Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes: Turkey Chili
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 Thanksgiving, when your fridge is filled with overwhelming amounts of leftover turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and the such?
First up, turkey chili.
About The Recipe: Chili Made With Leftover Turkey
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, including sour cream, corn chips, and chopped green onion.
But Wait… There’s More!
Here are some other Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving leftover recipe ideas:
- Turkey-cranberry wontons
- Turkey lettuce wraps with peanut sauce
- Turkey mole bowls
- Cranberry salsa
- Turkey nachos with cranberry salsa (use 2 of your Thanksgiving leftovers!)
- My favorite stuffing recipe of all time
- 8 Mashed potato hacks
- Thanksgiving croquettes with mashed potatoes, turkey, and stuffing
- Leftover turkey empanadas
- Turkey chili
- Mashed potato bar (with lots of toppings!)
- Leftover pie crust cookies
- Other Thanksgiving leftover ideas
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large red onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
- 1 can chicken broth (or 2 cups chicken stock or chicken broth made with bouillon)
- 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
- 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can butter beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 cups leftover turkey, chopped
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons hot sauce
- Chopped scallions
- Sour cream
- Corn chips
- Shredded cheese
- Other chili toppings
- 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.