Green Chile Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A southwestern grilled cheese with green chile, turkey, avocado

My friends and family will all tell you that I’m not big on sandwiches; however, I do like grilled sandwiches.  So in honor of National Grilled Cheese month, I’m sharing a Green Chile Grilled Cheese or more appropriately called Green Chile Turkey Enchiladas Grilled Cheese Sandwich, but that name is just a little too long.  There’s also a similar sandwich called Albuquerque Turkey – so lots of inspiration for this sandwich!

If you like green chile chicken or turkey enchiladas, then you’ll love this sandwich! It’s made with New Mexico roasted and chopped green chile, avocado, turkey, and of course – cheese.  How can you not love that?


Cherry Bomb Pepper used for turkey grilled cheese sandwich


Kitchen Notes

I know some of you might be thinking that my method of buttering the bread is a little weird. However, because I use real butter and fresh bread, I don’t want to tear up the bread by spreading the cold butter directly onto it.  So I melt a little bit of butter directly on the griddle, spread it around with a spatula, and soak it up with the bread.  It actually uses less butter doing it this way. I guess I could switch to a canola oil based soft spread, but…I like butter, and according to research done over at the Benefits of Eating – it actually has many health benefits!

Vegetarian Option – I’ve made the vegetarian option of this sandwich by leaving off the turkey and it is just as delicious!

The turkey – This is a great use of holiday leftover turkey!  If you don’t have any leftovers, then  Deli turkey or chicken can easily be used.

Green chile  - If you don’t have green chile, then shame on you! :)  You can always use roasted poblano, fresh or pickled jalapeno, fresh cherry bomb, or if you don’t want the heat, roasted bell pepper.

Cheeses – I love the combination of sharp and mild cheddar so that’s what I recommend.  However, if you have other cheese such as Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, or provolone, you can use them.  You can always add more cheese than I do.  I love cheese but it doesn’t always love me, so I have to use it sparingly.

Make it a Wrap – If you don’t want the fat from the grilled cheese, wrap all of these ingredients in a flour tortilla, place on the griddle for a few minutes (turning a few times), just long enough to melt the cheese.  OR you could stuff it all in pita and make a pita pocket.

For more recipes with green chile, check out my green chile category.


This turkey grilled cheese sandwich has been link to the following blog hops.  Be sure to click on the links for more fabulous recipes!  Full Plate Thursday, What’s Cooking Love?, It’s a Keeper Thursday, Real Food Freaky Friday, Weekend Potluck, Feed Your Soul @ AMFT, Mix It Up Monday, Mom’s Test Meal Mondays, Katherine Martinelli’s Thanksgiving Leftovers, Made With Love Mondays

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46 Responses to “Green Chile Grilled Cheese Sandwich”

  1. Javelin Warrior December 4, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    I love this option for using up holiday turkey leftovers, MJ – I’ve never combined chiles with turkey for a grilled cheese sandwich, but love the idea. And the avocado is a nice touch, especially for those who want to make this a veggie option. Thanks so much for sharing and this should be a hit :D

  2. Jaime @ Mom's Test Kitchen October 15, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    What a great grilled cheese! I never would have thought to turn an enchilada into a sandwich! Thanks so much for linking up to Mom’s Test Meal Mondays!

  3. Helena / Rico sin Azúcar June 8, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    Thanks for your visit, MJ!
    This sandwich looks really appetizing: chicken, fruit and cheese, I wouldn’t say no! ;-D
    Your cold asparagus soup is fantastic, perfect for summer days.

    See you!

  4. Magic of Spice May 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    Oh wow, what a fantastic idea for a grilled cheese! I don’t eat meat but my kids would love these with the turkey…me veggie style :)

  5. sally May 13, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Yum! I think I might have to make a green chile grilled cheese sandwich for lunch today.

  6. Lisa May 9, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    I love green chile’s and this looks scrumptious! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  7. Reese@SeasonwithSpice May 8, 2012 at 4:28 am #

    Hi Mj – I’d love to have this for lunch! All the goodness sandwiched in warm toasted bread…yum!

  8. Alyssa May 7, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    This sandwich looks good! Thanks for the tip on the butter, I will have to remember that for the next time I make a grilled sandwich. Thanks for sharing on Showcase Your Talent Thursday!

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