Healthier Turkey Enchiladas


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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
8 servings


  • cooking spray

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 1 pound ground turkey breast

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper, or more to taste

  • 1 ½ cups medium radishes, trimmed

  • 2 (10 ounce) cans enchilada sauce (such as Old El Paso®)

  • 16 (6 inch) corn tortillas, warmed

  • 2 tablespoons pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

  • cup coarsely chopped cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onion

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly coat a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey and onion; cook until turkey is no longer pink and onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in cumin and chipotle. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Stir in 1 cup Oaxaca cheese.

  3. Spread 1/4 cup enchilada sauce in the prepared baking dish. Divide turkey mixture evenly among tortillas. Tightly roll tortillas and nestle, seam sides down, in the baking dish. Top with remaining sauce and remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until sauce is bubbly and cheese is melted, about 20 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, coarsely chop 1 tablespoon pepitas; mix with cilantro, green onion, garlic, and lime zest in a small bowl. Sprinkle topping over the enchiladas; add with remaining pepitas before serving.

Cook's Note:

You can use Chihuahua cheese instead of Oaxaca.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

316 Calories
12g Fat
30g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 316
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 373mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 7mg 36%
Calcium 215mg 17%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 532mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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