Spicy White Turkey Chili Recipe

I can tolerate Thanksgiving leftovers for a day or maybe even two.  By then I’m so over the turkey that I can’t stand the thought of eating another sandwich!  I’m betting that at least a few of you feel the same way.  Well no need to throw out that turkey or force down another sandwich because I have come up with a solution.  This Spicy White Turkey Chili Recipe is amazing.  It’s so good you won’t even realize you’re eating turkey!

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This soup is creamy, spicy and full of flavor!  You will be so glad that you had leftover turkey to use up.  The broth alone is amazing.  I think I could eat it with the guacamole and cilantro and be very satisfied.  I hope your family loves it as much as we did.

What do you do with your Thanksgiving leftovers?

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Spicy White Turkey Chili Recipe


  1. 2 pounds leftover turkey (white meat) – diced
  2. 6 tablespoons butter
  3. 8 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 2 large green bell peppers – diced
  5. 6 cloves garlic – minced
  6. 2 teaspoons chili powder
  7. 1 teaspoon oregano
  8. 8 jalapenos – diced
  9. 2 cans cannellini beans – do not drain
  10. 3 bouillon cubes
  11. 3 cups water
  12. 2 8 oz. blocks of cream cheese
  13. 12 corn tortillas
  14. Salt to taste
  15. Pepper to taste
  16. Garnish
  17. 8 oz. cheddar cheese – shredded
  18. 8 oz. sour cream
  19. 1 avocado – diced
  20. 1 bunch cilantro – chopped


  1. Melt butter in a Dutch Oven and then add diced turkey. Heat through, stirring every few minutes. Once heated through set aside.
  2. Add 4 tablespoons olive oil to the pan with the bell peppers, garlic, chili powder, 3 bouillon cubes and oregano. Cook 5 minutes –stirring frequently.
  3. Add the jalapenos to the pan and cook an additional 3 minutes. At this point if your bouillon did not dissolve completely just smash it with your spoon and stir to mix.
  4. Add the beans, 3 cups of water and turkey to the mix. Stir well and add salt and pepper to taste at this point. Simmer 25-30 minutes.
  5. Reduce heat to low and add the cream cheese. Stir until it is dissolved completely.
  6. Put a lid on the pan and let it cook on low heat for 5 minutes.
  7. While soup is simmering prepare your tortilla strips. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lay one tortilla flat and brush top side with olive oil, layer another on top and again brush olive oil on top side. Continue layering and brushing olive oil till you’ve prepared all 12. Separate into 3 stacks of 4 and cut into 1/2 inch strips. Layer singly onto a greased cookie sheet. Cook 10 minutes. Flip them over and cook an additional 5 minutes. They should be crispy at this point.
  8. Serve soup with desired garnish.
  9. Note You can make this without the jalapenos and half of the chili powder if you prefer a mild soup.

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About Tammy Northrup

Mother of five sons and one daughter, grandmother to two spunky girls and five of the sweetest boys ever, wife to a mostly amazing man .. okay he's all amazing most of the time, blogger, food lover and onion hater.


  1. Looks yummy! I co hosted & don't have left overs but, next time I have some I'll have to try this. Theresa @DearCreatives recently posted...Inspiration Spotlight #Crafts Party No.69 #Recipes #Diy Decor & MoreMy Profile
  2. This soups looks amazing and so full of flavor! Great change up on what you think of as turkey flavors. :-)
  3. What a great way to use up all that leftover turkey meat! Your chili looks wonderful!
  4. This looks so amazing! I could eat a HUGE bowl of this right now! Thanks for joining the Link Up this week! Jess recently posted...Tutorial: Christmas Mason JarsMy Profile
  5. Good looking recipe and PICTURE! You are doing great! Brenna @ Life After Laundry recently posted...Christmas Gift Ideas and $175 #vBHolidayCash2013 GiveawayMy Profile
  6. Aw man, I am definitely trying this next time I have leftover turkey. It looks great! Steph @ From the Burbs to the Boonies recently posted...Quick - like canned - chicken noodle soupMy Profile
  7. What a great idea for left over Turkey from Thanksgiving! This sounds delicious! Thanks for linking up to Good Tastes Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to our GTT Pinterest board! Hope to see you again next week! Heather G. @ Golden Reflections Blog recently posted...Peppermint Scented Homemade Finger PaintMy Profile
  8. Wow-I keep thinking, do not make so close to Christmas...then I think, a soup so rich has GOT to be good, and if I can get some cream cheese ordered next week, I may just crack and make this creamy soup. I looks so good, and I'm sure some homemade corn tortillas would go perfectly with it!
    • Oh you will love this and be so glad you did! Do you have turkey for Christmas? If so you could always make it a day or two after. Love the idea of having homemade corn tortillas with it - yum!
  9. Congrats! This recipe has been nominated to win my Inspired Recipe of the Year Award. The shortlist will be announced on 12/30/2013.
  10. Made this for dinner, absolutely delish! 5 stars


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