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Smokey Kale and Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole

Smoky Kale and Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole #vegan

Whew, that’s a mouthful to say!

If this sounds familiar, it should: it’s a variation of my Layered Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole from last May. They’re both very similar, only this one has both kale and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, so it’s spiiicccyyy. And smoky. And really hearty with all those potatoes and tortillas- kind of perfect for the cold snowy month of March.

Smokey Kale and Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole (8 hearty servings)


  • 1 bunch of kale, washed, destemmed and torn
  • 1 teaspoon powdered garlic
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes (about 2.5 cups smashed)
  • 2-3 chipotles in adobo sauce, plus about 1 Tablespoon of the sauce, diced
  • 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 10 oz can rotel with green chilies, drained (if you want the dish a little less spicy, get the mild with no chilies)
  • 1 cup sweet corn kernels, thawed or drained
  • 1/2 cup taco sauce (medium or hot, your call) plus a couple of Tablespoons
  • Juice and zest of 2 limes
  • Sea salt
  • 12-14 taco or fajita sized flour tortillas, all sliced in half
  • 1.5 cups salsa (again, you pick the heat)
  • Daiya mozzarella for topping


  1. Water sautee the kale with the powdered garlic until tender, then set aside.
  2. Peel and chop the sweet potatoes, then boil until tender.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the beans, rotel, corn and taco sauce, mixing well.
  4. When the potatoes are cooked, mash them and add lime juice, sea salt, chipotle peppers and adobo sauce and set aside.
  5. Drizzle the bottom of a 9×13 casserole or baking dish with 2-3 T taco sauce, making sure the entire bottom is covered. Arrange tortilla halves across the bottom.
  6. Cover the tortillas with half of the sweet potato mixture, gently spreading to get maximum coverage. Next, add a layer of the kale followed by a layer of the bean/corn mix (half of what you have), followed by another layer of tortillas.
  7. Repeat once, ending with a layer of tortillas (this makes 3 layers of tortillas, 2 of everything else), then cover with salsa and cheese.
  8. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 20 minutes, remove foil and bake for another 5-8 until theΒ  cheese is fully melted.



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  • Connie Fletcher March 6, 2013, 4:59 am

    That looks mah-ve-lous, dahling….simply mah-velous….guess that’s what’s on the menu for tonight. Thanks….

    • Connie Fletcher March 6, 2013, 5:00 am

      By the way, what are you doing up so early?

  • Cadry March 6, 2013, 6:36 am

    Gorgeous! That looks absolutely divine!

  • Arleen March 6, 2013, 7:10 am

    There is kale in the title and the picture but none in the recipe. Did I miss something? It does look really good!

    • Barb March 6, 2013, 7:39 am

      That’s called “I can’t read my own notes” πŸ™‚ All fixed now!

      • Arleen March 6, 2013, 8:10 am

        Thanks! I will have to make this soon.

  • JL March 6, 2013, 7:27 am

    What a perfect meal to make for non-vegans! What’s not to love?!

  • Susan March 6, 2013, 12:57 pm

    Looks good but I am always surprised by recipes for enchiladas that use flour tortillas. I am not an expert on Mexican food, but I always considered enchiladas to be made from corn tortillas. And with so many people avoiding gluten, corn tortillas are the answer. Of course, using corn instead of flour tortillas, which I always do, is an easy adaptation to the recipe.

    • Arleen Wobser March 9, 2013, 5:53 pm

      I live in Texas and always use corn tortillas for enchiladas. As you say it is an easy swap to make.

  • Angie March 6, 2013, 1:25 pm

    That looks amazing!

  • Epicurean Vegan March 8, 2013, 8:32 am

    YUM! This looks amazing. I love Mexican casserole-like dishes using flour tortillas instead of corn. Thanks for the recipe–bookmarking it now πŸ™‚

  • Gabby @ the veggie nook March 10, 2013, 11:33 am

    yum! I love spins on lasagna and this looks amazing!

  • Sophie33 March 13, 2013, 10:44 am

    Yummm! A beautiful & very appetizing loooking dish!

  • Heather March 22, 2013, 8:10 am

    I love the spicy smokiness of chipotle peppers- they are my favorite! This type of meal is perfect for a cold NH winter night πŸ™‚

  • Angela April 11, 2013, 6:01 pm

    Made this tonight. It was yummy! Should the oven temp be 350? 250 didn’t seem warm enough.

    • Barb April 12, 2013, 6:50 am

      Oops, thanks for catching that typo! It’s fixed now… and yes, 350.

  • Josh June 27, 2013, 5:59 am

    I’m just wondering what “rotel” is.


    • Barb July 11, 2013, 8:15 am

      It’s a brand of canned tomatoes, usually with green chilies mixed in.

  • kristie April 11, 2014, 10:36 am

    Can this be frozen and re heated?

    • Barb April 11, 2014, 12:33 pm

      I did, I just put individual portions into tupperware and froze, then thawed and reheated for lunches.

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