Turkey and Bean Enchiladas

  • Active Time 1h
  • Total Time 1h 10m

4 servings

A lively salsa made from fresh or canned tomatillos tops this simple casserole. You can substitute tomatoes for tomatillos, but they don't have the same tangy bite.


  • For the Tomatillo Salsa:
  • 1/2 pound (about 9) fresh tomatillos, papery husks removed, coarsely chopped, or one can (18 ounces), drained and coarsely chopped
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and halved
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • For the Enchiladas:
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed
  • 2/3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 pound fresh tomatillos (about 9), papery husks removed, finely chopped, or one can (18 ounces), drained and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup prepared tomato salsa (optional)
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream (optional)


For the Tomatillo Salsa:

Combine tomatillos, onion, garlic and jalapeno in a food processor. Using an on/off motion, pulse until smooth. Stir in cilantro and season with salt and pepper.

For the Enchiladas:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Coat an 8 x 11-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place turkey in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and cook, stirring to break up meat, until no longer pink. Season with salt and pepper. Drain in a colander. Wipe out the pan with paper towels.

Add oil to the pan and heat over medium-high heat. Add onion and green pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, jalapenos, cumin, chili powder, oregano, and cinnamon; cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes more. Mash beans coarsely and add to the pan, along with broth, tomatillos and the cooked turkey. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in cilantro and season with salt and pepper.

To Assemble Enchiladas: Soften a tortilla by heating it directly on a stovetop burner for about 30 seconds, turning frequently. Spoon about 1/2 cup of the turkey-and-bean filling down the center of the softened tortilla. Roll up and place seam-side-down in the prepared baking dish. Repeat these steps with the remaining tortillas and filling. Spoon the tomatillo salsa over the enchiladas and sprinkle with cheese. Bake until heated through, about 10 minutes. Serve with tomato salsa and sour cream, if desired.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 7205

nutrition information per serving

448 calories; 15g total fat; 4g total saturated fat; 48mg cholesterol; 431mg sodium; 58g carbohydrates; 14g fiber; 26g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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