Sunday, 23 December 2012

What to do with turkey leftovers - slow cooker chilli

I've done another post rounding up all the ways I could find on the blog to use up your leftover turkey. However, if you wanted something low faff and easy. Something that you could put on while having a cup of tea on Boxing day, then why not try turkey chilli in your slow cooker. 

I deliberately picked this recipe, because it uses largely storecupboard or pantry based ingredients, things you can chuck in your trolley in advance of Christmas and not have to worry about until you need them.  They're also largely cheap ingredients, and the beans especially mean that the meal goes a lot further. I reckon what I've made will easily do 6 portions, more if you were feeding children.


1 400g tin kidney beans
2 300g tins black eyed beans
1 Green pepper
1 red onion
2 cloves garlic
1 fresh chilli
1 dried ancho chilli (do either of these to taste) 
200g passata
2 400g tins chopped tomatoes
1 big tin sweetcorn
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
Salt & pepper
Fresh coriander, finely chopped

Chop your onion, pepper, garlic and fresh chilli. Put these in the slow cooker
Drain the beans and sweetcorn and add to slow cooker
Add both tins of tomatoes, the passata, spices, dried chilli, salt and pepper
Cook on low for about 6 hours, high for 4

Shred your leftover turkey (1 breast provided enough meat for 6 adults) and stir into the chilli with the coriander, cook for another hour

Serve any way you like - ideas I had included:

  • with cornbread to dunk - my recipe is here 
  • with rice, so people can help themselves
  • with warmed tortilla wraps - and avocado, soured cream, grated cheese
  • in taco shells - with shredded lettuce, soured cream and cheese
  • or just in big bowls, off your knees
I liked, and tried this idea because the thought of being able to abandon dinner for 6-7 hours and not worry about it really appealed to me in a Christmas leftovers recipe. Also, the fresh flavours (and spice if you're so inclined) would be a lovely contrast to the heaviness of Christmas day. 

Why not give it a try, or let me know what you're doing with your leftovers. 

This is a sponsored post, Asda provided me with a turkey, and a gift card as recompense

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