Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes

Enjoy this collection of recipes for using up the leftovers from Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holiday meals, with ideas for leftover turkey, ham, and mashed potatoes!

Delicious Recipes to use up Thanksgiving Leftovers


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Hope y'all had a fabulous Thanksgiving with family, friends, fun, and FOOD! Odds are, right about now, you have lots of leftover food, whether that means turkey or ham or even mashed potatoes. Well, lucky for you, I've put together a collection of mouthwatering recipes to use up those leftovers in new, creative, and delicious ways! Seriously, you'll forget you're tired of turkey when you see some of these. Enjoy!

(And psssst...don't forget to pin this round-up for recipe ideas after Christmas...and New Year's...and Easter...and next Thanksgiving...) 😉


Some of my favorite chicken recipes are equally fabulous using leftover chopped turkey instead! Depending on how much turkey you have, you can make a whole entree, a smaller snack, or even an appetizer.

The BEST Homemade Turkey Pot Pie
The Best Chicken Pot Pie

Turkey Pot Pie Casserole
With a topping of easy homemade biscuits!
Chicken Pot Pie Casserole ~ this easy comfort food recipe features a classic filling of tender chicken, potatoes, carrots, and peas in a savory gravy topped with fluffy homemade drop biscuits! |

Cordon Bleu Casserole
This one uses up leftover turkey AND ham!
Turkey Cordon Bleu Casserole

Creamy Jalapeno Turkey Enchiladas
Creamy Jalapeño Chicken Enchiladas ~ cheesy, flavorful, and smothered in copycat Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeño Dip for a dinner that’s sure to become a family favorite! |

Creamy Dreamy Turkey Enchiladas
Creamy Dreamy Chicken Enchiladas ~ you'll never guess the secret ingredient! | {Five Heart Home}

Chicken Turkey Enchilada Casserole
Chicken Enchilada Casserole ~ with all-natural ingredients like salsa verde, green chiles, and a creamy homemade sauce, this scrumptious stacked casserole recipe boast the great flavor of chicken enchiladas without the work of rolling them! |

King Ranch Turkey Casserole
King Ranch Chicken Casserole ~ a comfort food classic layered with chicken, tortillas, cheese, and a simple homemade sauce in place of condensed 'cream of X' soup |

Cheesy Turkey Spaghetti
Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti ~ features shredded chicken, your favorite veggies, and a simple homemade cheese sauce (instead of Velveeta and canned soup) |

Broccoli Cheese Orzo with Turkey
Broccoli Cheese Orzo with Chicken ~ a quick, simple, one-pot dinner using leftover chicken or turkey |

Thai Turkey Chopped Salad with Peanut Dressing
Thai Chicken Chopped Salad with Peanut Dressing ~ exploding with the contrasting flavors and textures of crunchy Napa cabbage, juicy chicken, colorful peppers, sweet carrots, salty peanuts, and fresh cilantro! |

Turkey Taco Crescent Ring
Chicken or Turkey Taco Crescent Ring ~ a delicious way to use up leftover chicken or holiday turkey...mixed with black beans, corn, and cream cheese, flavored with taco seasoning, and wrapped in light, flaky crescent roll dough for an easy yet impressive appetizer or dinner! |

Baked Turkey Taquitos with Avocado Cilantro Dipping Sauce
Baked Chicken Taquitos with Avocado Cilantro Dipping Sauce ~ quick and easy, creamy, zesty taquitos are guaranteed to be a hit with kids and adults alike! |

Creamy Turkey Taco Hand Pies
Creamy Chicken Taco Hand Pie on a plate

Buffalo Turkey Dip
Buffalo Chicken Dip with celery stick dipper.

BBQ Turkey Dip
Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Dip

Turkey Enchilada Dip
Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip | {Five Heart Home}

BBQ Turkey Tortilla Pinwheels
BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels ~ soft flour tortillas are slathered with a mixture of cream cheese, mozzarella, chicken, bacon, barbecue sauce, red onion, and cilantro, then rolled up tight and sliced in this flavorful, addictive appetizer recipe that's perfect for parties, potlucks, picnics, or game day! |

Greek Pasta Salad
Greek Chicken Pasta Salad ~ marinated chicken, juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives, and feta cheese are tossed with corkscrew pasta and a tangy dressing in this colorful, flavorful recipe that's perfect for summer barbecues and get-togethers! |

Turkey Berry Pasta Salad
Chicken Berry Pasta Salad ~ a sweet and savory summer dish drizzled with fresh Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette...and with its red, white, and blue color scheme, it's the perfect recipe for 4th of July picnics, potlucks, and BBQs! |

Sonoma Turkey Salad
Chicken Salad with Fruit Recipe
Turkey Salad with Apples & Cashews
Chicken Salad with Apples and Cashews ~ a honey-kissed autumn spin on classic Sonoma Chicken Salad | #chickensalad #fall #recipe

Strawberry Turkey Salad
Strawberry Poppy Seed Chicken Salad ~ this light and fruity chicken salad is perfect for spring or summer, with crunchy toasted pecans and a creamy, honey-kissed dressing that's been lightened up with Greek yogurt! |

Any of the below chicken soups can be made with cooked, chopped turkey instead. Just make the recipe as directed (without the raw chicken) and then stir in your turkey at the end until warmed through.

BBQ Turkey Soup
BBQ Chicken Soup ~ an easy, delicious chicken soup recipe that comes together quickly and tastes just like BBQ chicken pizza! | #bbqchicken #bbqchickensoup #chickensoup #bbqchickenpizza

King Ranch Turkey Soup (stove-top version)
King Ranch Chicken Soup ~ a creamy and comforting soup recipe with all the zesty flavor of the classic casserole...and it's easy to make in the slow cooker, in the Instant Pot, or on the stove! |

Easy Turkey Noodle Soup
Quick & Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup ~ a delicious, nourishing, cold-buster recipe for getting well soon! |

♥ HAM ♥

Easy Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Slow Cooker White Bean & Ham Soup
Slow Cooker White Bean & Ham Soup

Slow Cooker Corn & Potato Chowder with Ham
Slow Cooker Corn & Potato Chowder with Ham

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
Bowl of Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with ham, potatoes, and carrots.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham ~ thin slices of potatoes drizzled with cream and layered with ham and cheddar for a decadent comfort food recipe that's also a great way to use up leftover holiday ham! |

Asparagus Tart with Ham & Mushrooms
close-up slice of Springtime Asparagus Tart

Cheesy Ham & Grits Breakfast Casserole
Cheesy Ham and Grits Breakfast Casserole | {Five Heart Home}


Skillet Shepherd's Pie
Skillet Shepherd's Pie ~ a one-pot dinner loaded with savory beef and colorful veggies, and the perfect recipe to use up those leftover mashed potatoes! |

Taco Shepherd's Pie
Taco Shepherd's Pie ~ a comfort food classic gets a Tex-Mex twist with taco-seasoned, salsa-spiced ground beef, studded with black beans and topped with cheesy green chile mashed potatoes! |

Italian Meatloaf "Cupcakes" with Mashed Potato "Frosting"
Italian Meatloaf "Cupcakes" with Mashed Potato Frosting ~ savory meatloaf is flavored with Parmesan, Italian herbs, and marinara sauce, baked in a muffin pan, and then topped with seasoned mashed potatoes in these easy-to-make, fun-to-eat, mini meatloaves |

Hope you find a recipe or two to enjoy your tasty Thanksgiving leftovers in a whole new way! 🙂

Post originally published on November 22, 2017, and updated on September 10, 2020, and November 20, 2022.

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