easy spicy turkey soup

Quick and Easy Spicy Leftover Turkey Soup

Every year after the holidays are over, we all end up with lots of leftover turkey. Lots and lots of it.  I’ve made a lot of the “standard” leftover turkey soup, with potatoes and carrots and broccoli.  This time I wanted something with more zip.  I had some turkey (naturally), some tomatoes, lime, and of course spices, so I decided to go for a south of the border flavor.  So, spicy leftover turkey soup was born.

Ironically, a friend (who translates books from English to Spanish) once told me there are no turkeys in South America, which made her job rather difficult when she had to translate some turkey recipes.

I suppose that makes this not strictly authentic Mexican food.  Authentic or not, the tangy lime, the spicy cayenne, and the cool sour cream make the soup flavorful, rich, and satisfying.



Quick and Easy Spicy Leftover Turkey Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Category: soup

Cuisine: American

three servings

Quick and Easy Spicy Leftover Turkey Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 T vegetable oil, or enough to cover the bottom of a medium saucepan
  • 1 small onion, chopped (or about a quarter of a large one)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 C beans
  • 1/2 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 juice lime
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 C water
  • 1/4 turkey carcass (if it's not after Thanksgiving, use a turkey thigh)
    Garnish
  • 1/4C mild shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 T sour cream or Greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a medium size saucepan.
  2. Add the onions and saute for a few minutes until slightly softened.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for a minute.
  4. Once that's softened, add the remaining ingredients (except for the toppings).  Simmer one hour and then remove the turkey carcass.  Let it cool for a minute or two (so you can handle it).  Pick off any remaining meat and discard the bones.
  5. Pour into a bowl and top with sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and cheese.
  6. This makes about three or four servings, depending how hungry you are. Eat one and freeze the rest in individual containers.

Quick and Easy Spicy Leftover Turkey Soup Substitutions and Variations

Since recipes are often meant to be guidelines, and since we don’t always have the exact ingredients handy, here are some substitutions:

  • If you don’t have a turkey carcass, use turkey thighs, depending on size, one or two should do it.
  • I used navy beans for the soup, you could use white kidney beans or pinto beans
  • Replace the diced tomatoes with 1/2 C peeled tomatoes (and smush them up)
  • Add a handful of frozen corn
  • Top with crumbled tortilla chips, or cut up some tortillas, fry them, and sprinkle them on top of the soup for extra crunch.

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