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turkey + hatch chili enchiladas

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This is NOT a post about "what to do with your leftover turkey".  Who ever has any leftover anyway? And do we really need volumes written about it?  It's not that complicated.  If you have some leftover turkey, make a sandwich, preferably with too much mayo.  If you have more than that, throw it in some soup.  Besides, if it's a week later and you still have leftover turkey, you've got bigger issues.

These recipe doubles easily, which I suggest you do.  This is one leftover you will be happy to have around. They are also pretty perfect for a laid-back dinner party.  Make some rice and beans, whip up a little cocktail.  Done.

turkey + hatch chili enchiladas

serves 4-6

1 1/2 lbs ground turkey

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 large onion, chopped

2 T chili powder

2 t ground cumin

4 c tomato sauce

2 c grated cheddar cheese

1/3 c cilantro, chopped

1/3 c hatch chilis, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

12 6" corn tortillas

olive oil

Preheat oven to 350º

Heat the oil in a very large sauté pan and brown the turkey.  Add the garlic, onion, spices and cook for a a few minutes, until the onions are soft.

turkey enchiladas recipe
turkey enchiladas recipe

Add the tomato sauce and about 1/2 of water.  Simmer for about 10 minutes and adjust the seasonings.  Drain the turkey mixture, reserving the tomato sauce.

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healthy mexican recipes

Mix the turkey with 1 cup of cheese, the hatch chilies and cilantro. Set aside.

homemade enchiladas
homemade enchiladas

Spread about 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce over the bottom of an 13" x 9" baking dish.  Warm each of the tortillas in a small,dry frying pan (or microwave)  to soften a bit.  Quickly dip a soft tortilla in the tomato sauce. Pour about 1/4-1/3 c of the turkey mixture down the center of the tortilla, roll it and place seam-side down in the baking dish.

enchilada sauce recipe
enchilada sauce recipe

Repeat until done.  Cover the filled tortillas with the remaining tomato sauce and cheese.

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Cover with foil and bake for about 20 minutes.  Remove the foil and continue to cook until the cheese browns, about 10 minutes.