Turkey Enchiladas with red sauce is what you should be making when you are trying to figure out what to do with leftover turkey after Thanksgiving dinner.
My Homemade red enchilada sauce and my Homemade tortilla makes it taste even better.
Or else you try turkey enchiladas with green sauce. See my recipe for Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde Sauce and don't miss the homemade Salsa Verde recipe.
You can also make Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs or Turkey Chili in a Crockpot with leftover turkey.
- Turkey Enchiladas with sour cream
- Ingredients for turkey enchiladas with leftover turkey
- Instructions - How to Make leftover turkey enchiladas with flour tortillas?
- Cooking Variations
- What wine goes well with turkey enchiladas?
- How do you reheat turkey enchiladas?
- Can enchiladas be frozen?
- How long do enchiladas take in the oven?
- Should I cover enchiladas while baking?
- What goes good with enchiladas?
- How do you keep enchiladas from getting soggy?
- Why do my enchiladas fall apart?
- Can you refrigerate enchiladas before baking?
- More Enchiladas
- Top Tips
- More Leftover Turkey recipes
- Turkey Enchiladas Recipe
Turkey Enchiladas with sour cream
The day after Thanksgiving or Black Friday is the day when you are busy chasing deals and discounts online.
And, cooking yourself a dinner is the last thing you want to do.
Then this easy Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Enchilada Recipe is just what you need.
Trust me you will be left with no leftovers!
Lightly spicy and filling this leftover turkey recipes for dinner has a true-blue Mexican taste.
Ingredients for turkey enchiladas with leftover turkey
- Cooked Turkey or Leftover turkey
- sour cream - you can replace this with thick greek yogurt.
- Red Enchilada Sauce - you can also use green sauce to make turkey enchiladas with green sauce
- Smoked paprika - so that it doesn't taste bland.
- Ground Cumin - for that hint of earthy tone and mexican flavors.
- Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese - you can also use Mozzarella cheese or Mexican cheese blend.
- Flour tortillas or Corn Tortillas
- Freshly chopped parsley
See recipe card for quantities.
Instructions - How to Make leftover turkey enchiladas with flour tortillas?
- Step 1: Preheat oven
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F or 190 degrees C. Spread Enchilada sauce in a 9x13 inch baking dish.
- Step 2: Make Enchilada Filling
In a medium sized mixing bowl combine cooked turkey cut into slices, sour cream, red enchilada sauce, smoked paprika, ground cumin, and half of shredded monterey jack cheese.
- Step 3: Roll them up
Spread Red Enchilada sauce in the tortillas. Add Enchilada filling in the center. Roll them up tightly. Place them on a 9x13 inch baking dish.
- Step 4: Sprinkle Cheese on top
Add Red Enchilada Sauce on enchiladas and sprinkle cheese on top. Bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese turns bubbly.
Hint: Make sure you fry your tortillas briefly in the skillet with some oil. This will help you make your enchiladas crispy.
- Green Sauce - You can buy green sauce or you can make green sauce or salsa verde sauce with tomatillos.
- Can of Green Chilies - If you love your turkey enchiladas spicy then you can add a can of green chilies to the sour cream turkey mixture that we prepared.
- Greek Yogurt - You can replace sour cream with same amount of thick non-flavored Greek Yogurt.
- Refried Beans - To make it more flavorful you can add some homemade refried beans or store-bought refried beans into the mix.
- Mexican Seasonings - You can add your favorite Mexican seasonings such as Mexican oregano.
- Aromatics - Add in aromatics like Onion Powder and Garlic Powder to your enchilada filling and make it taste amazing.
What wine goes well with turkey enchiladas?
When choosing wine to pair with turkey enchiladas I would choose something fruity and heavily oaked such as Chardonnay.
Chardonnay has a intense fruity taste and a hint of vanilla when it is heavily oaked. And, that is what makes it pair so well with turkey enchiladas.
You can also enjoy your enchiladas with Pinot grigio. I learnt to choose my drink for enchiladas with this article by Olive Magazine.
How do you reheat turkey enchiladas?
- Bake your leftover turkey enchiladas and allow them to cool down completely.
- Wrap the dish in plastic wrap and foil. Freeze for at least 3-months.
- To reheat, uncover the foil and plastic wrap.
- Reheat bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly.
Can enchiladas be frozen?
Yes you can freeze enchiladas.
- To freeze turkey enchiladas allow them to cool down completely.
- Cover the dish tightly with a plastic wrap and an aluminium foil.
- Freeze for up to 3-months.
How long do enchiladas take in the oven?
- Spoon 2/3 cup of turkey enchilada filling in each tortilla.
- Roll them up tightly and place them in a baking 13x9 inch baking dish.
- Sprinkle cheese and spread enchilada sauce.
- Bake uncovered in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F or 190 degrees C for 15-minutes or until cheese melts.
Should I cover enchiladas while baking?
Most people prefer covering their enchiladas while baking. If you want you can cover your enchiladas with a foil while baking.
But, I like my enchiladas a little crispy on the outside therefore I don't cover while baking.
What goes good with enchiladas?
Serve your enchiladas with the following:
- Easy Homemade Pico De Gallo
- Pineapple Salsa (Summer Favourite)!
- Grilled Corn Mango Salsa
- Roasted Tomato Salsa
- Grilled Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)
- Mexican Cauliflower Rice (Low Carb)
- Mexican Corn Salad Recipe with Cilantro Lime Dressing
How do you keep enchiladas from getting soggy?
The trick to a non-soggy enchilada is something that all of us want. Soggy enchiladas are something that nobody wants.
To make sure that your enchiladas are not soggy you can fry your tortillas briefly in a skillet.
This has two benefits:
- It makes your tortillas crispy.
- It creates a thin film between the tortilla and the juices.
Why do my enchiladas fall apart?
Most of us don't warm out tortillas before filling it with taco filling or enchilada filling.
Cold or dry tortillas is the most common reason why enchiladas fall apart.
So, the most helpful thing to do is simply, warm them in the oven or in the skillet until warm, crispy, and springy.
Can you refrigerate enchiladas before baking?
Make Ahead Turkey Enchiladas are totally possible and something that I make all the time.
- Fill your tortillas with the enchilada filling.
- Tightly wrap with plastic wrap or aluminium foil. Seal around the edges to prevent your enchiladas from freezer burns.
- Refrigerate for 2-3 days or Freeze for up to 3-4 months.
- When ready to bake, remove cover and bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until the cheesy turns bubbly.
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- Make sure you fry your tortillas briefly before filling it with the stuffing. This will help you make non-soggy turkey enchiladas.
- You can freeze the leftovers for 3-4 months.
- To roll them up tightly see the video embedded below.
- You can make your own variations and suit it according to your taste.
- Serve this with your favorite side and your favorite wine and you'll have the best dinner recipe.
More Leftover Turkey recipes
- Leftover Turkey Mushroom and Wild rice soup (Deliciously Creamy!!)
- Thanksgiving turkey cheese ball recipe
- Garlic Sesame Turkey Stuffed Zucchini Boats
- Italian Turkey Meatballs in marinara sauce
- Easy Turkey lasagna Recipe
- Instant Pot Turkey Breast
- Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs
- Turkey Chili in a Crockpot
Turkey Enchiladas Recipe
- 4 cups cooked turkey shredded or chopped
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 cans (19 oz) Red Enchilada Sauce
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese divided
- 8 Large Flour Tortillas or corn tortillas (6-inch)
- ¼ cup finely chopped parsley for garnish
- 1 tablespoon olive oil to sear tortillas
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F or 190 degrees C. Spread a few tablespoons of red enchilada sauce in a 9x13 inch baking dish.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine cooked turkey, sour cream, red enchilada sauce smoked paprika, ground cumin, and half of shredded Monterey Jack Cheese.
- Heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Place tortillas and cook both sides until soft, spring-y, and pliable.
- Spread few tablespoons of red enchilada sauce in the tortillas.
- Add cooked turkey and cheese filling in the center of the tortillas. Roll them up tightly. Place them in the prepared baking dish. Repeat until the pan is covered with enchiladas.
- Spread red enchilada sauce on the enchiladas. Sprinkle remaining shredded Monterey Jack Cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes in a preheated oven or until cheese melts.
- Once done, remove from oven and serve right away.
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