TURKEY MEXICAN CASSEROLE – Unique and delicious
Sometimes casseroles have a bad reputation because they usually include some condensed cream soup in the ingredients. I promise that this Mexican casserole is different! It’s full of fresh ingredients like cherry tomatoes and green onions and it also has a fun twist – cheese tortellini!
This filling and comforting Mexican casserole also features turkey instead of the usual chicken. No leftover turkey? Not a problem! I picked up a Jennie-O Bone-In Turkey Breast from the grocery store because I didn’t have any leftover turkey on hand. My favorite part about this turkey breast is that it can go straight from the freezer into the oven (no thawing needed). It makes cooking this turkey SO easy.
How to Make this Mexican Casserole
- This casserole starts by mixing together black beans, cherry tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and cumin. When it comes to using canned beans, you are going to want to make sure that you rinse and drain your beans very well. The cloudy-colored liquid that you find in canned beans is mostly salt and starch, which can totally change the texture or taste of a dish, so that is why most recipes call for rinsing and draining. (I also recommend using lower-sodium canned beans if possible. Canned food items tend to be really high in sodium and you won’t even notice a difference in the taste by using a lower-sodium ingredient.)
- The next step of this casserole is to pour some green enchilada sauce in the bottom of your pan and top with cooked cheese tortellini. Tortellini are a ring-shaped pasta that is usually filled with meat or cheese (for this recipe, just use the cheese-stuffed ones).
- You will then top your tortellini with some of the bean mixture, shredded cooked turkey, olives and onions. Repeat those layers. Top with cheese, and throw in the oven. Cook for about 30 minutes or until the cheese and sauce is hot and bubbly. Dinner is DONE. Who doesn’t love a fast meal that comes together in minutes?
Mexican Casserole Substitutions
This recipe is extremely versatile – you could substitute cooked chicken for the turkey and the casserole will still taste delicious.
Cherry tomatoes are listed in the ingredients, but any type of tomato will work for this recipe. Just cut the tomatoes into small pieces. I love using Roma tomatoes for recipes such as this turkey casserole.
Shredded Mexican cheese is delicious in this turkey casserole, but you could easily substitute whatever cheese you have available (pepper jack, cheddar, Mozzarella, etc) and it will work perfectly in this recipe. There is no wrong way to make this recipe – mix and match your favorite ingredients and make this Mexican casserole your own!
Check out these other casserole recipes:
- Pesto Chicken Casserole
- Ground Beef Enchilada Casserole
- BBQ Tater Tot Casserole
- Biscuits and Gravy Casserole
- Teriyaki Chicken Casserole
*This post is sponsored by Jennie-O but all opinions are my own.*
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