Leftover Turkey Recipe – White Bean and Turkey Chili

This recipe is hands down my favorite recipe for leftover turkey EVER.  In fact, I would probably cook a turkey just to have leftovers so I can make this…so in a couple days if you find yourself with extra turkey, rejoice! and try…

Leftover Turkey Recipe - White Bean and Turkey Chili

White Bean and Turkey Chili from Cooking Light

Serves 8 (about 1 cup each)

Ingredients for Leftover Turkey White Bean Chili

  •  1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cups diced yellow onion
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin (I love cumin – I actually use 1 tbsp here)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 (15.8 ounce) cans Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed (I use “small white beans”)
  • 4 cups fat free, less sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups chopped cooked turkey
  • ½ cup diced seeded plum tomato (about 1)
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 lime wedges (optional)

Making Your Leftover Turkey White Bean and Chili Recipe

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  Add onion; sauté 10 minutes or until tender and golden.  Add chili powder, garlic and cumin. Saute for 2 minutes. Add oregano and beans, cook for 30 seconds then add broth and bring to a simmer.  Cook 20 minutes.

Place 2 cups of bean mixture in a blender or food processor, and process until smooth.  Return pureed mixture to pan.  Add turkey, and cook 5 minutes or until heated thoroughly. Remove from heat.

Add diced tomato, chopped cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. Stir well. Serve, garnishing with lime wedges if desired. The best!

What’s your favorite recipe for leftover turkey?

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