Monday, December 27, 2010

Smokin' Turkey Chili

Those of us with left over turkey, please raise your hand!!!

We roasted a 19lb gobbler and I was worried it might not be enough for our table of 12. In the end, there was no need to worry as there was enough for  2nds and a few 3rds. There was also more than enough for leftovers.

To make sure none of the turkey went to waste, I decided to make turkey chili and freeze it for lunches in the New Year. And although gluttony is a definite Christmas tradition, the New Year will bring renewed thoughts of a healthy eating so little added fat and lots of added fibre make this a delicious and healthy left over dish!

This recipe also reminds me of the thanksgiving back in university that I made a big pot of turkey chili for a group of wasn't until we were almost done eating that I realized I forgot to put turkey in it!!!! Lol.

  • 2-3 cups of diced, cooked turkey
  • 2 large cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (14 oz) white beans, rinsed
  • 1-2 cans (14oz) black beans, rinsed
  • 1 jalepeno, diced (keep seeds in if you like it on the hot side)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (I like chipotle sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 large red sweet pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 teaspoon liquid hickory smoke

What to do:
  1. Until transparent, saute over medium heat onions, red pepper, and jalepeno in pan lightly coated with cooking spray. (about 5 minutes).
  2. In large pot, add all ingredients including sauteed vegetables.
  3. Simmer over medium heat until heated through and bubbling.
  4. Serve or place into smaller containers and freeze for future use.


  1. Yum...wonderful idea for the leftovers.

  2. Chili with turkey, good idea! I like chili but I try to eat a little less red meat so this is a really good recipe for that! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Oh man! SMOKIN' is right ;-)

    The addition of turkey makes it oh so guiltless, too!

  4. Love that this recipe uses turkey! Congrats on making Food Buzz Top 9!!!