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27 September 2012

Baked Black Bean + Sweet Potato Flautas

Baked Black Bean + Sweet Potato Flautas

I went full-on neurotic with this recipe.  I tested.  And tested.  And tested some more.  Poor me right?  I had to eat all those delicious flautas.  The horror.

Each time they tasted great, but I'm a bit ruthless.  It's about time that veggies take center stage in a dish, and not just be an after-thought, slapped on our plates like a pile of sad peas.  Not that peas are sad, but when you spend hours slaving over a main course only to microwave a small pouch of buttered peas and pour them next to your "masterpiece" - well, that's kind of sad.  Veggies need love too!  So, as always, I'm here to give vegetables first-billing.  Followed by my second favorite thing.  Cheese.

Oh come on - you knew that was coming! =)

Triple Bean Flautas
Baked Black Bean + Sweet Potato Flautas
[makes 9 cripsy & cheesy veggie flautas]
ingredients
9 corn tortillas
1 cup of black beans
1 cup mexi-corn [corn + colorful red/green peppers!]
1 small/medium sweet potato
1/4 cup of diced white, yellow, or red onion
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried or fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes [optional]
2oz  full-fat or 1/3 fat cream cheese, room temperature [optional]
4-6 ounces of grated cheese [habanero cheddar, cheddar, pepper jack, etc...]
1-2 heaping tablespoons [or more!] of taco sauce, enchilada sauce, or salsa
salt and pepper to taste
all-natural olive oil spray or plain oil
parsley [or cilantro!] + fresh veggies to garnish
salsa, guacamole, and plain greek yogurt (or sour cream!) for dipping

t-rex chefs feel free to add shredded chicken/pork or even steak to the flautas
vegansaurus chefs simply skip the cheese and add a little extra taco sauce or salsa to the mix. I made a vegan batch along with the cheesy ones & loved them!

craving pumpkin? try these fab flautas with my pumpkin-blackbean filling

get cooking!
It's easy - I promise!  Pre-heat your oven to 425F.  Poke a few holes in your sweet potato, wrap it in a slightly damp paper towel, and microwave on high for about 6-8 minutes.  [The paper towel trick keeps the potato moist]

While you wait, combine corn, diced or minced peppers, and diced or minced onion with your black beans, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, cilantro, cayenne, and taco sauce/salsa. If you prefer very tender veggies, feel free to saute the vegetables first in a little butter or oil to tenderize. Your cayenne and red pepper flakes will control the spice-factor; adjust those to taste. I alternate between using my favorite flavorful red enchilada sauce, spicy taco sauce, and a natural, zesty salsa like Mrs. Renfros Green Salsa, all have produced delicious results!

Once your sweet potato is cooked, fluff the inside with a fork and add the flesh [minus the skin] to the rest of your veggies and mix thoroughly.  Add salt, pepper, and any additional seasoning to taste.  I usually add a little extra sprinkle chili powder, cumin, and garlic!

Next, working in small batches of maybe 4 tortillas, wrap corn tortillas in a damp paper towel, followed by a dry paper towel, and microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Follow it up with an additional 30 seconds.  The goal here is to steam the tortillas so they roll into perfect flautas without breaking or cracking =)  This trick works like a charm!  Spray or rub one side of the tortilla with oil and add "line" of veggie filling to the center of the "dry side" of the tortilla, about 1-inch thick.  Top it off with a layer of cheese [as much or as little as you want! if you're using cream cheese as well you can mix it into the shredded cheese before topping] and roll the tortilla.

wire baking rack faux frying technique

Place on a wire baking/cooling rack and seal with a toothpick, if needed.  Repeat these steps until you have a rack full of flautas.  Give them one more teeny spritz of olive oil to get them extra crispy [no-frying! whoo!] and set on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.  The wire rack elevates the flautas and allows them to get nice and crispy on both sides.  If you don't own a wire rack, simply place the flautas on aluminum foil after spraying and turn over halfway through cooking so both sides will get a chance to crisp up.  Uber easy!

Bake on the middle rack, at 425F, for 15 minutes.  At the end, set to broil on HIGH for just under a minute to crisp the tortillas into a perfectly golden, crunchy shell.

Pile high with any + all veggies you have on hand and serve with plain greek yogurt, salsa, and guacamole for dipping!  You can even whip up a small bowl of jalapeno ranch for dunking too!  If you have any fresh lime or cilantro both will make a tasty garnish!

Vegetarian Black Bean + Sweet Potato Flautas
so... how was it?
Amazing!  The flautas were crispy, crunchy, cheesy, and savory with a hint of sweetness from the potatoes!  Stick a fork in me - I'm done!  [please don't actually stab me with a fork]  They're ridiculously yummy!  I love them.  Paul loves them.  We won't share... So make your own! =)  They make a great game-day snack or a festive alternative to taco night!

For all you bean lovers out there, try this delicious spin on the above recipe:
Triple Bean Flautas

Still hungry?
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Lentil Veggie TacosMexican Chop ChopMexican Pizza Lasagna

Have you jumped on the savory sweet potato bandwagon yet? =)

121 comments:

  1. Hey Jenn.... LOVE the Microwave Trick!!! Genius =)

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  2. I don't care that it's only 9:15 in the morning - I want these now!! They look SO good! :)

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  3. Flautas are my favorite mexican dish!! I have been too intimidated to try at home just because I thought it meant frying in hot oil but in the oven?? I'm all over that!! OOh I'm excited. And hungry now.

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  4. Chelsea @ahintofhealthyThursday, September 27, 2012

    Those look amazing!

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  5. I just realized I cannot read the word "flautas" without an accent. These look fabulous!

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  6. Tiffany @ Cute Dogs and HugsThursday, September 27, 2012

    I need to stop reading your food posts at 10AM. It gets me too hungry for dinner!!

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  7. Ooooh....those look so delicious!! Much healthier then the flautas at a mexican restaurant. I love sweet potatoes! I am so excited for fall and winter weather to have an excuse to make more dishes with them.

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  8. These look FABULOUS. I'm definitely going to give them a try this week!

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  9. Yum! Favor? Anyway you could put a "print" button at the bottom to make your delicious recipes easier to print out? Thanks doll!

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  10. You're making me hungry right now, and in the mood for EXACTLY those! They look scrumptious!

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  11. Ahh, you're a saint for posting this recipe! I was drooling when I saw you post it on IG. Can't wait to make these. Especially with all that cheesy goodness, yum!

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  12. Ok I'm totally quoting Anchorman now! "Dorthy Mantooth is a saint! A SAINT!"

    So excited for you to try them Amber! =)

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  13. You know you want to make these riiiiiiight now! ;) hehe thanks Sabrina! mwah!

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  14. I will! Anything for you Julie! Any clue how to add one? I'm going to have to research my butt off today, eh? ;)

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  15. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen BlogThursday, September 27, 2012

    These sound delicious! Love me some Mexican food and sweet potatoes, so these are basically the best combo ever.
    ~Dana, www.consciouskitchenblog.com

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  16. Amy B @ Second City RandomnessThursday, September 27, 2012

    Speaking to my heart... I'm doing mexican tonight. Not sure how yet- but somehow working in the leftover taco dip my roommate has laying around...

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  17. Yes, I do! I just wish I wasn't at work. Looks these will be going on next week's menu for sure! ;)

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  18. Saw that you were in the Huffington Post! And it's no wonder since all of your food looks absolutely to die for. Please excuse me while I go wipe some drool off my chin...

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  19. I'm not a doctor or anything... but you're looking pretty sick to me. Maybe you should go home immediately. I'm certain you might
    be contagious.

    ;)

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  20. ahhhh nooooo don't ever stop! haha pack snacks! =)

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  21. I have snacks but I want flautas! Please bring me some! You're due for a trip to Boston anyway... Might as well come bring me some food!

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  22. bahaha I am UBER overdue for a Boston trip! My family has been bugging me to come visit for far too long =) I'll see what I can do ;)

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  23. Those look delicious! Just found your blog, I love the title and I think what I ate Wednesday is a fabulous idea :)

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  24. WOW! The flautas look awesome! That wire rack definitely is the key to crisp baking :)

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  25. This is one of my favorite flavor combos!! I've made black bean/sweet 'tater enchiladas, but never flautas. Thanks for the recipe!!

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  26. brendalosingitlittlebylittleThursday, September 27, 2012

    I will most definitely be trying these! I think even my sweet potato hater hubby would like them!!

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  27. oh holy my.

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  28. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! I've been swooning over these bad boys after seeing you post them on Instagram. Holla!

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  29. This looks so good. Can't wait to try it out !!!

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  30. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeetsSaturday, September 29, 2012

    Seriously. How do you even live with yourself and all this ridiculous goodness. Your talent blows me away every time!!

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  31. I eat. A LOT! =) haha thanks Meghan -- totally blushing over here!

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  32. Oooh, these look amazing. I love both black beans and sweet potato. Could I persuade you to come share on my Blog Fest: http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/09/farm-girl-friday-blog-fest-2.html

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  33. I REALLY need to get to the store and pick me up an oven-safe cooling rack! The only one I have is from Pampered chef and it has rubbered feet...sooooo not oven proof! :-/


    I'm adding this to the list of things to make...along with your Irish nachos, box ties, and whenever I EVENTUALLY get around to that damn squash casserole! Ugh, I need more hours in the day...and a faster metabolism so I can just eat constantly! Lol

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  34. You had me at sweet potato. Adding these to my ever-growing dinner list!

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  35. I am totally on the savory sweet potato bandwagon!! Can't wait to try these for dinner tonight - perfect low cal, healthy recipe for me. =D

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  36. What is the optional cream cheese for? Do you mash the sweet potato or dice it up? Recipe looks delish, love mexican vegetarian recipes!

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    1. The cream cheese just makes them cheesier -- not needed though! And the sweet potato can be prepped any way you'd like! I microwave mine and then scoop out the insides! =) Hope that helps! xo

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  37. It's midnight my time, and I am ready to get out of bed and go make this! Looks yummy! I know what dinner will be tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!
    -em

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    1. Bahaha no sleep-cooking for you! Though it would be a little hilarious =) Let me know how they turn out! I'm so excited you'll be making them!!

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    2. Didn't want to wait for dinner so I made them for lunch this afternoon! So delicious! Everyone enjoyed them! By far a new Fav! Thanks again for sharing!
      -em

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    3. eeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! I'm so so glad! I'm smiling like a little kid that just found a cookie between the couch cushions - haha! Thanks Emily!

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  38. Do you mind if I share this recipe on my blog?

    http://exploringthekitchen.blogspot.com/

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  39. Genius trick! And these sound oh so tasty, girl =)

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  40. I made these tonight, and they were delicious!! I added a small can of green chiles, because I love them, and I had to use flour tortillas because it's what I had. My husband and kidlets devoured them, and asked me to put these "in the rotation." Thanks for a great recipe!

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  41. These look amazing! Can't wait to try them :)

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  42. Made tonight and loved them as well!

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  43. Found this dish on Pinterest and turned it into a quesadilla. Great meatless dish. Flavors melded well together and it was very filling. Thanks.

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  44. Found this dish on Pinterest and turned it into a quesadilla. We loved the flavors and found it very filling. Thanks.

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    1. ahhh yay! thanks Keianna! I adore it as a quesadilla and enchilada filling too - I'm so thrilled you like it!

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  45. Made these last night. Huge hit! Any tips on turning it into a freezer meal? Freeze before baking? Thanks! (LisaUkraine at gmail)

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    1. Freezing pre-baking will work fabulously! So so so over the moon that you loved them! Thanks Lisa!

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  46. We ate this Saturday night, and it's all I can think about.

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  47. Made these on Saturday. Can't stop thinking about them. Making them again tonight.

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  48. LOVE this recipe - Hot Habanero Cheddar is one of my favorites! Can't wait to share it with my Cabot friends on Facebook.

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  49. These were totally delicious..and very easy to make. My husband does not rave about my dinners but he said he could eat this every meal! Score

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    1. Ahhhh cue the happy dance! I'm so glad both of you loved them! Convincing picky eaters to faceplant into veggies is pretty much my main purpose in life =) Thanks Natalie!

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  50. Can these be made with flour tortillas or are the corn tortillas a must?

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    1. Absolutely =) You can skip steaming them since they're already soft but def use oil to help them crisp up in the oven! <3

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  51. Made these tonight....huge hit!!! Thanks for the great recipe, excited to try some different variations!!!!

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  52. I made these for dinner and they are yummy!! They also smell so good while cooking. Thank you!!

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  53. These look delish, and I want to make them for a party on Saturday. To minimize my flustered insanity the day of the party, I am curious if you think the filling would keep if I made it a day or two ahead of time and filled them and baked them the day of the party?

    Also, I am curious if you think the filling would be good in wonton wrappers? (I saw another recipe for mini-tacos that used them.)

    In any case, thanks for your help, and I am looking very forward to trying them out!

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    1. Absolutely! Making the filling ahead of time will work fabulously and save you prep time before the party =) While I love won-ton wrappers, they tend too cool down rather quickly and also don't hold much filling in them, so the corn tortillas might be easier on you since you wouldn't have to roll as many. They can also be sliced in half before serving depending on the number of guests! Let me know how the party goes! =) So excited you'll be making these!

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  54. Will flour tortillas work for this recipe? That's all I have in my pantry and I want to make these tonight!Thanks! They look relish!

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    1. They'll absolutely work! Use a little extra spray oil and you might need to bake for a little longer to crisp them up but they'll work! :)

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  55. We are addicted to these. We have been eating them weekly for a month already. My husband begs for them!

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  56. We loved these. Thanks for the phenomenal recipe! I keep craving these so I'm making them again tonight! :)

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  57. I didn't have all the ingredients and these still were delicious. If all the family members enjoy the recipe, it's a winner!! :)

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  58. We made these tonight and they are a winner!!

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  59. These tasted good but the damp paper towel trick didn't do anything for my sweet potato. It was shrivelled up and dry. AND mine did not stay rolled up, it was impossible to turn them over once on the tinfoil. Is there a technique to rolling these? I didn't put toothpicks in because I was afraid they would burn in the oven. Erg.

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    1. Haha glad they tasted good! <3 What wattage is your micro? It might be a bit higher than norm or or the spud was small and needed less cook time? No worries - they are uber forgiving! The trick for rolling the tortillas is in the toothpicks silly! When the "steamed" tortilla begins to crisp up in the oven they naturally start to move and attempt to take the shape they want to take [which is to open up! lol] so the toothpicks keep them in check! Using the wire rack technique mentioned in the post above helps as well! <3 xo

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  60. I can't tell you how happy I am that I found your blog. your recipes are just what i need now that the hot summer days are hitting us, and heavy oily meaty foods are just not cutting it for me on the hunger satisfaction meter. Last night I made the Mushroom and Brie soup, it was perfect and my husband couldn't get enough. Today I made the vege flautas, these are pure gems and are so delicious, I might make more tomorrow, and sometime this weekend we will be having the salmon tacos(i bought a bag of 75 corn tortillas on purpose). Thank you for your amazing recipes!!

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  61. Just made these for dinner. BIG HIT! Thanks for perfecting this delicious recipe!

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  62. Just finished eating these- they are great! Thank you for the recipe!!!

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  63. Just had them....used some tilapia in place of the sweet potato...so good! And they were crispy enough without broiling.

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    1. Love it! Tilapia is one of my favorite fish! Glad they were a hit!

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  64. I've been waiting weeks to make these delicious looking things!!!!! They are AWESOME!!! Thank you so much!!!!! Love them, LOVE THEM!!!!

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  65. Saw this recipe on Pinterest..added some shredded chicken and homemade salsa....so yummy!!!! Hubby liked them so much he had 5 for dinner!

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  66. where does the cream cheese come into play? Mix it with the potato before adding to the black bean mixture or just cube it and mix in with the black beans/corn?

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    1. It'll work any which way! You can mix it in with the potatoes or even with the shredded cheese. It'll all melt down together so whichever method works best for you should be perfect =) Hope you love them!

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  67. Looks delicious! A lot like this Kashi frozen dish entree that i LOVE https://www.kashi.com/our-foods/entrees/kashi-frozen-entrees-spicy-black-bean-enchilada

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  68. This was absolutely delicious! One of my 3 1/2 year olds gobbled his up, the other one ate five bites (which is a lot for her since I didn't add any meat to it). Even my meat & cheese loving husband, liked these (and that says a lot)! I know it's not vegetarian this way, but for breakfast I fried an egg and served it on top of one of the left-overs. Yum. Thank you so much for a healthy and delicious recipe.

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  69. I happened upon this recipe on Yumprint. I marked it because we wanted sweet potato burritos for dinner. I didn't actually plan to follow your recipe. Until I read your preview and I had to try it. What a great success!! It was delightful. For the first time in forever everybody loved it. Let me say it again, EVERYBODY LOVED IT!!! Thank you for posting and for perfecting. You made my day. Its our new family favorite.

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  70. do you dice or mash the potato?

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  71. Just made these tonight. Delicious and very filling! Thanks for a great recipe.

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  72. YUM and vegetarian to boot!! Shared on my blog: http://simplyfitandclean.com/2013/10/24/superfoods-ten-sweet-potato-recipes/

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  73. These were amazing. Love the sweet potato!

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  74. I made these tonight and they are amazing! Can't wait to try more of your awesome recipes!

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  75. I made these and they didn't come out so good. The onion and peppers did not cook all the way through; not even close. I turned my oven down to be able to bake them longer because of this, but the tortillas got crispy way too fast at 425. I recommend sautéing the peppers and onions a bit before combining everything. And specifying how to cut all the vegetables would definitely help (e.g. peppers and sweet potato).

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  76. These were amazing! I turned mine after 10 minutes for even browning but the oil spray and cooling rack backing trick worked perfectly for me! Thank you for this!

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  77. Courtney MetcalfSunday, April 20, 2014

    This was amazing! Thank you so much for posting! Absolutely loved it!

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  78. I made these for my very picky (and strictly organic) 19 month old and they were a hit!
    I should add my husband and MIL loved them also.
    I omitted the cayenne pepper, used mild green chilies with regular sweet corn in place of the fiesta corn and sautéed the onions before adding them. I also didn't use cream cheese.

    They turned out fantastic! Thank you so much for the recipe.

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  79. The Saint Louis University Dietetic interns LOVED these! We had an early Cinco De Mayo party last night and I brought these- they did not last!

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  80. Ahhh that's great! Thanks Emily!!!!!

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  81. That's fabulous news! I'm so glad you all enjoyed it! Thanks Samantha!

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  82. You're welcome! Thanks for making them! =)

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  83. I'm so glad the trick worked and happy you loved them too! Thanks Janette!

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  84. ahhh gotcha! Sorry about that! I tend to like the texture of slightly al-dente vegetables but realize everyone has different tastes! I'll update the post for you an add that in as a note. Thanks for the feedback!

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  85. Just wanted to let you know that I tried this recipe, and love it! Posted it on my blog, and linked you to it :) Thank you so much for sharing!

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  86. I only have flour tortillas on hand, think they would still work fine? Thanks!

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  87. Absolutely! Bake times might vary a teeny bit so keep an eye on them so they don't burn and you're good to go!
    Xo
    Jenn

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  88. Awesome tasting recipe. Thank you. I make it a lot

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