Southwestern Turkey Soup - Make with Thanksgiving Leftovers

Southwestern Turkey Soup

Just in case you aren’t tired of turkey yet, I wanted to share with you what I did with our leftovers. This soup came together in a flash, and can be thrown together with whatever you have on hand (would be great with chicken too). I happened to have a can of fire-roasted tomatoes, some frozen black beans (from a pot of dried beans I had cooked a couple weeks ago), some frozen corn, and an abundance of celery. As much as I wanted to add some diced green chiles, I left them out for the sake of little mouths, but I think they would make a great addition to this soup.

Southwestern Turkey Soup
Recipe type: Soup
  • 3 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 1½ cups frozen corn
  • 2 cups frozen black beans
  • 1 can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 4 cups turkey stock* or low-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • Optional: cilantro, cheese, avocado, tortilla strips, diced green chiles
  1. Throw everything together in a big pot, bring to a boil, stir, then lower heat to a simmer and cook covered for 30 minutes. Serve with your choice of toppings. Tastes even better the next day.
  2. *To make your own turkey stock: Have your dad throw it together for you!
  3. Just kidding. Here's how my dad did it. After cutting all of the meat off the turkey, throw the bones into a large soup pot. Fill with water and add any vegetables or herbs you have laying around (he added green onions, parsley and celery). Bring to a boil, cover with a lid, lower to medium-low heat and cook for a few hours. Strain into a bowl and freeze in 4 cup portions. The easiest way to freeze stock is to pour cooled liquid into a ziploc freezer bag. Lay flat onto a cookie sheet and freeze.

So…what did you do with your turkey leftovers?  Are you tired of turkey yet?




  1. Becca - Our Crazy Boys says:

    Yum!! I’m so excited about making this! We had your tortilla soup planned for Wednesday, but I’m switching it out for this. I’ll tell you how everyone likes it :)

  2. Thanks for mentioning avocado to go with your delicious soup! We add slices of avocado on top of hearty soups. Or serve a side of guacamole. Our turkey stock is waiting patiently in the fridge….so glad we found your soup recipe!

  3. Both this and the butternut chili recipe you posted more recently are being added to my “must try” bookmark category. They look fabulously delicious.

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