Leftover Turkey Chili
I’ve got ya covered, my friends, with this amazing Leftover Turkey Chili.
We just had our Friendsgiving celebration this past weekend and had tons of leftover turkey.
Well I think it’s in the life rule book that you have to at least make a leftover turkey sandwich, right?!
But then… what to do with the rest?
How to make Leftover Turkey Chili
It starts with a few onions, red bell peppers, jalapenos, and a poblano pepper.
Dice them up or pulse them a few times in a food processor.
Oh, and remove the seeds and stems from the peppers first.
This mixture will cook over medium heat in a large soup pot with some olive oil for about 10 minutes.
Add in 5 cloves of minced garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
I like adding garlic in at the end because it cooks quicker than the other veggies.
As the veggies cook, dice the leftover turkey.
I diced mine pretty small because I wanted them to be around the same size as the peppers and onions.
This is a good mix of white and dark meat.
Throw the diced turkey into the pot along with a big 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes and a 15 ounce can of petite diced tomatoes.
Then the rest of the ingredients go into the pot as well.
A can of beer, chili powder, paprika, cumin, brown sugar, kosher salt, and pepper all join the party.
And my secret ingredient…brewed coffee!
Yes, it sounds odd, but trust me.
It will not taste like coffee, but it gives the chili a little something special that no one would ever guess.
Give it a stir and let it simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.
Stir it occasionally as it bubbles away.
Right before serving give it a taste and add chili powder, kosher salt, or pepper if needed.
I usually taste test a few times before making it juuuust right.
Serve Leftover Turkey Chili with sour cream, cheese, and oyster crackers if desired.
It’s delicious on its own, but toppings just make eating chili more fun 🙂
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The leftover turkey was from this Smoked Beer Brined Turkey
More ideas like leftover turkey chili…
Leftover Turkey Balls
Turkey Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette
Turkey Brie and Cranberry Paninis
And Turkey Brie and Cranberry Egg Rolls
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Leftover Turkey Chili
Leftover Turkey Chili is a delicious way to use all those turkey leftovers from the holidays, a yummy one pot meal that no one would guess is leftovers!
- 2 Tbsps olive oil
- 2 red bell peppers
- 2 onions
- 2 jalapenos
- 1 poblano pepper
- 5 cloves garlic
- 6 cups diced leftover turkey (already cooked)
- 1 12 oz can or bottle beer of choice
- 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1 15 oz can petite diced tomatoes
- 1/4 cup brewed coffee
- 4 Tbsps chili powder
- 1 Tbsp paprika
- 1 Tbsp cumin
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- kosher salt, pepper to taste
- Optional toppings: sour cream, cheese, crackers
Dice the red peppers, onions, jalapenos, poblano pepper (seeds and stems removed on all peppers), and garlic with either a knife or pulse in small batches in a food processor.
In a large soup pot over medium heat add olive oil, red peppers, onions, jalapenos, and poblano pepper. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Then add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Taste for seasoning and add more chili powder, kosher salt, or pepper if needed.
Serve with toppings such as sour cream, cheese, and/or crackers.