Great recipe for using leftover holiday turkey! I've made it several times with great results. Well worth the bean-soaking and vegetable-roasting steps, that are tedious, but not at all hard. You could make it with canned beans to speed things up. I would definitely serve this for a casual company gathering or even superbowl party. Freezes great. My family of 5 gives it 5 stars.
Turkey and Navy Bean Chili
The smoky essence of Southwest cuisine infuses this soup. Charred chiles, tomatillos, and roasted garlic are theme flavors you'll savor. Try Chili-Cheese Croutons on top.
Yield: 12 cups
- 1 (16-ounce) package dried navy beans
- 4 fresh poblano chile peppers
- 4 tomatillos, husks removed
- 1 large garlic bulb
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 (32-ounce) carton chicken broth
- 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can chicken broth
- 5 cups chopped cooked roasted turkey (we tested with Louis Rich Oven Roasted Turkey Breast)
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
- Sour cream
- Chili-Cheese Croutons
- Place beans in a large Dutch oven; add water 2" above beans. Bring to a boil. Boil 2 minutes; cover, remove from heat, and let stand 1 hour. Drain; return beans to pan.
- Cut peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place peppers, skin side up, on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet, and flatten with palm of hand. Add whole tomatillos to baking sheet. Broil 5 1/2" from heat 15 to 20 minutes or until blistered and charred, turning tomatillos once.
- Place peppers in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; seal and let stand 10 minutes to loosen skins. Peel peppers; coarsely chop peppers and tomatillos.
- Meanwhile, cut off pointed end of garlic; place garlic on a piece of aluminum foil, and drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil. Fold foil to seal. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes; cool. Squeeze pulp from garlic cloves; set aside.
- Sauté onion in remaining 1 tablespoon hot oil until tender; add to beans. Add peppers, tomatillos, chicken broth, and next 4 ingredients. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour and 45 minutes or just until beans are tender. Stir in cilantro and roasted garlic. Simmer 10 more minutes. Ladle chili into bowls; top with sour cream and croutons.
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