Thanksgiving Turkey Leftovers: Turkey Enchiladas-Step by Step Instructions

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Turkey Leftovers: Enchiladas

Unless you cook a small turkey, or you have a large crowd of guests who carry off doggie bags from your Thanksgiving table, you will look at a crowded refrigerator and wonder how you are going to eat turkey leftovers for the next few days.

Of course, one of the things you can do is freeze a large portion of the meat for another day. But, with the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas following each other, in the U.S., it is a meal you won't want to repeat very often. Sure it is a heart healthy food rich in protein, but variety is the spice of life.

I recently cooked our Thanksgiving turkey early to share with my nephew before he visited his relatives in Charlotte. We had all the trimmings: cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and, of course, turkey and stuffing.

The great thing about it is our leftovers went fast. Although I did freeze a bagful of the meat, I was also able to create a nine inch turkey pot pie for one left over meal, and the second night, a delicious turkey enchilada.

Now, for anyone who loves Mexican food and enjoys the flavor of chicken enchiladas, you will appreciate the ease in which turkey can be substituted. I added a few ingredients in this recipe that I haven't used before and it created a much richer blend of flavors and consistency. I hope you enjoy it.

How to make turkey enchiladas

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The finished product:  Turkey Enchiladas.Add refried beans to your mixture for a richer flavor.Enchilada sauce vy Old El Paso makes this recipe easy to make.Add shredded cheese-I use cheddar, but use a mixture if you want.Chopped leftover turkey as the main ingredient.Place the rolled enchiladas into the casserole dish.
The finished product:  Turkey Enchiladas.
The finished product: Turkey Enchiladas. | Source
Add refried beans to your mixture for a richer flavor.
Add refried beans to your mixture for a richer flavor. | Source
Enchilada sauce vy Old El Paso makes this recipe easy to make.
Enchilada sauce vy Old El Paso makes this recipe easy to make. | Source
Add shredded cheese-I use cheddar, but use a mixture if you want.
Add shredded cheese-I use cheddar, but use a mixture if you want. | Source
Chopped leftover turkey as the main ingredient.
Chopped leftover turkey as the main ingredient. | Source
Place the rolled enchiladas into the casserole dish.
Place the rolled enchiladas into the casserole dish. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg Tortillas, Burrito or Enchilada size
  • 1 15 oz-20 oz can Enchilada sauce, red or green
  • 1/2 (15 oz) can refried beans, regular or fat free
  • 1/2 C dry brown rice, makes 1 cup of rice
  • 1 C cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 C black olives, sliced
  • 2 C leftover turkey, chopped
  • 1/2 C Sour Cream, for topping

How to make Turkey Enchiladas

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Start rice. Rice to water ratio is 1:2 I used 1/2 c rice for 1 C of water, but if you want to make more for another meal, increase the dose.
  2. While rice cooks (20-30 min), chop 2 C turkey (or whatever you have) and place in a large bowl.
  3. Chop olives and put all but 2 T in the bowl with the turkey.
  4. Put 3/4 C of cheese into bowl saving a 1/4 C to garnish top.
  5. Add refried beans and 1/2 can of the sauce saving the remainder of the sauce to pour over the top.
  6. Add the cooked rice (should be about 1 C cooked) to the bowl and mix together.
  7. Taking a tortilla, (I use the larger burrito size), place 1/2 C of the mixture at one end of the tortilla and roll up, tucking one end in after the second roll. When finished, place the seam side down into a casserole dish that was prepared with cooking spray.
  8. When all tortillas are completed pour the remainder of the sauce over the tortillas, sprinkle with the remainder olives, and top with the remainder cheddar cheese.
  9. Place in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until heated through and cheese on top is bubbly. Enjoy!

La Banderita Brand Extra Large Flour Tortillas

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 180
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 35 g12%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 5 g20%
Protein 6 g12%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

What a great idea! How many recipes are posted on HP? This is the first time I have seen this recipe in ten months. We are definitely doing this!

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving Denise!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Great way to use that turkey! We usually eat our turkey right down to the bone, but if I have any leftovers, I know what to do with them.

Voted UP, and shared.


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Patsybell 4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

I am so making this. Thank you. Great idea. Voted up and useful, plus pinterest.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Denise,

These look so delicious and what a creative use of leftover turkey!!! I have always loved enchiladas. Thanks for the recipe and great hub here.

Voted Way up

In His Love, Faith Reaper


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2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

These look delicious. I'm sure this recipe will be used over the next few days.

I am adding it to my Recipe Index for HubPages - and am sharing this hub.


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savingkathy 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This is a great way to use up leftover turkey! Thanks for sharing your recipe Denise. Happy Thanksgiving!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hey Bill-have you been hit with all the rain I saw on the weather report? Thanks for your comments. It was so good-I was disappointed when my nephew wolfed down the leftovers the next day before I had a chance to yell, "share!" LOL. Glad it looks appealing to you. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Bev.

Hi Mary-I don't have a large enough family around to eat it down to the bones, haha Thanks for the vote and share. Happy Thanksgiving

Thanks Patsy, for the comment and share. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Hi Faith-you're welcome. I hope you get a chance to try it out. It was yummy!

Thanks, 2patricias for adding it to your recipe index and for the share.

Hi Kathy-Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. I was desperate for something different! Out of desperation comes salvation. :) It was a very satisfying meal-tasty and economical.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Delicious and I love the recipe here. I can't wait to make it soon. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

Prasetio


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

I make enchiladas every now and then with chicken, but I never would have thought to make them with turkey. What a great use of leftovers from Thanksgiving. I would love to also see your recipe for the turkey pot pie you mentioned. Both sound delicious!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Prasetio-so nice to see you. I'm happy you are so enthusiastic to try this recipe. You won't be disappointed-great flavors. :)

Hi K-I know! I hadn't thought about it either...all these Thanksgiving years, haha. This month I ended up cooking two Thanksgiving dinners and wow, I was burnt out by the same recipes for leftovers. The turkey pot pie is super easy and I'll try to get that posted this w/e. Thanks for your feedback.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

Definitely going to pin and try this one day! Sounds so tasty. You always have great recipe hubs :).


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I am always looking for new way's to use my left-over turkey. This is a great idea and your enchiladas look delicious..Thank you..


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Alecia-I get bored with the same recipes so I'm always on the look out for ways to recreate. :) I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Hi Ruby-Thanks-I'm the same way. I'm just not sure why it took me this long to figure this substitute out, haha. Enjoy.


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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

This looks very yummy! Will try! I wantted you to know, BTW, thta I used your tutorial to carve the turkey! It went pretty well! Thank you! I hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Oh that is wonderful to hear. It took me two turkeys before I really got the hang of it. The video is turkey #2, lol. I did have a good Thanksgiving, thank you.

BTW-I just posted another food hub. I think it's a recipe you'll enjoy. I am 2 away from finishing my 14 but sadly, nowhere near the '14 day' deadline. Ce la vie-it is what it is. At least I've written more this month then last month.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

You have given me lunch ideas for tomorrow and the following day! WHat a treat -- why didn't I think of this? Just goes to show you, there's always a new idea out there brewing. Very well done and voted up!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

What a unique recipe option for leftover Thanksgiving turkey! Thanks for sharing this great idea.


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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

I am going to go look for that post right now! 12 posts is no small feat and as chuck full of info as you do it, it is major. Good job! BTW, My turkey didn't quite carve as well as yours (I feel better knowing it was the 2nd one! lol) But...it was much easier and mo better with your help! Thanks!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Dianna-that's funny. Glad I could help with the meal planning, ha ha.

Hi Rose-yes, it's so simple I was ignoring it for years! lol Thanks for commenting.

Hi Randi-I'm sure you'll enjoy the pork recipe I posted. I'm now two away from my goal. As for the turkey-practice makes perfect; roast chicken can be cut up in the same way so practice on that to get to those bones. Then, you'll be all set for Christmas! ha ha. Thanks for your support.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Your enchiladas look good pretty close to the way I make mine. I don't put rice in them but a good idea. Voted up and shared and gave you five stars.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi moonlake-Happy New Year to you. I haven't always added the rice, but for additional filling I have and it does make a difference. Thanks for the vote up and star rating. :)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

This really sounds easy and delicious -- my favorite kind of recipe! Going to bookmark this and give it a try. It sounds perfect for me.

Gave you 5 stars, voted up, useful, (sadly yummy isn't an option), pinned to my 'Soups, Salads, and Casseroles' board, and will share!


ElleBee 3 years ago

these do sound delicious! I love turkey and I love enchiladas.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Au fait for all the great promoting. I actually like the Turkey enchiladas better, perhaps because we eat them infrequently and can't get 'tired' of them. Thanks for the rating, too. :)

Hi ElleBee -They are definitely a refreshing change from the chicken enchiladas. :) Thanks for reading.


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Sherry Hewins 3 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

Turkey enchiladas are practically a post-Thanksgiving tradition at my house. Your recipe looks wonderful. Shared and pinned.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Yummy! This is what I call creative cooking. Turkey enchiladas, what a great idea!


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FullOfLoveSites 3 years ago from United States

This is a great way to cook leftover turkey! The enchilada is a yummy idea, I love enchiladas. Thanks for posting, will definitely try this! :)


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

These sound and look yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us. This is a great idea for creating a left over turkey meal for another day.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Sherry-It's funny, I forgot about this recipe and used up our leftovers in a turkey pie. Nice to see you. :) Thanks for sharing.

Hi Rebecca-glad this inspired you. Enjoy!

Hello FullOfLoveSites Glad you liked this idea...enjoy your enchiladas!

Hi Suzette-yes, it's a tasty variation from the chicken enchilada. Tonight I cooked our last leftovers in a Turkey Pot Pie. Delicious. :)


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Thanksgiving Turkey Leftovers: Turkey Enchiladas-Step by Step Instructions has great suggestions and looks a tasty meal.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi DDE Thanks for visiting this easy and delicious recipe. I owe you a visit or three. :)


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Great idea! I know it's not Thanksgiving right now, but I have a turkey in my freezer that needs to be cooked. I usually save some meat for sandwiches, freeze some, and make soup by boiling the carcass. I love having a new idea. My boyfriend isn't a turkey fan, but I can make this and eat it all week, maybe even freeze some of it. Great hub. Pinning!


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Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Vickie-glad you found new inspiration with the 'old bird' lol. It really is a delicious change of pace. Thanks for stopping by, and the Pin.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Lisa made a delicious turkey soup to day. I will make your Enchilada Recipe tomorrow. We love enchiladas at our house. Thanks, Denise for this great way to finish off turkey left-overs.

Hugs,

Audrey


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

Just came back for a reread so I'll be ready to use my leftover Christmas turkey this way. I do love enchiladas, and my family does, too.


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velzipmur 2 years ago from Maryland

This looks very tasty! I will be trying this, yesterday I make Turkey Corn Soup it was yummy as well. Voted up, great hub


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aesta1 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

We love turkey and we cook it not just on thanksgiving so next time we have left-overs, I'll think of this recipe. I love enchiladas.


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Mekenzie 2 years ago from Michigan

So glad to come across your hub today. We have turkey leftovers and I love enchiladas. Perfect recipe for our family.

I'm sharing your hub on my FB writers page called Mekenzie's World. I thought others might really like this recipe too!

Great job on the presentation of your hub! Thanks!

Mekenzie


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Back to let you know that I made your turkey enchiladas. Oh, they were to die for! Thanks so much my dear friend.

Hugs,

Audrey


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Denise Handlon 22 months ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you ALL for your wonderful comments. I'm so glad this recipe has delighted everyone with their leftover Turkey, lol Happy New Year to all.

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