This, my friends, is the Best Turkey Chili Recipe I’ve ever made. It’s a great way to turn Thanksgiving leftovers into a hearty mid-week meal!
Sure, I’ve made turkey chili before. Plenty of times. Yet never with the depth and hearty allure of this recipe.
As Thanksgiving approaches, I always try to jot down a few ideas that will help me make the most of our leftovers. Turkey sandwiches are great for a day or two. But after that, our Thanksgiving leftovers tend to sit stagnant in the fridge until their inevitable day of doom.
I hate wasting food like that.
Giving leftover Thanksgiving turkey a makeover is a great way to ensure your family is happy to see it again on day 3, 4, or 5.
My Best Turkey Chili Recipe was inspired by a turkey chili I tasted last spring in Deer Valley Resort. It was rich and well-spiced with loads of veggies, sweet corn, beans, and large chunks of turkey meat.
It’s then topped with cheese, onions, and sour cream, a rich one-bowl meal I could have enjoyed for days.
Obviously, I had to come home and create my own copy-cat recipe.
Start by sautéing onions, red bell peppers, celery and garlic in butter. Then add cumin, coriander, chili powder, and oregano for an alluring balance of spice.
You can add in chopped leftover Thanksgiving turkey, or even leftover chicken (or store-bought rotisserie chicken) to conveniently make this recipe all through the winter.
Simmer all the ingredients for at least 2o minutes to allow the flavors time to mix and mingle. Then top each bowl with a hefty amount of toppings and serve.
By starting with a leftover, you can make the Best Turkey Chili Recipe you’ve ever tried any night of the week. Add in a side of honey cinnamon corn muffins and you have a show-stopping meal your family will ask for again and again.
At least mine does.
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