I’m just really into comfort food this week. Obviously. Like yesterday’s french toast. Uhhhh yeah, that’s comfort food at it’s max. This recipe is pretty comforting as well. Like a blanket of happiness wrapped around meats. Ha. And since we don’t eat tortillas in this little paleo community of ours, I had to turn to the next best thing. Sweet potatoes. BOOM. This meal would be a wicked good post wod meal. I did it. I ate it on the couch in pain after a thruster and handstand push up workout. Worst.Combination.EVER.

OMG guess what? I’m going to L.A. soon! Yes, I’m going to California. Really just for fun. I need to get the hell out of Colorado for at least a weekend. See other people. See other gyms. Yep, that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m going to visit friends in California with my friend Sergio and we are hitting up his old gym, CrossFit South Bay. Have you ever checked out their website? It’s wicked cool. And they have people that are cool as hell there. Especially my friend Ashley. She’s another Paleo blogger at PaleoMadeline. And hilarious. She’s may be as weird as I am so I, of course, love her. I can’t wait until our weirdness explodes together in the L.A. area. Sh*t is gonna get real.

And since I will be in the gym or at a restaurant most of the time while I’m in Cali, it will be difficult to make a cooking video. SO, I’m going to video everything I eat and do. Minus going to the bathroom. That just is way too personal. And I’m not a person that shares my personal business. HA, I got jokes!! Anywho, instead I will be showing everything I eat when I go to different restaurants (paleo or not), hoping to video my CrossFit Open wod at CFSB, as well as any weird sh*t Sergio does. Hopefully it’s at least PG-13. Knowing him, it won’t be, and a lot of editing will have to occur.

Ooo, guess what I got to do! I got to write a guest post for an amazing woman named Kim on her website Trainer Kim. She has an incredible story and looks absolutely fantastic! Her site is all about becoming the best you through understanding what you are putting in your body as well as how you are taking care of your body. She has some great information ranging from diet, to how to decrease your stress levels, to easy ways to eat out at restaurants. Awesome information, be sure to check her out!

PS-This is probably the most time consuming recipe I have ever made. But it’s worth it. If you don’t make it, I pity you. Seriously.

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Sweet Potato Enchiladas

  • Yield: 4 1x



For the enchiladas

  • 3 sweet potatoes, sliced thin lengthwise with a mandoline
  • 1lb grass fed ground beef
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (4oz) can diced green chiles
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 34 tablespoons Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil

For the sauce

  • 1 (14oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 yellow onion, minced
  • 1/3 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Now to make our “tortillas” from our sweet potatoes. Use a mandoline to thinly slice your sweet potatoes lengthwise. (You can use a knife but I found I couldn’t get the thinness I wanted or consistency with each slice with using a knife)
  3. Heat up a large skillet or griddle and place 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in it. When skillet is very hot and coconut oil has melted, add your sweet potatoes. Cook your sliced sweet potatoes for 3-5 minutes per side or until sweet potatoes are soft. You DO NOT want them crispy. (You may have to do this a couple of batches so keep coconut oil on hand.) Do as many batches as you need to and place sweet potato slices on a paper towel to remove excess oil and cool while you cook your meat.
  4. Once your sweet potatoes are cooling, use the same skillet to cook your meat. Add in a bit of oil then add your minced garlic cloves along with your onion.
  5. When the onion becomes translucent, add in your ground beef along with your green chiles and spices. Let that cook down until cook completely through, using a wooden spoon to break up the ground beef and incorporate all the flavors.
  6. While the meat cooks, place a saucepan over medium heat for your sauce. Add your tablespoon of oil along with your minced onion.
  7. When the onion becomes translucent, add your tomato sauce and vegetable broth, as well as all your seasonings. Let that cook down until it thickens just a bit.
  8. Now once everything is done cooking, it’s time to use your fingers!
  9. Pull out an 8×8 or 9×9 glass baking dish, add a spoonful of enchilada sauce on the bottom and start building your enchiladas.
  10. Each enchilada should take 3 slices of a sweet potato. Place a slice down in the dish, then another half way on top, then another half on top of the second slice. It should be a feathering or fan effect. Now place a spoonful or two of your meat mixture in the center of your sweet potatoes, then wrap your sweet potatoes over the meat, tucking the ends underneath the other ends of the sweet potatoes (like a tortilla).-see first picture for an example
  11. Repeat until all your sweet potatoes are gone. If you are have leftover meat, place that around your enchiladas.
  12. Pour your enchilada sauce on top.
  13. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  14. Cool then eat your heart out!

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  1. Sara says:

    What if I don’t have a mandoline? Just slice thin or make it differently? Thanks!!

    1. juli says:

      slice as thin as possible

  2. Cynthia says:

    I stumbled across this recipe when I searched for paleo ground beef recipes. I did not have white sweet potatoes but went ahead with the recipe. I also only had two small sweet potatoes so I cooked some regular potatoes and made two casserole dishes which I layered in the pan. It was awesome! My family ate every bit of it an wanted more. The dish with the sweet potatoes was much better. I will definitely try and again with the large white sweet potatoes!

  3. Brooke says:

    Julie, this looks so good! I bought all of the ingredients, but I don’t quite understand how to cut the sweet potato…in a long ribbon? How come your don’t look orange? We ended up stuffing the rest in green peppers and baking (enchilada stuffed peppers!) it was actually really good, but I would love to try the original recipe. Can you just elaborate on the “tortilla” a little more. Thanks!

    1. juli says:

      i used white sweet potatoes. and just use a mandolin or thinly slice them length wise

  4. Ruby says:

    For the sweet potatoes do you keep the skin on there? Also do you bake them before doing this or no? 😉

    1. juli says:

      Skin on and no baking – see steps 2 and 3

  5. Gwen says:

    We made these last night. Very good. Takes a while for the potatoes, but worth it. Next time I will try pulled beef in them. I did make my own tomatillo sauce too.