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Sweet and Spicy Turkey Torta

This Sweet and Spicy Turkey Torta is a tasty way to use up that leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Thanks to our friends at KitchenAid® for sponsoring this post. 

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When you hear the word “leftovers”, do you think “yay” or “nay”? Yay-sayers love to eat leftovers anytime and are over the moon happy about it. Kudos to them because I am a nay. I mean, I CAN eat leftovers, but I really have no desire to. Unless we’re talking about Thanksgiving dinner leftovers. That is a whole different story. I cook way more than I need on Thanksgiving, just to have leftovers. But I still don’t like to eat the exact same meal again the very next day (I know, I’m high maintenance), so you can understand why I was excited when KitchenAid® challenged us to “Torta Yesterday’s Turkey”. Our leftover Thanksgiving turkey took on a Mexican twist and transformed into this Sweet and Spicy Turkey Torta.  My KitchenAid® refrigerator makes it super easy to organize all of my leftovers. The shelves all pull out so nothing gets lost in the back. C’mon, we’ve all been guilty of forgetting something in the back of the fridge only to discover it days (or weeks) later in a very sad state. No excuses for wasted food with my KitchenAid® refrigerator. I can pull out my shelves and see everything I have, which is ideal for major food holidays like Thanksgiving when every corner and crevice of the fridge is in use. 

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This Torta comes together quickly with a minimal amount of prep work. Most of the ingredients probably already live in your pantry, but, since I know you’ll be at the grocery store this week, don’t forget to pick up the few items you need to elevate your post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich. I love how this Sweet and Spicy Turkey Torta tastes completely different from the meal I ate the day before. Turkey, melted monterey jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and avocado together make a perfectly respectable sandwich. But the additions of refried beans, crunchy pickled jalapeños and carrots and smoky chipotle mayo take this Torta over the top. The pickled jalapeños and carrots and chipotle mayo are both super simple condiments that can easily be made days before and will keep for a few weeks in the fridge.  

Now I know all of you leftover-lovers will have some great ideas for day-old Thanksgiving fare, and I can’t wait to hear them. One lucky reader will win a $200 Visa gift card from BlogHer and KitchenAid® just for sharing your thoughts. To enter, leave a comment about how you “Torta-ed Yesterday’s Turkey”, or check the rules below for additional ways to enter the sweepstakes. 

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Sweet and Spicy Turkey Torta
Serves: 1-2
  • Bollito rolls or other sturdy, crusty rolls
  • Refried black beans
  • Turkey
  • Pickled Jalapenos and Carrots (recipe follows)
  • Monterey Jack cheese
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sliced tomato
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Chipotle mayonnaise (recipe follows)
  1. Cut rolls in half and place under the broiler to toast the interior. Layer beans, pickled jalapenos and carrots, turkey and Monterey Jack cheese on bottom bun. Return to broiler and broil until cheese is melted and slightly browned. Continue layering avocado, tomato and lettuce leaves on top of cheese. Spread chipotle mayonnaise on top half of bun and place on top of sandwich.
Pickled Jalapenos and Carrots from Food Network: Combine ¾ cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir and cook until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add 3 large jalapeno peppers, sliced thinly, 1 cup of peeled and sliced carrot coins and ¼ cup thinly sliced onions. Allow vegetables to steep in liquid for an hour, stirring occasionally. Refrigerate until ready to use.



  1. We used out leftover turkey to make spicy tortas AND spicy enchiladas!

  2. We did grilled turkey & cheese with homemade cranberry sauce… These tortas, with the refried beans, look delicious!

  3. looks fantastic!

  4. Turkey fried rice. Or Turkey and black bean quesadillas….

  5. We did grilled cheese with turkey and turkey noodle vegetable soup.

  6. We made turkey salad sandwiches out of the leftovers.

  7. Sounds yummy…the only way I can get anyone to be excited about leftover turkey is to kick up the spice a bit!

  8. I didn’t have any bread on hand but I was in the mood for a sandwich so I made a turkey lettuce wrap stuffed with cucumber, avocado, some mustard and…. I feel like I’m missing something, but I can’t remember. All I know is that it was DELICIOUS!! :)

    PS: Can I have your KitchenAid fridge? It looks so clean and beautiful and lovely!!

  9. I made turkey veggie soup and turkey croissant sandwiches!

  10. The first day after Thanksgiving, we eat leftovers the same way we ate the food on Thanksgiving itself. After that there is usually just turkey left, and I make it into soup.

  11. We Torta-ed Yesterday’s Turkey by making waffle sandwiches with the turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, brie and a few pickles.

  12. We use leftover turkey in sandwiches. Delicious! Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Leftover turkey and cranberry sauce quesadillas!
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  14. I adore left overs; left-over turkey particularly. The thing to make in a panini with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, add cheese if you must.

  15. I use the left over turkey to create a mile high turkey panini. It has the turkey, cranberry sauce, mash potato, gravy, some swiss cheese, left-over roasted Brussels sprouts, etc. I say they were even better than the roasted turkey on Thanksgiving. :P There, I said it.

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  16. I made a delicious turkey panini with cranberry sauce. Yummy!
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  17. We Torta-ed it on the light side, we were still a bit stuffed. I made a Turkey Salad with leftover celery,apples and cranberries that I chopped, and mixed in with yogurt, then stuffed it in a pita bread.

  18. I just made a regular turkey sandwich.

  19. My husband is allergic to poultry, so we don’t have leftover turkey. but i usually do make some type of mexican/american dish with leftovers, I just have a little bit to do!!!! thanks for a chance to win! kmassman gmail

  20. The first day after Thanksgiving, we eat leftovers the same way we ate the food on Thanksgiving itself, some people had turkey sandwiches. The next day I made soup out of what was left over.

  21. Turkey salad sandwiches.

  22. I made a really good turkey with mole sauce (chile peppers, ground almond, dark chocolate and spices) with the leftovers.

  23. I love good old leftover turkey sandwiches, but it also make good turkey noodle soup.

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  24. We made turkey panini

  25. We made turkey sandwiches.

  26. tweet–

  27. We always do turkey and gravy over bread for hot turkey sandwiches!

  28. did not eat at home no leftovers kinda sad

  29. I Torta-ed Yesterday’s Turkey with some cranberries!

  30. We made turkey noodle soup!

  31. No special leftovers meals for us – just a straight-up re-run of the feast the next day…in smaller portions of course!

  32. Turkey Broth – didn’t have much in the way of leftovers!

  33. I made a turkey salad.

  34. I Torta-ed Yesterday’s Turkey by making turkey, Monterey Jack cheese and cranberry quesedillas.

  35. I would add leftover turkey to tomato sauce and serve it over pasta

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  37. I made a delicious turkey soup!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  38. We Torta-ed Yesterday’s Turkey by making turkey sandwiches.
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  40. My two favorite ways are either to use the turkey in a pot pie or to make a hot turkey sandwich, smothered in gravy.

  41. I like to add cranberry sauce to mine.

  42. We made tortas for our visitors with cranberries and gravy on the side

  43. It’s not exactly a turkey sandwich, but turkey & dressing on a roll (all leftovers). My husband likes to add cranberry sauce as a jellied spread, which adds a nice sweetness.

    THANK YOU for offering this giveaway during a time when it can REALLY come in handy!! :)
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  44. Annnnnd, here’s my tweet about this promotion!!

    Crossing my fingers, eyes & toes!! :) :) :)
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  45. I made spicy turkey chli with our leftovers.

  46. This year we made pesto turkey pasta bake and good old fashioned turkey sandwiches

  47. This is a great recioe

  48. i make turkey nachos

  49. I like to use leftover turkey on toast with mayonnaise , stuffing and cranberry sauce . Italy’s an excellent sandwich.

  50. I learned how to do this when I was in England….turkey, stuffing applesauce or cranberry ALL in a sandwich. very YUMMY!

  51. Your recipe sounds delicious! Our favorite way to enjoy leftover turkey is in sandwiches with cranberry sauce/jelly and cream cheese. I also love to make turkey divan.

  52. Make a grilled turkey and cheese sandwich. I use a cast iron pan so the torta gets all goey and yummy.

  53. what a wonderful giveaway and the food looks delicious in the photos

  54. I always make turkey pot pie. And make extra broth out of the carcass for turkey and noodles.

  55. I wrap up a lot of turkey into lunch portions and freeze them. We also enjoyed turkey in omelets over the few days after Thanksgiving.

  56. We like making turkey sandwiches. this gives us other options when I make tooo big a turkey.

  57. Your promotion is quite simply FANTASTIC!! A beautiful gift and lovely turkey torta inspires me to try it. Thank you.

  58. Looks great! Love ideas for using leftovers.

  59. Turkey roll ups

  60. We love to make soup with our leftover turkey. Yum!

  61. Turkey noodle soup! Yummy

  62. We used our leftover turkey to make turkey pot pies!

  63. This year we had leftover sandwiches, turkey pot pie, and turkey vegetable soup. Thank you for the giveaway!

  64. I made turkey bacon wraps with ranch dressing.

  65. I used leftover turkey for a turkey stew the next day; thick, creamy, great :)
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  67. we did turkey wraps and regular turkey sandwiches with mayo and white bread!
    Now i need to cook another turkey to try the torta!

  68. Hi there!:) My favorite way to use leftover turkey is to make a “holiday mashup salad” as I call it. I take the turkey, a bunch of leftover roasted veggies, some green beans, and I mix it all in a bowl, mash it up and toss some mustard on top. I know it sounds gross, but it is so dang good and my favorite way enjoy leftovers:) Thanks for this giveaway!!!
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  69. I also tweeted the giveaway here–>
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  70. I like using leftover turkey in a soup or we make sandwiches.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!


  71. I tweeted:


  72. I will be using turkey in our psole for christmas
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  73. I make Cobb Salad

  74. I make Turkey Noodle soup and Turkey Pot Pies.

  75. Leftover turkey sandwiches! I think I actually like them more than the turkey dinner!

  76. Sorry, I’m a vegetarian so i didn’t have turkey! Although I used to eat just really simple turkey sandwiches after Thanksgiving. Now I enjoy all the leftovers warmed up, as is.

  77. I love making turkey into paninis with cheese and leftover cranberry sauce!

  78. My husband made a fabulous pesto turkey provolone Panini with sister Shubert Rolls. Delicious!

  79. i love making turkey tacos with black bean dip yummy!!!

  80. sent part of the leftovers home with my daughter and we had turkey sandwiches with the rest

  81. We made turkey sandwiches.

  82. This year we just did turkey sandwiches.

  83. I’m not too creative with leftovers. I usually make hot turkey sandwiches or just plain sandwiches with left over turkey.

  84. I roasted two turkeys and had lots of left overs. I used your recipe since I had all the ingredients on hand – except the carrots. Very yummy! This recipe is a new family favorite. Thanks!

  85. We make Turkey soup

  86. I made a turkey almost healthy pot pie. With cauli/red pot topping and using greek yogurt as thickener.
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  87. I always make turkey soup and turkey pot pie with our left overs.

  88. I make open faced turkey sandwiches with turkey, stuffing and gravy as well as a turkey tetrazinni with the leftovers.

  89. WE made turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce grilled sandwiches.

  90. The Torta sounds delish, but my all time favorite is putting all the leftovers on a hoagie roll. Simply put Holiday Hoagie – yum

  91. Pull out the panini maker and go to town with everyone’s preferences!

  92. Well, I just spent too much time searching the internet to figure out what “torta” means, and I’m still confused! But I made a big turkey at Thanksgiving and another at Christmas, and I love leftovers. A favorite way to enjoy them in our house is to make an oniony white sauce (incorporating any leftover gravy), then stir in turkey meat and whatever veggies are on hand (carrots, mushrooms, and peas are great). I usually serve it over rice, but after Thanksgiving I had a lot of leftover mashed potatoes, so I topped the meat mixture with the potatoes and baked it, like a shepherd’s pie. So good!

  93. I tweeted about your Torta and giveaway:

  94. I love Turkey so a simple turkey sandwich using the leftovers with russian dressing is delicious to me.

  95. I love to makes a buttery garlic rice and mix it with some warmed up turkey with some fresh black peppper mixed in. It is quite addicting to eat.

  96. You are WAY more creative than I am! I used my leftover turkey to make some wild rice soup!

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  97. As vegetarians, there is no turkey in our Thanksgiving. But we do make a Quorn T’key roast that fools even our meater friends! Left overs though, are eaten the same way as they were originally eaten, heated up and served with vegetarian gravy! Hope this answer is OK! Thanks!
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  98. We like leftover turkey tacos.

  99. We love to make turkey noodle soup

  100. we enjoyed a turkey soup.

  101. I made turkey salad sandwiches

  102. I make turkey sandwiches.

  103. I turned it into a turkey blt sandwich with miracle whip for a twist

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  104. I just make a turkey & gravy & stuffing casserole. And a regular turkey sandwich.
    Thanks for the contest.

  105. Not a big fan of leftovers. We made turkey sandwiches.

  106. i made turkey and rice soup!

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