enjoyed this recipe, Nancy! And you definitely succeeded in making the enchiladas attractive in your photos… I certainly struggled with mine!

  14. Oh, and to the best of my knowledge, “real” mole has many other ingredients, including nuts sometimes, so I never considered making it before. This version is simplified but has a similar flavour profile 🙂

  15. Amy Tong says:

    This looks absolutely gorgeous and delicious. What a comforting and satisfying dish to make…..gosh, you’re making me hungry and craving for one now.

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  16. Great post! I have to confess I’m not a huge fan of mole, but your dish looks delicious, and I love the burritos! Thank you for sharing an excellent post with Let’s Do Brunch!

  17. What a great looking dish. I cannot wait to try it out. Mole is to die for. Come over and visit us. We have a terrific tomato pie this week.

  18. Bibi says:

    I am not the biggest fan of Enchiladas unlike the rest of my entire family, but I would love these with sweet potatoes.

    Thank you for sharing this at Foodie Wednesday. Hope to see you there today with another recipe.

  19. Yum! I’m always up for a new enchilada recipe!

  20. Sheryl says:

    Thanks for sharing it at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you join me next week for another great party filled with amazing recipes!

  21. These sound so delicious and healthy. Must try it.

  22. Mely says:

    Wow! SO brave to try a recipe so elaborated like Mole. I like the idea for enmoladas with Sweet potato.
    If you ever want to try the recipe for Mole from Puebla you could find it in my blog.

    Thanks for sharing at Miz Helen’s Full Plate Thursday. I am a new subscriber now to your blog.


  23. Amber says:

    Hi There Nancy,

    Just a note to let you know I shared your awesome dinner/main dish inspired recipe on my monthly recipe round-up. If you get a chance, come on over and check out the other dinner ideas ranging from meat-based to vegan.


    Dinner is served ya’ll!


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