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Easy Leftover Turkey Chili

This Leftover Turkey Chili is a great way to use up what you have on hand from Thanksgiving. This dish is healthy, loaded with vegetables, and freezer friendly, too!

leftover turkey chili in a purple Dutch oven

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If you have leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, no need to throw it out! There’s also no need to make turkey sandwiches everyday either.

If you used my Cajun Turkey recipe then you are really in for a treat because you are starting with turkey that is loaded with flavor!

Thanksgiving turkey, chopped green pepper, chopped red peppers, and chopped onions on a flat surface
broth, black beans, kidney beans, chili seasoning, tomato sauce petite tomatoes, and garlic in separate bowls on a flat surface

How to Make Turkey Chili

  1. Place a Dutch oven or soup pot on medium-high heat. Add olive oil, onions, and peppers. Saute until translucent and fragrant.
  2. Add in garlic and stir.
  3. Add in broth, cooked turkey, beans, chili seasoning, beans, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Stir.
  4. Simmer.
collage photo of 4 photos showing how to make leftover turkey chili in a Dutch oven

How to Thicken

The best way to get thick chili is to not go overboard with liquids. I only use 1 cup of broth in this recipe. The remaining liquid comes from the diced chilis and tomatoes and the tomato sauce, which will thicken as the chili simmers.

leftover turkey chili in a purple Dutch oven

What Type of Beans to Use

You can use whatever you like. Just about anything will pair nicely. I like to use red kidney beans and black beans. You can also use chili beans or any legumes. Be sure to drain your beans first if used canned.

How to Make it Spicy

I’m a huge fan of spicy chili so I add a tablespoon of red cayenne pepper. If you want it to be slightly spicy, use a teaspoon and build from there if you wish.

If you don’t want it spicy omit the cayenne pepper completely. You may also need to test out the chili powder you use as well, if you are extremely sensitive to spice. Sometimes, people report chili powder as spicy, but it should not be.

Do You Need to Use a Slow Cooker?

No, your turkey is already fully cooked. You can slow cook if you wish, but not necessary. You need a large pot or Dutch oven.

leftover turkey chili in a purple Dutch oven

What to Serve and Pair With the Chili

Keto Low Carb Cornbread
Air Fryer Cornbread
Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread
Southern Classic Homemade Cornbread
Southern Cornbread Dressing

Topping Ideas

  • Shredded Cheese
  • Plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • Jalapenos
  • Cooked and Crumbled Bacon
  • Sliced Avocado

How Long Will it Last in the Fridge

How long is it good for? If you are using leftover turkey from the holiday, turkey lasts up to 4 days in the fridge. You can make an argument that reheating and cooking it again can extend the life, but not certain. If you don’t plan to eat the chili within that window, it works great for freezing and is safe to do.

leftover turkey chili in a purple Dutch oven

Freezer Tips

I love to freeze it using these freezer soup molds from Amazon. It will freeze for up to several months. I like to defrost it overnight in the fridge and then reheat.

More Chili Recipes

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili
Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
Keto Low Carb Chili
Instant Pot Beef Chili
Pumpkin Chicken Chili
Sweet Potato Chili

More Leftover Turkey Recipes

Leftover Turkey Nachos
Leftover Turkey and Rice Soup

Turkey Bone Broth

leftover turkey chili in a purple Dutch oven
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Leftover Turkey Chili

This Leftover Turkey Chili is a great way to use up what you have on hand from Thanksgiving. This dish is healthy, loaded with vegetables, and freezer friendly, too!
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword leftover turkey chili, Thanksgiving leftovers recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 292kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves Minced
  • 1 cup broth Turkey, chicken, or vegetable.
  • 4 cups cooked turkey meat
  • 1 16 oz can kidney beans drained
  • 1 16 oz can black beans drained
  • 1 16 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce

Spices

Instructions

  • Place a Dutch oven or soup pot on medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, onions, and peppers. Saute for 3-4 minutes until translucent and fragrant.
  • Add in the garlic and stir.
  • Add in all of the remaining ingredients and stir. Lower the heat to medium-low and cover.
  • Simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the soup is warm and the turkey is tender.

Notes

Instead of making your own chili seasoning, you can use a chili packet if you wish. I would start with 1/2 of the pack and adjust as necessary.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 3g
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Amanda

Monday 30th of November 2020

Made this after thanksgiving dinner -DELICIOUS!!! This is my first Stay Snatched recipe but it definitely won’t be the last! Excited to try out more!!

staysnatched

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

I can't wait for you to try more recipes!

Rachel

Sunday 29th of November 2020

So, so good!

staysnatched

Sunday 29th of November 2020

I'm so glad you enjoyed it!