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Turkey and Garbanzo Bean Chili



Turkey Chili

© Image 2014 Jennifer Meier
This recipe was developed with the day after Thanksgiving in mind - what should be done with all that leftover turkey?

However, this non-traditional chili is so good and so easy that you'll want to make it more than once a year. When you don't have leftover turkey on hand, use leftover chicken instead or skip the meat entirely so it's simply a vegetarian garbanzo bean chili.

This recipe makes a lot of chili, so if you're not serving a large group freeze half for later. Freezing several smaller portions makes it easy to defrost a little bit at a time for lunch.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 white or yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 orange or yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans of garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of white beans, drained
  • 3-5 cups of finely chopped, roasted turkey (or chicken)
  • 2 cups chicken, turkey or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup or more grated cheese for garnish
  • other optional garnishes: avocado, hot sauce, sour cream, green onions, parsley or cilantro


Heat olive oil in a deep pot over medium heat.

Add the onion and saute for 8-10 minutes, stirring several times.

Add garlic, carrot, bell peppers, paprika and salt. Saute for five minutes, stirring frequently.

Add beans, meat, stock and water. Cover the pot and simmer for 45 minutes.

When the chili is done, garnish each bowl with grated cheese and other suggested garnishes.

© recipe 2012 Jennifer Meier licensed to About.com, Inc.

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Quick Facts About Garbanzo Beans

  • Garbanzo beans are also called chickpeas
  • This ancient bean has been cultivated for thousands of years
  • They can be bought canned or dried
  • Chickpea flour is also sold in stores, or you can make your own chickpea flour

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