Sweet Potato and Kidney Bean Smothered Burritos

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Side shot of a smothered burrito

These smothered burritos are packed with roasted sweet potato, protein-rich kidney beans and deeply caramelized onion, then wrapped up and doused with enchilada sauce and hit with handfuls of vegan cheese. It’s pantry friendly, makes a ton and hits the spot on the chilly days as we transition from spring to summer over here in the Northeast US.

This is easy to make! Were going to start with cubing up some sweet potato.

a top-down shot of cubed sweet potato on a baking sheet

Give it a roast for about 30 minutes, tossing halfway through or until the cubes are a little golden.

a top-down shot of roasted sweet potato on a baking sheet

While your sweet potato is roasting, place your mandolined red onion into an oiled + hot cast iron pan.

mandolined red onion in a cast iron pan

Allow some color to develop for about 10 minutes, reduce the heat, and allow the color to deepen for about 10 minutes more.

a top-down shot of caramelized onion in a cast iron pan

Combine these two things with kidney beans, softened garlic and store-bought chipotle-style seitan or mexican chipotle-style vegan sausage.

A top-down shot of a prep bowl with kidney beans, sweet potato and caramelized onion

Mix it up!

A top-down shot of a prep bowl with two hands mixing up ingredients

Next, fill and fold your burritos.

A tutorial on basic burrito folding

Load them into a casserole dish.

A casserole dish with burritos nestled inside

Smother with canned enchilada sauce.

Burritos in a casserole dish, with enchilada sauce poured over the top

Top with an inappropriate amount of vegan shreds.

Burritos being topped with vegan shredded cheese

Bake for about 45 minutes, or until cheese is fully melted and everything is bubbly.

A top down shot of smothered burritos, straight from the oven

Top with finely minced red onion and cilantro for some crunch and a little pop of color.

A top down shot of burritos, garnished with red onion and cilantro



Side shot of a smothered burrito, against a dark background

Sweet Potato and Kidney Bean Smothered Burritos

  • Author:
    erin wysocarski

  • Prep Time:
    25 minutes

  • Cook Time:
    90 minutes

  • Total Time:
    1 hour 55 minutes

  • Yield:
    10 burritos


for the filling

  • 45 cups sweet potato, cut into small cubes (about 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • a few pinches of pepper
  • 1 tsp dried chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried ground coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 large or 3 small red onions, sliced on a mandoline
  • 8 oz. chorizo-style seitan or Mexican chipotle vegan sausage links, finely chopped
  • 1 19 oz. can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 610 cloves garlic, finely minced

for the burritos

  • 10 large flour tortillas
  • 1 19 oz. can enchilada sauce
  • 8 oz. white vegan cheese shreds

serving suggestions

  • chopped cilantro
  • chopped tomato, iceberg lettuce
  • vegan sour cream
  • rice


to prepare the filling

  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. In a large prep bowl, toss the sweet potato in the oil to coat, then season with the sale and pepper. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes, stirring around 3 or 4 times during baking promote even baking.
  3. Once the sweet potatoes are done, place them back into the large prep bowl and season with the chili, coriander and cumin. Set aside.
  4. To caramelize the onions, preheat a large cast iron over medium-high heat. Add in a couple tablespoons of olive oil and add in the onions. Allow to cook down for about 10 minutes, giving them a stir every now and then.
  5. Reduce heat to low, then allow them to cook down and deepen in color, about 10 minutes more. Add them to the prep bowl with the  sweet potatoes.
  6. Give the seitan or vegan sausage a quick saute, then add to the prep bowl.
  7. Add the rinsed kidney beans to the bowl.
  8. Saute the garlic in a little olive oil in a cast iron pan until super soft and only slightly golden. Transfer to the prep bowl.
  9. Mix everything up gently. Set aside and allow to cool to room temp if prepping the burritos immediately. Otherwise, transfer to a container and refrigerate until you are ready to assemble and bake the burritos.

To make the burritos

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Add about 2/3 cup of the filling to the center of a flour tortilla. Fold in the ends, then roll the tortillas up tightly. Add to a slightly greased pyrex. I made 6, then saved the rest of the filling for eating later.
  3. Smother the tortillas with the enchilada sauce and top with the cheese.
  4. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove the foil and bake for 15 minutes more.
  6. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then serve as desired.

Serve right away. These burritos can be easily reheated in the microwave or oven, and can be frozen for easy weeknight dinners later.

A closeup shot of a burrito, over a row of other burritos

A side shot of a smothered burrito

Stay safe and well, friends. <3