Best Turkey Chili

What to do with leftover turkey? Last night I made turkey chili – a thick, aromatic stew of leftover turkey, onions, tomatoes and spices.


Yield: 6 servings


Seasoning mix:
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red peppers
  • ½ (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped (8 oz)
  • 2 medium bell peppers, chopped (10 oz total)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 24 oz. cooked white turkey meat, cubed
  • 2 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes, no salt added, undrained
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-2 cups water


  1. In a small bowl, with a fork, mix together the seasoning ingredients to create a paste.
  2. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat, about 2 minutes. Add the onion, bell peppers, and one teaspoon kosher salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the turkey and the seasoning mixture (use a small spatula to scrape it off the bowl) and cook, stirring, 1 more minute.
  4. Add the tomatoes, bay leaves, the remaining salt and the black pepper. Add enough water to bring the chili to a thick stew consistency, 1-2 cups.
  5. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Per Serving

Calories: 295; Fat: 8g; Carbohydrates: 17g; Sugar: 2g; Sodium: 775mg;Fiber: 5g; Protein: 35g


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