A quick and easy way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers is with this turkey tortilla soup. It’s made with leftover turkey meat, chiles, corn, tomatoes, and beans.

And if you love tex-mex meals, try our Turkey Stuffed Peppers.

Make the most out of your Thanksgiving dinner with this leftover turkey tortilla soup. It’s a delicious way to transform leftovers into a next-day meal.

This turkey tortilla soup is such an easy recipe — leftover turkey meat, corn, and beans simmered in a perfectly spiced tomato base.

Finished off with fresh lime juice and cilantro, and served with crushed tortilla chips and avocado for a delicious tex-mex soup. 

You’ll enjoy this soup for days!

Ingredients

ingredients for turkey tortilla soup

Making Tortilla Soup from Leftovers

First, heat olive oil in a dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and cook until soft, 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant.

step by step on how to make leftover turkey tortilla soup

Next, add tomatoes, beans, chiles, corn, chili powder, oregano, stock, and water. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. The soup will reduce slightly.

tortilla soup in a soup pot

Lastly, stir in leftover turkey meat, cilantro, and lime juice and cook until heated through.

tortilla soup from leftovers

Can I Use Leftover Chicken in Tortilla Soup?

Absolutely! Leftover chicken would be just as delicious in this soup. Simply shred or dice the chicken meat and add it at the end. And if you love creamy soups, try our Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup.

Tortilla Soup Toppings

This tortilla soup is delicious topped with crushed tortilla chips and avocado but you can certainly customize the toppings to suit your taste. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Tortilla chips
  • Chopped avocado
  • More chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges
  • Shredded cheese
  • Sliced green onions
leftover turkey tortilla soup recipe

How to Store Turkey Tortilla Soup

This leftover turkey soup will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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turkey tortilla soup recipe

Turkey Tortilla Soup

  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex

Description

Quick and easy way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey meat is with this turkey tortilla soup. It’s made with chiles, corn, diced tomatoes, beans, and turkey meat. 


Ingredients

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  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (4 oz.) cans diced chiles
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups shredded leftover turkey meat
  • 1 cup fresh chopped cilantro, plus extra for serving
  • 1/21 lime, juiced
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • To serve: crushed tortilla chips and chopped avocado

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a dutch-oven over medium heat. Add onions and cook until soft, 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  2. Add tomatoes, beans, chiles, corn, chili powder, oregano, stock, and water. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Soup will slightly reduce.
  3. Stir in turkey meat, cilantro, and lime juice and cook until heated through. Serve with tortilla chips and avocado.

Notes

  • Leftovers: Leftover soup will last in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Keep stored in an airtight container.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 395
  • Sugar: 6.9 g
  • Sodium: 775.7 mg
  • Fat: 11.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.1 g
  • Protein: 42.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 119.3 mg

Keywords: thanksgiving leftovers, easy soup