Turkey Leftover & Walking Reboot

Turkey CasseroleWho doesn’t appreciate a recipe for turkey leftovers this time of year? Most people have had enough nibbling on the leftovers in their original form, so why not reinvent for a new flavor sensation? One of the tried and true recipes at my house is this Turkey Tortilla Casserole. I have another idea to share for your post Thanksgiving indulgence as well…

Mall WalkingAfter several weeks of busy schedules, my daughter, Jessica, and I wanted to get back into the swing of our weekly walks. Realizing the Mall of America was a great midway point for us, we decided, why not take it indoors? So today we took advantage of their pre-store opening hours to burn a few calories as well as some serious window shopping. Bonus! We hit the corridors at 9am and it only took an hour to make 4 full loops around the mall.  A great idea if you’re into walking and want to enjoy the convenience of the great indoors during the Minnesota winter season.

Another great idea, is this easy to throw together Turkey Tortilla Casserole.  As with most casseroles, you can tweak this recipe to your hearts desire, substituting chicken for the turkey, amping up the heat by using jalapenos or using whatever salsa you prefer.

Turkey Tortilla Casserole

10-12 servings

Turkey Tortilla Casserole


  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 3 cups chopped cooked turkey (or chicken)
  • 12 - 6 inch corn tortillas torn into bite size pieces
  • 1 - 4 ounce can green chilies (or jalapenos if you want more heat)
  • 1 - 10 3/4 ounce can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar & Monterey Jack cheese blend, divided
  • 1 1/2 cup salsa, divided


  • In a medium saucepan combine onion, chicken broth and celery and bring to boil. Then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 5 to 6 minutes or until vegetables are just tender.
  • In a large bowl stir together undrained onion mixture, cooked turkey or chicken, corn tortillas, chili or jalapeno peppers, soup, pepper, 1 cup cheese and 1/2 cup salsa.
  • Transfer mixture to a lightly greased 13x9x2 inch baking dish. Top with remaining 1 cup of salsa and 1 cup of cheese.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until heated through. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.


Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens August 1990 (an oldie but a goodie!)




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