Saturday, October 20, 2012

Cheesy Turkey Enchiladas

Please forgive me, Mom, for calling these 'enchiladas' when they are closer to a Taco Bell-like abomination of 'gringo' food. They sure are tasty though. Traditional enchiladas are made with fried corn tortillas, dipped in sauce, then filled with ground beef or chicken, and topped with cheese and onions. My mother made some fine enchiladas. My version is made with flour tortillas, ground turkey, canned sauce, and a whole lot of cheese. But, after their meaty-cheesy-goodness seduces you,  you won't care what they are called.

Start by browning (and when I say browning, I really mean completely cooking) a pound of ground turkey. Then you will need: a packet of McCormick's Cheesy Taco Mix, milk, dried onion flakes (or fresh onion), enchilada sauce, cheese, and flour tortillas

After the turkey is cooked, add the onion flakes--or cook the fresh onion with the turkey

Then the Cheesy Taco seasoning

Then the milk

I rummaged through my fridge to find 3 bags with just a handful of grated cheese, add them to the pot

You want a sticky, stringy consistency (aka, meaty-cheesy-goodness)

Spray the baking dish with oil, and pour in enough enchilada sauce to completely coat the bottom of the pan. My kids are sissies, so I used mild sauce

Fill the tortillas with the meaty-cheesy-goodness

Roll them up, and fill the dish

Coat the rolled enchiladas with more sauce, any extra meat, and more cheese. More cheese! If you want to stop here and put this in the freezer for another night, it freezes beautifully. Just let it defrost in the fridge for a day or so, then let it come up to room temp for a few hours before heating in the oven

Pop it in the oven for about 20 minutes. Serve some fresh veggies as an appetizer. Then you won't have to harangue anyone about eating their broccoli, and you'll probably eat less of the meaty-cheesy-goodness

I recommend putting a try under your baking dish

Makes a great dinner, and plenty of leftovers

  • 1 lb ground Turkey
  • 1 packet McCormick's Cheesy Taco Mix
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup dried Onion flakes
  • 15 oz can Mild Enchilada Sauce
  • 2 cups Cheese, divided
  • 8-10 Flour Tortillas
  1. Cook ground turkey with onion flakes, add taco seasoning and milk. Stir in 1 cup cheese
  2. Spray baking dish with oil, coat bottom of dish with enchilada sauce. Fill tortillas with meat, roll them up, and fill baking dish. Coat enchiladas with more sauce, any extra meat, and the remaining cheese
  3.  Bake at 350° for about 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbling

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