The Day After: Thanksgiving Leftovers

November 26, 2009 | By | Comments (1)

The day after Thanksgiving is always daunting: do I recreate the meal and pile turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes on a plate? Or do I make the family favorite, a turkey, mayonnaise, and cranberry sauce sandwich? While I love the classics, I'm just as likely to put a Mexican spin on my leftover turkey and whip up a batch of turkey enchiladas. These cheesy, slightly spicy enchiladas will keep in the 'fridge for two days or you can freeze them for up to one month – that's my kind of leftovers.


3 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 3/4 cups finely chopped onions

1 28-ounce can or jar enchilada sauce

3 plum tomatoes, finely chopped
(canned or fresh)
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped canned

1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

3 cups coarsely shredded cooked turkey

2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese

1 can rinsed and drained black beans

Twelve 5- to 6-inch corn tortillas

3 limes, quartered

Heat 3 tablespoons oil in large saucepan over
medium heat. Add 1 1/2 cups onions and sauté
tender, about 5 minutes. Add enchilada sauce,
tomatoes, and chipotles. Cover; simmer 20
stirring often. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/2
cilantro. Season sauce with salt and pepper.
(If you're feeling really lazy, just heat up
some jarred enchilada sauce and season it
with salt and pepper.)

turkey, 1 1/2 cups cheese, 1/4 cup onions,
1/2 cup
cilantro, and black beans in a bowl. Season
with salt

Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat 1/2 cup
vegetable oil
medium skillet over medium heat. Cook one
tortilla until
pliable, about 20 seconds per side. Drain on
towels. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

Spread 1/2 cup sauce in a 13 x 9 x 2-inch
dish. Spoon 1/4 cup turkey mixture in center
of each
tortilla. Roll up tortillas. Arrange seam
side down in
the dish. Spoon 2 1/2 cups sauce over enchiladas.
Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese.

Bake enchiladas
heated through, about 30 minutes.

Rewarm remaining sauce in saucepan over
low heat. Serve enchiladas with extra sauce and

Serves 6


  1. Katrina Russo

    Enchiladas are a delicious idea!

    November 26, 2009 at 2:59 pm

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