Has it hit you yet? The “I don’t want to throw it away but what do I do with it” blues. The kids have eaten all the white meat, and only a few people will nibble on the dark meat. What to do? The age old answer is to make soup or chili.
I started with way too much dark meat left over from the family 23-pound turkey for Thanksgiving. Nobody was eating the dark meat, and I have a home alone week coming. I needed something to freeze. I started with shredded cooked turkey. We all have that now. Add some beans, tomato, garlic, onion and spices. You will have a nice chili to keep you warm on the snowy days to come.
Rating: An excellent way to handle that leftover problem.
Notes: I happen to use light red kidney beans and some cannelloni beans, but any beans would do. I was really looking for great northern in the pantry but was out. Adjust the spicing to your taste but this is a nice 4/10.
Oher Ways to Use Leftover Turkey or Ham
Start with things you have on hand.
Shred and trim 1 pound of cooked turkey. This makes 2 cups of meat.
Add 2 – 14 – ozs cans of beans of your choice, 1 – 14 oz can of chicken broth, 1 – 14 oz can diced tomatoes, 2 T chili powder (double if no grandchild present), one t cumin, the diced small onion and two cloves crushed garlic.
Mix well and cook on low for 4 hours.
Leftover Turkey Chili in a Crockpot
- 1 pound pre-cooked turkey - about 2 cups
- 1 onion - small chopped
- 2 cloves garlic - crushed
- 14 oz diced tomatoes
- 14 oz chicken broth
- 14 oz beans - of choice
- 2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- salt to taste
- Start by trimming and shredding 1 pound (2 cups) of precooked turkey
- Chop 1 small onion
- Add to a smaller crock pot (I used 3.5 qt) with all the ingredients.
- Cook on low for 4 hours.
Nutrition is generally for one serving. Number of servings is stated above and is my estimate of normal serving size for this recipe.
All nutritional information are estimates and may vary from your actual results. This is home cooking, and there are many variables. To taste ingredients such as salt will be my estimate of the average used.