gluten-free cheesy red chile turkey enchiladas

Five Super Easy Gluten-Free Cinco de Mayo Meals

I created these recipes for anyone who is busy and hungry for learning new ways to make a meal Super Easy, Gluten-Free and Fast!  All of these Super Easy Gluten-Free Cinco de Mayo Meals are flavorful and healthy for everyday celebrations.  So here it goes – just a few ingredients and you will be surprised as to how happy your family and friends will be with your Mexican cooking!

gluten-free cheesy red chile turkey enchiladas

gluten-free cheesy red chile turkey enchiladas

I used Jennie-O Turkey Store Lean Ground Turkey and Wholly Guacamole for all of these recipes.  I used my “Secret Salsa Turkey Recipe” for all of these ideas and cooked it the same way. 

The secret to my recipe is that is has all of the flavor without the mess of chopping and extra expense of buying a ton of ingredients.  I used a local fresh, Organic (Medium Hot) salsa that I bought at my Farmer’s Market.  I also use a Pico de Gallo in place of salsa as well if I want it more chunky.  Pick the heat level of the salsa that you and what your family and guests will like.  (I always have a spare hotter salsa on the side when serving any meal so that the extra brave people can add a little more to their liking.)

“Secret Salsa Turkey Recipe”

1 package – 1.25 lbs./ 20 oz.  Jennie-O Turkey Store Lean Ground Turkey

2 tablespoons Olive Oil for the pan to cook the turkey and a little more for the individual pans to bake the enchiladas.

1 cup Organic Gluten-Free Salsa or Pico de Gallo – Mild, Medium or Hot

Cook the turkey over medium-high heat to 165 degrees.  I always follow the safe cooking tips provided on the Jennie-O Turkey Store site.   Lower the heat to simmer.  Removed some of the natural liquid. Add approximately 1 cup of the salsa to the cooked turkey and mixed well.  Let it simmer over low heat for 5-8 minutes, then removed it from the heat.  

I have been craving enchiladas lately and decided I just had to make them with a healthier twist.  I used ground turkey meat from Jennie-O Turkey Store. I came up with a recipe to cook the ground turkey that locks in all the flavor and moistness.  The Secret is my – Secret Salsa Turkey Recipe! 

#1 Super Easy Gluten-Free Red Chile Cheesy Turkey Enchiladas 

1 package – 1.25 lbs./ 20 oz.  Jennie-O Turkey Store Lean Ground Turkey

2 tablespoons Olive Oil for the pan to cook the turkey and a little more for the individual pans to bake the enchiladas.

1 cup Organic Gluten-Free Salsa or Pico de Gallo – Mild, Medium or Hot

Tortillaland Corn Tortillas – Gluten-Free, no preservatives, no trans, sat fat or cholesterol – these are uncooked and you need to cook them before eating.  These are THE BEST GF CORN TORTILLAS! 

Frontera Red Chille Enchilada Sauce Gluten-Free, all natural, no preservatives – 1 package = 4 Enchiladas so please buy enough for the amount you are serving. I bought 2 packages to make 8 Enchiladas. 

2-3 cups Sargento Shredded 4 Cheese Mexican blend – Gluten-Free – *see Gluten-Free statement here

1-2 packages Wholly Guacamole  – Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Kosher, No Preservatives and all natural.  I always buy extra for scooping up with chips and to make sure I have enough!

1-2 fresh Roma Tomatoes

Cook the GF corn Tortilla Land tortillas over medium-high heat on a comal or cast iron pan.

Add 1 tsp of olive oil to the individual pans. Place the tortilla in the middle of the pan and add 2 Tbs of cooked turkey to the middle.  Roll up the enchiladas tightly with the edges on the bottom.  If you are adding cheese add it with the meat.  Add the red chile sauce and then some cheese on top of the sauce.  This makes them extra creamy and  you know it has cheese if you are making 2 different kinds.  Place 2-3 enchiladas in each serving dish for a hearty meal.

To make the non-cheese enchiladas, add the meat and roll up with the edges down and then top with the red chile sauce. Cover the pan with foil while cooking to keep them moist.

*Please note you can make this in a large serving dish with all cheese or all non-cheese enchiladas as well for larger groups.  I like to make individual servings for a smaller group. 

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and cook the cheese enchiladas, smaller potions,  uncovered for 10 – 12 minutes.

Cook the non-cheese, covered with foil for 10 minutes.

If you are cooking a larger serving, cook cheese, uncovered 15-20 minutes and non-cheese covered 15 minutes or until heated through.

Let cool slightly before serving.  Serve with a generous side of guacamole topped with fresh cut tomato slices.



#2 Super Easy Gluten-Free Cheesy Turkey Quesadillas 

Secret Salsa Turkey Recipe

Cook the Tortilla Land Corn tortillas

Add 1 Tbs of cheese and 1 Tbs of Turkey on top of one tortilla while it is still on the pan.

Add a little more cheese on top and then the second cooked tortilla.

Use a lid from a pan to press down the quesadilla, just like making a panini so that the cheese will melt and make it stick together.  Cook approximately 2-3 minutes.  Carefully flip over and use the lid again to press down.  Remove from heat and place on a cutting board.  Use a knife or a pizza cutter to cut the quesadilla into 4 pieces.   Top with guacamole and fresh tomato slices.

cooking quesadilla gf-turkey-quesadilla serving gluten-free turkey quesadilla

#3  Super Easy Gluten-Free Tacos 

Secret Salsa Turkey Recipe

6 GF Tortilla Land Corn Tortillas

Romaine Lettuce

1-2 Roma Tomatoes

1 package Wholly Guacamole

Cook the Turkey as above and set aside.  Cook the tortillas and add the turkey, lettuce, tomato and guacamole. Fold the tortilla or roll them over to serve and eat.

#4  Super Easy Gluten-Free Taco Salad

Secret Salsa Turkey Recipe

Organic chopped green lettuce

Organic fresh Salsa or Pico de Gallo


Cheese – optional

Wholly Guacamole

The Better Chip – Gluten-Free, Non-GMO

In each bowl add the chips, lettuce, 1/2 cup of cooked turkey, cheese, salsa/pico de gallo, cilantro and guacamole. Mix together and enjoy!

#5  Super Easy Gluten-Free Turkey Nachos 

Secret Spicy Salsa Turkey

The Better Chip – Chips – pick your favorite flavor

Sargento shredded Mexican cheese –

Wholly Guacamole

1 medium, purple/red onion – diced

1 cup sliced jalapeños – serve on the side and add as desired

2- 3 cups extra Organic Salsa or Pica de Gallo

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, add a layer of chips to the baking sheet.  Make sure the chips are close but not on top of each other.   Add some cooked turkey, cheese and diced onion on top.   Cook in the oven 5-10 minute or until the cheese is melted.  Carefully take the pan out of the oven and let cool slightly.  Serve with a generous portion of guacamole, salsa and jalepeños as desired.

I like to make each chip individually so that each bite is perfectly portioned and satisfying.  Never missing any ingredient. 

Disclosure statement – I received complimentary Jennie-O Lean Turkey and Wholly Guacamole products from the companies.  By no means did this change or influence my opinion of either company.  I purchase both all the time on my own for my recipes and healthy meal and snack planning.  

All of the additional ingredients I purchased and gladly share my favorites with you in hopes that you have,  Super Easy Gluten-Free Cinco de Mayo Meals.