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Leftover Turkey Chili

Leftover Turkey Chili Recipe

I’m always on the lookout for leftover recipes.  This turkey chili recipe uses holiday leftovers, but you could easily use leftover chicken, like a rotisserie chicken.  It uses canned beans, you could use dried very easily and have no problem at all.  I recommend the white dried great northern beans.  They’re easy to deal with and don’t require overnight soaking.

I served mine with cornbread, sour cream, and cheddar cheese.  We like cheese in any sort of chili!

Leftover Turkey Chili
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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: 8 Cups

Serving Size: 1.5 Cups


  • 1/2 onion, small dice
  • 1 small green pepper,small dice
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 6 C chicken or Turkey broth
  • 2 Cups Diced Chicken or Turkey (or whatever you have left - 1 cup works too)
  • 2 15oz cans Cannelini or Great Northern Beans
  • 1 15oz can green chile enchilada sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp arbol chile powder


  1. Brown onions and green pepper in olive oil in a dutch oven
  2. Add in Diced Turkey until warm
  3. Add broth, enchilada sauce, oregano, cumin, chile powder, and bring to a simmer.
  4. Simmer on med/low for about an hour, remove 1 C of hot broth and dissolve cornstarch in the broth and add back in, bring to light boil and cook for 20 more minutes

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