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Sweet Potato and Kale Wraps

Sweet Potato and Kale Wraps

Sweet Potato and Kale Wraps
Originally these were going to be burritos. Having never wrapped burritos before, they turned out a little flat. I was hoping no one would notice, but as soon as I gave my husband his, he was all, “This doesn’t look like a burrito at all! Burritos are round!” So I decided rather than making the recipe again, I’d just call them Sweet Potato and Kale Wraps. I’m lazy like that.

These wraps were inspired by a recipe for Portuguese Burritos by MomFoodie. She had mentioned that she felt they were lacking something, so I decided to add a crapload of stuff to the burritos to add flavor. I didn’t want to add cheese, but I needed something to help bind the burrito together, hence the mashed sweet potatoes. I added black beans too and to replicate that smoky flavor the beans have at Mexican restaurants, I added a little smoked Spanish paprika to them. Caramelized onions clearly make everything better, so those went in too. I guess I kind of used a “throw enough things at the wall and eventually something will stick” approach to these burritos wraps.

Luckily everything did stick, and although they might sound a little bit weird, they were really good and super, super filling.

Sweet Potato and Kale Wraps

Sweet Potato and Kale Wraps

Not quite burritos, not quite wraps—these Sweet Potato & Kale Wraps are filled with caramelized onions, smoky black beans, brown rice and vegan chorizo. Inspired by MomFoodie's Meatless Portuguese Burritos.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 4 wraps


  • 1 large sweet potato pierced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 2 vegan chorizo sausages crumbled (I strongly recommend Field Roast Mexican Chipotle sausages—I hate all the over-processed soy meat products)
  • 1 small bunch kale chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup brown rice cooked according to package with 1 tsp. olive oil added to cooking water
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked or canned black beans, warmed
  • 1 tsp smoked Spanish paprika
  • 1/2 cup salsa a sweet or smoky salsa would work well
  • 4 whole wheat tortillas warmed


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Place sweet potato on a baking sheet or sheet of aluminum foil and roast for 40–60 minutes, or until tender and beginning to caramelize. Allow to cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over low heat. Add onion and stir to coat. Allow onion to slowly caramelize, stirring occasionally. (On my stove, it takes about an hour to caramelize onions, although other people have told me it takes them 30 minutes—use your best judgment here!)
  • When onion is almost caramelized, stir in crumbled chorizo. Continue to cook for 6–8 minutes, or until chorizo is beginning to brown. Add chopped kale and cover. Cook until kale is bright green and wilted, approximately 5 minutes more. Remove from heat.
  • Remove sweet potato skin and mash insides in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Combine rice, lime juice, cilantro, and salt in another bowl.
  • In another bowl (last one, I promise!), stir together black beans and paprika until beans are coated.
  • To assemble, divide vegetable and chorizo mixture, rice, sweet potatoes, beans, and salsa among 4 tortillas. If you don't know how to wrap a burrito, follow these handy dandy instructions.


Serving: 1wrap
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  • Reply
    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    February 16, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Hopefully I can tell the Mr it’s spinach because I think he’s going to go nuts if I try to find another way to sneak kale in!! Maybe with all the other great ingredients he won’t notice! 😉 Looks yummy!

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      The Type A Housewife
      February 16, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      Ha! See, I’m the opposite–love kale, but spinach not so much. I’ll eat it, but the texture is just so… slimy.

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    February 16, 2012 at 11:16 am

    sweet potato is one of my favorite foods. I also love baked kale. I bet this is a great combination!

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      The Type A Housewife
      February 16, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Sweet potatoes and kale really do go well together–they are two of my favorites too!

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    Grumpy Grateful Mom
    February 16, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I love seeing the recipes you come up with! I would have never thought to add sweet potato to something like this, but it sounds like it worked! Makes for a pretty wrap too.

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      The Type A Housewife
      February 16, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      It did work! My husband was definitely skeptical when I told him about the mashed sweet potatoes, but they won him over. 🙂

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    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
    February 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    My husband perked up at this picture! I’m going to have to make this one with real chorizo.

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    February 16, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Two of my favorite vegetables, sweet potatoes and kale!

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    February 16, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Don’t you love those times when throwing together everything you can think of turns out really well? I find that wraps are perfect for doing that! I don’t really know the difference between a burrito and a wrap either, but whatever these are called, they sound delicious!

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      The Type A Housewife
      February 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Thank you! My husband and I actually had a 10 minute discussion about the difference between burritos and wraps and I don’t think we were able to figure it out ourselves. But he’s adamant that burritos are rounded, so these aren’t burritos! 😉

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    February 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I really like the combination of ingredients you’re using for these. Delicious!

  • Reply
    February 17, 2012 at 12:43 am

    That looks yummy. You eat so much better than I do!

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      The Type A Housewife
      February 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      Thank you! I’m trying to lose weight & the only way I can stick to a diet is by cooking different things all the time.

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    MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College
    February 18, 2012 at 1:12 am

    I love sweet potatoes and black beans together..these look great. Burrito or not i am making them 🙂

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      The Type A Housewife
      February 20, 2012 at 7:41 am

      I hope they turn out well for you if you make them! I’m sure at the very least, you’ll manage to wrap them better than I did!

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    February 19, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Wraps or burritos, these look yummy!! I love the idea of chorizo for a little heat!

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      February 20, 2012 at 7:35 am

      Thank you! Next time I know to make them round so I can call them burritos…

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    Skye Moyer
    February 20, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    If only I could get my husband to eat sweet potatoes!!

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      The Type A Housewife
      February 21, 2012 at 7:55 am

      Your husband doesn’t like sweet potatoes?! Oh, they are so good, I can’t imagine not liking them, ha!

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    February 29, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I’m a little late to the party, but I made these tonight and they were so good! We love kale, beans, and sweet potatoes in this house but I never thought to eat them all together. 🙂 Yum!

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      The Type A Housewife
      February 29, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      Yay, thanks for letting me know! I wasn’t sure it would all work together either, but somehow it does, right? 🙂

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