turkey is not usually one of my favorite foods (as i like to say, i don’t eat turkey at thanksgiving meals because i want to save my stomach space for the good stuff), but i love having left-over turkey to cook with after thanksgiving. how’s that for a conundrum? there’s not a ton of varietal things I do with turkey other than casseroles and soups — and mind you, i do LOVE soups — but within those two categories, especially soups, i love experimenting. this recipe is no exception. it’s chili-esque because of the legumes, but it’s soupier than i prefer my chili to be, so that’s why i call it a chili soup.
(adapted from Cooking Light)
1 medium onion, diced
1-2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
3 cups beans (legumes), like white, black, kidney, etc (i use white and black)
½ c. chopped fresh tomatoes
1 ½ T. chili powder
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. cayenne (if cayenne is too spicy for you, substitute with paprika)
4 c. chicken broth (i used homemade turkey broth, complements of thanksgiving)
½ c. red wine
1-2 c. fresh spinach leaves, chopped (i used swiss chard, as that is what i had on hand)
salt & pepper
3 c. chopped or shredded cooked turkey
¼ c. chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
sour cream, as garnish
1) heat olive oil in a large dutch oven pot over medium-high heat. add onions; saute until golden brown. add garlic; saute another minute or two.
2) add beans, tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne. stir to combine.
3) add broth, red wine, spinach leaves, salt, and pepper. bring to a boil; reduce heat. simmer for at least 20-30 minutes.
4) add turkey. cook for another 5-10 minutes. remove from heat. stir in cilantro, if you are using it.
5) serve in bowls with a dallop or two of sour cream on top.
because soups are usually quite flexible, experiment with other veggies you have on hand. (although, i personally wouldn’t try potatoes because i feel like that would conflict with the starchiness of the beans.) i had radishes from my csa box that i can’t seem to go through quickly enough, so i chopped up a few of those and threw them in there. corn would be good, and maybe even carrots or bell peppers. i could have gone for it being a bit spicier, so a jalepeno or serrano pepper or could have be added. If adding carrots or peppers, saute with the onions. if adding radishes or corn, add with the tomatoes.