What to do with left over Thanksgiving turkey?

Here's what I'm doing in my kitchen tonight. I'm turning left-over Thanksgiving turkey into chili. It's really simple with my Nosh Cookbook. (shameless plug). <cough> (stocking stuffer).

Now since my parents were in Cuba cruising with Castro during the holiday, we spent Thanksgiving together just the four of us. We had a huge turkey (30 lb), and a freezer full of leftovers. Shannon froze some away, and I grabbed one of the Tupperware containers down tonight to make some scrumptious turkey chili for dinner. I took about 3-4 lbs down and stuck it in a large pot and mixed it with approximately 2 batches of the Chuck Wagon Chili recipe in the book:

(This is approximately a double batch from the book, cut in half for 2 lbs of turkey or less)

  • 3-4 pounds of leftover Thanksgiving turkey
  • 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 28 oz can of water
  • 2 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 fresh diced onion
  • 6 tablespoons chili powder
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoon of cumin
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar or sugar substitute.
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon dried onion flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne powder 
  • 2-4 Tablespoon of all-purpose flour.
  • pinch black pepper

  1. Basically I partially thawed the turkey just enough to remove it from the storage container, and then combined all ingredients in the pot and simmered for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally to break apart the turkey. 
  2. Chopped up an onion and tossed it in.
It doesn't get much more simpler than this.

The end result is deliciousness on the cheap. I'll top it with some pickled jalapeƱos, some cheese, a bit of sour cream and side it with a Guinness Beer. Bon Appetit!

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