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Turkey Chili recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

What are you going to do will all that leftover turkey?

Turkey Chili recipe for after thanksgiving by SeasonWithSpice.com

Even though it is still a few days until Thanksgiving and right now the turkey is solid in the freezer, you know by Black Friday, your refrigerator will be stuffed with leftover turkey.

With a weekend of football ahead - where three meals a day are replaced with meals between kickoffs – food must be ready at all times; easily scooped from the slow cooker; easily scooped in your mouth while you’re sitting on the couch.

That could only mean - Turkey Chili.

Turkey Chili recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Chili is not just a delicious way to finish the leftover turkey, but also a great way to use up a few other items in your kitchen.  The items in your kitchen that have probably been there the longest.  I think you know where I’m going with this.

The ground spices & herbs in your cupboard or refrigerator generally have a shelf life of two years, but every kitchen has at least one bottle of spice with the label so faded – the spice so faded – you’re not even sure what it is (was).

The best way to prevent that from happening every year, is to make sure to clear those spices out once a year.  Since we’re reaching the end of 2011, that time is now.  And no dish welcomes a variety of spices like chili.

Homemade chili seasoning spices cumin, cayenne, paprika, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, basil, oregano, allspice

Chili powder or chili seasoning, generally consists of cayenne, cumin, oregano, garlic, and salt.  But let that be your starting point only.  Grab a few more spices and stir them in a little at a time.  Chili is forgiving to anyone experimenting with their own spice blend.
Turkey Chili recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

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Turkey Chili (or Chicken Chili) recipe with all fresh ingredients 
by Season with Spice
Serves 4

What you’ll need:
1 lb of turkey or chicken – cooked and shredded
1 cup dried kidney beans - cooked until soft*
1 cup dried black beans - cooked until soft*
5 medium sized tomatoes – chopped
1 fresh red serrano chili pepper - seeds removed and sliced (optional)
1 white onion – chopped
5 cloves garlic – diced
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp sugar
Salt to taste
1 tbsp butter (optional)
Cilantro for garnish

Chili Seasoning:
1 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp Dried Thyme
1/2 tsp Dried Basil
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Onion Powder

Process:
1. Stir-fry garlic and onion until lightly browned. Set aside.
2. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water to chili seasoning ingredients to form a paste. Set aside.
3. Mash a third of the beans with a fork (to thicken the chili).
4. Turn on slow cooker and set to low. Add in two cups of water, garlic & onion, tomatoes, chili pepper, cooked (softened) beans, and cooked turkey or chicken. Last, stir in chili seasoning paste. Add more water if needed.
5. Simmer on low for a few hours for the flavors to infuse and for the chili to thicken.  When thickened, stir in lime juice, sugar, salt, and butter.  Garnish each bowl of chili with cilantro and cheese.
6. Only can required for this chili recipe? A beer can to wash it down.  Enjoy!

*How to cook dried kidney and black beans:

1. Rinse two cups of beans, and then add to slow cooker, along with six cups of hot water. Discard any beans that float. Cover pot and let sit overnight (do not turn slow cooker on).
2. In the morning, drain the water, and replace with six more cups of water. Turn slow cooker on high, cover, and let boil for a few hours until beans are softened (cooking times will vary). Add water every hour, to keep the water level the same.

Notes:
- For a quick soak, boil beans for five minutes, and then set aside to soak for 1-2 hours. However, it is still best to soak overnight to reduce cooking time, and to ensure the beans cook evenly.
- If you do not have a slow cooker, you can cook the beans on the stove. 
- Do not consume any uncooked or undercooked kidney beans because of a naturally occurring toxin in the bean.  The toxin is destroyed when the kidney bean is fully cooked.  

How to soak and cook kidney beans and black beans for chili recipes
Kidney beans and black beans: after soaking overnight (left), before soaking (right)

89 comments:

Rosa May said...
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Trezlen said...

The oldest spice in my cupboard is probably cinnamon. It was in my boxes when I moved last year. I'm pretty sure I hadn't bought any spices since 2007 or 2008.

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Nicole M Hutchison said...

The oldest spice in my cabinet is cinnamon, it's probably 6 months old. This recipe for chili looks amazing, thanks for sharing your chili spice!

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BiteMyCake said...

This is really a great way to use turkey!

Middledn said...

Oldest spice is onion salt. I don't normally use it.

heather said...

Onion powder from who knows when. We never use it.

Shuhan said...

The oldest spice in my cupboard is my five spice powder. I don't use a lot of it each time because it has such a pungent flavour. A funny story, I mixed it up with cinnamon once, and ended up making five spiced apple cake. (I blogged about it then: http://mummyicancook.blogspot.com/2011/10/five-spice-moist-apple-cake-and-happy.html) Turned out quite nice though! haha.

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Lauren said...

Cinnamon

Kate Rittler said...

My oldest spice bottle is one I was sent in college! It is parsley that my grandmom dried and chopped for me, and it has her beautiful grandmom handwriting on the front. I use it every once and a while, mostly for some color, but it's not going away any time soon.

Karen said...

I am ashamed to say that I have some spices hanging around from when I worked for a spice company back in the early 90s. I don't use them but somehow haven't tossed them yet!

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I just checked and omg; my oldest spice bottle has cinnamon sticks from 2001. Probably time for some fresh ones...

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Stefani said...

When I first started cooking, something told me to buy a big container of lemon pepper. I never use it!

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Serenap95 said...

My oldest spice bottle is sage.

Tami Winbush said...

Oldest spice - that would have to be Lowry's Season Salt

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Suzanne H said...

My oldest spice is probably cloves.

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Allie said...

The oldest spice bottle I have is thyme.

Duane Middlebrook said...

I found that I have some mustard seeds from maybe 5 years ago.

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Louise Hyson said...

My oldest spice bottle is 2010 as I just did two big buys at the Raleigh NC Savory Spice Shop in Lafayette Village.

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Flyergal82 said...

probably cinnamon for me-the other spices go fast
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Bmillsaps said...

the oldest spice in my cupboard is cayenne!

Leann Lindeman said...

easy answer... cream of tarter.. lol.

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Patricia Sikora said...

The oldest bottle is a bottle of Cream of Tartar. Not even sure what I bought it for or when...

AmandaSue said...

We go through spices like crazy so I'm not sure which the oldest would be!

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Laura Adams said...

Hmm...I think there's a mrs. dash in there from like 4-5 years ago.

Merstar said...

Thyme.

Louis said...

Sage

Lauren said...

Cream of tartar. I don't know what to use it for besides whipping egg whites.

Joyce Grubb said...

Red pepper flakes from 2005 or so.

Marcybock88 said...

I have a bottle of thyme that was my grandmothers that I cant seem to use but wont get rid of!

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Tara Webb said...

The oldest spice in my cupboard is my jerk chicken bottle..

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Cream of Tarter is the oldest spice!

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Brionne Griffin said...

I only have one spice and it's cinnamon that I bought earlier this season.

Carlaboo11 said...

oldest spice is probably cinnamon I know it's been in there at least 3 years :/

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Erin Pitts said...

My oldest spice is some cinnamon which is several years old. I should probably replace it...

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Erin said...

The oldest spice bottles in my family's cabinet were part of a gift set that my parents received as wedding gifts...in 1975!

Erin said...

I should add, we don't use them...just never cleaned them out.

Mercedes said...

My oldest spice is a cannister of nutmeg. I really don't use a lot of nutmeg.

Jamie adkins said...

my oldest spice is tumeric.
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matt adkins said...

my oldest spice is tumeric,

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Sawsan@chef in disguise said...

The oldest spice in my kitchen is probably a jar of 7 spice middle eastern mix I bought a year ago

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Christa H. said...

My oldest spice is whole nutmeg...yum!

Bsfloyd said...

Coriander

Katherine P said...

I have a lot of old baking spices like ginger powder and cinnamon

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rebecca said...

cinnamon sticks

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amanda said...

The oldest spice in my cupboard is probably Oregano

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