Leftover Turkey and Green Chile Stew – This not-so-spicy stew recipe is a simple and delicious way to use up your leftover Thanksgiving turkey. The combination of the turkey, beans and green chile gives this hearty stew a rich, earthy flavor that your family will love. And since it’s cooked in a pressure cooker you’ll have dinner on the table in no time.
I don’t know about you but I really enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, but it’s the leftovers that I really get excited about. There’s just something about the flavor of the leftovers that taste better the next day. Or maybe it’s the ease of opening up the refrigerator and easily throwing together a hot meal or a simple turkey sandwich. However, as delicious as Thanksgiving leftovers are, it’s easy to get burned out on them, especially if you have a lot.
My family really enjoys a freshly roasted turkey, I tend to cook one up a few times a year. It’s a pretty simple meal to make as long as your not cooking up all of the typical fixings that go with it, I save those for the holiday. Since we do quite a bit of turkey around here I’ve come up with some really mouthwatering ways to enjoy turkey that make you forget that your eating leftovers. This turkey, bean and green chile stew is one of them.
What do you do with your leftover turkey?
Turkey Green Chile Stew
Turkey: Leftover turkey is perfect for this recipe but if you don’t have any on hand leftover chicken or pork takes just as good. I’ve also used raw chicken, cut into cubes and partially cooked before adding to the pressure cooker.
Poblano Green Chile: (aka Ancho) Pablanos are on the mild end of the heat scale, but be careful because every now and then you’ll run across one with some heat. These peppers have a rich and earthy flavor and are similar in texture to a bell pepper. They are a meaty pepper which makes them perfect for roasting.
Great Northern Beans: This recipe calls for great northern beans, but you can actually use any kind of white bean (navy, baby lima or cannellini). They all have a slightly different flavor and are different in size but they interchange well in this and other recipes. Just be sure to adjust cooking times based on the type of bean used. Smaller beans less time, larger beans more time.
Step 1: Set pressure cooker to the “saute” option, add the olive oil, onion and garlic. Cook until the onions are translucent, about 3 minutes. Turn off the pressure cooker and drain off any excess grease.
Step 2: Add the green chiles, dry beans, tomatoes, cilantro, turkey, cumin and chicken broth. Stir to combine.
Step 3: Place the lid on the pressure cooker and set the valve to the “SEAL” position. Press the “SOUP” option and set the timer for 25 minutes. Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally.
Step 4: Garnish with a lime wedge and some sour cream.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 pounds Poblano chiles, roasted and chopped
- 1½ cups great northern beans, dry soaked beans
- 2 (15.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained
- ½ cup cilantro, chopped
- 2 pounds turkey, shredded**
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 4 cups (32 ounces) chicken broth
- salt and pepper, to taste
- lime wedges
- sour cream
- Set pressure cooker to “saute” add oil, onion and garlic. Cook until the onions are translucent. Turn off the pressure cooker and drain off the excess grease. Add the remaining ingredients, stir to combine.
- Place the lid on the pressure cooker and set the valve to “SEAL”. Press the “SOUP” option and set the timer for 25 minutes. Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally.
- Garnish with a lime wedge and some sour cream.
How to Roast Peppers
a Soak bean 8-12 hours before pressure cooking. Soaking beans prior to cooking eases digestion. **My grandmother always said it soaks the farts out of them.
a If you don’t have any leftover turkey or chicken, you can always use canned or fresh chicken. If using fresh or raw chicken be sure to cut it into cubes and partially “saute” it prior to sauteing the onions and garlic.
a Choose the “saute” option before chopping the onions and garlic. The pressure cooker will heat up while you are prepping the food which will save you a little time.
a Letting the pressure release naturally after cooking, allows the stew to continue cooking, making the beans perfectly tender.
a Add salt after cooking. Adding salt prior to cooking will make the beans tough.
a If using beans that are already cooked, use the “SOUP” option on the pressure cooker and set the time for 15 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally.
a Use the cleaned turkey carcass to make turkey stock.
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