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!
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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!
How to Make Turkey Chili
- Place a Dutch oven or soup pot on medium-high heat. Add olive oil, onions, and peppers. Saute until translucent and fragrant.
- Add in garlic and stir.
- Add in broth, cooked turkey, beans, chili seasoning, beans, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Stir.
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.
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.
What to Serve and Pair With the Chili
- Shredded Cheese
- Plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
- 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.
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.
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Leftover Turkey Chili
- 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
- 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.