What to do with Leftover Turkey | 20 Easy & Delicious Recipes

Shannon Cairns

September 10, 2021

Meal Planning

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It’s after the holidays and you have pounds of leftover turkey around but no idea what to make? Need ideas? Try out one or all of these delicious leftover turkey recipes you can make at home and save money!

One of the best ways to save on groceries is by using what you have, use those leftovers! You can take leftovers and transform them into a brand new meal!

If you have more leftover turkey than you know what to cook with, freeze it! Frozen cooked turkey can last up to 6 months in the freezer. If your grocery store has a sale on whole turkey, grab one! A frozen whole turkey can last up to one year (or longer) in the freezer!

Leftover Turkey Recipe Ingredients:

  • Seasonings of choice
  • Leftover turkey
  • Vegetables (you can use leftover veggies too)
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1. Crockpot Leftover Turkey Chili

It’s that perfect time of year ot start using your Crockpot! A super easy way to use your leftover turkey and create a warm filling meal for your whole family!

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2. Leftover Turkey Noodle Casserole

You’ve heard and eaten the best comfort food known as chicken noodle soup, but now you can use that leftover turkey to make TURKEY Noodle Soup! A great addition to your meal plan for the week.

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3. Healthy Turkey Stew

This turkey stew can use up whatever leftovers you might have from Thanksgiving for Christmas. Combine turkey, carrots, potatoes, and other ingredients to create this delicious stew that will feed large families!

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4. One Pot Creamy Turkey Orzo Soup

Skip making a huge mess in the kitchen by making this one pot soup! Such a quick and easy dinner to make using leftovers, add rice to help making it a more filling meal.

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4. Cheesy Baked Turkey Enchiladas

If your family doesn’t like leftover, change up the look of it! Create an easy enchilada dish with leftover turkey that you have in the fridge.

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6. Leftover Turkey Pot Pie

Trying to get the family to eat more veggies? Try making this leftover turkey pot pie! Combine the leftover veggies and turkey from previous meals into a buttery crust and bake!

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7. Garlic Parmesan Turkey Breast

If you have larger pieces of leftover turkey and no idea how to use them, this garlic parm recipe is for you! You combine minimal ingredients and takes just over an hour to cook.

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8. Deep Fried Turkey Bites

Take your leftover baked turkey meat and make into a fried snack! You will need a box of stuffing, you’ll coat your ball of turkey with the stuffing before frying. Make sure to keep your turkey balls separate when frying so they don’t stick together.

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9. Turkey Turnovers

Kids love easy to grab foods, make these leftover turkey turnovers. Combine a few extra ingredients with your leftover turkey and bake in pre-made pie crusts for just about 12 minutes or until golden brown!

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10. Turkey Sliders

Want and easy to make dinner idea with your leftover turkey? Everyone loves sliders, they’re quick and easy to make and eat! You can make these with just three ingredients!

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11. Leftover Turkey Air Fryer Burgers

You can use up most of your leftover meal ingredients all to make these quick and easy turkey burgers. Combine your ingredients into a bowl and then left them cool together, the next morning you can make your burger patties to put in the air fryer!

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12. Turkey Tacos with Mango Salsa

TACOS! Change up Taco Tuesdays with this easy to make turkey taco recipe! If you don’t like mangoes you can skip that ingredient. Your seasonings are key to make these turkey tacos!

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13. Leftover Turkey Curry

Learn how you can make your curry powder to use on this meal! Try a new recipe that takes under an hour to make for the whole family!

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14. Slow Cooker Turkey Chowder

This chowder recipe only needs six ingredients and your slow cooker! Yes this is an easy to make slow cooker meal. You need to cook on high for 4 hours (or low for 8 hours) and add an extra 30 minutes after that to add the last few ingredients to make this turkey chowder really thicken.

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15. Leftover Turkey Fried Rice

Change up the cuisine by adding a fried rice recipe to the mix! Cut your leftover turkey into small pieces and combine with the other ingredients to make this delicious and filling fried rice recipe.

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16. Leftover Turkey Ramen

Try this new more filling ramen recipe that uses your leftover turkey (and other meats). Teens especially love ramen but it’s not always the most filling meal. Add your protein and a few other key ingredients and make this delicious meal.

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17. Roasted Turkey Stuffed Peppers

This is another easy to make recipe that require minimal ingredients (most of them you likely already have on hand). Even better these only take about an hour from start to finish!

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18. Turkey Empanadas

Empanadas are a super easy meal to make, you just have to fill them, fold them over, and bake! Even better you can also freeze them too! What’s great about this recipe is it uses more than just the leftover turkey. Use your leftover potatoes, gravy, and veggies too!

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19. Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey is usually a cheaper meat to begin with, so you might find it’s easier to substitute with. If you have a lot of turkey leftovers to use up you can make a meatloaf! You can also add in leftovers like corn, carrots, and more to make your meatloaf.

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20. Turkey Rice Soup

Make a new light meal from leftovers when you make this turkey soup. The broth and combined tenderness of the ingredients makes this dish something everyone will enjoy!

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hi! I'm shannon

I’m a wife, mom of three, doctor, and blogger! In 2018, I decided to turn my mom blog, into a personal finance blog so others could follow along on our journey to pay off over HALF a MILLION dollars in student loan and practice start up debt. I hope you enjoy following along, and maybe even find some inspiration along the way.