Sweet Potato Black Bean Bake

Ingredients:

I love making this baked dish as it feels like a comfort food, but without the guilt as it is nutrient dense and full of fiber.

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 can black beans or red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 red or green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup salsa, divided
  • 2-4 whole wheat tortillas, depending on size
  • Handful shredded vegan cheese (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Optional garnish: fresh coriander, sliced avocado, guacamole, and/or sour cream

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  • Cook the sweet potato in the microwave for about 3-5 minutes to soften or you can also boil it until soft.
  • In a large bowl, combine cooked sweet potato, black beans, tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, chili powder, garlic salt, and cinnamon.
  • Spread ½ cup salsa on the bottom of the baking dish. Arrange a tortilla on top, ripping into strips to get the right fit as needed.
  • Spoon a large layer of sweet potato/black bean mixture over tortilla strips. Spread the remaining ½ cup salsa over the sweet potato/black bean layer.
  • Add one more layer of tortillas and then add the rest of the sweet potato/black bean mixture over the tortilla layer. Top with cheese, if using.
  • Bake, uncovered, 20-25 minutes and until cheese is melted and top is slightly browned.
  • Let stand 5 minutes. Cut into squares and serve. Top with additional salsa, coriander, and/or avocado, as you like.

Side note:

This mixture works great as a pie filling or lasagna …talking about the ultimate comfort food 🙂

Author: Ramona Debono

Plant-based human with a passion for cooking, baking (and eating). A firm believer that food should nourish your body, and satisfy the soul.

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