This Smoked Turkey Chili Recipe is the perfect way to use any leftover turkey from holiday dinners. Some basic dinners are always a go-to but sometimes it’s nice to find a new way to spice up those bland leftover meals. Now every year when turkeys go on sale for the holidays, I always pick up at least one extra one for later in the year.
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I love to cook big holiday dinners, but I always have a ton of leftover meat! We had smoked a turkey (See the smoked turkey recipe and dry rub recipe -> here), and now we did make a Turkey Noodle Soup (see it -> here) but still had more turkey left. I love White Chicken Chili, so we had to try out Turkey Chili!! I love that I made so many meals out of the 20lb turkey.
Smoked Turkey Chili Recipe Ingredients:
- Butter Beans
- Cannellini Beans
- Chicken Broth
- Red Onion
- Leftover Turkey
- Green Onion
- Diced Green Chili
- Minced Garlic
- Cayenne Pepper
- Pink Himalayan Salt
- Ground Black Pepper
- Great Northern Beans
Smoked Turkey Chili Recipe Directions:
Open your cans of Butter Beans, Cannellini Beans, and Great Northern Beans and pour them into an over-the-sink strainer.
Rinse the beans with cold water and allow them to drip dry. By rinsing the beans, you remove excess starch and salt that can affect the chili taste.
Chop your red and green onion for the soup.
Shred and dice up the cooked turkey you intend to put in the chili. You can use just white or dark meat for this recipe it comes down the personal preference.
Dump all of the ingredients into your crockpot.
Give the ingredients a stirring to mix it all up.
*Note you can add more seasonings to this I knew I had seasoning on the smoked turkey that would add flavor to the soup*
Turn crockpot on low and allow to cook for 4 to 6 hours and serve.
The kids loved this dinner! I had hoped to have some leftovers to freeze, but they devoured it all for lunch the next day.
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER turkey CHILI
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 to 5 days. You can freeze it in an airtight container or bag in the freezer for up to three months. Reheat in the microwave or stovetop to eat.
To freeze your chili, allow it to cool entirely, and then put it in an air-tight container. Store in the freezer for up to three months.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH turkey CHILI:
- Jalapeno Cornbread
- Southern Cornbread
- Green Salad
- Jiffy Cornbread With Sour Cream
- Fried Zucchini Chips
- Grilled Cheese
- Krusteaz Corn Bread
GREAT TOPPINGS FOR BEEF CHILI
Other Chili Recipes To Try
- Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
- Crockpot Beef Chili
- Instant Pot Beef Chili
- Dutch Oven Beef Chill
- Smoked Chicken Chili
- Slow Cooker Brisket Chili
- Pulled Pork Chili
- Stove Top Pork Chili
Smoked Turkey Chili Recipe
- Spray your crockpot with a non-stick spray,
- Open your cans of Butter Beans, Cannellini Beans. and Great Northern Beans and pour into an over the sink strainer.
- Rinse the beans with cold water and allow to drip dry.
- Chop your red and green onion for the soup.
- Shred and dice up the cooked turkey that you intend to put in the chili.
- Dump all of the ingredients into your crockpot.
- Give the ingredients a stirring to mix it all up.
- Turn crockpot on low and allow to cook for 4 to 6 hours and serve.