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Low-Carb Enchilada Casserole with Ground Turkey and Chiles

This Ground Turkey Low-Carb Enchilada Casserole was so good, I had leftovers for breakfast one day. And this healthy enchilada casserole made with ground turkey is low-carb, low-glycemic, and South Beach Diet friendly and if you use the right enchilada sauce this can be Keto and gluten-free! Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Low-Carb Enchilada Casserole with Ground Turkey and Chiles [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

I’m a casserole-loving girl, and after I came up with Green Chile and Chicken Mock Enchilada Casserole earlier this year, I kept thinking about variations of that recipe that might be good.  Then one day at the store I noticed Hatch had a gluten-free version of their Red Chile Enchilada Sauce, and that got my creative cooking energy working a bit more.

This Ground Turkey Low-Carb Enchilada Casserole with Red and Green Chiles uses the red chile sauce but has layers of whole green chiles as well, for a flavorful casserole that will really get your tastebuds going.  And just like the chicken mock enchilada casserole, there’s plenty of cheese and a little sour cream to tone down the heat.  Jake and I gobbled this up when we tested the recipe, and then I had leftovers for breakfast yesterday after I found them in the fridge, so I think I can say it’s a keeper!

Low-Carb Enchilada Casserole with Ground Turkey and Chiles [found on KalynsKitchen.com]
Chop up a large onion and a large Poblano (Pasilla) pepper into pieces about 1/2 inch or slightly smaller. Heat a little olive oil and saute the onion and Poblano pieces over medium high heat until they’re starting to brown, 4-5 minutes.

Low-Carb Enchilada Casserole with Ground Turkey and Chiles [found on KalynsKitchen.com]
Remove the onion-pepper mixture, heat a little more olive oil, and add the ground turkey and cook over high heat until it starts to brown.  (Most ground turkey has water added, so you need to let that evaporate before any browning will start.)  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Low-Carb Enchilada Casserole with Ground Turkey and Chiles [found on KalynsKitchen.com]
This is the gluten-free red enchilada sauce I used for the recipe, and unless you really like a lot of heat I definitely recommend getting MILD.  If you need gluten-free and can’t find this sauce, La Victoria also makes a gluten-free enchilada sauce.

Low-Carb Enchilada Casserole with Ground Turkey and Chiles [found on KalynsKitchen.com]
When the turkey is nicely browned, put the onions and peppers back in the pan, add 2 cans enchilada sauce, and let the mixture simmer until most of the liquid is reduced, about 30 minutes on low.

Low-Carb Enchilada Casserole with Ground Turkey and Chiles [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

While the meat mixture simmers, drain the large can of whole green chiles well.

Low-Carb Enchilada Casserole with Ground Turkey and Chiles [found on KalynsKitchen.com]
Use your fingers or a knife to split the green chiles open, stacking them into two piles so you can make two equal layers in the casserole dish.  (I pat them dry with paper towels if they still seem wet.)

Low-Carb Enchilada Casserole with Ground Turkey and Chiles [found on KalynsKitchen.com]
When the meat mixture has cooked down, turn off the heat and let it cool enough that you can add sour cream without it curdling. Once the meat mixture has cooled about 10 minutes, stir in the sour cream.

Low-Carb Enchilada Casserole with Ground Turkey and Chiles [found on KalynsKitchen.com]
Spray a 9″ x 13″ (or similar size) casserole dish with non-stick spray and make a layer of green childs, completely covering the bottom of the dish.

Low-Carb Enchilada Casserole with Ground Turkey and Chiles [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Spread half the turkey/sauce mixture over the green chiles.

Low-Carb Enchilada Casserole with Ground Turkey and Chiles [found on KalynsKitchen.com]

Sprinkle that with half of each type of cheese. Then make another layer each of whole green chiles, sauce, and cheese.

Low-Carb Enchilada Casserole with Ground Turkey and Chiles [found on KalynsKitchen.com]
Bake at 375F uncovered for 35-40 minutes, or until the top is nicely browned and the casserole is bubbling.  Serve hot (with sour cream if desired.)

Low-Carb (and Gluten-Free) Enchilada Casserole with Ground Turkey and Chiles
(Makes 8 servings; recipe created by Kalyn and inspired by Green Chile and Chicken Mock Enchilada Casserole.

Ingredients:
1 large onion, chopped in pieces about 1/2 inch or slightly smaller
1 large Poblano (Pasilla) pepper, chopped in pieces about 1/2 inch or slightly smaller
2 tsp. + 2 tsp. olive oil
2 lbs. lean ground turkey (I used Jenni-O ground turkey with only 10% fat)
salt and fresh ground black pepper to season turkey
2 cans (15 oz.) red chile enchilada sauce (I recommend mild unless you really like a lot of heat; I used Hatch Gluten Free Red Chile Enchilada Sauce.)
3/4 cup light sour cream (plus more for serving if desired, optional)
1 large can (27 oz.) whole green chiles (I found Hatch Whole Green Chilies, 27-Ounce can at Amazon.com, but they are more expensive that way.  Look for them in a Mexican market if you can.)
1 cup + 1 cup grated low-fat Mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup + 1/4 cup grated low-fat 4 Cheese Mexican Blend

Instructions:

Chop onion and Poblano (Pasilla) pepper, then heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large heavy frying pan and saute the onions and peppers over medium-high heat until they’re starting to brown, about 5 minutes.  Remove onions and peppers to a bowl, heat the other 2 teaspoons olive oil and saute the ground turkey over medium-high heat until it’s nicely browned, breaking apart with the turner.   (Most ground turkey in the U.S. has added water, so you will need to evaporate all the water before the browning will start.)  Season the turkey with salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste.

Once the turkey is well-browned, add the sauteed onions and peppers back into the pan with the meat, add the 2 cans red chile enchilada sauce, and simmer over low heat until the mixture is thickened and most all the liquid has evaporated, about 30 minutes.

When the meat/sauce mixture is thickened, turn off the heat and let cool for about 10 minutes.  Preheat oven to 400F/200C.  

While the meat cools, drain the whole green chiles into a colander placed into the sink.  Use your fingers or a knife to split the chiles open and remove any seeds, stacking them in two piles so you can make two equal layers of chiles in the casserole.  (Pat each chile dry with a paper towel as you go if they seem wet.)

When the meat mixture is cool, stir in the sour cream. Spray a 9 inch x 13 inch glass or crockery casserole dish with non-stick spray.  (Any size similar will work.)  Lay half the whole chiles in the bottom of the casserole dish, making sure the entire bottom is covered.  Spread half the meat/sauce mixture over the chiles and top with half the Mozzarella and half the 4 Cheese Mexican Blend.

Make another layer each of whole green chiles, meat/sauce mixture, and cheese.  Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes, or until the top is nicely browned and the casserole is bubbling.  Serve hot, topped with a dollop of low-fat sour cream if desired.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:

This casserole using low-carb ingredients like ground turkey, chiles, and cheese would be approved for all phases of the South Beach Diet and most  other types of low-carb eating plans.  I use gluten-free enchilada sauce partly because it won’t have flour, but if you can’t find the gluten-free enchilada sauce I used, look for enchilada sauce with the lowest amount of carbs.  South Beach recommends lean ground turkey and reduced fat cheese and sour cream; other diet plans may prefer full-fat.

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Low-Carb Enchilada Casserole with Ground Turkey and Chiles [found on KalynsKitchen.com]
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21 comments on “Low-Carb Enchilada Casserole with Ground Turkey and Chiles”

  1. Now I absolutely must track down some of the Hatch whole chiles. They're not easy to find here on the East Coast, but I will persevere — because this casserole looks so good.

  2. Lydia, let me know if you want me to ship you some. They are pretty readily available here, although some brands are kind of pricey. A Mexican or Latin market would be a good place to look.

  3. This sounds awesome. I'm going to try it next week. I already have ground turkey in the freezer and I'll keep my eyes peeled for whole green chilis. Do you think roasted red peppers would work as a substitute?

  4. Jacki, I hadn't thought of it myself, but I think roasted red peppers might be really good in this. (And now you have probably stimulated my cooking brain in a whole new direction.)

  5. I love, love, LOVE enchilada casseroles. This one looks DElish!

  6. Thanks Donna, I have to say that it was!

  7. Hi Kalyn,

    I tried looking for Hatch chiles in a Mexican market and got very confused looks when I asked for them –which I guess makes sense given that they come from inside the U.S. (New Mexico). They are definitely worth the trouble it takes to find them, though. YUM.

  8. Yes, Hatch Chiles are definitely good, although in a canned product like enchilada sauce or canned chiles I've found pretty much every brand I've tried has been good.

  9. This looks so good Kalyn! Love adding the sour cream to the meat mixture. Yum!

  10. Thanks Karen, glad you like it!

  11. This would be gobbled up in my house in no time! I have to head to the Mexican market for some Hatch chiles.

  12. Thanks Dara, hope you enjoy!

  13. I purchased the chilis on Amazon and ended up paying a lot. I did some more searching and found La Preferida brand at Walmart.com and ended up buying a case of 12 and added a $2 item to get free shipping 🙂 My husband doesn't know if we'll go through a whole case, but if we make this once a month we'll use them all in a year. We're making this again tonight with the new chilis.

    I still can't find GF enchilada sauce. The downfall of living in Southern Indiana I suppose :/

  14. Jessica, glad you found the chilis at least. The Gluten-Free enchilada sauce is a pretty new product, so maybe it will get there eventually.

  15. If you can't find the canned, I just roasted some Anaheims (the large bright yellow green peppers, they aren't spicy.) I only did 5 and I probably should have done 7 or even 8, but they worked great. Spray or rub them with olive oil and roast them till they start to brown, flip them and let them brown on the other side too. Let them cool, but not too cold, and peel the skins off. They are easier to peel when still slightly hot. Pull the tops off after they cook and all the seeds should come with them.

  16. Sarah, good idea to roast your own!

  17. Just made this tonight, but with ground beef! it was delicious.. Does anyone know how many net carbs this has per serving?

  18. This is absolutely delicious! My husband is a huge fan! One of my favorite Mexican casseroles for sure. Thanks for much for sharing!

  19. This was very good. Thank you for the idea of both red and green chili in an enchilada dish, yum!

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