Easy Ground Turkey Enchiladas

Posted on May 5, 2019
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Easy turkey enchiladas made with seasoned ground turkey and two cheeses, wrapped up in flour tortillas and baked in red enchilada sauce.

Ground turkey enchilada on plate with refried beans.

I don’t make Mexican dishes much at home, so when I get the craving, we go out.  But these enchiladas are so easy and good, we’re staying in.  Made with simple ingredients, nothing too complicated, and dinner is on the table in no time.

Enchilada on white plate with refried beans.

I always have ground turkey on hand and in the freezer.  It’s so versatile and I swap beef out with it all the time.  The key to good ground turkey is browning it really well so it develops a crust.  And to do that, put it in a hot pan and don’t touch it, let it brown.  Flip it, brown the other side THEN start breaking it up with a wooden spoon.  Trust me, tastes and looks so much better properly browned.

Three photo collage of browning turkey and making filling.

Season up the turkey with this and that, all pantry staples, and then roll up some filling and cheese in tortillas.  I like flour tortillas for these enchiladas but use corn if you desire, that’s perfectly fine.  I also use a Mexican melting cheese I get at the little super mercado.  And the woman doing all the cooking in the back kitchen told me to use some queso fresco, so she sold me hunk out of her case.  Colby or Monterey Jack works, too.  Queso fresco is easily found in supermarkets.

Three photo collage, two cheeses used, rolled in pan, with toppings ready for oven.

I use prepared enchilada sauce, keeping things easy here.  But by all means, use homemade if you have it.  I’m working on a red  enchilada sauce recipe from my super mercado friend, made with dried chiles, recipe soon to come.  Bake up your pan of enchiladas until hot and bubbly, takes only about 20 minutes.  Yum!

Finished enchiladas in pan , two photo collage.

Easy ground turkey enchiladas come together quickly and are a perfect weeknight dinner.  And you know the leftovers are awesome.  I like to serve these enchiladas with easy stovetop refried beans, see how in the recipe notes (always save your bacon drippings!).   Okay, that’s all I got here, go forth and make some enchiladas! ~ Kelly

Turkey enchilada on plate with refried beans.

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Ground turkey enchilada on plate with refried beans.

Easy Ground Turkey Enchiladas

Easy enchiladas made with ground turkey, two cheeses and red enchilada sauce.  Serve with some easy refried beans, recipe below in notes.
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Course: Dinner, Enchiladas, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Author: Kelly Wildenhaus


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • cups enchilada sauce
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 3 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese, or colby or Monterey Jack
  • 1 cup crumbled queso fresco (fresh Mexican cheese)
  • Optional: sliced green onions, chopped fresh cilantro and sour cream for serving.


  • Preheat oven to 375º.  
  • In large skillet, heat olive oil until shimmering.  Pat turkey dry and add to pan, do not move, brown for about 6 minutes.  Flip, brown other side for about 5 or 6 minutes.  Add onion, garlic and spices and start breaking up turkey meat with a wooden spoon.  Continue until no longer pink and onion has softened.
  • Add ¼ cup enchilada sauce to pan, stir to combine and season with salt and pepper.  Cook 1 to 2 more minutes then remove from heat and set aside.
  • Spread ½ cup enchilada sauce in bottom of 9" by 13" baking dish.  Place ⅛ of the turkey mixture on each flour tortilla, top with ¼ cup shredded cheese and tightly roll up.  Place rolled enchiladas, seam side down, in baking dish.
  • Top with remaining 1 cup enchilada sauce, evenly top with remaining shredded cheese and then the crumbled queso fresco.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly.  If desired, garnish with green onions and cilantro and serve with more enchilada sauce and sour cream.  Enjoy!


  • Use a mix of light and dark ground turkey, white only will be too dry and flavorless.
  • You can use corn tortillas if you prefer, and a different size.  Just fill as many as will use all the turkey filling.
  • I eyeball and score the turkey mixture into 8 portions in the pan to help evenly divide the filling.
  • The fresh cheese on top won't really melt, that's okay and the way it should be.
Easy Refried Beans:
Sauté 1 small, finely chopped onion in about 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings until soft and lightly browned. Add 2 finely chopped garlic cloves and cook about 30 seconds. Add 1 can pinto beans ~ do not rinse or drain ~ and ¼ cup water. Bring to a simmer and mash with a potato masher to desired consistency, about 7 to 10 minutes until pretty smooth and thickened up. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with a little queso fresco.
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    May 7, 2019

    5 stars
    These enchiladas are incredibly delicious and have the perfect crunchy texture.