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Turkey Tortilla Soup

November 30, 2019 (Last Updated: January 10, 2020)

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Turkey Tortilla Soup is a perfect use for leftover turkey! A bowlful of turkey soup with tomatoes and veggies.

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!

What is turkey tortilla soup?

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. 

Can I make this soup ahead of time?

Yes, 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. 

A bowl of turkey tortilla soup topped with crunchy tortilla strips.

 

Can I freeze turkey tortilla soup?

Yes, this soup can be frozen. I often make a double batch and then freeze half for another meal. Just add the fresh topping and tortillas strips when ready to eat. 

What ingredients do I need?

Bowls filled with black beans, corn, tomatoes and chopped turkey.

How do I make turkey tortilla soup?

  • Saute onions.
  • When soft, add garlic and corn meal. Stir over low heat for 1 minute.
  • Sprinkle on chili 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.

What kind of toppings do you add?

You can add a variety of topping 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. 

 How do I make the crispy tortilla strips?

  • 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. 

Thinly cut tortilla strips sprinkled with taco seasoning.

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

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

Perfect way to use up left over turkey: turkey tortilla soup.

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5 from 7 votes
A bowlful of turkey soup with tomatoes and veggies.
Turkey Tortilla Soup
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

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

Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: leftover turkey recipes, tortilla soup, turkey soup, turkey tortilla soup
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 203 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
Soup
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup corn meal
  • 8-10 cups turkey or chicken broth
  • 1 8 oz can roasted chili peppers chopped
  • 2 cups cooked turkey shredded or chopped
  • 1 14.5 oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
Tortilla Strips
  • 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 12 corn tortillas
Toppings
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onions chopped
Instructions
Soup
  1. Saute onions.
  2. When soft, add garlic and corn meal. Stir over low heat for 1 minute.
  3. Add chili powder. Stir for 1 minute. Do not overcook chili powder or it will turn bitter.
  4. Add broth and cook over medium heat until simmering.
  5. Add black beans, corn, turkey and tomatoes.
  6. Add salt and pepper.
  7. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes until heated through.
Toppings
  1. Slice corn tortillas into thin strips.

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

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

  4.  Place in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes.

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

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

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.
  • Can also be made using leftover chicken.
Nutrition Facts
Turkey Tortilla Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 203 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 1297mg56%
Potassium 423mg12%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 418IU8%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

A bowl of soup topped with corn tortilla strips.

 

 

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42 Comments

  • Reply
    Valentina
    December 2, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    5 stars
    Kathy, the flavors in this soup lure me right in. And it’s so hearty and comforting, too. I love your new (& old) photos. All are very pretty! 🙂 Valentina

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 3, 2019 at 4:45 am

      Thanks, Valentina!

  • Reply
    Fred G
    December 2, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    5 stars
    A great soup. And a good use of turkey.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 3, 2019 at 4:46 am

      It’s a great way to use every last little bit of the turkey.

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    December 2, 2019 at 6:21 am

    5 stars
    Tortilla soup is a fave! Love how you used leftover turkey – such a yummy idea! A big of this would be delicious for lunch today!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 3, 2019 at 4:43 am

      It so warm and comforting!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    December 2, 2019 at 4:39 am

    Perfect for all my leftover turkey Kathy! ANd it’s snowing here right now, so a nice big bowl of this would be perfect!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 3, 2019 at 4:44 am

      We got our first real snowfall of this year this morning. I need another bowl of soup!

  • Reply
    Danielle @ So Munch Love
    November 29, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Soup is such a great way to use up leftover turkey because if it’s a bit dry, the broth pulls everything back together. I love the Mexican twist, too! Yum yum!

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