Turkey Chili (2)

Last week, my husband and I made our first-ever roasted turkey. The meat was tender and juicy, the skin delicate and crisp. It was perfect! But then, after we cleaned our plates and the kitchen mess, there was a problem. WHAT were we going to do with all those leftovers?!

I needed some creative ideas, and fast, so I headed to a favorite online source, Simply Recipes, and found this hearty, delicious turkey chili with a list of ingredients that I already had in my fridge and cabinets.

After about an hour of simmering and filling our home with the warm smell of simmering tomatoes, peppers, stock and turkey meat, we dug in. Topped with a dollop of sour cream, a few sprigs of cilantro, and a sprinkle of freshly shredded Monterey cheese, it was like a hug in a bowl. And couldn’t we all use a few more hugs?

Turkey Chili

If you have some leftover turkey to play with, I couldn’t recommend this scrumptious chili enough. It was just so, so good and EASY, and I can’t wait to make it again!

Serve it with a side of jalapeno or honey cornbread, tortilla chips and lots of napkins, and you’ll be warmed up in no time!

Turkey Chili

Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped fine
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder or up to 4 Tbsp. if you like it really hot
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. dried hot red pepper flakes
  • 2 15 oz. cans stewed tomatoes, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup chicken or turkey stock
  • 2 15 oz. cans kidney beans, drained
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. salt plus more if desired, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 to 4 cups of shredded cooked turkey meat
  • Sugar
  • Shredded cheese, cilantro, chopped red onion, sour cream for optional garnish

Instructions

  • In a large, thick-bottom pot, add olive oil and cook the onion and green pepper over medium high heat, stirring, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, for a minute or two more. Add a bit more olive oil if needed.
  • Add tomatoes, tomato paste, stock, beans, oregano, salt, pepper, and cooked turkey meat. Bring mixture to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for an hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Salt to taste. Add 1 to 3 teaspoons of sugar to take the edge of the acidity of the tomatoes, if desired.
  • The chili may be made in advance and chilled for 2 days, or frozen for 2 months.
  • Serve with shredded cheddar cheese, cilantro, chopped red onion, and/or sour cream. Serve alone, over rice, or with corn bread.
  • Enjoy!

Join the Conversation

  1. Simply Recipes is a terrific resource and this recipe is a perfect example of that. This looks wonderful. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  2. Georgia, thank you! I STILL have leftover Turkey from our late thanksgiving and chili is the perfect answer. A hot bowl of chili is perfect for this time of year, thanks!

    Also, I posted an award for you over on my blog :-)

  3. Georgia, this could be the most delicious looking turkey leftover I have ever seen. You rock!
    Angie

  4. Hey again! I actually made a very similar chili last week in my new slow cooker. Used white and kidney beans and a yellow pepper and celery… quite good, and even better the next day. Love your oval soup bowls, too.

  5. I think the thing I love the most about this is that you are using shredded turkey rather than ground. I don’t know, something about ground meat just doesn’t sit very well with me. This is a perfect meal, so healthy and hearty (ha ha! I totally just typed out hearlthy – inadvertent word combo). It’s perfect for this weekend, we’re going to get so much rain! I hope you have a nice weekend Georgia, and try to stay dry! I will be in Mammoth and doing what I can to stay dry.

  6. Ha ha, I love “hearlthy”, Roxan! I would use it myself, but usually “healthy” and “hearty” don’t go hand in hand. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. Have a great time in Mammoth!

  7. I love checking out Simply Recipes! They always have a good recipe on hand when I’m in a pinch! This chili looks absolutely fantastic and comforting!

  8. This looks fantastic, Georgia! I could definitely use a hug in a bowl…and a meal that makes leftovers so I don’t have to cook dinner late into the week next week when I’m ready to be packing and flying home :) I don’t have a full turkey to roast, but a pound of ground turkey in my freezer. Do you think that would work with this recipe if I browned it before throwing it in?

  9. Hey Sarah, yes, I think ground turkey would work just as well, like you said, if you browned it first. Have a wonderful holiday with your family!

  10. Mmmm turkey chili. With cilantro. Even better. Thanks for the ground turkey tip.

  11. This is a perfect warming meal for cold weather! Great blog–Nice to meet you!

  12. Very yummy looking recipe! I know my boy would love this.

  13. Georgia looks SO delicious! I love making turkey chili–it’s one of my go-to dishes for efficiently using leftovers around the holidays.

    And I’m STILL loving the new design. ;)

  14. Georgia
    your chili looks delicious! I love that you used shredded turkey, In Texas most chili’s were made with shredded meats, I don’t know when ground meat took over.
    It does look hearty too!
    Cheers
    Dennis

  15. This looks incredibly delicious! Congrats on your first turkey – it’s a milestone! I am picturing a big pot of this with lots of family around over the next few weeks…

  16. I love a good chilli, especially on a cold day like today. This looks positively wonderful and its a great healthy alternative to red meat.
    Have a great weekend!
    *kisses* HH

  17. Looks delicious, and I’m really wishing I had a big bowl of it right now. Chili’s a tough dish to get a good shot of, but your photos are awesome!

  18. Looks amazing! I just made chili the other night too…but mine was just regular, not this wonderful alternative!! YUM!

  19. This looks so hearty and completely delicious! I want a big, fat hug of it!

  20. I’m never very good at coming up with ideas for leftovers – but this is perfect!!

  21. Beautiful looking chili…love that you can see all of the goodies in there :)

  22. I could so have a couple servings of this flavorful…and beautiful looking turkey chili on these blustery days. Good stuff in this recipe!

  23. Looks delicious, and I’m really wishing I had a big bowl of it right now. Chili’s a tough dish to get a good shot of, but your photos are awesome!

  24. I could so have a couple servings of this flavorful…and beautiful looking turkey chili on these blustery days. Good stuff in this recipe!

  25. Georgia
    your chili looks delicious! I love that you used shredded turkey, In Texas most chili’s were made with shredded meats, I don’t know when ground meat took over.
    It does look hearty too!
    Cheers
    Dennis

  26. Very yummy looking recipe! I know my boy would love this.

  27. Mmmm turkey chili. With cilantro. Even better. Thanks for the ground turkey tip.

  28. This looks fantastic, Georgia! I could definitely use a hug in a bowl…and a meal that makes leftovers so I don’t have to cook dinner late into the week next week when I’m ready to be packing and flying home :) I don’t have a full turkey to roast, but a pound of ground turkey in my freezer. Do you think that would work with this recipe if I browned it before throwing it in?

  29. I think the thing I love the most about this is that you are using shredded turkey rather than ground. I don’t know, something about ground meat just doesn’t sit very well with me. This is a perfect meal, so healthy and hearty (ha ha! I totally just typed out hearlthy – inadvertent word combo). It’s perfect for this weekend, we’re going to get so much rain! I hope you have a nice weekend Georgia, and try to stay dry! I will be in Mammoth and doing what I can to stay dry.

  30. Simply Recipes is a terrific resource and this recipe is a perfect example of that. This looks wonderful. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  31. I love chili! Perfect for a cold night! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living’s Champion Chili Recipe Contest! It looks delicious!

  32. hey Georgia, this chili looks very delicious:) your new site looks very pretty..i love it.

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