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White Bean Turkey Beer Chili (for Thanksgiving leftovers)

White Bean Turkey Beer Chili (for Thanksgiving leftovers)


Please excuse the interruption from your otherwise lovely Holiday weekend while I boss you around.

If you have leftover turkey this is what you should do with it. Make yourself some warm-your-bones chili, full of the beer brined turkey that you obviously made, and use it as an excuse to open a beer for lunch.

Because if you still have family in town, you’re gonna need it.

But if you’re reading this on any day of the year that is not punctuated with holiday sales and over-zealous shoppers looking for dirt cheap TV’s, then you can always substitute cooked chicken. Or just leave it out all together. It’s cheese and beans and beer, it’s a win no matter what.



White Bean Turkey Beer Chili


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups white onion chopped
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 rib of celery chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup wheat beer
  • 1 cup chicken or turkey broth
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 2 15oz cans cannellini beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 15oz can Great Northern beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 jalapeno chopped
  • 2 cups cooked turkey cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup Chopped fresh cilantro


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add the onions, carrots and celery, cooking until the vegetables has softened, about 8 minutes.
  • Stir in the garlic, cooking for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the beer, scraping to deglaze the pan. Stir in the broth, cumin, chili powder, red pepper, beans, jalapenos and turkey. Simmer until turkey is cooked through, about 8 minutes.
  • Stir in the heavy cream, remove from heat. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Ladle into bowls, top with cheese and cilantro.


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Tori// November 25, 2016 um 3:25 am

Simply fabulous! I could totally go for some of this right now!


Kurt November 25, 2016 um 1:58 pm

Does the beer need to be wheat beer? Either way, what beers do you recommend specifically for this recipe?


Jana November 26, 2016 um 6:19 pm

I used Odell Easy Street Wheat. The spice was perfect – made my nose run, which I like! Yummy.


Colleen November 28, 2016 um 2:07 pm

Sounds lovely!


Katie January 20, 2018 um 3:04 pm

What happened to your Shortrib Chili recipe? Its no longer on the site.
Its my absolute favourite!


Jackie January 22, 2018 um 11:47 am

here it is!


Kathryn D November 27, 2018 um 5:33 pm

So great! I added in some other leftovers: roasted sweet potatoes instead of beans and some bell peppers instead of celery.


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