Turkey Chilequiles

By Lizzie Kamenetzky From the book The Great British Bake Off: Christmas
Turkey Chilequiles

Add a bit of winter spice and sunshine to your turkey leftovers with this Mexican dish. Usually made for breakfast or brunch to use up yesterday’s tortilla, this more substantial version makes a great comfort-food supper.

For how many? Serves 4-6


  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 green jalapeño chillies, finely sliced
  • 1 x 400g tin of tomatillos (green tomatoes, see Tip)
  • a large handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  • 50–100ml chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 400g leftover turkey, shredded
  • 250g tortilla chips
  • 200ml soured cream
  • 150g Lancashire cheese, grated
  • salt and black pepper


1 Put the onion, garlic, chillies, tomatillos and coriander in a blender and whizz to a thick paste. Add enough of the stock to loosen the paste and whizz again. Season well.

2 Heat the oil in a pan and fry the paste for 5 minutes or until thickened slightly. Add the shredded turkey and toss well to combine. 

3 Heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Layer up the tortilla chips with the turkey mixture in the ovenproof dish, adding dollops of soured cream and a scattering of grated cheese to each layer. Press down with your hands and finish with a scattering of cheese. Place in the heated oven and bake for 15–20 minutes until bubbling and the cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

TIP Tomatillos are a type of green tomato found in Mexico. They have a unique flavour and are easy to buy online. If you can’t find them, you could drain a can of cherry tomatoes of all its juice and mix them with the juice of a lime.

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