Leftover Turkey Chili

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This recipe for leftover turkey chili is so awesomely yummy. Easy, fast and uses a lot of turkey, it's kinda perfect for the day after Thanksgiving.

If you’ve got Leftover Turkey, (that was a joke–we both know you DO have leftover turkey), you’re gonna love this recipe for Leftover Turkey Chili. I know everybody is tired of leftovers, but if you follow this recipe, your family may never even know they’re eating leftovers. LOL! But, in all seriousness, it kinda kills me to have that much yummy meat laying around and to just get bored eating it in sandwiches for a week. No, I like to mix it up and make sure my tastebuds aren’t going to mutiny. So, I do fun things like make Turkey Kabobs and Turkey Stew (coming to the blog soon). If you have any great ideas I can add to my leftover turkey menu, drop me a line in the comments below.

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What You Need to Make Leftover Turkey Chili

  • 4 cups Leftover Turkey, cubed (shredded or chopped will work, too)
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 T beef base
  • 8 strips bacon, cooked, drained, and torn or cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 can beans (chili, kidney, or pinto)
  • 1 small chopped onion (white, yellow, or purple)
  • 4 T chili powder
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

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Let’s Make Leftover Turkey Chili

  1. Fry bacon until fully cooked, but still pliable.
  2. Remove from skillet and place on paper towel to drain. Set aside.
  3. Sauté chopped onion in bacon fat, remove to paper towel to drain. Set aside.
  4. Remove turkey from bones, cube, and place in dutch oven over medium heat.
  5. Add 5 cups water and stir occasionally.
  6. When water comes to a boil, add beef base and stir.
  7. Add beans and sautéed onions.
  8. Reduce heat to low.
  9. Combine flour and chili powder. Add enough water to make a thick paste. Stir until smooth. Continue to add small amounts of water and stir until water is incorporated. When enough water has been added to make the mixture pourable, slowly pour into turkey and water mixture while stirring.
  10. Continue to simmer and stir until the mixture thickens just a little.
  11. Salt and pepper to taste.
  12. Serve over crackers, corn chips, or cornbread (my personal favorite). Garnish with bacon pieces and cheddar.

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Hey! If your family doesn’t like this Leftover Turkey Chili, then you should just disown them! They can make their own turkey leftover lunch. Heh.

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Yield: 12

Leftover Turkey Chili

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

If you've got Leftover Turkey, (that was a joke--we both know you DO have leftover turkey), you're gonna love this recipe for Leftover Turkey Chili.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Leftover Turkey, cubed (shredded or chopped will work, too)
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 T beef base
  • 8 strips bacon, cooked, drained, and torn or cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 can beans, chili, kidney, or pinto
  • 1 small chopped onion, white, yellow, or purple
  • 4 T chili powder
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Fry bacon until fully cooked, but still pliable.
  2. Remove from skillet and place on paper towel to drain. Set aside.
  3. Sauté chopped onion in bacon fat, remove to paper towel to drain. Set aside.
  4. Remove turkey from bones, cube, and place in dutch oven over medium heat.
  5. Add 5 cups water and stir occasionally.
  6. When water comes to a boil, add beef base and stir.
  7. Add beans and sautéed onions.
  8. Reduce heat to low.
  9. Combine flour and chili powder. Add enough water to make a thick paste. Stir until smooth. Continue to add small amounts of water and stir until water is incorporated. When enough water has been added to make the mixture pourable, slowly pour into turkey and water mixture while stirring.
  10. Continue to simmer and stir until the mixture thickens just a little.
  11. Salt and pepper to taste.
  12. Serve over crackers, corn chips, or cornbread (my personal favorite). Garnish with bacon pieces and cheddar.

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