Turkey Corn Chili (using Thanksgiving Leftovers)

Tired of eating turkey sandwiches yet?

After the big meal of turkey on Thanksgiving Day, we are usually all stuck with a bunch of leftovers. One or two sandwiches later, and you wish you never had to see, let alone eat, turkey again for a very long time.

This turkey corn chili is one of those quick, healthy and easy soup recipes that will become one of your favorite comfort foods. Made with leftover turkey from your Thanksgiving dinner, or ground turkey, this chili comes together in just minutes and is warm and filling. Easy dinners like this will save you time and money eating out.

So, in order to avoid this feeling, and wasting any turkey that I worked hard to prepare, I decided to turn it into something else just as yummy. This Turkey Corn Chili really does the trick. We’ve been eating this chili on the day after Thanksgiving for almost our whole marriage and we love it!

Originally from Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals, I switched up a few of the ingredients to make it more kid-friendly (i.e., less spicy), but you could certainly add back in a hot pepper, such as a jalapeno, or some cayenne pepper to suit your taste. It also is very fast to put together, which is very nice after a long day of cooking on Thanksgiving.

Turkey Corn Chili

This turkey corn chili is one of those quick, healthy and easy soup recipes that will become one of your favorite comfort foods. Made with leftover turkey from your Thanksgiving dinner, or ground turkey, this chili comes together in just minutes and is warm and filling. Easy dinners like this will save you time and money eating out.

Start off by sauteing onion, bell pepper and a bay left until softened.

This turkey corn chili is one of those quick, healthy and easy soup recipes that will become one of your favorite comfort foods. Made with leftover turkey from your Thanksgiving dinner, or ground turkey, this chili comes together in just minutes and is warm and filling. Easy dinners like this will save you time and money eating out.

Cut up some of your leftover turkey to add to the pot.

This turkey corn chili is one of those quick, healthy and easy soup recipes that will become one of your favorite comfort foods. Made with leftover turkey from your Thanksgiving dinner, or ground turkey, this chili comes together in just minutes and is warm and filling. Easy dinners like this will save you time and money eating out.

Pour in the rest of the ingredients, let it simmer, and you’re done! How easy is that?

Turkey Corn Chili (using Thanksgiving Leftovers)

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword 30 minute meal, easy chili recipe, thanksgiving leftovers
Author Erin Myers

Ingredients

  • 1 T. canola oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-2 pounds cooked turkey cubed
  • 1 1/2 T. chili powder
  • 1 1/2 T. cumin
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 32 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 c. turkey or chicken broth
  • 2 c. frozen corn
  • Corn chips shredded cheese, and sour cream for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cook the onion, bell pepper and bay leaf in the canola oil for about 5 minutes over medium heat, until softened.
  2. Add the turkey, along with the spices and salt, stirring well, then pour in the tomatoes, broth and corn.
  3. Stir to combine, then lower the heat to low and simmer the chili for about 10 minutes.
  4. Garnish the chili with cheese and sour cream. Serve with corn chips or cornbread.

I also love to use ground turkey to make this chili at other times of the year. It takes a few more minutes to cook the meat, but it tastes just as good, and is so warming on a cold winter day.

This turkey corn chili is one of those quick, healthy and easy soup recipes that will become one of your favorite comfort foods. Made with leftover turkey from your Thanksgiving dinner, or ground turkey, this chili comes together in just minutes and is warm and filling. Easy dinners like this will save you time and money eating out.

Your family will love this…give it a try! ๐Ÿ™‚

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8 thoughts on “Turkey Corn Chili (using Thanksgiving Leftovers)”

  1. This looks delicious. With our leftover turkey I made up some turkey soup kits. But turkey chili would be so good too. Thanks for sharing your recipe. The kids and myself don’t like much spice so I’m sure this recipe will be a big hit with them.

    1. I’m planning to make your Turkey Soup kits later in the week…they are so great! We had lots of turkey leftover, so I was able to do both the chili and the soup kits.

      I hope your kids enjoy the chili ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. My mom always made turkey corn chowder with Thanksgiving leftovers, but I like the idea of this, it’s a bit different! Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

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