Awesome Turkey Chili

Andy Anderson !


Spending a bit of time in the test kitchen, while all my guests are out doing holiday shopping. This is my idea for some of my leftover turkey… I’m making turkey chili.

This came out so good, that I’m serving it tonight to my dozen overnight guests. I took the photo in front of the fireplace in the great room.

This chili is bowl-licking awesome.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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20 Min
20 Min
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1 Tbsp
new mexico red chili powder
1 large
ancho chili, dried
1 pinch
cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tsp
ground cumin
2 tsp
packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp
grapeseed oil
1 medium
yellow onion, chopped, about 2 cups
2 medium
scallions, chopped
2 clove
garlic, minced
1 lb
leftover thanksgiving turkey cut into small pieces
1 tsp
salt, kosher variety
1/2 c
milk (whole fat)
1 Tbsp
tomato paste
14 oz
chopped tomatoes (fresh or canned)
water, as needed
6 oz
chili beans (optional)

How to Make Awesome Turkey Chili


  • 2Gather your ingredients.
  • 3Remove the seeds from the ancho chili, and soak in warm water for about 15 minutes.
  • 4Remove from the water, slice into thin strips, and reserve.
  • 5Add the grapeseed oil to a heavy-bottomed pot, over medium-high heat.
  • 6When the oil begins to shimmer, add the chopped onions and scallions.
  • 7Chef’s Note: When oil begins to shimmer it is just below its smoke point.
  • 8Cook until the onions soften and just begin to color, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • 9Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • 10Add the diced turkey, and stir to combine.
  • 11Add the salt, chili powder, cayenne, cumin, brown sugar, ancho chili strips, and then stir to combine.
  • 12Reduce the heat to low, and then add the milk.
  • 13Continue to simmer the mixture for 3 minutes.
  • 14Add the tomato paste, and stir until combined.
  • 15Add the tomatoes, and kidney beans (beans are optional).
  • 16Stir the mixture while allowing it to return to a simmer.
  • 17Simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  • 18Chef’s Note: While the chili is simmering, further season with a bit of salt, pepper, or whatever spices you enjoy the most.
  • 19Chef’s Note: If the chili is a bit too thick, add some water, a bit at a time, until the desired consistency is achieved.
  • 21Serve in a nice bowl with sharp cheddar shredded over the top, and maybe some crackers or crusty bread on the side. Enjoy.
  • 22Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Awesome Turkey Chili

Course/Dish: Turkey, Turkey Soups
Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy, Heirloom

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