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Leftover turkey chili

is one of the best leftover turkey recipes! Easy to make, healthy and loaded with flavor – this must try! Make it in your cooking pot, instant cooker or on the stove. This simple recipe is perfect for leftover thanksgiving!

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If you have leftover Thanksgiving, this leftover turkey chili recipe is a must! Do it with white or dark meat: This recipe is great for leftover hard turkey. (And if you’re still planning your Thanksgiving menu, check out these 50 healthy Thanksgiving recipes!)


leftovers can be pretty boring, pretty fast… But this chili is anything but boring! Turkey is cooked low + slow with tomatoes, vegetables and spices to make the perfect hearty meal!

We’re big fans of chili here. From pumpkin chicken chili to healthy white chicken chili, ground beef and sweet potato chili, it’s one of our favorite foods!

And if you’re looking for how to cook your turkey, this Crockpot turkey breast is the best!

Ingredients for


turkey chili: This turkey chili

is made with only 10 ingredients


  • crushed tomatoes
  • olive

  • oil
  • garlic, onion, peppers, carrots
  • cooked turkey black
  • beans (rinsed and drained)
  • frozen corn
  • spices: paprika, red pepper flakes, pepper, salt, chili powder, cumin and ground turmeric

You can find substitutions

for all these ingredients below in the table of shaded green substitutions.

If you’re looking for other slow cooker recipes, check out these recipes from Paleo Crockpot

. How to make


Turkey Chili:

You can make this Turkey Chili in the slow cooker, instant cooker or stove. My favorite way to make this chili is in the slow cooker, which I have shown below.

  1. Add all ingredients to the original cooking pot, except frozen corn
  2. .

  3. Mix until combined. Simmer for 6-8 hours.
  4. When you are ready to eat, add the frozen corn.

Instant Pot

Turkey Chili

Yes, you can make this chili in the instant pot,

crockpot, or on your stove!

If you are doing this in the instant pot, be sure to scrape off any pieces of food at the bottom of the instant pot or you may have a burn warning during cooking


You should also make sure that the pressure of your Instant Pot is set to seal. See below for instant pot instructions in the recipe.

What to serve

with Easy Leftover Turkey Chili

There are many different ways to serve this leftover turkey


  • Rice / Quinoa: We love serving our chili over brown rice
  • About a salad
  • With

  • cornbread
  • With chips
  • Toppings: Guacamole, avocado, and chopped onion are great ingredients for this recipe. We love adding cheddar cheese, crushed omelette chips, or fat-free Greek yogurt/sour cream too!

If you’re paleo or whole30: Serve this chili over cauliflower rice, crispy pan-roasted potatoes or with your own homemade roasted plantains.

Our favorite way to serve chili: Over rice with cheddar cheese and green onions.

Turkey chili



Here are some of our favorite turkey chili ingredients:

  • guacamole
  • or fresh avocado sauce

  • (this pineapple and mango sauce is great!)
  • Omelette chips
  • sour

  • cream cheese
  • or Greek yogurt
  • coriander
  • olives
  • Need

to cook

meat in advance?

Yes, you should cook the turkey before adding it to the cooking pot. Add texture to the chili and ensure the meat is fully cooked! If you are making this recipe on the stove/instant pot, you should also cook the meat. Culinary specialist with more than 10 years of experience in the restaurant industry.

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