Turkey Tortilla Soup – Beyond The Chicken Coop

A bowl of soup topped with crispy tortilla strips.
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Turkey Tortilla Soup is a perfect use for leftover turkey! This delicious soup is filled with chunks of turkey, black beans and corn all in a rich broth.

A bowl of soup topped with crispy tortilla strips.

left over turkey

Thanksgiving dinner is a big deal and takes a lot of planning. But luckily, there are usually a lot of leftovers and you can eat again and again. When I start planning for the holiday dinner, I also start planning for the leftovers! The leftovers are just about as important as the main dinner!

This turkey tortilla soup is a must for the after holiday menu. It’s delicious, easy to make, and uses up that huge turkey you just had to make!

This soup has a liquid broth flavored with chili powder, tomatoes, onions and garlic. It is loaded with chunks of turkey, black beans, corn and green chilies. The soup is topped with crunchy tortilla strips, green onions and fresh cilantro.

Key ingredients

Bowls filled with black beans, corn, tomatoes and chopped turkey.
  • Cooked turkey – This is a great way to use up all those small bits of leftover turkey. You can also slice into chunks. Feel free to use chicken instead of the turkey.
  • Brother – Use homemade chicken or turkey broth.
  • black beans – Use canned black beans. Rinse and drain beans.
  • Corn – I use frozen corn
  • canned tomatoes – Diced canned tomatoes. Use store bought or your own home canned tomatoes.
  • Homemade taco seasoning – Making your own is easy, but you can use a packet of store bought too.

Step by step directions

soup

  • Sauteed onions.
  • When soft, add garlic and cornmeal. Stir over low heat for 1 minute.
  • Sprinkle on chilli powder. Stir for 1 minute. Do not overcook chili powder or it will turn bitter.
  • Pour broth over onion mixture and cook over medium heat until simmering.
  • Add black beans, corn, turkey and tomatoes.
  • Add salt and pepper.
  • Simmer for an additional 5 minutes until heated through.

Crispy tortilla topping

  • Slice corn tortillas into thin strips.
  • Place on a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.
  • Toss strips with your fingers and spray again.
  • Sprinkle with taco seasoning.
  • Place in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and toss lightly.
  • Return to oven for an additional 10 minutes or until strips are crispy.
Tortilla strips covered with seasoning on a baking sheet.

Tips for making turkey tortilla soup

  • If your family doesn’t like spicy, decrease the amount of chili powder used.
  • Most canned chilies have a heat index – mild, medium or hot. Select the type that best fits your taste.
  • Add all the juices from the canned tomatoes.
  • Be certain to rinse all the sauce from the canned black beans before using in this soup.
  • This soup can also be made using leftover chicken – chicken tortilla soup

Make ahead or freeze

You can make this soup ahead of time. It is great to leave simmering on the stove, or make up a batch and store in the refrigerator and then reheat at lunch or dinner time.

This soup can be frozen. I often make a double batch and then freeze half for another meal. Just add the fresh toppings and tortilla strips when ready to eat.

Toppings

You can add a variety of toppings to this soup, depending on what you have on hand and your individual taste.

I always like to add freshly chopped cilantro, green onions and crispy tortilla strips. You could also add shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream, fresh avocado, fresh tomatoes, and jalapeno slices.

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A bowl of soup topped with crispy tortilla strips.

Turkey Tortilla Soup

Kathy

A delicious soup filled with turkey, black beans, corn and green chilies.

Prep Time 30 mins

Cook Time 30 mins

Total Time 1 hr

Race Dinner, Lunch

Kitchen mexican

Servings 8 people

calories 203 calories

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Instructions

soup

  • Saute onions with olive oil over medium heat

    1 Tablespoon olive oil, 1 onion

  • When soft, add garlic and cornmeal. Stir over low heat for 1 minute.

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    2 garlic cloves, ¼ cup corn meal

  • Add chilli powder and stir. Do not overcook chili powder or it will turn bitter.

    1 Tablespoon chilli powder

  • Add broth and cook over medium heat until simmering.

    8-10 cups turkey or chicken broth

  • Add black beans, corn, turkey, peppers and tomatoes.

    2 cups cooked turkey, 1 14.5 oz can chopped tomatoes, 1 15 oz can black beans, 1 ½ cups frozen corn kernels, 1 8 oz can roasted chili peppers

  • Add salt and pepper.

    1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper

  • Simmer for an additional 5 minutes until heated through.

Toppings

  • Slice corn tortillas into thin strips.

    12 corn tortillas

  • Place on a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.

  • Toss strips with your fingers and spray again.Sprinkle with taco seasoning.

    1 Tablespoon taco seasoning

  • Place in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes.

  • Remove from oven and toss lightly. Return to oven for an additional 10 minutes or until strips are crispy.

  • Top with fresh cilantro and green onions

    ¼ cup fresh cilantro, ¼ cup green onions

Ratings

  • If your family doesn’t like spicy, decrease the amount of chili powder used.
  • Most canned chilies have a heat index – mild, medium or hot. Select the type that best fits your taste.
  • Add all the juices from the canned tomatoes.
  • Be certain to rinse all the sauce from the canned black beans before using in this soup.
  • Can also be made using leftover chicken.

Nutrition Disclaimer:

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and should only be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. To obtain the most precise nutritional information in a provided recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the exact ingredients you are using when preparing the recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupcalories: 203caloriesCarbohydrates: 30gprotein: 10gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 1297mgPotassium: 423mgfiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 418UIVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 2mg

Keyword leftover turkey recipes, tortilla soup, turkey soup, turkey tortilla soup

This soup recipe was originally posted in November of 2015. The pictures, text and recipe have been updated.

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