What to do with that leftover turkey: Turkey Chili

Turkey ChiliToday I’m going to tell you how to make Turkey Chili from your Thanksgiving leftovers! When I wake up in the middle of the night with insomnia, I spend my time thinking about what I’m going to write to you the next day! Last night, I had such a great blog post in my head…it was even cracking me up as I laid there with my eyes wide open wishing I could sleep like my little 5 year old who was completely out cold.

But as life would have it, when I woke up and got ready for the day, my son came down not looking so well – and I knew it was going to be one of those days. You know those days…the days where everything you ~thought~ you had planned goes out the window and suddenly you living someone else’s plans for you. This is how things are going so far.

As luck would have it, my youngest daughter DID go to school after having been home for over a week with a bad cough and we happily walked to school in the bright sunshine which certainly was a nice part of the morning.

Now back to the cleaning, recovery from the long Thanksgiving weekend involving putting up the Christmas decorations, cleaning up from all the cooking, trying to detox from the overeating and trying to get some work done!

The first thing I think about after the laundry is going, kids are off to school and my kitchen has been restored to its once original grandeur ( and yes I had to look up how to spell G-R-A-N-D-E-U-R), is to think of what in the world will I make for dinner tonight? After a feasting weekend, this is no small task and quite frankly I’m a little cooked out right now.

So here is what I came up with and I hope you will like it: Turkey Chili!!!

I mean, how many nights can you have Turkey once the stuffing runs out and the mashed potatoes are gone? It starts to get a little old! But Turkey Chili is a healthy alternative to beef AND you are making use of that remainder of turkey that would otherwise probably go uneaten.

Here is my own recipe that I am sharing with you:

The Bossy Redhead’s Turkey Chili

Ingredients:
2 Large Cans (16oz ea) Organic Diced Tomatoes
2 Cans Cannelini Beans
2 Cans Red Kidney Beans
1 Can Black Beans
1 Cup of  Salsa
1 Small Sweet Onion
1 Red, Green, Yellow Pepper
Chili Powder
Pinch of salt
All the leftover turkey you can muster

Turkey Chili Ingredients

First chop the onion, peppers and tomatoes. In a large pot, saute the onions and peppers (this will make your house smell delicious).

Veggies for chili

Add the tomatoes, beans and turkey chopped in small cubes.
Add about 1/4 cup of chili powder, more to taste.
Add a pinch of salt.

Let simmer for a couple of hours to blend the flavors.

I like to serve with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and organic blue corn chips.

The Bossy Redhead’s Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili Serving Suggestion

I knew I had a winner when my son and youngest daughter both had two bowls!

Nick gives the thumbs up

Please send me a picture of you making turkey chili!  I would love to see YOUR version of it!

 

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Comments

  1. Love it, what a grand idea! How much turnkey do you typically have leftover? 1 batch of Chili or more?

    • MichelleDeMarco says:

      With a family of 6, I usually only have enough for one big pot. If I have leftovers of that chili, I will freeze it for a quick and easy dinner one night when I’m on the go!

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