Creamy White (leftover) Turkey Chili

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White Turkey Chili

Creamy White (leftover) Turkey Chili is a luscious creamy white chili that gets raves every time ~ best of all, the slow cooker does all the work and you get all the glory!

Morning friends!   I hope yesterday was a good one for you, whether you were with family and friends, or just kept them in your heart.  I woke up this morning energized and ready for part two of a fantastic holiday season — I’m going to be posting even more frequently than usual because I’m bursting with so many recipes I need to share before the clock strikes midnight on the 31st of December. If I were you I’d join my EMAIL LIST so you don’t miss anything. It’s going to be good. Promise.

Slow cooked creamy white chili made with leftover turkey!

But first, plug in your slow cooker or haul out that soup pot, we’re going to use those leftover turkey bits and make some comforting chili to fuel us through this busy day.  Are you going shopping?  Not me, not a chance.

Well, maybe.

I don’t know yet.

I need to think about it.

Possibly.  After the chili.

Creamy White Chili made with leftover turkey

What’s it going to be, a lazy day at home in your slippers, or a mad dash to the mall?

Recipe adapted from Williams Sonoma

Creamy White (leftover) Turkey Chili
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Yield: serves 6

White Turkey Chili


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 large or 1 small white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped, seeds and all
  • 5 or so tomatillos, papery skin removed, and chopped
  • 2 green peppers, either bell peppers or Mexican poblano, anaheim, or pasilla peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 4 oz can fire roasted chilis, hot or mild
  • 1/4 cup flour (leave out for gluten free)
  • 32 oz chicken stock
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 2 cups leftover turkey
  • 1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • fresh oregano
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • fresh cilantro, chopped
  • diced avocado
  • shredded Monterey jack or cheddar cheese
  • lime wedges


  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil and butter. Saute the onions and garlic until they start to soften. Add the cumin, tomatillos, and peppers to the pan and saute for a couple of minutes.
  2. Stir in the flour, and cook for a minute more, stirring. Then add the chicken stock and lime juice and continue to stir well while it comes to a simmer.
  3. At this point you can transfer to a slow cooker if you like. Or continue on the stove.
  4. Add the turkey, beans and oregano and simmer very gently until the peppers are tender. This should only take about 10 minutes or so. Add salt and pepper to taste, and then stir in the heavy cream. Bring up to a simmer again and taste the soup to see if you need to adjust the seasoning.
  5. If using the slow cooker, put everything in except the cream. Cook on low for up to four hours, and then stir in the cream and heat through.

White chili not your thing?  You will probably LOVE my MEAT LOVERS CHILI, or my SLOW COOKED HATCH PEPPER CHILI!

Don’t forget to pin this White Turkey Chili!


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    December 3, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    I love these flavors and will happily lug out my soup pot. GREG

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    December 2, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    This will be delicious and great way to use the leftover roasted turkey I have stashed in the freezer! Perfect for a cold night in December.

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    December 1, 2014 at 5:35 am

    I said the same thing – “I won’t go near the mall” and what did I do? Went to the mall :) It wasn’t so bad – I was just going to pop in and make a quick run around one store with coupons. I ended up making a trip to the car to drop some packages and went back in! It’s all good :) Love this chili – wish I had it waiting on me! Glad you have a good Thanksgiving – have a great week!

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    November 29, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Today is my Thanksgiving. So I know this will be welcome in a day or two. I did shop on line on Black Friday. I can’t believe how much of my shopping got done! And no shipping costs anywhere. It was lovely.

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    November 28, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    oh I am so glad I have lots of extra turkey, I need to make this. It looks so delicious!

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    November 28, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    I love a good white chili, leftovers have never looked better :).

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    November 28, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    This looks so creamy and delicious!

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    November 28, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Lazy day at home! And thanks for the recipe…

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    November 28, 2014 at 5:42 am

    5 or so tomatillos? How many LBS? For the recipe to come out right, I would think we should know precise measurements?

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      November 28, 2014 at 6:54 am

      Since this is a soup the exact weight of the tomatillos isn’t critical, Liz. I used 5, but if you could use a little more or a little less.

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