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Thug Kitchen: Sweet Potato, Squash, & Black Bean Enchiladas

Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck is a tough, edgy, and fun looking cook book that is hitting shelves this week. The authors lay down the facts, provide the steps, and want you to “elevate your kitchen game.” These guys make me giggle. I’m not the biggest fan of enchiladas but I definitely want to try these! Enjoy!


There are two kinds of people in this world: people who like enchiladas and people who have no fucking taste. Which are you?



21/4 cups vegetable broth

1/3 cup tomato paste

21/2 tablespoons chili powder

2 teaspoons ground cumin

11/2 teaspoons dried oregano

2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons soy sauce or tamari

1 tablespoon lime juice


1 large sweet potato (about 1 pound), chopped into nickel-size pieces*

2 teaspoons olive oil

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

1 medium yellow squash, grated on your box grater (about 1 cup)

1 teaspoon chili powder

2 cloves garlic, minced

11/2 cups cooked black beans**

1 teaspoon maple syrup or agave syrup

A pack of corn or flour tortillas

Sliced avocado

Chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt

  1. Make the enchilada sauce: Dump everything but the lime juice into a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Use a whisk or something and make sure that the tomato paste isn’t just sitting in a fucking clump. Let that simmer together for 10 to 15 minutes so that the sauce has time to thicken up a little. Add the lime juice and turn off the heat. Let that shit cool while you make the filling.
  1. To cook the sweet potato, grab a medium saucepan, fill it with an inch or two of water, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Throw in your metal steamer basket and fill that with the chopped sweet potato. Cover and steam until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Dump into a bowl and smash the pieces around. Some chunks are fine, so you don’t need to work too hard at making this smooth.
  1. While the sweet potato steams, grab a large skillet or wok and heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté; until it begins to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Toss in the squash and cook for another minute. Add the chili powder, cumin, salt, garlic, and black beans. Cook together for another 2 minutes and then fold in the mashed sweet potato and maple syrup and turn off the heat. Mix until all that shit is combined.
  1. Now you’re going to make the motherfucking enchiladas. Crank your oven to 375F. Grab a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
  1. Cover the bottom of the baking dish with about 11/2 cups of enchilada sauce. Using a griddle, your oven, or the microwave, warm up the tortillas. Dip a tortilla around in a little of the sauce in the baking dish so that the bottom is all coated. Fill the tortilla with a couple spoonfuls of filling, then roll it up and set it seam-side down in the dish. You know how the fuck enchiladas are supposed to look, so handle that shit. Keep going until you run out of space or out of filling.
  1. Cover the enchiladas with the remaining sauce, cover the dish tightly with foil, and throw it in the oven for 20 minutes. Take off the foil and cook it for 5 more minutes. Let it cool for a minute or two before serving. Feel free to top those savory sons of bitches with some sliced avocado or chopped cilantro if you give a shit about presentation.

(keep going ’cause you know we aren’t done . . . )

* You really just need 1 large cooked sweet potato. If you have a leftover roasted sweet potato or something, just scoop out the flesh and move on with the recipe. Or steam it in the microwave if that is your shit: Stab it with a fork, then cook on high for 5 minutes, flip, then 5 minutes more.

** Or one 15-ounce can

Sweet Potato, Squash, & Black Bean Echiladas Thug Kitchen



Thank you for sharing this recipe with us TK!



  • shaina

    mmm looks good (:

  • Staci

    I made this recipe last night and it is so good!

  • Susan Burns

    Holy smokes, I came here looking for inspiration for Christmas dinner….and I found this book – which seems like a total godsend (maybe not for Christmas, but the other 364 days a year). I probably own 13 vegetarian/vegan/macro cookbooks but only actively use about 3 of them (Kind Life is one I use, so you go Alicia!) because the others always have a million expensive ingredients, half of which I’ve never heard of and the meals take FOREVER to make.

    From the excerpts I’ve read in this book, it seems to be the opposite of that. So I totally ordered it. It seems straight forward and simple. All about cooking healthy and realistically in a world where you have a budget and other things to do. The pantry list was ALL things we already own and buy weekly – no weird expensive stuff. I’m SO super psyched about getting this book.

  • Eva Ellison

    I have yet to make these, but my sister bought me a copy of TK for my birthday last month. Since then, I’ve made about 7 recipes and LOVED them all. Last night, I made the potato leek soup. It only has about 5-7 ingredients (I left out the salt) and it was DELICIOUS!
    My favorite so far though has been the Veggie Pad Thai.
    It was SO colorful and was so delicious I could have eaten it all week.