Ground Turkey Enchiladas – My Mistake Turned Genius


It was O’Bear’s seventh birthday and he ordered me to make ground turkey enchiladas. Hubby just rolled his eyes thinking ‘Mexican again’. The boys and I could eat it everyday!

Birthday Love

I wanted to make them extra good so I was going to use a homemade sauce recipe I have used before and another secret which I think makes them yum yum and a little healthier…seasoned ground turkey.

Ground Turkey Enchiladas


1 lb Jennie-O Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey (we only have ONE store in town that has the exact package I love)

8-10 Tortillas

Shredded Cheese ~ Mexican Mix or Colby Jack or whatever you like


Sauce ~ which I adapted from

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups water (or more…see below)


Lettuce, Tomato, Salsa, Sour Cream, Guacamole, Beans, or whatever you like


Start with the sauce. Directions ~

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the onion, oregano, chili powder, basil, ground black pepper, salt, cumin, parsley, salsa and tomato sauce.
  2. Mix together and then stir in the water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
{Here is where my Mistake Turned Genius. I blame it on the kids who were pulling on my leg, asking me a question, and yelling for me from the other room, but I put in an extra cup of water. Whoops! But wait til you hear what I did}

Now Preheat Oven to 350.

Brown the ground turkey.

Get out the tortillas to fill. Now decide if you’d like to use the sauce as it’s supposed to used by pouring over the top OR if you’d like to try my Mistake Turned Genius method….
{Since the sauce was very thin and more like a soup than a sauce, I DIPPED the tortillas into the sauce, one at a time, and let them soak for a few seconds. Pulled them out and filled as usual.}

Scoop a portion of ground turkey into each shell and a little cheese if you please. Roll up like an enchilada. Place in a 9×12 pan.

Pour sauce on top if you made the normal version and sprinkle the amount of cheese your family needs on top to cover.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until cheese is melted and they look done.

Ground Turkey Enchilada recipe
They were soooo yummy. The soaked shells gave it just the right flavor. I am a genius! 🙂

Actually I think it was everything combined – the homemade sauce, the flavored shells, the seasoned ground turkey, and lots of melted cheese. O’Bear couldn’t have had a better dinner and even Hubby was impressed with Mexican night!

We had tons of leftover sauce which I’m freezing for the next time and a little meat which will go great with my Yummy Egg Tacos in the morning!

Have you made Ground Turkey Enchiladas before? Do you love Mexican like we do?

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