Turkey Chili – Indian Spiced


Thanksgiving is just over a week away, and I am sure many of you are preparing for it.  I am making lists like a crazy lady of all of the things I need to do and all of the ingredients I need to buy to make the perfect meal.

Most of us have our family traditions, and all of our favorite items to make for the big day, but very often the over looked part is the leftovers.  As I mentioned before I can only eat so much of the same thing over and over again, and even though Thanksgiving is my favorite, even that can get old after 3 or 4 helpings.

You can make some pretty awesome loaded turkey sandwiches, Enchiladas, casseroles, omelets – you name it, and you can make it! Last Christmas, with my in laws in the UK, I made turkey chili using whatever spices they had in their pantry.  They happened to have a lot of Indian spices like curry, marsala, turmeric, etc.. so it took on a new life! It was so tasty, that my skeptical father in law went back for multiple servings!

I’ve recreated this dish here with ground turkey, but honestly, the leftover turkey made it so much more flavorful!


What you need:

  • 1 yellow onion, minced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, minced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 lb of ground turkey or left over turkey
  • 1 can of diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp masala
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp of cayenne or Indian Chili Powder
  • 1-2 cup of chicken or turkey stock
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot or dutch oven heat about a tbsp of vegetable oil over medium high heat.

Once hot add in your onion and bell pepper and cook until translucent.

Add in your garlic cloves and your spices and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add in your turkey. If using raw ground turkey, cook for 8 minutes or so until cooked through, if using leftover turkey, cook for 3-4 min to warm and coat with spices.

Add in your tomatoes and stock and season with salt and pepper.

Let simmer for 30min to an hour for the spices and flavors to mix and the broth to thicken.

Add in your beans toward the end of cooking and mix it all together.

Serve with basmati rice or naan or whatever you like.  This is so delicious and such a great way to use that leftover turkey and give it a new life!

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