Using Your Leftovers: Quick Turkey Enchiladas

For the record, mixing all your Thanksgiving leftovers into one big bowl of holiday goodness makes a fantastic dinner. And for the record, I can’t eat these bowls more than 2 days in a row without getting bored.

On Sunday night, I needed a dinner with a completely different flavor. But I didn’t want to start from scratch. It seemed like such a waste of time when we still had SO many leftovers in the fridge.

Seriously, a good 1/3 of our fridge was jam-packed with leftovers.

What’s has a completely different flavor from traditional Thanksgiving leftovers? Mexican food, that’s what. Enter: turkey enchiladas. And not just any turkey enchiladas. Thirty-minutes-or-less turkey enchiladas.


I originally intended to make these with goat cheese, until I realized that I had no goat cheese. So instead, I used the jalapeno cheddar I received in a Hickory Farms box via Foodbuzz’s Tastemaker program.


Quick Turkey Enchiladas

Makes 6 enchiladas

2 tsp olive oil

1 c chopped bell pepper

1 c frozen corn

1 tsp dried cilantro

1 1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp coriander

1/2 tsp cumin

1 c shredded turkey

2 oz shredded cheddar

6 fajita-sized flour tortillas

Preheat oven to 350F. In a large skillet or wok, warm the oil over medium-high heat. Add the peppers and cook until they begin to soften, about 4-5 minutes. Add the corn and spices and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Finally, add the turkey and cheese and heat until the cheese is melted.

Savvy Tip: To shred the turkey, pull it apart with 2 forks or with the flat side of a butter knife.

Scoop about 1/4 cup of the filling into the center of a tortilla. Begin to roll the tortilla, folding in the ends halfway through. Finish rolling and place in a greased 9×9″ baking dish. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

Bake at 350F for 10 minutes. Serve with salsa and chips and enjoy!



  1. says

    Creative! I luckily did not take any thanksgiving leftovers home because I am just not a leftover type of person. Like you, I get sick of the same foods after only 2-3 meals! what a great way to totally flip Thanksgiving in to cinco de mayo! ha

  2. says

    i am so excited that I can finally start REALLY cooking some blog recipes now that I have appropriate cookware 🙂 Seriously – cooking for 3 hours last night seemed A LOT more fun (and managable) with more than just one pan 🙂

    even though, now that I think about it…I really only used one pot and some ovenware last night….hmmmmmm


  3. says

    also – a resounding BOOYAH! for my having commented over double the amount of times as the #2 person on Savvy Eats.



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