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Turkey Tortilla Soup

November 21, 2015 (Last Updated: May 30, 2019)

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A perfect use for leftover turkey!

Thanksgiving dinner is a big deal and takes a lot of planning.  Even 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!

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

You can make your own turkey broth or use chicken broth.  For me, it just depends on the amount of time I have available.  This soup also has black beans, corn, and roasted chili peppers.    And an absolute must have are the crunchy tortilla strip toppings!  They are simply cut up corn tortillas, seasoned and baked until crispy.

Tortilla strips ready to be baked in the oven.

Crispy baked tortilla strips. Perfect topping for tortilla soup.

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

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5 from 4 votes
Perfect way to use up left over turkey: turkey tortilla soup.
Turkey Tortilla Soup
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr

A perfect way to use up leftover turkey by making a turkey soup.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: leftover turkey recipes, tortilla soup, turkey soup
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 248 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 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
  • 1/4 cup roasted chili peppers chopped
  • 2 cups cooked turkey shredded
  • 1 cup stewed tomatoes drained and chopped
  • 1 can black beans - 15 oz rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning
  1. Saute onions in a heated pan with olive oil. When onions have softened lower heat and add garlic, corn meal and chili powder. Stir just until the chili powder turns fragrant; 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add broth, roasted chili peppers, turkey, stewed tomatoes, black beans, and corn.
  3. Cover and let simmer until heated through.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste
Tortilla Strips
  1. Thinly slice tortillas.
  2. Place on a sprayed baking sheet. Spray tops of strips. Sprinkle taco seasoning on top.
  3. Place in 350 degree oven. Stir every few minutes until crunchy.
  4. Serve with fresh cilantro and tortilla strips
Nutrition Facts
Turkey Tortilla Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 2133mg93%
Potassium 597mg17%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 610IU12%
Vitamin C 29.3mg36%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  • 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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    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.

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    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
      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
      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
    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!!

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    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
      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
      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 🙂

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    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
      November 23, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Oh….I hope you get some leftovers!

  • Reply
    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

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    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
      November 23, 2015 at 7:29 pm

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

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    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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      November 22, 2015 at 6:29 am

      Gotta love those leftovers!

  • Reply
    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
      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
      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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