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Don't let that yummy leftover Thanksgiving turkey go to waste. From pot pies to turkey sandwiches, there are a multitude of ways to use up that leftover turkey. This page contains recipes for using leftover turkey.


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December 4, 2018

Using up your leftover turkey, or any other meat, in a big baked platter of nachos is a surefire way to keep a crowd happy. This dish is so easy to put together and makes for a great party platter. It even works great served as a main course.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 27 minutes


  • 8 oz cooked turkey
  • 1 large lime
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 oz corn chips
  • 2 cups grated cheese
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • salsa
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 1/3 cup tamed jalapeno rings


  1. Preheat oven to 450 F. Shred the turkey meat by pulling it apart with 2 forks. Squeeze on juice from half the lime. Set aside.
  2. Heat some oil in a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Add the bell peppers and half the chopped onions. Cook until softened, a few minutes.
  3. Add minced garlic and all the spices. Keep stirring to toast the spices for about a minute.
  4. Add the shredded turkey to the pan and sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper to taste. Mix everything until well coated with spices. Remove from heat.
  5. Place chips in a large baking dish.
  6. Top with turkey mixture.
  7. Sprinkle with cheese.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for about 7 minutes.
  9. Cheese will have melted and edges of chips will be brown and crisp.
  10. Squeeze on juice from remaining half lime, then add your favourite toppings. Enjoy immediately.
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November 8, 2011

Since Thanksgiving is coming, thought I would start offering some good leftover turkey recipes. This one is very good!

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March 18, 2018

Transform your turkey leftovers into a new delicious meal. What's great about this meal is that it is easy to whip up, no measuring required and you'll have lunch or dinner ready in about a hour.

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October 3, 2011

Great way to use leftovers. Very tasty! Break 4 slices of bread into 9x13 inch pan. Mix meat, celery, onion, and salad dressing together; spread on top of bread.


Break up the other 4 slices and put over the top.

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December 13, 20050 found this helpful

I double the amount of soup i added when i made mine and used a whole package of mixed vegetables (16 oz.) And put it in a 9x13 pan for my family...

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November 13, 2012

Another great recipe to help you use up any leftover Thanksgiving turkey you may have!

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July 29, 2011

Great way to use leftover turkey.

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December 27, 2010

Melt margarine in saucepan and saute onions. Add flour and seasonings, remove from heat and add milk. Cook til sauce thickens, stirring constantly.

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June 25, 2008

This recipe is a combination of recipes from friends and family.

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December 1, 20096 found this helpful

Of course you should use the turkey carcass to make turkey broth for future use but here are some more ideas using your own favorite year round standard recipes, simply by substituting the beef, pork, chicken and even tuna with leftover turkey :-) Grind, chop, shred or cube accordingly:


Meatloaf, casserole, stroganoff, stuffed bell peppers, meatballs, chili, burgers, tacos, lasagna, omelets, pot stickers, pizza, mac and cheese, sandwiches and don't forget pot pies, soups and salads ;-)

By Deeli from Richland, WA

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November 24, 2008

During Thanksgiving time is the best time to buy turkeys because they are so cheap, about $7-8 (turkey breast alone is sold for that price). I have an extra little freezer in another room and I fill it with turkeys that i have bought (about 10) during the thanksgiving sales. I let them defrost a bit and I chop them up into smaller manageable sizes for uses throughout the year. The bones do not get discarded until I have cooked them in a crock pot for about 8-10 hours making my own inexpensive turkey broth.


With the buying of my own whole turkey, I get lots of cuts of turkey, broth and smaller bits of turkey that I combine into other foods like 1 pot dinners, soups or the filling out of other recipes (because the piece are too small for a meal on their own). I spend a bit more for the turkey sales but i save in the long run throughout the year in buying turkey.

By soyzick from Chinatown, HI

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January 18, 2007

To use cooked turkey leftovers: shred turkey, chop 8 fresh tomatoes, slice 6 spring onions (I think they are called scallions in USA) and cut up 10 mushrooms. Fry all, but turkey, in olive oil and butter gently for 5 minutes, add some chopped garlic or garlic salt to taste. Add turkey and a jar of Passatta (tomato puree). Simmer for 5 minutes then add some vegetable or chicken stock (made from a cube is ok). Simmer for 10 minutes and serve with pasta.


By Silver from Wirral, England

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August 4, 20110 found this helpful

Has anyone ever tried slow cooking a turkey breast in BBQ sauce and then "pulling" the meat?

By Jim


August 4, 20110 found this helpful

I've never tried it with turkey, Jim. I've done beef & pork in the slow cooker with great results. I must tell you, though, I don't cook the meat in BBQ sauce. Since the sauce is so full of sugar, it will get a burnt taste. I put in liquid (usually water) about half-way up the meat. I do not cover the meat with liquid, because I've read/heard that it will cause the meat to shrink up too much. I add a little seasoning. Maybe half a packet of onion soup mix, and if I want it smokey I'll add a few drops of liquid smoke. Then I cover and cook on low.


I usually start this around midnight. I check around 8:00 in the morning, and see how tender the meat is. If it's falling apart, I pull out the meat, let it cool just a little so I don't burn myself, and start shredding it with a couple forks. THEN I add BBQ sauce. If I need add'l liquid, I just take some from the crock pot. I used to put the meat back into the crock pot and let it sit on low until we wanted to eat. But one time we went to a football game, and when we got home it had an unappealing burnt taste from the BBQ sauce being cooked too long. I imagine you'd do everything the same way with a turkey breast.

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August 5, 20110 found this helpful

I cut the meat off 2 turkey legs a few weekends ago and put them in my crock pot with a bunch of seasonings and covered them with water. I let it cook all day then pulled it out and shredded up the meat and added the bbq sauce. My husband was leery of turkey bbq sandwiches until he tasted it and was pleased with the results. Good luck!

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August 5, 20110 found this helpful

I use leftover turkey (or chicken), chopped onion, BBQ sauce, etc on a canned biscuit that is flattened out a bit (to about 5 inches diameter), then bake for 15-20 minutes for a personal size BBQ pizza.

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May 18, 2009

I am looking for leftover turkey recipes.

By patricia a dufresne


May 20, 20090 found this helpful

This one is great for when you can't have a full turkey dinner. I put a box of stuffing mix, already made, into the bottom of a 4 qt. backing dish or casserole. Then, it's a layer of turkey, a can of drained corn or your favorite veggie, some shreaded cojack or chedderjack cheese, and a package of Idahoan Instant Spuds. You can use leftover spuds or your choice of spuds, but make sure you have enough to cover the top with at least 1" and to the sides.
Cover and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. This freezes well and can be served with gravy over it and a side of salad and cranberry's and you have a meal worthy of Turkey Day Every Day!!

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May 21, 20090 found this helpful

I make creamed turkey. My husband loves it.
Cut turkey in bite size pieces.
Make white sauce. (recipe below)
Add turkey.
I also add peas to this.
Simmer until hot stirring continuously so as not to burn.

White sauce
3 TBLS. margarine (heaping)
3 TBLS. flour (heaping)
2 cups of milk.

Melt margarine. Take off stove and add flour. You should have a thick paste. Return to stove and add milk. Use a whisk to take out lumps. Cook over high heat stirring constantly until you get a creamy white sauce. 5-8 minutes.

I always double my recipe because we love this so much.
Hope this helps.

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November 7, 20110 found this helpful

A great way to use leftover turkey it to make soup. Start with a tasty stock and create. Whether it is turkey noodle, turkey gumbo, or your own personal favorite, holiday turkey soup is a tradition in itself. This page contains recipes for leftover turkey soup.

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March 2, 20180 found this helpful

Leftover holiday turkey can be the inspiration for a variety of hot or cold sandwiches. This page contains turkey sandwich ideas.

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May 18, 20090 found this helpful

I'm looking for good recipes for leftover turkey. I have good ones for chili, soup, enchiladas, and tacos, but want some variety. I bought a big turkey breast when Kroger had them for $1 a pound and want to make the best use of it without having to buy lots of other ingredients.

Cheryl from Phoenix


Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

This one calls for deli turkey, but I have used leftover turkey just fine.

Turkey Cranberry Croissants

Blend together cream cheese, orange marmalade, and pecans. Spread on bottom of croissant. Add 2 deli turkey slices, spread some of the cranberry jelly and top with leaf lettuce.

By Jamie

Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

B-B-Q Turkey Sandwiches (a great way to use leftover Turkey!)

Mix all ingredients together and pour over turkey that has been roasted and either cut up or shredded. Heat before serving.

Note: This is a great recipe for the crock-pot and excellent for sandwiches for a large group. Double the recipe for a whole turkey.

By Jamie

Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

OK, My mom always would make this, it was my favorite part about having a turkey (although, when I share this recipe, people snub their noses at it, not sure why).

Anyway, using leftover gravy, (I pour the juices out before I baste the turkey with sweet honey, mix, etc.) I thin it out a bit while heating it up with pieces of leftover turkey (I like a good amount of turkey to gravy, but its up to you). I then put it over waffles, but I have heard of people putting over egg noodles, bread, etc. I just always had it over waffles. (Eggo buttermilk, if I don't make them myself). Mom (and myself now), also did this with the leftover ham and gravy.(03/16/2009)

By Jamie

Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

Variation on wife2jfbuilder's post. We call it turkey hash; steam the carcass after taking off the meat left there. Chop that with scraps from the bird. Add any juices or gelatin. Fry/saute onion and celery; herb/spice to your choice. Add only enough turkey stock from the steamed carcass to make a lumpy slurry. Thicken with cold water/flour mix shaken in a jar, try 2Tbsp/2Tbsp., simmer and serve on rice or (best) hard toast. (03/16/2009)

By susan winship

Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

This is good, 4 cups turkey, 2 cans of cream of chicken soup or mushroom, 2 or 3 cups of stuffing, leftover or a box of instant. Mix together and bake 350 for 45 minutes. You can use this recipe for chicken, pork chops. (03/16/2009)

By monica

Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

Turkey Pot Pie


Sprinkle turkey with garlic powder and cook on stove top with a little water. Be sure to flip the meat several times while cooking. Cook until done then allow to cool. Dice the meat.
Mix meat, soups, milk, Miracle Whip and spices. Add meat mixture to crock-pot then cover it with crescent roll dough.

Cover and cook on low for 6 hours then prop open the lid (with a wooden spoon if necessary) and cook on high for 30 minutes to release the condensation and allow the crescent rolls to brown a bit on top.

By Bob

Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

I make Turkey Divan. For 4, steam fresh broccoli, put on the bottom of a greased casserole dish, then a layer of cooked turkey, cut into bite size pieces. In a bowl mix 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of curry powder, mix until smooth, put on top of the turkey, cover with shredded cheddar cheese. Bake until bubbly and cheese is melted. Cook at 325, cover if you want. Can make with chicken too. (03/17/2009)

By eileen

Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

Whenever I roast a turkey I make this with left overs. Layer of cut up turkey in casserole.
layer of left over dressing (or make stove top) cover with left over gravy mixed with 1 can cream of mushroom soup. I poke holes to get liquid down into the turkey and dressing. Bake at 350 for about 45-60 minutes, til bubbly hot.

If you don't have left over gravy, buy a jar or package mix and make gravy. If you have good dressing, you will have a good casserole dish. I like to assemble this the day I roast the turkey, and freeze for a little later. I just put in oven frozen, so takes a little longer to get bubbly hot. If you have cranberry/orange relish in freezer, goes good with it. (03/17/2009)

By Wisgal

Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

Here is a great way to use turkey or chicken.

Turkey or Chicken Barbecue

We use this word "barbecue" loosely for this recipe. It is in a clear gravy type sauce that is flavorful and delicious, not red sauce.

Place onions and celery a black enamel roaster, and place chicken or turkey on top of vegetables and cook till tender. Cook for about 3 or 4 hours at 300 degrees till tender, like tender enough to pull apart with forks like pulled pork.

Remove chicken or turkey from the roaster. When poultry is cool enough to handle, shred the meat back into the black roaster. Leave the broth from the cooked turkey in the roaster and also the onion and celery. Pour in 3 cups homemade gravy or 2 jars of chicken or turkey gravy. Return to roaster for an hour or so to meld the flavors. Serve on a Kaiser bun or your favorite roll.

Hint: When serving, use a slotted spoon to keep your roll from being to soggy, or eat it with a fork open faced. Delicious.

Linda (03/17/2009)

By Linda Watters

Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

I have substituted leftover turkey in place of tuna in some casseroles. I also like to grind or food process leftover turkey with mayo, pickle relish (either sweet or dill) to make a sandwich spread, just like chicken salad or tuna. Spread on bread, add cheese if you like. Serve cold or as grilled sandwiches. Served cold add lettuce, sprouts, other condiments, sliced tomato etc. I like to add cranberry sauce, and mix horseradish into the mayo. (03/18/2009)

By JoAnn

Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

I tried the Turkey Divan recipe, but used frozen cut broccoli with the really chunky parts picked out. I added about a cup of leftover canned baby potatoes cut into cubes. If I did a half cup of mayo, I wouldn't have any left, so I substituted a third of a cup of mayo and the rest sour cream. We had jellied cranberry sauce on the side and I had to hide the leftovers to keep my foodie husband from eating all of it. It was yummy. Thank you. (03/18/2009)

By Cheryl

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