Turkey Fajita Wraps

There’s always a dilemma as to what to do with leftover Christmas turkey.  Each year I try to come up with some new ideas that the family will enjoy and since we love Mexican food, what better way to dress up turkey you’ve been eating for a couple of days?  Everyone has their favorite fajita recipe and this one really was a hit with us.  Leftover turkey can easily be added to soups, casseroles and can replace chicken in most recipes.  My great aunt always used to make Turkey Tetrazzini with her leftover meat and is another great-tasting dish.

Serves 6
recipe from the Food Network
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3 tablespoons olive oil
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
500g boneless, cooked turkey meat, cut into chunks
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 dashes cayenne pepper
6 large red leaf lettuce leaves
2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro leaves
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup sour cream

Heat the oil in large skillet over high heat. Add the onion, peppers, and garlic and cook, stirring, until slightly softened. Add the turkey, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne and cook, stirring, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Spoon a couple tablespoons of the turkey mixture on the inside of a lettuce leaf, top with a tablespoon of cheese and a dollop of sour cream, and roll up like a burrito. Close with toothpicks. Repeat to make 6 wraps in total. Serve with salsa picante and guacamole, if desired.

The Culinary Chase’s Note:  Beautiful flavors and a great idea using lettuce leaves to present the fajitas in, however, I decided to use Kontos Lavash roll-up flatbread in lieu of lettuce leaves (another alternative to using flour tortillas).


  1. Simply Life on December 29, 2009 at 11:53

    oh wow, everything looks wonderful!

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  3. Pam on December 29, 2009 at 16:23

    Lovely blog you have and congrats on the foodie blogroll!

    Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

  4. Stephanie on December 29, 2009 at 16:47

    Got any for ham? We have tons left over from Xmas…

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  5. The Culinary Chase on December 29, 2009 at 20:14

    Thanks Simply Life, Anon, Pam & Stephanie.

    Stephanie – Split pea soup is a favorite of mine for leftover ham. Try fried rice with ham (Chinese spin) or in a casserole. Ham goes well with potato scallop or add it in a salad. Hope this helps.


  6. Kathleen on December 30, 2009 at 02:02

    Wow this looks de-lish! Great way to use leftovers!!!

  7. Chey can cook! (and more) on December 30, 2009 at 03:25

    Okay, so maybe I don’t hate turkey so much anymore (was so sick of it!) – great blog!

  8. The Culinary Chase on December 30, 2009 at 14:30

    Thanks Kathleen & Chey Can Cook! I think we sometimes get ‘stuck’ with what to do with the leftovers but if you surf the web, you’ll see there are loads of ideas just waiting to be tried. Cheers!