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Southwestern Turkey Bake

I make this turkey bake as a way to get my husband and nieces to eat their vegetables. It's also perfect if you're wondering what to do with leftover turkey. This creamy entree will fill you up fast. —Crystal Kolady, Henrietta, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 package (9-3/4 ounces) nacho-flavored tortilla chips, crushed
  • 4 green onions, sliced


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a Dutch oven, saute onions and jalapenos in butter until tender. Stir in turkey, soup, sour cream and spinach. In a greased 13x9-in. baking dish, layer half the turkey mixture, cheese and tortilla chips. Repeat layers.
  • Bake, uncovered, until bubbly, 25-30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with green onions.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • A Monterey, California, businessman named David Jacks made Monterey Jack cheese popular in the late 1800s by shipping it to San Francisco and other areas of the U.S.
  • Unless otherwise specified, Taste of Home recipes are tested with lightly salted butter. Unsalted, or sweet, butter is sometimes used to achieve a buttery flavor, such as in shortbread cookies or buttercream frosting. In these recipes, added salt would detract from the buttery taste desired.
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  • Editor's Note
    Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
    Nutrition Facts
    1 piece: 464 calories, 28g fat (12g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 773mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 30g protein.

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    • Lisa
      Nov 30, 2020

      So easy to make! What a great way to use my leftover turkey. What a great way to use my leftover turkey. My family absolutely loved it!

    • mkmillage
      Nov 10, 2012

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    • Justaname
      Dec 14, 2011

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    • Rhea10
      Nov 8, 2011

      For some reason mine ended up pretty soupy... It tasted fine, just an off texture. I don't know why though! If anyone has any ideas or had a similar experience...let me know what makes it work better!

    • lilstump
      Oct 23, 2011

      I used chicken instead of turkey, my kids loved it!!! I will make this again.

    • redcow
      Mar 10, 2011

      Made this today for the second time. I used broccoli instead of spinach. I freeze my own broccoli so had it on hand. I made this in two casserole today and gave one to a friend. She really liked it and wanted the recipe!!!! A keeper for my family.

    • Kristine Nugent
      Nov 6, 2010

      great. i added a can of pinto beans (rinsed). a little too much onion but otherwise great.

    • lollar83
      Nov 2, 2009

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