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Contest-Winning Turkey Enchiladas

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 40 min.


8 servings

My family likes these enchiladas so much that they request a turkey dinner several times a year just so I'll make this dish with the leftovers. I usually double it because I feed three growing boys—two teenagers and my husband! —Beverly Matthews, Pasco, Washington


  • 3 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup cooked long grain rice
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup canned chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sliced ripe or green olives with pimientos
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 8 flour tortillas (10 inches)
  • 1 can (28 ounces) green enchilada sauce, divided
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first 10 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  2. Place 1/2 cup turkey mixture down the center of each tortilla; top each with 1 teaspoon enchilada sauce and 1 tablespoon cheese. Roll up and place seam side down in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over top; sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  3. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 8-10 minutes longer or until bubbly.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 537 calories, 21g fat (10g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 1367mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 7g fiber), 31g protein.

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  • shadowofawolf
    Dec 1, 2020

    I first made these about 4 years ago when my ex and I had made a full turkey to end up having our friends cancel coming to Thanksgiving. So I searched online for recipes to use up some the leftovers besides making the usual leftover turkey soup and must say I'm so happy I had found this recipe. I made this and within 3 days we ate it all just the 2 of us. Then most years us girls go to the casino while the guys are hunting, but with covid this year,, we stayed home and had turkey with the few of us. So I decided to make it again for family with leftovers. Again, was such a big hit. My daughter, father and my cousin and her husband (the ones I made it for since my mother is a picky eater, lol) all raved about how much they liked it and how well the flavors of it all blended well to make an amazing dinner. My father said this is a recipe to save, haha, I have saved it and why I made it again. Plan to make this more often now. The only change I made is to leave the cilantro out this time since many in my family do not like it (I am out voted on that one). I also served it with fresh tomatoes, onions and extra sour cream.

  • erinshea1982
    Nov 5, 2019

    Awesome way to use left over turkey! Gives it new life! These are amazing.

  • dukeybean
    Jan 3, 2017

    I did not like them so wet. I would half the enchilada sauce and try cooking the rice in the chicken stock if I decide to make these again.

  • judylscott
    Nov 26, 2016

    This recipe has a good flavor and I will try it again, but with corn tortillas. The flour tortillas turned gelatinous. Also, I would like it with guacamole, sour cream and salsa!

  • lmmanda
    Apr 8, 2014

    This was very good, but next time I'm going to sauté the onions so they aren't as crunchy . My husband and daughter don't like onions so they wouldn't eat them due to the crunchy onions.

  • Jibbelle
    Jan 2, 2014

    My family LOVES this recipe, but I suggest using the broth to make the rice and not using cooked rice + broth as the recipe suggests. It turns out VERY watery if you do this. Also, I use black olives, not green olives as seen in the picture.

  • EmilyR369
    Oct 21, 2012

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  • GinaDes
    May 18, 2012

    This is seriously one of the best enchilada recipes I've ever made! The green enchilada sauce makes this fabulous!!! I did add an extra tsp of cumin and some hot salt and pepper. My family ate it all and asked for more! Want to add that it does take longer than 40 minutes to prepare, but it is SO worth it!!!

  • nike11
    May 3, 2011

    i used chicken worked out great

  • obxgoer
    Apr 20, 2011

    I also used chicken instead of turkey and it was wonderful. The fresh cilantro makes all the difference!