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Delish Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Now that Thanksgiving is over, we can all be honest: The leftovers are the best part.

Maybe it’s because the flavors have had a bit more time to meld after a day or so. Maybe it’s the luxury of having so much food ready to go without the prep and cook time. Maybe it’s both!

If you’re looking to go beyond simply reheating your Thanksgiving meal (although there’s nothing wrong with that), we’ve got some mouthwatering ideas you must try. From sandwiches to pasta bakes, there’s a hearty idea here for every meal.

Turkey Poppers Rellenos [1]

Char-grilled peppers turn Thanksgiving’s turkey and stuffing into a spicy, mouth-watering dinner.

Turkey & Chorizo Soft Tacos


Switch up your typical taco night with this tasty number — cabbage, chorizo, and tender turkey topped with pickled jalapeños and queso fresco!

Posole Rojo with Turkey or Chicken


Satisfy your family and friends with this super turkey soup – it’s great for using up roasted turkey breast leftovers and bringing a whole new flavor to the bird.

Nutty Turkey Meatloaf with Cracked Cranberry and Orange Sauce [4]

A classic like meatloaf can only be made better with the right ingredients. Use your leftover cranberry sauce to give this nutty dish an added boost of flavor!

Turkey and Bacon Monte Cristo [5]

There’s nothing better than a toasty, grilled sandwich! Whip up this fantastic sammie for any meal, although we think it’d be awesome for brunch.

If you’re out of stuffing from Thanksgiving but still have turkey to spare, you’re in luck! This recipe allows you to make your own in a snap and turn it into a delicious stoup that everyone will devour.

Want more? Try Rachael’s Thanksgiving Stromboli [6], Mashed Potato Soup [7], Turkey Empanadas [8], and Crispy Mashed Potato Cakes [9].

[This article was originally published in Nov. 2014 and updated Nov. 2018.]