Turkey Enchiladas

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This delicious ground turkey enchiladas recipe is a no-fuss, flavorful meal combining seasoned lean ground turkey and hearty black beans tucked in a soft tortilla and smothered in rich enchilada sauce. They’re a perfect pick for a satisfying dinner.

Ground Turkey Black Bean Enchiladas in a gray-colored baking pan and topped with green onions, sour cream, and lime wedges.


Why We Love These Turkey Enchiladas

When it comes to comfort food that’s both filling and nutritious, this is one of my family’s favorite recipes for turkey enchiladas—it’s a standout! Wrapped in a soft tortilla and generously smothered in rich enchilada sauce, this dish is easy and packed with flavor, making it our go-to choice for a hearty dinner. 

The combination of seasoned ground turkey, hearty black beans, and tangy enchilada sauce creates a meal that we all find irresistible. Not only is it delicious with its blend of cheeses and sauce, but it’s also healthier, thanks to lean ground turkey and nutrient-rich black beans. Best of all, we can have this comforting home-cooked meal ready and on our table in under an hour.

Ground Turkey Enchiladas arranged in a gray-colored baking pan and topped with green onions, sour cream, and lime wedges.

Ingredients You’ll Need

It’s time to make some delicious ground turkey enchiladas with this easy recipe. Simple ingredients create a wholesome, flavorful meal that will be a family favorite. 

  • Olive Oil: Used for sautéing and adding flavor.
  • Onion and Garlic: This duo adds flavor, fragrance, and sweetness. You can use onion powder and garlic powder instead.
  • Ground Turkey: It’s leaner than ground beef but still tasty.
  • Ground Cumin & Chili Powder: Key spices needed for that warm and mild spicy kick in enchiladas.
  • Seasonings: Dried oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • Tomato Paste: Adds a deeper tomato flavor.
  • Black Beans, rinsed and drained: Feel free to use red kidney beans if that’s what you have on hand; they make a great substitute in this recipe.
  • Chicken Broth: Needed for moisture, and it provides a subtle meaty flavor. Vegetable broth is a good alternative.
  • Lime: Adds zest and freshness.
  • Flour Tortillas: You can use corn tortillas; just warm them up first to make them easier to roll.
  • Cheeses: I like to use cheddar cheese and Monterey Jack cheese.
  • Red Enchilada Sauce: Provides moisture and adds a tangy, savory flavor.
  • Green onions, sour cream, and lime wedges: Used for garnish.
Mixing black beans into a ground turkey mixture in a skillet.

How To Make Ground Turkey Enchiladas

Bust out your favorite skillet and baking dish – these ground turkey black bean enchiladas are about to be your din din! Here’s a brief step-by-step guide to easily get these flavorful rolls from your kitchen to your table.

  1. Preheat the oven: Set oven to 400˚F and grease a 13×9 baking dish.
  2. Sauté: In a skillet with olive oil, cook the onions and garlic.
  3. Cook turkey: Add the ground turkey, season it, and cook until browned.
  4. Add mixins: Mix in the tomato paste, beans, chicken broth, and lime juice. Cook briefly.
  5. Assemble the enchiladas: Fill the flour tortillas with the turkey mixture, roll them up, and place them in the baking dish.
  6. Add sauce and cheese: Spread enchilada sauce over the top, then sprinkle cheese on top.
  7. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until bubbly.
  8. Serve: Remove from the oven, let cool briefly, garnish with sour cream and green onions, and enjoy with lime wedges.
Ground Turkey Black Bean Enchiladas arranged in a gray-colored baking pan and topped with green onions, sour cream, and lime wedges.

Recipe Tips And Variations

  • Tortilla Tip: If the flour or corn tortillas are too stiff to roll without breaking, wrap them in a damp paper towel and microwave for 20 seconds. This softens them up and makes them easier to work with.
  • Ground Turkey: I like using ground turkey for this recipe, but you can also use ground chicken or ground beef.
  • Vegetables: Feel free to add in some veggies like bell peppers or corn for added texture.
  • Add Heat: For a spicier kick, include chopped jalapeños or chili flakes.
  • Homemade Sauce: While store-bought enchilada sauce is convenient, making your own at home can enhance the flavor. Grab my recipe here for homemade Enchilada Sauce.
  • Cheese Choices: This recipe calls for sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack, but feel free to try it with different cheese combinations like Pepper Jack for a spicier kick or a Mexican blend for variety.
  • Leftover Use: If you have leftover filling, it’s great for making tacos, burritos, or even as a topping for nachos.

Serving Suggestions

Serve turkey enchiladas with a fresh tomato cucumber salad, mango guacamole, or a refreshing restaurant-style salsa. A side of Mexican rice can also complement the hearty enchiladas.

Two turkey enchiladas served on a white dinner plate.


Once cooled, store the enchiladas in an airtight container. They will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for 2 to 3 months. Thaw before reheating. To reheat, simply microwave or bake in the oven until warmed throughout.

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Ground Turkey Black Bean Enchiladas

Our favorite ground turkey enchiladas recipe! Packed with savory turkey and black beans, these cheesy enchiladas are delicious and easy to make.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion,, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic,, minced
  • 1 pound extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin,, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder,, or to taste
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper,, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 15 ounces canned black beans,, rinsed well and drained
  • ½ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 whole lime,, juiced
  • 12 (6-inch) low carb flour tortillas
  • ½ cup shredded low fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
  • cups red enchilada sauce,, divided
  • thinly sliced green onions,, for garnish
  • light sour cream,, for serving
  • lime wedges,, for serving
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  • Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Grease a 13×9 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and continue to cook for 20 seconds.
  • Add the ground turkey; season with oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Continue to cook for 5 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently. Stir in the tomato paste until well incorporated.
  • Mix in the beans, chicken broth, and lime juice, and bring to a boil; cook for 1 more minute, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  • Place 1 tortilla on your working surface and spoon about 3 tablespoons of the turkey mixture onto one end of the tortilla. Roll up the tortilla and set aside. Repeat the process with the remaining tortillas and ground turkey mixture.
  • Spread 1/2 cup enchilada sauce on the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Arrange rolled-up tortillas seam-side down over the enchilada sauce. Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas and top with the cheeses.
  • Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Remove from oven and let it rest for a few minutes.
  • Garnish with sour cream and green onions, and serve with lime wedges.


  • Variations: Customize the filling with additions like bell peppers, corn, or zucchini.
  • Meat Substitution: Swap out turkey with ground chicken, pork, or beef and adjust the cooking times accordingly.
  • Cheese Choices: Try different cheeses like Pepper Jack for a kick, or use a Mexican blend.
  • Leftovers: Repurpose leftover filling for tacos, burritos, or nacho toppings.
  • Storage: Store cooled enchiladas in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 


Serving: 2Enchiladas | Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1560mg | Potassium: 763mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1007IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 311mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Can you add cheese inside the enchiladas too?

    1. Katerina says:

      Sure! In step #5, after you arrange the filling inside the tortilla, you can just sprinkle some shredded cheese over it or even some crumbled cotija and then roll it up.

  2. Fran says:

    Can I substitute flour for corn tortillas?

    1. Katerina says:

      Absolutely, but keep in mind that heating corn tortillas first makes them more pliable and easier to roll.

  3. Chris says:

    Have made these soooo many times now so easy and everytime they are amazing! Everyone loves and always asks for more, cannot beat it!

    1. Katerina says:

      It’s wonderful to hear how much you and everyone else enjoys them! It sounds like you’ve really mastered making them perfectly every time. Thank YOU! 🙂

  4. Susan says:

    Delicious and easy! We both loved them❤️❤️❤️

  5. Dawne says:

    These will be on our weekly dinner rotation. My family and I loved them and were surprised how incredible they were!

  6. Michelle says:

    Excellent! My go to recipe for enchiladas.

  7. Cassie says:

    Really delicious and easy! So surprised how good Turkey enchiladas can be. Thank you!!

  8. Stephanie says:

    Omg this was so delicious!!! Didn’t change a thing ! Wow! Definitely making this once a week! Thank you so much for sharing ! Yum yum

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      That’s so great to hear! I am very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂