Leftover Turkey Enchilada Skillet
Put those Thanksgiving leftovers to use with this quick and simple leftover turkey enchilada skillet! It’s as easy as layering tortillas, your favorite salsa or enchilada sauce, turkey from the big day, and lots of cheese, then baking till bubbly and golden brown. Don’t forget the cilantro!
What is an enchilada skillet?
This simple weeknight dinner (1) is ready with less than 10 minutes of prep, (2) is an excellent use of leftovers, and (3) takes way less time to make than traditional enchiladas. I call that a win!
Ingredients for an enchilada skillet
- corn tortillas, though you could use flour if you like!
- your favorite green enchilada or salsa verde — I LOVE Trader Joe’s Green Dragon Hot Sauce!
- leftover roasted turkey or chicken
- corn, fresh or canned
- shredded monterrey jack cheese, but you could also use cheddar jack or a blend of mexican cheeses
- fresh cilantro
- lime wedges
- sour cream
Additional toppings/fillings you may want to include: avocado, black beans, refried beans, chopped tomatoes, or salsa!
How to make leftover turkey enchilada skillet
It’s as easy as layering everything together in a large skillet. First, spread a thin layer of enchilada sauce or salsa on the bottom. Next, alternate layers of tortillas, leftover turkey, corn, cilantro, and cheese before repeating with remaining ingredients. Finally, bake for about 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Just don’t place fresh cilantro on the very top before making or it will completely burn in the oven.
Can I substitute turkey for something else?
Absolutely! Feel free to substitute roasted chicken or your favorite ground meat — turkey, chicken, beef, or pork all work great!
What to serve with this
We very often eat this as is, but you could serve the enchiladas with cilantro-lime rice or plain white rice, some roasted plantains or tostones, or even just a tray of your favorite roasted vegetables. Also, no shame in eating this straight out of the pan!
Can I make an enchilada skillet on a stovetop?
You really want to bake this so that all the layers heat through evenly and the cheese melts, not just on the bottom, but the top as well. Baking is your best option.
Does this freeze well?
Yes, you can freeze this! If you’re hoping to make this ahead of time to freeze, switch out the skillet for a small square baking dish (8×8 or 9×9 would still work with the proportions of ingredients listed below, but of course feel free to use a larger size and just adjust the ratio of ingredients accordingly).
Follow instructions right up until before you bake, then cover with plastic wrap and a layer of aluminum foil. When ready to make, remove both layers and bake directly from the freezer. Cooking time will increase by 10-15 minutes.
Why do so many enchilada skillet recipes call for Campbell’s soup?
It’s not for me. I completely replace the Campbell’s soup with cheese. I don’t want my cheesy enchilada skillet to be soggy, so no soup cans here! I also think it would detract from the spicy green dragon sauce I love so much.
So listen, if you’re not using your Thanksgiving leftovers to make this turkey enchilada skillet, I promise you’ll be filled with regret. This is hands down the best way to transform your turkey day fare into something exciting that the whole family will love!
If you make my Leftover Turkey Enchilada Skillet, please let me know by leaving a review below!
Looking for more Thanksgiving inspiration? Check out the following!
Bourbon-whipped butternut squash mash
Crispy roasted brussels sprouts
Roasted turkey breast with white wine gravy
Focaccia stuffing with chorizo, butternut squash, and goat cheese
Cornbread stuffing waffles with tomato jam, turkey, and crispy fried onions
Leftover Turkey Enchilada Skillet
- 3 cups leftover turkey or chicken, pulled or cut into small ¼” pieces
- 1 cup + 2 Tbsp Trader Joe’s Green Dragon Hot Sauce or other green chili / enchilada sauce
- ~8 small corn tortillas 6” each, or other small tortillas
- 1 cup corn fresh or canned (if canned, drain)
- 1 ½ cups shredded Monterrey Jack
- 2 scallions thinly sliced
- 2 Tbsp cilantro plus more for serving
- Lime wedges for serving
- Sour cream for serving
- Optional additions: black beans refried beans, red enchilada sauce, avocado
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- In a large bowl combine leftover turkey and 1 cup TJ’s Green Dragon sauce (or other enchilada sauce), then mix to evenly coat.
- In a 10-inch skillet, pour 2 Tbsp of TJ’s Green Dragon sauce, then spread to cover bottom of pan. Place one layer of tortillas on top, breaking them to fit the base.
- Layer half of turkey evenly on top of tortillas, then sprinkle with half of the cheese, half of the corn, and 2 Tbsp cilantro. Repeat with remaining tortillas, turkey, cheese, and corn. Don’t put cilantro on top layer, it will burn in the oven.
- Bake for 25 minutes, then top with scallions and additional cilantro, if wanted. Serve with sour cream and lime wedges.