Jill Reid | Kitchen Spirit

Turkey Enchiladas

Switch it up with fresh organic ground turkey in this southwestern classic . . .

My husband was born and raised in Arizona near the southern border, so it was no surprise to learn he loved Mexican food. Fortunately, it’s also one of my faves, so creating and experimenting with Mexican and tex-mex recipes is always a treat. These turkey enchiladas find their way to our table quite often . . .

Ingredients:

(8-10) 8” whole wheat flour tortillas
1 lb. ground organic turkey
1-tsp crushed garlic
Extra virgin olive oil
½ chopped onion
2-tbsp cumin
1-tbsp dried cilantro
1-tbsp basil
2-tbsp paprika
1-tsp red chili flakes
Pepper to taste
½ -15 oz can Black beans
Kitchen Spirit green chili sauce (Click Here for the recipe)
Grated cheese (pick your favorite)
Sliced black olives (optional)
Chopped green onions (optional)
Foil

In a large skillet, heat olive oil and add garlic, onions. Cook on medium-high heat until onions are soft. Add ground organic turkey and brown lightly. Add paprika, pepper, cumin, basil, cilantro, dried red chili flakes, and ½ can of black beans. Cook until meat is fully browned, stirring occasionally.

Lightly coat a 9 x 13 baking dish with olive oil. Fill each tortilla with a spoonful of the meat mixture, two tablespoons of Kitchen Spirit green chili sauce, and a tablespoon of cheese. Roll the tortilla and place in baking dish. Continue until the baking dish is full.

Sprinkle a small amount of grated cheese over the enchiladas and cover the baking dish with foil. Wrap the edges tightly and bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional five minutes to “crisp” the tortillas a bit.

Here’s how I like to serve them:

Place an enchilada on a serving dish and layer lightly with Kitchen Spirit green chili sauce and cheese. Heat in microwave about 30 seconds (until cheese begins to melt). Remove and add black olives and green onions on top.

 Tips:

Tortillas are available in lots of varieties, including roasted red pepper, spinach, and jalapeno. Experiment with your favorites to add color and flavor-it-up.

Boost the nutrient and fiber content by adding ¼ cup of chia seeds to the meat while it’s cooking.

Add half a cup of corn for a little color and crunch

About cheese – use your favorite and create a new taste. I usually pick cheddar, monterey jack, colby, or jalapeno pepper- or a combination.

Good news – these freeze great! You can use storage containers, or wrap the enchiladas in foil (individually or in quantity) and use a storage bag. Pop them in the freezer for an easy-to-heat-and-serve meal next week.


Here are a few handy helpers I found on Amazon to make prep work and storage a breeze. Just click on the photos below for more info and the Amazon Link.


Black & Decker 1.5 Cup Food Processor

Food and veggie choppers are the most used appliances in my kitchen. I’m always adding to my collection . . .

Natizo Measuring Spoons

These come in handy for measuring ingredients to keep spices and herbs in balance when preparing recipes.

Zyliss Cheese Grater

picture of white cheese grateMy knuckles thanked me when I started using this. Easy to handle and great results!

Storage Containers

I use see-through storage containers for everything – leftovers, freezing extra meals, and storing basic ingredients.