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Green Chile Ground Turkey Enchiladas

Wondering what to make with ground turkey? I have just the recipe for you. These ground turkey enchiladas combine extra lean ground turkey with zucchini, poblano pepper, fire roasted corn, shredded Mexican cheese, and green chile enchilada sauce. They’re easy to make and are perfectly Kinda Healthy with 15 grams of protein and only 230 calories per enchilada.

two ground turkey enchiladas on a plate beside a bowl of yogurt sauce and borracho beans

Making a High Volume Ground Turkey Enchiladas Filling

The recipe calls for 99% lean ground turkey, but any ground protein works for this recipe. You could toss some chicken breast in a food processor and make ground chicken enchiladas, if that’s all you have on hand.

Whatever protein you go with, be sure to take the time to develop flavor in the pan via browning (the Maillard reaction).

Make sure the pan is hot before adding the ground turkey. And once it’s in the pan, leave it untouched until it’s developed a golden brown crust on one side. Color is flavor!

browned ground turkey in a skillet with zucchini, fire roasted corn, and poblano peppers

The Veggies

With just 30 calories in a medium zucchini, it’s a magical ingredient for high volume cooking. You can seriously bulk up meals by adding zucchini. Check out my teriyaki ground beef bowls for another great use of this magical squash.

Peppers also fall into the high volume superstar category, and the poblano peppers in this recipe go perfectly with the flavors of the green chile sauce and corn. Poblano peppers are on the milder side, so you could add a jalapeño for a bigger kick or go with bell pepper for an okay substitution.

ground turkey and veggies in a skillet with seasoning

Speaking of corn, I used Trader Joe’s frozen fire roasted corn. If you don’t have access to a TJ’s, you may be able to find another frozen alternative. A drained can of corn also works in a pinch. And if corn is in season when you’re making these turkey enchiladas, you could use 2 ears of fresh corn like in my green chile beef enchilada skillet.

And since you’ll have an opened bag of fire roasted corn in the freezer, bookmark my recipes for cheesy cowboy corn dip and honey harissa ground chicken bowls.

shredded Mexican cheese added to the cooked ground turkey and veggies

Mexican Cheese

The recipe calls for adding two ounces of shredded Mexican cheese in the filling. This acts as a binder and makes assembly a bit easier. If you’re looking for an easy way to reduce the fat and calorie content, you can omit the cheese at this step.

As for cheese selection, I’d be a hypocrite in telling you freshly grated cheese is best (though it is) when I used Tillamook Mexican 4-Cheese blend. But for best results, I’d use a blend of freshly grated Monterey or Colby jack with a bit of asadero and cheddar.

Best Tortillas for Enchiladas

filling corn and flour tortillas with ground turkey and veggies

Traditional enchiladas use corn tortillas, but I like to use a hybrid corn and flour tortilla for these ground turkey enchiladas. You get the sturdiness of flour tortillas for easier filling and the flavor of corn tortillas. If you’ve seen my air fryer quesadillas, I used the same Mixla tortillas from H-E-B here.

You can use something like the extra thin corn tortillas from my beef taquitos or Carb Balance tortillas from my Tex Mex enchiladas to save some calories. If you use corn tortillas, you’ll want to wrap them in a damp paper towel and microwave for 30-60 seconds before filling and rolling to prevent cracking.

shredded Mexican cheese on top of green chile enchiladas

Using standard 6″ tortillas, this recipe makes fourteen turkey enchiladas. You’ll need to squeeze them into a 13″x 9″ baking dish going ten in a straight row and four on the empty side. If you’d rather, you can bake in two separate dishes. Just be sure to split the green chile enchilada sauce in half for each dish.

You can also use larger burrito-size tortillas to fill the width of the baking dish.

And finally, there’s always the option of placing the tortillas flat in the baking dish to create layers or chopping into small triangles and stirring into the filling to make a ground turkey enchilada casserole.

baked green chile enchiladas before garnishing

What to Serve with Ground Turkey Enchiladas

Starting with the garnish, I like to go green with chopped cilantro, diced avocado, and a Greek yogurt and avocado crema (in the recipe card below).

As for side dishes, you can never go wrong with rice and beans. I’d go with black beans or refried black beans, charro or borracho beans, and Spanish rice or Mexican cauliflower rice.

green chile ground turkey enchiladas in a baking dish garnished with avocado, cilantro, and yogurt sauce

And that should cover everything you need to know. I hope you enjoy these green chile ground turkey enchiladas. If you do, I always appreciate recipe reviews!

green chile ground turkey enchiladas in a baking dish garnished with avocado, cilantro, and yogurt sauce

Ground Turkey Enchiladas

Yield: 14 Enchiladas
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Green chile ground turkey enchiladas filled with poblano peppers, fire roasted corn, zucchini, and Mexican cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 pound Ground Turkey (99/1)
  • 1 Poblano Pepper, diced
  • 1 Zucchini, diced
  • 1 C (140g) Frozen Fire Roasted Corn (or drained canned corn)
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 6 oz Shredded Mexican Cheese
  • 14 Tortillas (I used 6" H-E-B Mixla corn and flour tortillas)
  • 15 oz can Green Chile Enchilada Sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375ºF.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil. Once hot, brown one side of the ground turkey for 3-4 minutes before flipping and pushing to one side.
  3. In the other half, add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, followed by the zucchini, poblano, and corn. Season with the salt and pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes untouched.
  4. Break the ground turkey apart, keeping it to one side of the pan, and fully cook. Once cooked, mix the turkey and vegetables together. (You can cook the turkey and veggies separate if you're using a smaller pan.)
  5. Add the garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and water. Mix everything together and cook until no water remains. Remove the pan from the heat and fold in 2 oz cheese.
  6. Add enough enchilada sauce to coat the bottom a large 13x9 baking dish, about 1-2 tablespoons. Add about 2 oz of filling to each tortilla and tightly roll, placing seal side down in the baking dish. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the turkey enchiladas and top with the remaining 4 oz cheese.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the cheese is fully melted. Garnish with chopped cilantro, fresh avocado, and/or avocado crema (recipe in the notes below).

Notes

You can reduce the calorie content by omitting the cheese in the filling and using a low cal tortilla option.

Search "Mason Woodruff Ground Turkey & Veggie Enchiladas" to log in MyFitnessPal.

For the Greek Yogurt Avocado Crema (blend together)

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 to 1 small jalapeño, seeds removed
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1-2 handfuls cilantro
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • pinch of salt, pepper, and ground cumin
  • Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1 enchilada
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 230Total Fat: 9gCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 15g

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    John

    Saturday 10th of December 2022

    P.S. My wife loves lobster enchiladas and asked me if I could make these using lobster instead of turkey. The answer is yes! I went to HEB and asked the butcher to scoop out a pound of lobster from the lobster tails. More expensive than turkey but still less than DoorDashing. Tasted great! PPS I see why you use your fingers to smooth over the toothpick hole when making buckeyes.

    John

    Tuesday 6th of December 2022

    Mason does it again! Stupid good. Substituted black beans for corn, spiral zucchini for diced, and diced three color peppers for poblano. Only made 12 because that’s how many tortillas were in the package. Had four one night and four the next. My wife had two each night. Fit my dinner macros perfectly.

    Mason Woodruff

    Wednesday 7th of December 2022

    Sounds awesome. Thanks, John!

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