Leftover Turkey Crockpot Recipes

After we’ve eaten about as much turkey as we can handle around Thanksgiving and Christmas, I like to freeze the rest of the meat and use it in various crockpot recipes during the cold winter months.

I often buy an extra turkey or two right after Thanksgiving when stores mark them down. I just stick them in the oven and cook them while I’m busy around the house. Once the turkey had a chance to cool, I set some of the meat aside for dinner that night, then remove the rest and chop it up for freezer meals. The remaining turkey carcass can be used to make turkey stock. The finished stock will last about 5 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer and it can be used instead of chicken stock or chicken broth in any recipe.

Crockpot Here are some of my favorite leftover turkey crockpot recipes. All of them are quick and easy to put together and practically cook themselves. Start them in the morning and come home to a hot, home-cooked meal at night.

Let’s start with one of my family’s favorites – chili. It is such a nice change from the traditional turkey dinner flavor. By day three we are usually tired of that and this chili is just perfect. I make a large batch and freeze any leftovers. You can also make this turkey chili with regular ground turkey.

Crockpot Turkey Chili

Then of course there’s the always popular turkey and rice soup. We usually have some of that the day after Thanksgiving. I make the stock (see note above) that night or first thing in the morning and then use it to cook this soup in the slow cooker.

Crockpot Turkey and Rice Soup

Or if you prefer, take a look at this turkey and noodle soup. It’s also delicious as a chicken and noodle soup when you don’t have leftover turkey to work with.

Easy Crockpot Turkey Noodle Soup

Last but not least, there are hot turkey sandwiches. They are just so much yummier than the plain old turkey and mayo ones. Give them a try and seeĀ  if you don’t fall in love with this cheesy version as well.

Hot Turkey Sandwiches from the Crockpot

I’m sure there are plenty more crockpot recipes that use leftover turkey. Feel free to post yours as a comment below. I have two more turkeys sitting in my freezer and will have plenty of cooked turkey meat to go around. Can’t wait to try out some new recipes.

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Issac Kriner - December 10, 2009

I love a great recipe! Thanks for sharing one.

Denise - December 1, 2010

This is a sort of chili dish I did with leftover turkey in the crockpot. I have a lot of dried beans and have been experimenting with making beans in the crockpot. I was trying to make a burrito filling. It is thicker than chili, but didn’t get thick enough to wrap in tortillas, as I had originally planned.

I have a small 2 1/2 qt. crockpot, but this could easily be done in a larger quantity. Ingredients: 1 c. dry beans, 1 pint turkey broth, 1 pint salsa, 1 pint mexicorn, 2 cups turkey.

After supper, put 1/2 c. dried pinto beans and 1/2 c. dried small red beans (could use any kind of dried beans) in crockpot and cover with 1 pint turkey broth. Cook on low. Before going to bed, stir and worry about whether it is enough liquid to keep it from drying out overnight. Decide you don’t want to add more broth because you want it to be thick. But you don’t want it to dry up. So go ahead and add 1 pint salsa. Cook on low overnight. In the morning add 1 pint mexi-corn and 2 cups chopped turkey.

When you get home from work, take lid off and stir. Realize it is a little too “soupy” to wrap in tortillas and you too hungry to take the time to leave the lid off for it to thicken up. Throw the tortillas in the freezer and whip up a batch of cornbread. Dish up two bowls and top with grated cheese or a dollop of sour cream.

If you don’t like it hot, you could use tomatoes instead of salsa and/or corn instead of mexi-corn. If you like it hotter, you can add more chopped hot peppers.

Denise - December 1, 2010

This isn’t a crockpot recipe, but was super easy and was really yummy. I mixed chopped turkey with honey mustard. Put it on whole wheat bread with two slices of sharp cheddar cheese and grilled it. Mmmmm….

TRISH - December 1, 2010

All of these recipes look good. If you really want to have some fun with turkey, buy a smoked turkey. It’s moist, tender and easy to heat up for dinner since it’s all ready cooked. The carcass makes the best smoky broth and pairs well with chipotles for a turkey soup. I make chipotle paste and keep it in my fridge. You can use as much or as little as you desire. Just puree a can of chipotles in adobo and put in glass jar with lid. I always add a little to my chicken noodle soup. Guests can’t figure out what is in the soup but they like the smoky rich flavor. For flavors of the southwest, add some roasted, peeled, seeded diced chiles (poblano or Anaheim) to the soup and serve with hot corn bread (or muffins) that you have enhanced with corn (cream style or whole kernel) and shredded cheese. Yummy!

Connie - December 1, 2010

That sounds so good Denise.Sometimes our mistakes turn out to be our best meals.Oh hotter for us please and your cornbread was a great idea.Will try soon,thanks.

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