Top 9 Mexican Recipes for Leftover Turkey

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Your leftover turkey will get a flavorful makeover with these mouth-watering recipes for everything from turkey tacos to tostadas. All of the recipes feature leftover cooked turkey and loads of Mexican flavor. Turkey is actually indigenous to Mexico and was a part of the Aztec diet along with tomatoes, squash, and sometimes iguana.

  • 01 of 09
    Turkey Tacos. Photo © Molly Watson

    This taco filling recipe features shredded turkey, jalapenos, cilantro and Mexican spices for a burst of Mexican flavor. Use your choice of steaming hot corn or flour tortillas and serve the tacos with a selection of toppings such as chopped tomato, chopped onion, ​chile sauce, guacamole, shredded lettuce, sour cream, and salsa.​ They make a great lunch or part of a quick dinner.

  • 02 of 09
    Turkey Enchiladas
    Turkey Enchiladas. Steve Cohen/Photolibrary/Getty Images

    Who doesn't love enchiladas? Here is a recipe for a hearty enchilada dish made with turkey, salsa, cheese, and green chile sauce. It's one way to use up the leftover turkey by making a dish you can still enjoy for several days, or even freeze portions to reheat for future lunches and dinners. You will love it so much you may find yourself cooking turkey more often.

  • 03 of 09
    Tamales. Tamales

    You can get a jump start on your holiday tamale-making with this recipe. Save the turkey skin and carcass to use to make turkey broth and turkey "lard" to use in the dough. You'll likely have leftover broth to use for other recipes. This filling is simply shredded turkey, but you can add chiles and cheese if you desire. It make extras to freeze so you can enjoy them all year long.

  • 04 of 09
    Chicken Tortilla Soup
    Known in Spanish as Sopa de Tortilla or Sopa Azteca, this is one of Mexico's classic chicken soups. photo (c) Haydn Blackey on Flickr, cc by-sa 2.0)

    You can substitute diced leftover turkey and turkey broth for chicken in this recipe for Mexican tortilla soup. Serve it with a stack of steaming flour tortillas so you can sop up the last bits of soup at the bottom of the bowl. You can enjoy this for lunch or as a starter for dinner. You can freeze leftovers and then top them with tortillas when you reheat a serving.

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  • 05 of 09
    Sope preparado. Fuente Flickr / Foto: usuario y6y6y6 / Licencia CC BY 2.0

    Sopes are cakes of masa that can be topped with leftover turkey. You can season and layer your turkey topping in many ways. Try red chile sauce, roasted green chiles, and green olives. Smear a layer of beans on each masa cake before topping it with your delicious turkey mixture. Add a few crumbles of cotija cheese to the top for a tasty presentation.

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    Tostadas are served like an open-faced taco, with different layers of ingredients. It's easy to prepare a shell to hold your creation. Top your tostada with a layer of refried beans, add leftover shredded turkey, shredded cheese, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro.

  • 07 of 09
    Vegetarian bean and cheese taquitos or flautas - rolled tacos!
    Vegetarian bean and cheese taquitos or flautas - rolled tacos!.

    Flautas are like a rolled up tostada. You can make a filling for flautas from your leftover shredded turkey. Mix it with chile sauce or add it to this recipe for green chiles, corn, and cheese for a crunchy-fried rolled tortilla. Flautas are a great meal or a snack. Make as many as you like with this adjustable recipe.

  • 08 of 09
    Empanadas. Empanadas

    You can fill empanadas in many ways. One idea is to saute sweet onions and add your shedded turkey as a filling. This is easy to do as your turkey is already cooked.

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  • 09 of 09
    Turkey Torta
    Turkey Torta. Turkey Torta

    Bolillos are a thick, chewy bread that you can fill with shredded turkey, guacamole, sliced tomatoes, and lettuce.