Turkey Enchilada Casserole

Quick & easy Turkey Enchilada Casserole! Just layer tortillas with turkey & cheese, pop in the oven & you’ll have dinner on the table in under an hour. Great for ground turkey or chicken or even holiday leftovers.

Turkey Enchilada Casserole | 2CookinMamas A quick & easy way to make enchiladas - in a layered casserole. Quick, easy with all the Mexican deliciousness you love!

I had one of those days when the last thing I wanted to do was think up something for dinner. It seems like whenever my day is really crazy I always seem to gravitate towards Mexican. Case in point, this Turkey Enchilada Casserole, or our Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos, Carne Asada, Fish Tacos or Beef Enchiladas. See what I mean? I think it must be one of my comfort foods.

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I love this recipe because it’s so easy. No filling and rolling of tortillas just simply layering ingredients in a big casserole, kind of like fixing a lasagna, that goes together quickly and really has little clean-up. The only hard part is waiting for it to finish cooking when you smell all those warm & inviting aromas emanating out of your kitchen.

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I like to serve this with sides of chopped lettuce and tomato and sliced avocado. You could also add refried beans if you didn’t add the black beans into the casserole and I know some people love to serve with a little Spanish rice (or you could try our Spanish quinoa :-)). I didn’t add kernel corn but you can also layer that in on top of the beans for a bit of a Southwestern flavor.

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Oh, one last thing. This is great to slice, once its cooled down, and freeze in squares to bring to work for lunch. Just a few minutes in the microwave heats it right back up and it tastes as good as it did the first time.

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TURKEY ENCHILADA CASSEROLE
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Quick & easy enchiladas! Just layer tortillas with turkey & cheese, pop in the oven & you'll have a Turkey Enchilada Casserole that everyone will love.
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 lbs. ground turkey (chicken can also be used as can cooked shredded turkey or chicken)
  • 1/2 large onion chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh oregano chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 4- oz can chopped green chiles drained
  • 1 15.5- oz can black beans drained & rinsed (optional)
  • 3 cups enchilada sauce
  • 8- 10 " flour tortillas cut in half (corn can also be used but you will need a few more)
  • 3 cups cheese (I used 1-1/2 cups jalapeno jack & 1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese)
  • Garnish: Chopped fresh cilantro, sliced avocado, chopped green onions, chopped lettuce & tomatoes
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with a non-stick spray.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet. Cook turkey, onion, spices and green chiles together until turkey is cooked through. Note: If using cooked turkey, add after onion mixture has cooked.
  3. Add 1-1/2 cups enchilada sauce to cooked turkey, stir and set aside.
To assemble:
  1. Pour a small amount of enchilada sauce in bottom of prepared baking dish (just barely enough to cover). Lay 4 or 5 half-tortillas in bottom. Overlap them so the bottom is completely covered.
  2. Continue layering with 1/3 of turkey mixture, 1/3 of black beans if using, 3/4 cup cheese. Repeat with layers 2 more times ending with cheese.
  3. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over all. Cover with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes then remove from oven, uncover, sprinkle remaining 3/4 cup cheese on top and bake for another 10 minutes. If you like your cheese browned like I do, place under broiler for 3-5 minutes.
  5. Serve with chopped lettuce & tomato and avocado slices.

 

 

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Valentina | The Baking Fairy
    02/17/2016 at 11:47 am

    This looks so good! I love the idea of using flat tortillas instead of rolling, since rolling does take forever. Pinning for later! 🙂

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      02/17/2016 at 2:12 pm

      Glad you liked it Valentina! It’s a great time saver and is delicious and nutritious too.

  • Reply
    grace
    02/17/2016 at 12:26 pm

    i make something like this at least once every two weeks, often more. it hits every note–comforting, easy, filling, and pretty darn nutritious too!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      02/17/2016 at 2:11 pm

      Wow! You are definitely on my quick & easy list to check out. I love the ease of this too and wound up freezing some to give to my husband for lunch during the week.

  • Reply
    leannelc
    02/18/2016 at 5:11 am

    this casserole looks amazing! I’m a big fan of lasagne and this is a yummy alternative. thanks for sharing on our #OTM link up ~ Leanne 🙂

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      02/20/2016 at 9:26 am

      Hope you get to try it Leanne. Our family loves casseroles & it’s great when we can have our casserole & Mexican all in one easy dish.

  • Reply
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