Turkey Vatapa



Recipe Information

Total Time: 

45 minutes; 30 minutes active



Perfect for leftover Thanksgiving turkey, this Brazilian stew spices things up with garlic, ginger and jalapeño pepper.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh jalapeño pepper
  • 3 1/2 cups diced tomatoes (1 28-ounce can)
  • 12 ounces lager beer
  • Salt
  • 3/4 cup peanuts, ground fine in a food processor
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked turkey, skin removed, chopped
  • Ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 3 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 1 lime, zest and juice


In a large Dutch oven or stockpot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and bell pepper and saute for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger and jalapeño and saute another few minutes. Stir in the diced tomatoes, beer and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Cover pot, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the ground peanuts, coconut milk and turkey. Stir and simmer, uncovered, for another 5-10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir in the parsley, cilantro and lime zest and juice.

Serving Suggestion

Enjoy this Brazilian-inspired dish as soup or stew, served with rice; shrimp and chicken are used in the classic versions.

Nutritional Information

542 calories, 46 g. fat, 41 mg. cholesterol, 985 mg. sodium, 28 g. carbohydrate, 8 g. fiber, 34 g. protein