Best Turkey Chili Recipe

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!

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Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey

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.

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Best Turkey Chili Recipe

Sure, I’ve made turkey chili before. Plenty of times. Yet never with the depth and hearty allure of this recipe.

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.

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How To Make Turkey Chili

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.

That’s it.

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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.

See the recipe card below for how to make The Best Turkey Chili Recipe. Enjoy!

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Mini Chorizo Chili Bread Bowls

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Pumpkin Chili

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Best Turkey Chili Recipe

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

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!

Servings: 6
Nutrition Facts
Best Turkey Chili Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
Calories 674 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 234mg 78%
Sodium 1476mg 62%
Potassium 1607mg 46%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 6g
Protein 95g 190%
Vitamin A 25.3%
Vitamin C 36.6%
Calcium 13.9%
Iron 34.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 1 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 6 tablespoons masa (corn flour)
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 6 cups turkey stock or chicken stock
  • 6 cups turkey meat, cooked and chopped
  • 45 ounces canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Possible Toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, diced red onion, chopped scallions, salsa, corn chips


  1. Place the butter in a large stock pot and set over medium heat. Add the bell pepper, onions, celery, and garlic. Sauté for 5-8 minutes, until softened. Stir to make sure the veggies don’t burn.

  2. Mix in the masa, cumin, coriander, chili powder, and oregano. Stir to coat and sauté another 2 minutes. Then pour in the turkey stock and scrape the bottom of the pot to loosen the veggies.

  3. Add the chopped turkey, beans, corn, and honey. Season with 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt and 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper. Bring the chili to a low boil and simmer for at least 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and season again if needed. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Don’t have leftover turkey meat? Substitute leftover cooked chicken, or a rotisserie chicken from the market.

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8 comments on “Best Turkey Chili Recipe

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  4. Nutmeg Nannyposted November 30, 2015 at 11:37 am Reply

    This turkey chili looks awesome! I love using leftovers to make delicious soups. 

  5. Gaby Dalkinposted November 22, 2015 at 9:46 pm Reply

    bring on the leftover recipes!!! love me an easy, quick one!

  6. Mariaposted November 20, 2015 at 9:51 am Reply

    Great idea for Thanksgiving leftovers!

  7. Toriposted November 20, 2015 at 4:44 am Reply

    I’m so enjoying chili season and a good turkey chili is a great recipe to have! This looks really good and perfect for having chili on a chilly weeknight!