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Turkey Tortilla Soup

November 30, 2019 (Last Updated: December 1, 2019)

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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?

  • Turkey broth or chicken broth
  • Turkey
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Chili powder
  • Corn meal
  • Black beans
  • Corn
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Canned chilies – or use your own fire roasted chilies
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Corn tortillas
  • Taco seasoning (optional) 

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!

  • Reply
    John/Kitchen Riffs
    November 25, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    The leftovers are the best part of Thanksgiving! The main event is wonderful, of course, and is my favorite. But think of all the possibilities with the leftovers! This soup is brilliant — just so good. Thanks! And Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Reply
    Amanda
    November 25, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I like how you’re already planning the leftovers. Me too. I keep thinking “Can I make a buffalo turkey pizza instead of buffalo chicken?” Haha. This soup looks amazing. I love how you bake the tortilla strips. Great touch. Sounds warm and comforting!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 25, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      I’m liking the pizza idea! Very clever!!!

  • Reply
    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    November 25, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Kathy, I am inspired by the tortilla strip idea- hadn’t thought of that before. And I am envious of your photography- some great shots!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 28, 2015 at 7:03 am

      Thanks, Fran!

  • Reply
    GiGi Eats
    November 24, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    5 stars
    OKAY YES – this is one of the BEST ways to use up your turkey left overs – FOR SURE!

  • Reply
    Ami@NaiveCookCooks
    November 24, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    This looks so delicious and yes you are so right, leftovers are as important as the main meal!!

  • Reply
    Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalker
    November 24, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Yum!! It’s (finally) supposed to be cold for us here in Southern California. This soup will be PERFECT for using up our leftovers!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 24, 2015 at 5:48 pm

      Definitely is perfect for using up leftovers and cold days! Heard you’ve been getting some rain….Yahoo!!!

  • Reply
    Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    November 24, 2015 at 2:08 am

    This soup looks absolutely warm and comfy. Perfect for thanks giving. I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 24, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      Thanks, Anu…..a Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  • Reply
    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    November 23, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    5 stars
    Love tortilla soup and your recipe looks delish! Great way to use up those turkey leftovers too 🙂

  • Reply
    Meghan | Fox and Briar
    November 23, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    5 stars
    Such a good idea to plan for leftovers! I love chicken tortilla soup but I have never actually made it. I’m going to have to add this to my list if I get any leftover turkey!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 23, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Oh….I hope you get some leftovers!

  • Reply
    annie@ciaochowbambina
    November 23, 2015 at 9:02 am

    5 stars
    Goodness! My kids will love this! Always chicken tortilla – never thought to make it with turkey! Brilliant!! Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    November 23, 2015 at 8:26 am

    I completely agree that the leftover planning is just as important as the Big Turkey Day planning! LOVE this turkey tortilla soup, such a delicious way to use up those leftovers!! Cheers and Happy Week of Thanksgiving! <3

  • Reply
    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor
    November 23, 2015 at 6:42 am

    We had our first cold snap here in Florida this weekend and all I want is a big bowl of soup. This tortilla soup looks perfect. I’ll have to save some turkey to make this after Thanksgiving!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 23, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      Brrr… nothing like a nice soup to warm you up!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    November 23, 2015 at 6:03 am

    We just picked up our turkey yesterday, and I got an extra-large one on purpose. Leftover turkey is the best…and I think I need to turn some of it into soup this year. This looks so comforting right now! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 23, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      Getting an extra large turkey is just good planning!

  • Reply
    Amy (Savory Moments)
    November 23, 2015 at 5:12 am

    I love taco soup and this looks delicious! So perfect for using up leftover turkey.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 23, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks, Amy!

  • Reply
    Kalee @ The Crowded Table
    November 22, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    LOVE this idea for Thanksgiving leftovers. It’s finally getting cold here in Kansas City, so this soup looks perfect for the day after Thanksgiving. 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 22, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      Cool weather just says SOUP!

  • Reply
    Alyssa @ My Sequined Life
    November 22, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    This soup has some of my favorite flavors, Kathy! I love how it makes use of leftovers. Although I’d welcome this soup any time of year!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 22, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      I agree. We often use chicken instead of turkey and eat it throughout the year. Around the holidays, it’s a great way to use up turkey!

  • Reply
    Rachel @ Bakerita
    November 22, 2015 at 9:56 am

    This soup looks incredible and absolutely perfect for leftovers!!

  • Reply
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    November 21, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Thanksgiving leftovers are the best! I’m totally planning ahead for this tortilla soup! P.S. Send more baby chicken pics! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 22, 2015 at 6:29 am

      Gotta love those leftovers!

  • Reply
    Lindsey
    November 21, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious!! What a great use for the turkey leftovers! I will be trying this, thanks for sharing <3

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 22, 2015 at 6:29 am

      I hope you give it a try!

  • Reply
    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    November 21, 2015 at 9:38 am

    This looks absolutely delicious. And I want to pop over to your place now for a bowl (okay….2 bowls but who’s counting) of this soup. Those tortilla shells on top. Put me in coach, I’m ready to play. Crunch crunch. Yum!! And you know, my one gift in the kitchen is broth making. I know…..I avoid the kitchen like the plague hoping somehow dinner will just appear, but broth is pricy! Ya know. And these days, with the Ecoli at Chipotle, I feel like it’s time to cook. (Yay, we eat there 3 times a week and my husbands condition…..not good! Hello fever among other unpleasantness.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      November 22, 2015 at 6:30 am

      If you already have broth perfected then this soup is no problem! You can do it!

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