A family-friendly Mexican inspired meal, that’s as tasty as it is healthy. This Sweet Potato Black Bean Casserole is vegan and gluten-free, but can also be easily adapted to include meat.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Taco Casserole- A family-friendly Mexican inspired meal, that's as tasty as it is healthy.

I guest posted this meal over at Jill’s blog, Fitness, Health & Happiness a couple of weeks ago. This Sweet Potato Black Bean Casserole is just so delicious that I really want to share it with you guys, too! Not only is this meal wonderfully tasty; it’s so quick and easy to throw together. Adapt the casserole to include your favorite ingredients. If you’re not much of a black bean fan, substitute zucchini or mushrooms. The possibilities are endless!

Sweet Potato Black Bean Taco Casserole- A family-friendly Mexican inspired meal, that's as tasty as it is healthy.

As I shared in my guest post; the combo of sweet potatoes and black beans is a favorite of mine. Not only are they both delicious together, but they also pack a nutritional punch. Following, are just a few of the nutritional benefits of black beans and sweet potatoes:

    • Black beans are very high in fiber, folate, protein, and antioxidants, along with numerous other vitamins and minerals.
    • Black beans contain at least 8 different flavonoids with enormous antioxidant potential, and with their high content of phytochemicals, studies have connected black bean consumption with reduced risk of certain cancers.
    • Sweet potatoes contain an antioxidant pigment, anthocyanin; which research shows, which may decrease the dangers presented by heavy metals and oxygen radicals.
    • Sweet potatoes are abundant in vitamin A and C; which are invaluable in the prevention of many types of cancer.
Sweet Potato Black Bean Taco Casserole- A family-friendly Mexican inspired meal, that's as tasty as it is healthy.
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Sweet Potato Black Bean Casserole
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
 
An easy quick meal, that your family's sure to love! {vegan and gluten-free}
Ingredients
  • 1 large sweet potato peeled and diced (cook in the microwave for about 3-5 minutes, to soften)
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
  • ½ an 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 to rtillas depending on size (corn, flour, sprouted, gluten-free or whole wheat)
  • 4 oz. shredded cheese use vegan as desired (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with a natural cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine diced sweet potato, black beans, tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, chili powder, garlic salt, and cinnamon.
  3. Spread ½ cup salsa on the bottom of the baking dish. Arrange a tortilla on top, ripping into strips to get the right fit. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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, cilantro, and/or avocado, if desired.
  6. Enjoy! I know you will!
Recipe Notes

Nutritional information calculated for 6 evenly divided servings with the use of 4 corn tortillas and 4 oz. of light cheese.

Author: Kim

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