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Spicy Whole Turkey

Spicy whole turkey for Thanksgiving! Who’s in? I am! This recipe is quite easy and gives your whole turkey a bit of kick this November. When I used to teach in Dallas, Texas, Thanksgiving was amazing – why? Because we got a whole week off! That’s how a worn out teacher thinks…time to catch up on laundry, cleaning the house, grading papers, holiday shopping, the 1343537 emails in my work inbox. The week was jam packed and I was excited to get up because I could accomplish so much in a day when I wasn’t teaching.
Okay, enough about that. Back to the turkey! It’s recipe time.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 15 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Author: Ali


  • whole turkey
  • 8-12 dried chilis
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/2 cup of bread crumbs I used GF bread crumbs
  • about 1/2 cup of hot water


  • First, get your chilies.
  • Next, measure our all of your ingredients.
  • Soak the chilis in the 1/2 cup of hot water for about 10 minutes.
  • While that's soaking, clean up your turkey and get it ready on its roasting pan.
  • In your blender or food processor, put in all the chilis and about 1/2 the soaking liquid. Add in the rest of the ingredients - the chopped garlic, cumin and bread crumbs.
  • Pulse until well mixed.
  • Now, smother your whole turkey in the wet chili rub. Work it in! Then cook like normal.
  • Done - it's spicy and full of flavour. Cut up and serve.