Slow Cooker White Turkey Chili

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    After working hard on that Thanksgiving meal, why not make your life easy with leftovers? Throw that leftover turkey into the crockpot to make this slow cooker white turkey chili!

    Slow Cooker White Turkey Chili is a great way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey! Recipe on

    Slow Cooker White Turkey Chili is a great way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey! Recipe on

    My blogger bff Rachel visited me this past weekend and we had a packed weekend with lots of eating, cooking, shopping, DC touristy-fun, and of course, Catching Fire watching! We ate our weight in cupcakes, too, on top of everything else. We bought half a dozen from Georgetown Cupcake one evening and tried all 6 flavors we bought and then the next day, we went to another cupcake bakery and bought four more other flavors to “compare.” Hey, it’s research ;)

    Rachel has a great recap of our weekend and she linked up to all the Instagram photos she took of our adventures. You should go check it out (and she has a slow cooker recipe for turkey leftovers today too!).

    Has anyone seen Catching Fire yet? What did you think about it? At first, I thought it was too long and it was dragging on, but then it got really good and I got more into it. I had forgotten some tidbits of the book and when it was played out on screen, it all came back to me. I was pleased with how they portrayed everything in the movie – I always have a picture in my head when I read books of how scenes are and when you finally see it in a movie, you can really see how someone else (the director) interpreted it. It’s so neat :)

    Slow Cooker White Turkey Chili is a great way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey! Recipe on

    So truth be told, usually by the end of Thanksgiving day, I get really sick of turkey because we’re constantly picking at it throughout the night and I don’t know, turkey just isn’t my favorite type of meat (I love ground turkey though, lol).

    Anyway, so you’re probably wondering what to do with your leftover turkey. I’m here to help! Make some slow cooker white turkey chili :) you can do this with chicken thighs, too, for those other months that you don’t have a lifetime supply of turkey, but since you’ll have so much leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, you should throw some in a slow cooker and have a hearty, flavorful, and different meal! I loved how hearty this was and the depth of flavors in this! Definitely a nice break from all the Thanksgiving leftovers :)

    Slow Cooker White Turkey Chili

    After working hard on that Thanksgiving meal, why not make your life easy with leftovers? Throw that leftover turkey into the crockpot to make this slow cooker white turkey chili!
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Cook Time: 4 hrs
    Total Time: 4 hrs 10 mins
    Course: Main Entree, Slow Cooker
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 6 -8
    Calories: 530kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 3 cups low sodium turkey stock
    • 1: 15 oz can white or yellow hominy, drained and rinsed
    • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
    • 1 cup onions, chopped
    • 4 jalapeños, stemmed, seeded and minced
    • 6 cloves garlic, minced
    • 4 tsp ground cumin
    • 2 tsp ground coriander
    • 3: 15 oz cans cannellini beans drained and rinsed
    • 2 pounds leftover turkey meat, shredded
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp pepper
    • 2 avocados, pitted and cut into 1/2-inch pieces


    • In a blender, puree 2 cups of turkey stock with the can of hominy until smooth. Pour into the crockpot insert.
    • In a large skillet, turn heat on to medium high and add vegetable oil to the skillet. Sauté onions, jalapeños, garlic, cumin, and coriander until soft and tender. Stir in remaining 1 cup of turkey stock, scraping the bottom of the skillet for any browned pieces left behind. Carefully pour into crockpot.
    • Add the cannellini beans, turkey meat, salt, and pepper. Carefully stir together with a spatula to make sure everything is evenly distributed.
    • Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours.
    • Serve with avocado pieces on top and garnish with cilantro (optional).


    If making this with chicken, you'll want 3 pounds of whole chicken thighs and you'll want to use 3 cups of low sodium chicken stock or broth. At step 3, you'll nestle the chicken thighs in the crockpot and remove the chicken thighs to shred after 4 hours (if cooking on low) or 2 hours (if cooking on high). Add the shredded chicken thighs back into the crockpot and stir to incorporate.
    Nutrition Facts
    Slow Cooker White Turkey Chili
    Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
    Calories 530 Calories from Fat 108
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 12g18%
    Carbohydrates 55g18%
    Fiber 13g52%
    Sugar 7g8%
    Protein 51g102%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 

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  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    Ooh I love white chicken chili so I know I’d obviously love this turkey one just as much! Can’t believe the weekend flew by so fast! :( We’ll have to do it again sooner than later.

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says:

    Love using my crockpot for soups! This chili sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Tieghan says:

    You and Rachel sound like you guys had so much fun. I was jealous of all you instagram pics!!

    This soup looks awesome and is perfect for those Thanksgiving leftovers! YUM!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    Simple and delicious! Perfect for today’s freezing weather.

  • Erin| The Law Student's Wife says:

    No dried out turkey here! Great idea to put leftovers in the crockpot to keep it super moist. Also, mad respect for your cupcake research. You need to be thorough!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    Perfect, Julie! This recipe is just what we need for Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. Your White Turkey Chili looks delicious and i love that it is made in the ol’ crock pot. Your weekend with Rachel sounds like it was fun but too short. I adore both of you and your blogs. Thanks for sharing!

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

    I’m loving slow cooker meals right now – and love this post Thanksgiving idea!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    Love the sound of the turkey version of this soup!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    What a fantastic way to eat up leftovers!!! I want a big ol’ bowl right now!

  • Alice // Hip Foodie Mom says:

    love this. . great way to use up leftover turkey like you said. . and I love a good white bean chili. . yum!!

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    I love hominy so much, I could just eat it out of the can, so I love this chili!

  • @simple green moms says:

    Love the up close pics!

  • marla says:

    Such a great & healthy way to use that leftover turkey!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    I loved Catching Fire! I think they followed the book more closely than the first did.

    I’m with you on the turkey thing. I love it that day and then I get really sick of it.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I love white bean chili, great idea!

  • Kathryn says:

    Such a great way of using leftovers!

  • Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says:

    We always have tons of turkey leftover too because everyone just picks all day long. And turkey just isn’t high on my food priority list on Thanksgiving…it’s all about the carbs and desserts :-) But I do love a good white chili, especially one that can just go into the slow cooker. It looked like you and Rachel had so much fun…loved all the pictures!!!

  • Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner says:

    Sounds like you and your bff had a blast! I haven’t seen the new Hunger Games movie but I’m anxious to see it. Love the books. I hear the 3rd book is going to be split up into 2 movies.
    Awesome soup to use up leftover turkey. I love chicken chili so I’m sure I’ll love this.
    Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

  • Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today says:

    I surly need a slow cooker. Such a good piece of equipment and you can create lovely meals like this one.

  • naomi says:

    I’m all for this! I love a good slow cooker meal – and one after all the thanksgiving hard work?! Yes, please!

  • Jaclyn says:

    This looks so delicious! I love white chili!

  • francesca says:

    I couldn’t find a turkey this year, but we ate nearly 3 whole chickens between 8 of us. And you better believe I’m making chilli out of our leftovers :D

  • Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh my, this chili looks fantastic :) definitely have to try this out as soon as i can!

  • Ruth says:

    Any recommended substitute for hominy? I’ve searched Toronto and cannot find any!

    • Julie says:

      You could substitute white corn kernels!

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