Better-for-You Ground Turkey Enchiladas

These cheesy ground turkey enchiladas are better-for-you than beef enchiladas but have the same great flavor! It's a great easy dinner idea.

Yields 5 large enchiladas

Better-for-You Ground Turkey Enchiladas

15 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

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  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup refried black beans
  • 1 small can red enchilada sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese, divided
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 5 soft taco size whole wheat tortillas
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  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Heat a medium sized skillet to medium and place a tortilla in it for 20 seconds on each side. Set aside.
  3. Brown and crumble ground turkey in a skillet - drain excess grease and season as desired (I used Goya All Purpose seasoning.)
  4. Add refried black beans the ground turkey and mix around until it's broken up and combined with the ground turkey.
  5. Add about 1/3 of the enchilada sauce to the skillet, along with 3/4 cup cheese and sour cream. Stir until everything is combined and cheese is melted.
  6. Add another 1/3 of the enchilada sauce to the bottom of an 8x8 baking dish.
  7. Lay a tortilla in the baking dish and add meat mixture. Roll up and push to the side of the pan. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas.
  8. Pour remaining enchilada sauce evenly over the top of the tortillas. Top with remaining cheese.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes, or until cheese is melted and everything starts to crisp up.

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I often share our favorite family recipes here on Clarks Condensed. These are recipes that we eat time and time again – and most of them I grew up eating myself. Not surprisingly, these recipes tend to be the most popular recipes we have. People love simple, feel-good food!

It’s about time I shared one of my favorite enchilada recipes. While I enjoy chicken enchiladas the most, beef enchiladas are a close second. We don’t use a lot of ground beef though – it’s expensive, and it’s not that good for you, so I often make ground turkey enchiladas instead. They taste just about the same, but they are better for you.

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We are always looking to use “smarter” ingredients in our meals – as in, swapping out certain ingredients for healthier ones. When I decided to swap out ground beef with ground turkey in this recipe, I thought it would be fun to come up with a few better-for-you alternatives as well.

First off, instead of using white tortillas, I used whole wheat tortillas. I actually prefer the taste! Instead of frying the tortillas before putting them in the pan, I just heated a skillet up and cooked them each for 20 seconds or so on each side. They got nice and crispy.

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Another trick I like to use is using beans in place of some of the meat. It’s an easy way to make your meat go a little further, add more fiber to your meal, and cut out some of the fat. Instead of using a whole pound of ground turkey, I used 1/2 pound and about 1/3 cup of refried black beans. Forrest loved the addition of the beans, and I felt like it really added a little something special as well.


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I also used shredded cheese and sour cream. Now, I know these aren’t the lowest calorie ingredients, but I feel like they are essential in enchiladas. We aren’t getting too crazy here and eliminating all the flavor in life! However, it’s a good idea to be smart about the types of cheese and sour cream that you buy. We are a big fan of the Horizon Organic brand. The sour cream is low fat, contains live and active cultures, and it’s completely organic. The cheese is a great source of protein and is organic as well. We love it!

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We hope you’ll enjoy this recipe as much as we did! Be sure to follow Horizon Organic on Facebook and Pinterest for more delicious ideas.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organics. The opinions and text are all mine.


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