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Leftover Turkey Tortilla Soup

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When you tire of turkey sandwiches, shred a couple cups of your leftover bird and make this fabulous Leftover Turkey Tortilla Soup!

Leftover Turkey Tortilla Soup | A hearty soup that utilizes leftover turkey!

Leftover Turkey Tortilla Soup

The hubby is happy zapping a plate of holiday leftovers night after night. By day three, I usually whip up a Turkey Tetrazzini, but this year I plan to shake things up. All that’s needed is a cup and a half of shredded turkey (I always add more!), a few items from the market and some staples from the pantry. It’s an easy peasy recipe because who the heck needs to spend any more time in the kitchen after cooking up a Thanksgiving feast??!Leftover Turkey Tortilla Soup | A hearty soup that utilizes leftover turkey!

Tortilla Soup Garnishes

This spicy soup can be modified to your liking. Use half a jalapeno or a can of diced mild green chiles for less heat. If you have some sharp cheddar on hand, don’t bother running to the grocery store for Monterey Jack.

The garnishes are important. I love the crispy fried tortillas. Sprinkle with some salt while they’re hot if you’d like. Avocado chunks are my favorite. One for the soup, one for the cook. My kitchen is usually stocked with Pacific brand chicken broth which is less salty than, let’s say, Swanson’s.  So taste before you salt. My batch needed more than the 1/2 teaspoon listed in the recipe, buy yours may not need any!

If you have any leftover turkey stock, that would be a fabulous substitution. I hope you’ll add this turkey tortilla soup to your post-holiday menu.Leftover Turkey Tortilla Soup | A hearty soup that utilizes leftover turkey!

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Turkey Tortilla Soup

An easy recipe which utilizes your leftover Thanksgiving turkey! Adapted from Simply Recipes.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 corn tortillas, stale is best
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste (varies depending on the saltiness of your broth)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded turkey
  • 1 avocado, sliced or chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Lime, cut into wedges

Instructions

  1. Cut tortillas in half then slice each into ¼ inch wide strips. Heat oil in stockpot and fry till lightly browned and crisp. Drain on paper towel lined plate.
  2. Add chopped onions to pan and cook a couple minutes. Add chiles and garlic and cook just a minute more. Add stock, tomatoes, corn, cumin, oregano and salt to taste. Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, then add chicken and cook till heated through.
  3. Serve with avocado, cheese, cilantro, tortilla strips and a sprinkle of lime juice if desired.
Leftover Turkey Tortilla Soup | A hearty soup that utilizes leftover Thanksgiving turkey!

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21 comments on “Leftover Turkey Tortilla Soup”

  1. Lizzy , how’s the Thanksgiving prep so far ? I couldn’t wait to see your Thanksgiving spread ! If you need an extra pair of hands , just call me lol

  2. I would love this soup,Tex-Mex is always a winner! Happy Thanksgiving Week:@)

  3. I have never had a tortilla soup…such a good use of leftover turkey.

  4. Great idea and delicious soup!
    love

  5. I definitely need to try this! Looks like it came out perfectly.

  6. This is one of my favourite soups, so hearty and filling. The topping really make it.

  7. Such a eye-catching soup! Love the flavors Liz!

  8. This soup looks wonderful and definitely would highlight another side of turkey!

  9. I could use a big bowl of this soup. And the toppings. I love me a good bowl with toppings.

  10. Of course you fried your own tortilla strips!!! When can I come over for some of your amazing cooking and baking???

  11. Love to be at your house for this shake-up leftover dish. Yummy! (Pinned – as usual.) P.s. Wondering if you saw the thank you on my post to you. (My brownie cutting method has improved thanks to your tips.)

  12. What a delicious-looking soup. Perfect for the cold weather coming our way!

  13. You must have read my mind. I was thinking Tortilla Soup would be perfect to make with the turkey leftovers. I can’t wait to try this!!!!

  14. Tortilla soup is one of my favorites and I can’t wait to try your recipe – all those garnishes are a must!

  15. I love Tortilla soup. What a great idea to make it with the Thanksgiving leftovers.

  16. I’ve seen so many wonderful turkey leftover ideas tonight that I’m beginning to look more forward to the leftover than the Thanksgiving meal. 🙂 Your soup just moved up to the top of the list. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  17. looks amazing! cant wait for leftovers now

  18. Tonight I went on the hunt for this recipe that I saw when I scrolled your Facebook page last week. I can already taste this Turkey Tortilla Soup which I’ve got scheduled to make tomorrow. Love that I already have most the ingredients on hand. I imagine the Berg household enjoyed quite the holiday feast (except the dog – poor Izzy). When I was with my family over Thanksgiving, our banter and teasing and chatter back and forth reminded me of my evening at your house with your family. Except, no orange cake!

  19. I stashed the leftover turkey in the freezer waiting for a tasty recipe like this one.

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