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Usually Tough Wild Turkey Legs & Thighs Made Delectable in Enchiladas with a Salsa Verde

Updated: Mar 27

wild turkey recipes enchiladas verde

Hunters who simply breast out turkeys, geese or other, larger, game birds miss out on superb opportunities to create exceptionally flavorful meals with the meat from a bird’s legs and thighs. An easy, tasty dish to prepare with this meat is enchiladas topped with cheese and a spicy green salsa.

Granted, wild turkey legs, especially from an older tom, can be a little tough when roasted. The answer is to simply slow cook those legs and thighs in liquid until the meat nearly falls from the bone. You can make your own turkey stock by saving the bones and other dressed parts you normally discard. Add them to a stock pot, cover with water, then bring it to a boil and then reduce heart to simmer for a couple of hours. It’s well worth it.

To prepare the meat:

2 turkey legs and thighs

2 cups chicken stock or broth

1 Tablespoon lime juice

1 Tablespoon spicy salsa or taco sauce

More chicken stock or turkey broth to cover legs

Two options here. Put all ingredients in a crock pot or stock pot with just enough chicken or turkey stock to cover the turkey. Cover the pot and simmer for several hours until meat is very tender. Cool and shred meat off the bones. Save the cooking broth. As an alternative, cook the meat in a pressure cooker (or an Instant Pot), add the stock, salsa and lime juice and then cook for as long as the directions prescribe for your particular unit and that amount of meat. Save the residual liquid after cooking.

To prepare enchiladas:

2 tablespoons butter

Shredded turkey meat, prepared above (you should have about 3 or 4 cups)

½ cup cooking broth

½ sweet onion, diced

1 four-ounce can chopped green chilies

24 ounces medium green salsa (salsa verde) - divided

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1 ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided

20 Corn tortillas

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large pan, sauté onion in 2 tablespoons butter until soft. Add the meat, broth, garlic power and cumin, and mix well. Stir in the chilies and ¼ cup of green salsa. Cook until warm throughout. Mix in about 1/2 cup of the cheese and remove

wild turkey recipes enchiladas verde

from heat. Place 2 to 3 tablespoons of mixture on a tortilla and roll up. Place seam side down in greased baking dish. Continue until the dish is full. Cover with about 12 ounces of the salsa. Much of this will be absorbed into the tortillas as it bakes. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Add the remaining salsa and cheese as a final topping as soon as the enchiladas are removed from the oven. Serve promptly.

Side dishes are easily made while the enchiladas are in the oven. For a little salad, chop lettuce and tomato. Add dollops of sour cream with a cilantro garnish and homemade guacamole.

Making guacamole is easy. Just halve a couple ripe avocados and then scoop the avocado from the outer skin into a bowl. Add a splash of lime or lemon juice, a little kosher salt, a heaping tablespoon of finely diced sweet onion and a few dashes of hot sauce and then mash it all together. You also can add a tablespoon of finely chopped tomato.

To wash it all down, it’s hard to beat a premium lager beer that has a wedge of lime squeezed into it. Mexican beers Tecate or Dos Equis are good this way, but don’t feel bad trying it with a cold local craft brew. Buen provecho a mis amigos.


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