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Turkey Enchiladas

A great way to turn leftover Thanksgiving turkey into something completely different! 

Makes 12 enchiladas, which serves 4 as a main dish with salad and other sides (Mexican-style beans and/or rice are great here).

Turkey Enchiladas, made in the Adventure Kitchen

Turkey Enchiladas, made in the Adventure Kitchen

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce, either canned or homemade (here's our recipe for homemade  Red Enchilada Sauce)

2 tablespoons cooking oil (olive oil, peanut oil, or one of the flavorless oils such as canola would all be great choices here)

1 small yellow onion, diced medium

3 cups shredded cooked turkey

Optional but nice: a splash of turkey broth or stock (if you happen to have it on hand)

Salt and pepper

About 1/2 cup flavorless oil such as canola (more if needed, depending on the size and shape of your pan)

12 corn tortillas (see note)

1/2 - 1 cup (depending on how cheesy you like your enchiladas) shredded or crumbled mild cheese such as Queso Blanco, Queso Fresco, Monterrey Jack, Colby or mild Cheddar (the first two options are more traditionally Mexican)

 

Instructions

1. Warm the enchilada sauce in a small saucepan with the lid askew, over medium-low heat until piping hot.

2. Warm the 2 tablespoons of cooking oil in a large saute pan over medium heat and add the onions. Saute until soft, about 5 minutes.

3. Add the shredded turkey meat to the pan and toss with the onions to warm through and combine flavors. If you have it, add a splash of turkey stock or broth to the pan to keep everything somewhat moist, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Testing the oil - the tortilla sizzles when it touches the oil, so we know it's hot enough

Testing the oil - the tortilla sizzles when it touches the oil, so we know it's hot enough

4. Choose a small, shallow pan to warm the flavorless oil over medium-high heat. The oil should have a depth of 1/2-1 inch.

5. Test the oil for heat: when you dip the edge of a tortilla in the oil, it should sizzle and produce bubbles, but the oil should not smoke. 

6. Check to be sure the oven rack is in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Choose a shallow casserole dish that will accommodate 12 rolled tortillas (ours is 9"x11"). Arrange your stovetop and countertop for a smooth workflow, so that you can easily do this: 

First: Use tongs to briefly place each tortilla in the hot oil, carefully flip it once, and remove it to a plate. The tortillas should soften in the oil, but should not become at all crisp. 

Flipping the tortilla with tongs

Flipping the tortilla with tongs

Removing the tortilla when it has softened in the oil, but before it becomes crisp

Removing the tortilla when it has softened in the oil, but before it becomes crisp

Second: Spoon some of the shredded turkey/onion mixture into the center of the tortilla.

Third: Ladle a small amount of warm enchilada sauce over the turkey.

Fourth: Roll up the tortilla with the turkey and sauce inside, and place it against one end of the casserole, edge down so that it stays rolled.

Fifth: Repeat with the rest of the tortillas.

Spoon shredded turkey into each tortilla

Spoon shredded turkey into each tortilla

Ladle sauce over the turkey

Ladle sauce over the turkey

Enchiladas, all rolled up and ready for sauce and cheese.

Enchiladas, all rolled up and ready for sauce and cheese.

7. When all the tortillas have been rolled and are in the casserole dish, ladle the rest of the enchilada sauce over the enchiladas. Spread the cheese over the top.

8. Bake for about 10 minutes, until everything is bubbling-hot. (If you are using Queso Blanco or Queso Fresco, note that they won't melt like the other cheeses.)

9. Your Turkey Enchiladas are ready! Serve with a salad for a light lunch, or add beans and/or rice for a more substantial, dinner-like meal.

Have fun!