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29 November 2017

A hearty turkey stew recipe that is perfect for your turkey leftovers, with ancho chili peppers, jalapeno peppers and plenty of vegetables. Nice and hearty.

These are the types of meals I like to make on a fairly regular basis. It doesn’t take very long, is pretty easy to make, and incorporates a lot of healthy vegetables.

And chili peppers!

This turkey stew makes excellent use of dehydrated peppers, which impart a lot of flavor to the dish. Ever cooked with dehydrated peppers? Be sure to rehydrate them first so you can blend them into the paste that will be incorporated into the mix.

So good.

Here’s a helpful link – How to Rehydrate Dried Chili Peppers – though the instructions are listed below.

Make This Turkey Stew with Leftovers

This recipe is also ideal for leftovers! Yes, this is why we made the stew. Leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

We didn’t cook Thanksgiving dinner this year but everyone took home some of the leftovers and we got a bag of turkey meat. If you don’t have any leftover turkey, use cooked chicken instead.

The meat will absorb the flavors of this stew, which are outstanding.

Let’s talk about how we make it, shall we?

How to Make this Turkey Stew with Ancho Peppers – the Recipe Method

First, heat a large pan to medium-high heat and dry roast the ancho peppers about 30-60 seconds per side. They will become slightly puffy and fragrant.

Dry toasting the ancho chili peppers

Set the ancho peppers into an oven proof bowl and pour boiling water over them. Use just enough to cover the peppers. Cover and allow to sit 15-30 minutes, depending on the thickness of your peppers. Keep about a cup of the water, as it is great to use and has a lot of nutrients now.

Rehydrating the ancho chili peppers

Scoop out the ancho innards and discard. Puree the ancho peppers with a couple tablespoons of the reserved water in a food processor to form a quick paste. Set aside until ready to use.

Ancho Chili Paste

Next, heat a large pot to medium heat. Add olive oil and heat.

Add carrot, potatoes and onions. Stir and cook about 5 minutes.

Add jalapeno peppers and cook an additional 5 minutes to soften everything.

Add garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring often.

Add turkey, cumin and chili powder and stir. Cook about 1 minute.

Add ancho chili paste, the remainder of the reserved water, and chicken broth. Add salt and pepper to taste and bring to a low boil.

Reduce heat and simmer about 15 – 20 minutes to allow the flavors to combine.

Serve into bowls and top with chopped cilantro. Enjoy!

BOOM! DONE! Easy, right? And tasty for sure.

About the Ancho Peppers

Ancho Chili Peppers

An Ancho pepper is the dried form of the poblano chili pepper. Ancho has a mild paprika flavor, with sweet to moderate heat.

It brings a LOT of flavor to this turkey stew, so don’t skip it. It’s an essential ingredient!

Learn more about Ancho Chili Peppers here.

Toast the Cumin

A quick tip about the cumin. You can use store bought ground cumin, but I like to cook with cumin seeds. They are fresher and have much more of that flavor you want.

Simply dry roast the cumin seeds in a pan over medium heat until they start to darken. It only takes a couple minutes.

Then grind them in a mortar to a powder and use.

I hope you enjoy it!

Turkey Stew with Ancho Peppers - In a bowl, ready to serve

Try Some of My Other Popular Soup/Stew Recipes

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS.Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

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Turkey Stew with Ancho Peppers - In a bowl, ready to serve
Turkey Stew with Ancho Peppers - Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 

A hearty turkey stew recipe that is perfect for your turkey leftovers, with ancho chili peppers, jalapeno peppers and plenty of vegetables. Nice and hearty.

Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: anchos, recipe, spicy, stew, turkey
Servings: 4
Calories: 336 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 carrot peeled and diced
  • 3 yellow potatoes diced
  • 2 small yellow onions diced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 ancho chili peppers
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 8 ounces cooked turkey shredded or chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped cilantro for topping
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pan to medium-high heat and dry roast the ancho peppers about 30-60 seconds per side. They will become slightly puffy and fragrant.
  2. Set the ancho peppers into an oven proof bowl and pour boiling water over them. Use just enough to cover the peppers. Cover and allow to sit 15-30 minutes, depending on the thickness of your peppers. Keep about a cup of the water, as it is great to use and has a lot of nutrients now.
  3. Scoop out the ancho innards and discard. Puree the ancho peppers with a couple tablespoons of the reserved water in a food processor to form a quick paste. Set aside until ready to use.
  4. Heat a large pot to medium heat. Add olive oil and heat.
  5. Add carrot, potatoes and onions. Stir and cook about 5 minutes.
  6. Add jalapeno peppers and cook an additional 5 minutes to soften everything.
  7. Add garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring often.
  8. Add turkey, cumin and chili powder and stir. Cook about 1 minute.
  9. Add ancho chili paste, the remainder of the reserved water, and chicken broth. Add salt and pepper to taste and bring to a low boil.
  10. Reduce heat and simmer about 15 - 20 minutes to allow the flavors to combine.
  11. Serve into bowls and top with chopped cilantro. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Turkey Stew with Ancho Peppers - Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 336 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 567mg 24%
Potassium 1427mg 41%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
Sugars 10g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 157.5%
Vitamin C 55.9%
Calcium 10.7%
Iron 45.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Turkey Stew with Ancho Peppers - A hearty turkey stew recipe that is perfect for your turkey leftovers, with ancho chili peppers, jalapeno peppers and plenty of vegetables. Nice and hearty. #Turkey #Stew

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