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Skinny Ground Turkey Enchiladas

These Skinny Ground Turkey Enchiladas are my latest attempt at lightening up a normal Mexican food recipe and my whole family loved them.

It’s pretty much guaranteed, in our house, when I ask the question of my husband “where would you like to eat out tonight?” that he will pick one of his favorite Mexican restaurants.

So, it’s also pretty much guaranteed that I have a long list of Mexican recipes that I will be trying at home, but in a skinnier version.  

This recipe for skinny ground turkey enchiladas is full of flavor and light on calories.

It’s Mexican Night at our House with these Skinny Ground Turkey Enchiladas.

Ground turkey is such a great way to keep the calories down in recipes when it’s substituted for ground beef.

You can use a bought enchilada sauce, but it is very easy to make a home made version in about 10 minutes so that is what I chose to do this time. homemade enchilada sauce

I use a whole wheat tortilla wrap from Ole Mexican Foods.  Each wrap has only 50 calories and packs 11 grams of fiber into each wrap.

And they are also very low in fat. They make the perfect choice for these skinny enchiladas.

Look at all the goodies that will go into this recipe!  I can’t wait to try them.ingredients for skinny ground turkey enchiladas

I love using ground turkey breast instead of ground beef in my recipes.  It is much lower in fat and still has great flavor, especially in recipes like this where there are lots of other fresh ingredients in the mix.

The turkey is browned and then seasoned before adding more tomato sauce and chicken broth.  At this point, you will need to drag yourself away from the enchilada filling.

It is THAT GOOD. And, at all costs, don’t let your husband try the filling before the recipe is done.  (don’t ask me how I know.)Brown the turkey

Add your turkey mixture to the tortillas and wrap them, placing the seam side down in a baking dish sprayed with Pam.

Top with tomato sauce and cheese and then cover with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes.  (This keeps the tortillas from getting too stiff and makes for a nice soft enchilada.)skinny ground turkey enchiladas ready to cook

Seriously, folks.  You will never guess that this recipe has been really slimmed down from the normal enchilada recipe.

It is full of flavor, and rivals the enchiladas at my local Mexican restaurant, without all the calories that go along with those!skinny ground turkey enchiladas ready to serve

I like to serve these skinny ground turkey enchiladas with my cauliflower “Mexican rice” to add a delicious side dish that still keeps the calorie count low for the finished meal.  skinny ground turkey enchiladas and cauliflower Mexican rice

What is your way to slim down one of your favorite restaurant meals?  Please let us know in the comments below.

Yield: 8

Skinny Ground Turkey Enchiladas

skinny ground turkey enchiladas

These Skinny Ground Turkey Enchiladas are my latest attempt at our Mexican favorite and my family loved them.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


For the enchilada sauce:

  • non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-2 tbsp diced jalapeño chilis
  • 1-1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 3/4 cup low fat chicken broth
  • Pink sea salt and fresh pepper to taste

For the turkey:

  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 oz ground turkey
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • Pink sea salt to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce

For the enchilada:

  • 8 (7-inch) low-carb whole wheat flour tortillas
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • Prepared enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup reduced fat shredded Mexican cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro for topping
  • Slices of avocado for topping (optional)
  • Low fat sour cream for topping (optional)


  1. Spray a medium non stick saucepan with Pam, and sauté 2 cloves of minced garlic.
  2. Add the chilis, chili powder, cumin, chicken broth, tomato sauce, salt and pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes. While this mixture is finishing, you can prepare the enchilada mixture
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  7. Sauté onions and garlic until soft, about 2 minutes.
  8. Add the ground turkey and cook until no longer pink , Season with salt, cilantro, cumin, oregano, and chili powder.
  9. Add the tomato sauce, chicken broth, and cook 4 to 5 minutes.
  10. Remove from heat.
  11. Spray a 13 by 9-inch glass baking dish with non-stick spray.
  12. Put 1/3 cup of the turkey mixture into each tortilla and roll it.
  13. Place the filled tortilla on a baking dish seam side down, and top with prepared enchilada sauce, then add the shredded cheese.
  14. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the oven on the middle rack for 20-25 minutes.
  15. Top with low fat sour cream, avocados, or cilantro if you wish. Makes 8 enchiladas.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 enchilada

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 322Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 1001mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 21g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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Tuesday 26th of January 2021

I had to improvise as there are ingredients listed that aren't in the directions? - Honestly it tasted great but it was way to much work

Carol Speake

Thursday 28th of January 2021

Hi Shelly. I checked over the recipe card and all the ingredients are mentioned in the directions, so I am not sure about improvising. I do agree it takes some time. I enjoy cooking so I don't mind this aspect. Carol


Wednesday 29th of November 2017

The ground Turkey filling recipe tastes delicious. I made my own enchilada sauce, added sliced olives, and used homemade corn tortillas and fresh Oregano from my sister's herb garden. My husband opted for seconds and raved about this dish. It's a keeper!

Thank you so much for sharing your creation with us!

By the way, I agree with Heather, we substitute organic ground Turkey for ground Beef in most cases. It's so much lower in fat than beef.


Wednesday 29th of November 2017

Glad you enjoyed the recipe Joy. I often substitute ground turkey for beef as well. Carol


Wednesday 24th of February 2016

We love Mexican food too!! And this recipe sounds healthy AND delicious! I use ground turkey a lot in place of ground beef - chili, bolognese, Shepherds pie. It's such a healthy alternative (and these days it's a lot cheaper - at least here in Canada).


Wednesday 24th of February 2016

I've been using it a lot more too. It is very versatile.

Renee Fuller

Monday 22nd of February 2016

This looks very delicious and healthy. Thanks for sharing.


Monday 22nd of February 2016

These look very tasty!


Monday 22nd of February 2016

Thanks Barbara. My husband just loved them!

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