Southwestern Turkey Soup

Time to talk turkey, you guys. Leftover turkey to be precise. Thanksgiving (and Christmas too, actually) tends to be a holiday with WAY more food than anyone could possibly eat. Everyone gathers around the table and eats until they are about to burst, but there is still always so much left over. Good thing there are lots of delicious ways to use up that yummy food so it doesn’t go to waste!

My favorite way to eat leftovers is a turkey sandwich: white bread, a little mayo, a little cranberry sauce, some turkey, and cheddar cheese. So simple, but so yummy


My other favorite way to eat leftover turkey is in a soup. Now, I have a weird confession to make: I’ve never really loved chicken noodle soup. I mean, it’s fine and all, but it just doesn’t get me excited to eat it. So, instead of making turkey noodle soup with my leftovers, I decided to punch it up a bit and make a spin on chicken tortilla soup. I am so glad I did. It was delicious!

2 tablespoons olive oil
½ green bell pepper, diced
¼ yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
4oz can diced green chiles
1 can of black beans, drained
leftover turkey, shredded
5 cups turkey stock (you can use chicken stock)
½ bag frozen corn
tortilla crisps, shredded cheese, sour cream (for topping)

In a large soup pot, over medium heat, add the 2 tablespoons olive oil, bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Saute for a few minutes, until soft.

To that, add the cumin, chili powder, green chiles, black beans, and shredded turkey. You can add much turkey as you want. Stir altogether.


Add 5 cups of stock (or enough to cover the turkey you added) and bring to a boil for a minute. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, with the cover on for at least 45 minutes to an hour. I left mine on for 2 hours and it was so good. Either way, don’t add the corn until the last 15 minutes or so.


For serving, make some crispy tortillas by cutting a tortilla into small strips and frying in a little vegetable oil over medium heat. This doesn’t take long, so don’t walk away.


Top the soup with some tortilla strips, cheese, sour cream, or whatever you like.

This really hit the spot on a cold night! Plus, it’s actually pretty healthy, which can be a nice change of pace around the holidays!


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