What’s for Dinner Tonight: Turkey Enchiladas

This is one of my favorites. A healthy version of a typically unhealthy Mexican dish: enchiladas. This version uses ground turkey breast instead of beef, which cuts out a whopping total of over 400 calories and almost 50 grams of fat, as well as reduced fat cheddar cheese. I also used corn tortillas instead of flour, but only because I prefer the flavor of corn tortillas. With that, here we go:

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This recipe is brought to you by Fitness Magazine (with a few personal tweaks):

Here’s what you need:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (divided into 1 tablespoon and 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 8-oz can of no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 handful of reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Here’s how you make them:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 and coat a baking dish with cooking spray
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pan; once oil is hot add onion and cook until softened (about 5 mins)
  3. Add turkey, zucchini, 2 tablespoons olive oil, jalapenos, 1/2 cup tomato sauce, cumin, oregano and cinnamon; cook for about 8 mins and set aside
  4. Wrap corn tortillas in damp paper towels and heat in a microwave for 30 seconds (to make them a bit softer; don’t worry if they rip when you try and roll them – they always do); spoon some of the turkey mixture into each tortilla, roll them up and place them seam-down in the baking dish
  5. Drizzle the rest of the tomato sauce on top of the enchiladas and sprinkle with the cheese; bake for 30 minutes
  6. Remove from oven and let the dish sit for about 5 minutes before serving (I cut up an avocado as a side dish and added some low-fat sour cream as well).

Like I said this is one of our favorite dishes. It’s guilt-free Mexican food and it’s delicious. It is a bit more time-consuming than some easier dinners, but if you have a bit of time it’s absolutely worth it.

Next up on the blog: Naples Half Marathon Race Recap. Stay Tuned!


About Tommy Openchowski
Planning worksite health promotion programs and using my Masters in Health Promotion Management, Certificate in Nutrition Education, and CHES Certification as my knowledge base. I've run four marathons and am constantly trying to find road races - of any distance - to keep myself moving. I love trying new foods and new recipes and figuring out why the foods I eat are good for me and ideal fuel for my running. My goal is to use this blog to share my love for living a healthy life to my readers.

3 Responses to What’s for Dinner Tonight: Turkey Enchiladas

  1. Muti says:

    looks delicious Tommy! Glad you are blogging again!

  2. Em says:

    YUM these look amazing! Definitely going to give them a try soon! (…minus the zucchini)

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