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green enchiladas in a baking dish with melted cheese, cilantro, onion and jalepeno

Ground Turkey Green Enchiladas

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  • Author: Laney Schwartz
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Looking for a twist on traditional enchiladas that’s both light and satisfying? These Ground Turkey Green Enchiladas, smothered in tangy green enchilada sauce and oozing with Colby Jack cheese, are a simple yet hearty dinner option perfect for any weeknight!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½  teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (15 oz) jar green enchilada sauce
  • 2 ½  cups shredded colby jack cheese
  • 68 medium flour or corn tortillas
  • Cilantro for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Preheat a skillet over medium/high heat. 
  2. Add the oil, ground turkey, salt, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and cook for 5-7 minutes, breaking up the meat while cooking. 
  3. Turn off heat and add about 1 cup shredded cheese and stir to combine. Set aside. 
  4. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish and pour a small amount of enchilada sauce on the bottom, just enough to lightly coat the bottom. 
  5. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce into a shallow dish. (Tip: wrap your tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds to warm them first). 
  6. Dip each tortilla in the enchilada sauce until lightly coated, then fill with a couple spoonfuls of meat. Roll the tortilla up and place in the baking dish seam side down. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and meat. 
  7. Once the baking dish is full, pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the rolled tortillas and top with remaining cheese. 
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.