Enchiladas with Red and Green Sauce – Christmas Style

Christmas Style enchiladas with red and green sauce and delicious melted cheese are the perfect festive meal during the holiday or any day. Using ground turkey or leftover roast turkey and readymade sauces, keeps this recipe simple.

August 25, 2022

Enchiladas with red and green enchiladas Christmas Style-cooked

Make Extra Enchiladas

Enchiladas are a bit fussy and messy because of the assembly but the results are soooo worth the extra effort. My advice is to make more than you need because everyone fights over the leftovers. Saucy, cheesy, packed with yummy filling. It’s Christmas every day!
Pre-cooked red and green enchiladas Christmas Style

Red or green? Christmas Style Enchiladas

Go into any restaurant in New Mexico featuring southwestern cuisine, and the staff will ask, do you like your dish or enchiladas “red or green?” In other words, do you want your enchiladas with red or green sauce? How about BOTH, which makes it Christmas Style Enchiladas. It does not have to be the holiday season to get enchiladas with red and green sauce, and above all, you do not have to choose between the rich red or the tangy green sauce. It’s Christmas year-round!

New Mexico Cuisine

Friends of mine hosted hubby and me at their home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We devoured the delicious food and more importantly, learned about the Native American and Spanish cultural influences on this historical cuisine. For a great cookbook about the bold flavors and history, I recommend Red or Green New Mexico Cuisine by Clyde Casey.

Enchiladas the Dinner Hero

In the previous post, Beef and Black Bean Enchiladas recipe, I wrote about the enchiladas’ flexibility. With an easy wrap change, you can make the recipe high fiber, low-carb, grain-free, or gluten-free.  This recipe uses ground turkey, or leftover roast turkey meat (dark or white), and store-bought red and green sauces from Siete Foods (not a sponsor or affiliate – I’m just a fan of the brand), which keeps cooking simple during a busy season.

Make a Festive Red and Green Dinner with Christmas Style Enchiladas

In addition to being a great meal, enchiladas are also a festive dinner with a vibrant history that can bring Christmas to the dinner table year-round. Serve with Charred Poblano Coleslaw with Pepitas or favorite salad.

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Enchiladas with red and green enchiladas Christmas Style-cooked

Enchiladas with Red and Green Sauce – Christmas Style


Description

Christmas Style enchiladas with red and green sauce and delicious melted cheese are the perfect festive meal during the holiday or any day. This recipe is simple to make using ground turkey or leftover roast turkey and readymade sauces.


Ingredients

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  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tomatillos, diced
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 lb ground turkey or leftover roast turkey (dark or white)
  • 1 15-oz can pinto beans or Anasazi beans, drianed
  • 1 12-oz can green enchilada sauce, I use Siete Brand, which is 15-oz and has leftovers for extra sauce on the table
  • 1 12-oz can red enchilada sauce*. I use Siete Brand, which is 15-oz and has leftovers for extra sauce on the table
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 8 8-inch tortilla – flour, corn, or grain-free **(I use Siete Grain Free Tortillas – almond, cassava, or cashew flour)
  • 2 cups shredded cheese. I used Irish cheddar, which is white, but Monterey Jack or cheddar is also good
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325º.
  2. Cook Filling: Heat olive oil in a skillet. Remove the papery husks from the tomatillos, dice them into small pieces, add to skillet, and cook for 3 minutes. Add chopped onion and cook until soft. Add spices and stir to combine. Add ground turkey to the skillet, break up with the back of a fork and cook for 5 minutes or until no pink remains.  Add beans and cook until warmed through. Add lime juice, salt, and cilantro and stir to combine.
  3. Assemble Green Sauce Enchiladas: Coat the bottom of an 8-inch square casserole with 2 – 3 Tablespoons of green sauce. Fill each tortilla with 2 tablespoons of meat filling and carefully roll it up. Place it seam-side down in a casserole dish. Repeat with 3 more tortillas. Spoon any remaining meat mixture along the sides of the casserole or top of the enchiladas. Top with sauce over all tortillas to cover completely. Don’t leave any open areas without sauce. If making ahead, cover, and place in the refrigerator until ready to cook.
  4. Assemble Red Sauce Enchiladas: Repeat above with 4 more tortillas with red sauce in another 8 x 8 dish. Coat the bottom of an 8-inch square casserole with 2 – 3 Tablespoons of red sauce. Fill each tortilla with 2 tablespoons of meat filling and carefully roll it up. Place it seam-side down in a casserole dish. Repeat with 3 more tortillas. Spoon any remaining meat mixture along the sides of the casserole or top of the enchiladas. Top with sauce over all tortillas to cover completely. Don’t leave any open areas without sauce. If making ahead, cover, and place in the refrigerator until ready to cook.
  5. Bake: Sprinkle both dishes with cheese and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and beginning to brown.
  6. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Notes

*For a homemade red sauce, see Beef and Black Bean Enchiladas

**If not following a grain-free or paleo diet, whole wheat flour tortillas work great. If gluten-free, use corn tortillas.

  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Turkey
  • Method: Stovetop and Oven
  • Cuisine: Southwest

Keywords: Christmas Season

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