Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Leftover Turkey (or Chicken) Enchilada Filling

7 WWPP Posted by 7 years ago 13 Comments

So I’ll admit it, I’m sick of turkey leftovers at least in the traditional sense of making a plate with all the fixins. Having cooked poultry in the fridge on the other hand, totally inspiring.

Tonight I used those leftovers to make something completely different, enchiladas! All it took was some pantry items, a couple of veggies, taco shells and a bit cheese from my Thanksgiving spread.

I loved it! It was simple to make and so YUMMY! Even the husband thought so, although he stuck with the traditional leftover plate with stuffing, corn and turkey with gravy. I can’t fault him, that’s totally his meal. :) Leftover Turkey (or Chicken) Enchilada Filling

  • 6 oz of leftover turkey meat
  • 8 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried cumin
  • 1/4 cup corn
  • 1/4 cup peppers, chopped (or more, this is all I had)
  • A handful or two of spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp tabasco (or more to taste)
  • pinch of salt

Shred the chicken by hand and add it to a small pot with all the ingredients. Cook over medium heat until bubbling, then lower to a simmer. Continue to simmer for 10-15 minutes.

You can really do anything with this filling. Eat it on a whole wheat bun, roll it in lettuce leaves, top some brown rice, even eat it straight up. I was loving all my taste tests. :)

I decided to make enchiladas by rolling a bit of the filling in a low carb tortillas shell with a bit of salsa and shredded cheese.

Leftover Turkey (or Chicken) Enchilada Filling - filling

I had enough for 6 small enchiladas!

Leftover Turkey (or Chicken) Enchilada Filling - after baking

Once they were all rolled, I topped with a strip of salsa and a bit more cheese and baked for about 10 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven.

Here’s what they looked like on the inside…

Leftover Turkey (or Chicken) Enchilada Filling - inside

Delicious! And the best part, I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow…

Leftover Turkey (or Chicken) Enchilada Filling - leftovers

:) I’m basing the nutritional information on just the filling. I did have enough for 6 enchiladas, but I’m going to count the recipe as two servings as I think that’s a realistic size. Although, 2 enchiladas were quite filling!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
2 1/2 the recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
265 6g 4g old: 5 new: 7
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
6g 2g 26g 27g

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    November 28, 2010

    OH THAT LOOKS SOOO GOOD! Cant wait to try it!


    November 28, 2010

    Nice job thinkin' outside the box! :D

    Jennifer P

    November 28, 2010

    I have GOT to try this!!! Love mexican food!! Thanks!

    Arlene @ Adventures in Weight Loss

    November 29, 2010

    Looks delicious. Now, if only I had some leftover turkey ...


    November 29, 2010

    I love the cheap turkeys around this time of year, too, but approaching the 10th day of turkey eating (an early dinner with family that went out of town), I'm excited to have pulled out some fish for tonight! But I thought your two recipes go well together - whenever I make broth, a lot of extra meat falls off the bones, which is great to "hide" in something like an enchilada. A similar thing I like to do is "turkey larb" - ginger, carrot, onion, mushroom, hot pepper with minced turkey (ground pork is I think more traditional), eaten with lettuce as the "spoon".


    November 29, 2010

    I been wanting to make them. Just wasn't sure how. I also want to thank you for posting fat carbs protein and fiber. since now thats how WW is figuring out points. So with their start of the new plan, the points are a little higher. But once again thank you

    Kristi Rimkus

    November 30, 2010

    Great idea for all that leftover turkey I still have sitting in the freezer!


    December 1, 2010

    Roni, I was wondering if your going to update some of your previous recipes to reflect the new WWPP. I love your site and have shared it with my group.


    December 1, 2010

    I did update this one. Did you catch it? I will go back but it's gonna take TIME. I may have to hire an intern!

    LISA O

    June 18, 2011

    Why don't you include the sodium content?


    June 19, 2011

    Because I don't measure how much salt I add and your "pinch" may be larger/smaller than my "pinch" It comes down to personal taste.


    February 5, 2013

    I made this for supper tonite, and dh really, really liked it. He said he wouldn't eat so much if I'd quit cooking such good food. Thanks for the great recipe!! I didn't add the corn and didn't have any tomato sauce so I used a 7.5 oz. jar of Taco Bell Mild Restaurant sauce instead.


    March 11, 2014

    What a gr8 recipe.. Thanks roni.. You're an inspiration :)