Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes: Turkey Chili

Thanksgiving leftover recipes: Use chopped leftover turkey to make chili. Repin to save!

Thanksgiving recipes are everywhere. In magazines, on TV, online… Don’t you think it’s a little overkill? After all, Thanksgiving is just one meal.

This year, I’m taking a different approach. A money-saving one, because that’s just how I roll.

Two words: Thanksgiving leftovers.

One of the most bang-for-your-buck tips to save money on food is to make use of leftovers. And what better time to do this than Thanksgving, when your fridge is filled with overwhelming amounts of leftover turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and the such?

First up, turkey chili.

This is my go-to chili recipe. It’s hearty, healthy, spicy, and slightly sweet. If it’s not Thanksgiving time and you don’t have leftover turkey to use up, simply sub ground beef, another meat, or make this vegetarian.

Toppings: I love topping my chili with all sorts of delicious toppings. Get 80+ creative soup topping ideas.

Got leftover turkey? Make this turkey chili. Repin to save!

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Turkey Chili Recipe

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Total Time: 35 min

As always, feel free to play around with the amounts of spices in this recipe. If you have leftover chili, use it to top baked potatoes, huevos rancheros or chili dogs, or freeze it for future use.

Ingredients:

For soup:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large red onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeño, finely chopped
1 can chicken broth (or 2 cups of chicken stock or chicken broth made with boullion)
1 large can of crushed tomatoes
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can butter beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup leftover turkey, chopped
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons Tobasco or other hot sauce

Chili toppings:
Chopped green onion
Sour cream
Corn chips
Shredded cheese
Salsa

Directions:

In a large saucepan, saute onions in olive oil until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds or so. Add jalapeno, chicken broth, tomatoes, beans, and turkey. Stir in vinegar, brown sugar, spices, and hot sauce. Simmer over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, to allow the flavors to come together.
Serve chili with your choice of toppings.

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5 Responses to “Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes: Turkey Chili”

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    Alyssa (Everyday Maven) — November 15, 2012 @ 5:11 am

    One of the things I love about Chili is how many variations there are and how all of them look good! My go-to leftover is Turkey Barley Soup – that is what I am most excited about for next week ;)

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    Marla Meridith — November 17, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

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