Southwestern Turkey Soup

Southwestern Turkey Soup

Doug Matthews 321

"An interesting solution to the leftover Thanksgiving turkey dilemma. My 2 1/2 year old daughter helped me make it this year. I like to serve it with warm corn bread."

Ingredients 45 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 184 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 184 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 9.8 g
  • 15%
  • Carbs:
  • 11.9g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 13.5 g
  • 27%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 33 mg
  • 11%
  • Sodium:
  • 632 mg
  • 25%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large pot over medium heat, combine turkey, broth, canned tomatoes, green chiles, fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, and lime juice. Season with cayenne, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Stir in avocado and cilantro, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, until slightly thickened. Spoon into serving bowls, and top with shredded cheese.
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As written, I didn't like this recipe much, but thought it had potential. So... I doctored it quite a bit and it turns out to be amazing. I took it to work today and everyone went wild and requested the recipe. I put the turkey, broth (I used turkey stock left over from T'giving), onion, a can of black beans, a can of corn, one can of chopped tomatoes, one can of Rotel tomatoes with chilis, FOUR cloves of garlic minced, the juice of one entire lime, and seasonings as written in my crock pot on low. Eight hours later I returned from work and added about a half cup chopped fresh cilantro, two cups of shredded colby-jack cheese, and a cup of sour cream. Stirred and let it heat on high for about thirty minutes. Then I crushed tortilla chips in the bottom of the bowl, ladled the soup over, and put more grated cheese on top. TO DIE FOR! Tastes like Chipotle in a bowl. Seriously good. Doesn't look that pretty but incredibly tasty. I gave the recipe five stars as written to keep the ratings high so people would experiment with this FABULOUS soup! Good luck!


Oh.My.Goodness. This was sooo good. I made a few changes, most inspired by the other reviews. I used turkey stock, 28 oz diced, seasoned tomatoes, 14 oz tomatoes w/ green chiles, 1 can each black beans and white corn. Onions and celery cooked in chicken stock (excess from T-day dressing). Skipped the fresh tomatoes, small can of chiles and cayenne. Doubled the cumin and added coriander and chili powder. It sounds like a lot of changes but I really just tweaked it to our preferences. I put the whole mess in the crockpot for a few hours and served over crushed tortilla chips to thicken and topped with sour cream, scallions and avocado. This one's absolutely a keeper and spicy-loving DH didn't think it needed any additional heat-it wasn't hot but had so much flavor it didn't need more kick to make it interesting. Next time I may add some sauteed sweet red peppers but I'd be happy making it the same way again. Five stars because I think the original would be just as good, just different and I don't ever follow any recipe exactly anyway. Thanks, Doug.

Sarah Jo

I made a couple changes just for what I had on hand. I had four large turkey drumsticks that I bought on the cheap, so I cooked them down and pieced them out and used the broth (that I flavored up with onion, garlic, cumin, coriander, paprika and oregano) that I made in this soup. I didn't have whole peeled tomatoes but I did have fire-roasted tomatoes, so I used that. I upped the spices quite a bit and threw in two chopped red bell pepper when I sauteed the onion and garlic. It's a great way to use turkey on the cheap, which I really appreciate and this soup as a whole is pretty low-cal, if you lighten up on your cheese sprinkling hand. Plus, it's quick, even making my own broth. After I had the broth made, it literally took me less than a half hour to pull this soup together. But, you might need more spice. I like my soups really kickin', so I just spiced away. After taste testing, I think it needs something else. I can't put my finger on it. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Doug. NOTE: And for all of you who are like me and buy turkey drumsticks for the cheap meat, four large is exactly enough for a pot of this soup!