Baked Turkey Enchiladas Recipe

Turkey Enchiladas
Turkey Enchiladas. Steve Cohen/Photolibrary/Getty Images
  • 82 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 62 mins
  • Yield: 6 Servings

Turkey enchiladas are made with leftover turkey, cheese, sour cream, and tortillas. Serve these flavorful turkey enchiladas with rice and refried beans.

Enchiladas are typically made with corn tortillas, but you can use corn or flour in these turkey enchiladas. The easy sauce is made with mild chile peppers, but if you like a little heat, add some finely chopped jalapeno rings.

What You'll Need

  • 3 cups turkey (shredded)
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 1/2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded or a Mexican blend of cheeses, divided)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tortillas (10-inch, corn or flour)
  • 1/3 cup corn oil
  • For the Sauce:
  • 2 cans mild green chile peppers (4 ounces each)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups onion (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 pounds stewed tomatoes

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F (180 C/Gas 4). Lightly grease a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pan.
  2. Combine the shredded turkey with sour cream, 2 cups of  the shredded cheddar cheese, and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir to blend thoroughly.
  3. Heat 1/3 cup of oil and dip tortillas in until soft and drain. Or, follow package directions for heating tortillas  in the microwave oven or conventional oven.
  4. Stuff the warm tortillas with turkey mixture and roll up. Arrange the filled rolls seam side down, side-by-side in the prepared baking pan.
  1. Prepare sauce. In a skillet, saute the chile peppers with garlic in 2 tablespoons of olive oil for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the stewed tomatoes, onions, 1 teaspoon salt, oregano, and water. Simmer uncovered until the sauce is reduced and thickened, or about 1/2 hour.
  2. Pour the chile sauce over enchiladas and bake them for about 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese and return them to the oven for a few minutes, or just until the cheese has melted.
  3. Let the casserole stand for about 5 minutes before serving.

Tips and Variations

  • Make the enchiladas with cooked shredded chicken instead of turkey. Chicken thighs make a good filling.
  • Replace the cheddar or cheddar jack cheese with pepper jack or a taco seasoned blend.
  • Add a few tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro to the filling.
  • Garnish the enchiladas with 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh cilantro or some sliced green onion tops when they come out of the oven.
  • Add 1 cup of cooked or canned black beans or pinto beans to the turkey filling or replace some of the turkey with the beans. It's a good, budget-friendly way to stretch the turkey.

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