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This white chili recipe uses pre-cooked turkey, but it doesn’t taste like leftovers at all.  It’s the perfect way to use up leftover turkey after Thanksgiving or whip up a quick, weeknight meal.

White Chili Recipe with Roasted Turkey

My husband and I roasted a 17-pound turkey over the weekend and we’ve been trying to get creative with leftovers since then.  (Wait, back up a minute…To be honest, it was my husband who roasted the turkey.  I was out ‘n about finishing up some Christmas shopping.)

Yesterday, I shared a recipe for turkey pot pie.  I made two at a time and froze both of them.  (I also freeze chicken pot pies all the time and they re-heat great.)

What I love about this white chili recipe is that it has a totally different taste than the turkey that you’ll eat on Thanksgiving.  The addition of cumin and diced green chiles transform the dish into a brand-new meal in less than 20 minutes.

We like thick, hearty chili, so I only add 2 cups of chicken broth.  If you want a more of a soup consistency, add another cup or two.  And feel free to sub cooked chicken breast for the turkey, if you feel inclined.

White Chili Recipe with Roasted Turkey


  • 3 cups cooked turkey, cut into bite-sized pieces (I use the white meat.)
  • 2, 15oz cans of cannellini beans (white kidney beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1, 4oz can diced green chiles (I love these things.  I always add them to my chicken enchiladas.)
  • 1 cup frozen sweet yellow corn
  • 2 cups fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. In a medium-sized pot, saute onion and garlic in olive oil until onion starts to soften and garlic becomes fragrant.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
  3. Turn heat down to low, and simmer for 10 minutes.

Serve with tortilla chips and freshly shredded cheese (cheddar or pepper jack would both be awesome).

Looking for more post-Turkey Day recipes?  Check out my Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast and (freezer-friendly) Turkey Pot Pie!

Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!


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