You’ll love this because it’s waiting for you, can be an inexpensive dish to serve, and can be great for large gatherings since it will stay warm. Put out a fun toppings bar of cheese, sour cream, chips, and hot sauces and you’ve got yourself a pretty fun pot luck! I put this in the ‘healthy dishes’ category for a few reasons: the turkey had no skin when I cooked it. Any fat that remained was picked and skimmed from the cold stock. The rest of the ingredients werenot heavy on calories so as long as you don’t get crazy w the cornbread or cheese, you actually have yourself a protein packed meal that won’t kill your waistline. Just don’t eat the whole crock pot in one sitting 🙂
I love buying turkey around the holidays and freezing it. I’m not talking about the giant 20+ lb birds, but stores tend to sell thighs, legs, and breasts and at very reasonable prices. After the holidays: they seem to vanish with the cheesy decoration displays, making me sad. Turkey is versatile and a great treat on a rainy day. I picked up a couple of packages of thighs, wrapped them in foil, and tossed them in the freezer. I pulled a package out and cooked them off in my crock pot with plenty of onion, garlic, bay, and salt and pepper with enough water to make my own stock. After cooling and sorting, I decided on some white chili.
This was also my first foray in using dried beans. Dried beans are very inexpensive, are easy to soften back up, and can freeze well. I sorted the beans, removed the small stones, and soaked them overnight in a large bowl. I rinsed and drained them well and used about half of them in the chili. The rest went into the freezer for other fun things later.
Any meat would suffice if turkey isn’t your thing or you can go vegetarian and add several types of beans instead of meat. Go wild. Seriously. You won’t feel as much guilt chowing down on some of this. You can also make it and put it on top of tortilla chips w some cheese and melt it all down for some KILLER NACHOS!!!!!!!
15 min. prep + 8 hrs in the crock pot
- 2 pounds cooked turkey meat, shredded or cut into bite size pieces
- 2 (14.5 ounce) cans stock of choice (I made mine when I cooked down the turkey)
- 2 (14 ounce) cans white or great northern beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 bag (10 ounces or more) frozen corn
- 2 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chilies (I used one mild and one hot)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/2 medium onion, chopped fine
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2-3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
- Add all ingredients to the crock pot, stir to combine.
- Turn on low for 8 hours.
- Taste before serving to adjust the spice level.
- Omit the hot green chile’s and go with all mild if hot isn’t your thing.
- Serve hot.
- This freezes very nicely as well.