Turkey Tortilla Soup

This Turkey Tortilla Soup is so easy to make and a great way to use up leftover turkey after Thanksgiving. It’s made with mostly pantry ingredients and is ready in less than an hour! Add your favorite tortilla soup toppings, and you get a hearty, comforting bowl of soup.

overhead shot of a bowl of soup.

Easy Tortilla Soup with Leftover Turkey

If you have leftover Thanksgiving turkey this year, this soup is what to make to use them up. It’s easy, it’s cozy, and it’s the perfect light-ish recipe to make in the days after a big holiday meal.

The ingredients list might look long but fear not. This turkey tortilla soup has mostly pantry ingredients, with just a few fresh ones. The best part is that it’s ready to serve in under an hour.

So, if a lot of roast turkey leftovers are in your future, save this recipe. You’ll love how easy it is, and it will give all that leftover turkey a new delicious, and flavorful life.

ingredients for the soup.

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • Chopped yellow onion
  • Chopped bell peppers
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • Minced garlic cloves
  • Ground cumin
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Dried oregano
  • Brown sugar
  • Diced green chile
  • Cannellini beans
  • Tomato sauce
  • Canned diced tomatoes
  • Low-sodium chicken broth or chicken stock
  • Leftover turkey breast cut into cubes

Instructions

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, peppers, salt, and pepper. Cook them for two to three minutes or until they start to soften. Add the garlic and stir.

Add the chili powder, brown sugar, oregano, cumin, paprika, and green chiles. Add the beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, and turkey. Bring the pot to a simmer and cook the soup for 20 to 22 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Taste the soup and add more salt, if needed. Ladle it into bowls and top with your favorite toppings.

the soup simmering.

Once the soup is ready, grab all of your favorite toppings! The tortilla chips are a must but there are plenty of other options, too. Here are some favorites:

Garnish Ideas

  • Tortilla chips or tortilla strips
  • Diced red onion
  • Diced jalapeno
  • Lime juice
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Sliced green onions
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Diced avocado

I hope you give this easy turkey tortilla soup recipe a try this year! It’s an easy way to put those leftovers to good use.

Happy soup-making,

April
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Turkey Tortilla Soup

overhead shot of a bowl of soup.

This Turkey Tortilla Soup is so easy to make and a great way to use up leftover turkey after Thanksgiving. It’s made with mostly pantry ingredients and is ready in less than an hour! 

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped (I use yellow and red)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 (4-oz) can green chiles
  • 1 (15-oz) can cannellini beans, drained
  • 1 (15-oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14.5-oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound cooked turkey breast cut into cubes or shredded

Optional Toppings

  • Diced red onion
  • Tortilla chips
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Sliced green onions
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Diced avocado

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, peppers, salt, and pepper. Cook them for two to three minutes or until they start to soften. Add the garlic and stir.
  2. Add the chili powder, brown sugar, oregano, cumin, paprika, and green chiles. Add the beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, and turkey. Bring the pot to a simmer and cook the soup for 20 to 22 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Taste the soup and add more salt, if needed. Ladle it into bowls and top with your favorite toppings.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 198
  • Sugar: 7.5g
  • Sodium: 704.3mg
  • Fat: 3.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2.1g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.9g
  • Fiber: 5.8g
  • Protein: 19.4g
  • Cholesterol: 33.1mg

Keywords: leftover turkey soup, turkey tortilla soup

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