Southwestern Turkey Soup Recipe
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Southwestern Turkey Soup Recipe

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This spicy soup is loaded with turkey, beans, corn and tomatoes. We like it really hot, so we tend to use all three tablespoons of jalapenos...and then some. It's so good on a wintry Midwestern day. —Brenda Kruse, Ames, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons diced jalapeno pepper
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen corn
  • Sour cream, coarsely crushed tortilla chips, shredded cheddar cheese and sliced ripe olives, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 223 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 680mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 5g fiber), 23g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Stir in the broth, jalapeno, cumin, chili powder, salt and cayenne. Add the turkey, beans, tomatoes and corn.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Garnish with sour cream, chips, cheese and olives if desired.
    Freeze option: Place individual portions of cooled soup in freezer containers and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth if necessary.
    Yield: 7 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Southwestern Turkey Soup in Taste of Home December/January 2008, p32

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Sprucetree18 User ID: 6006412 100856
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2014

"Delicious and easy... Next time I will at least double this recipe. Full of flavour but not too spicy... This will become my go-to recipe for leftover turkey methinks...."

juicyfruit007 User ID: 1404522 100854
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"I make this every time we have leftover turkey. We grill our turkey and corn, which adds great flavor!"

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 174973
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2013

"I have made this several times now & one of the best things about this recipe is how quickly it comes together. It's a real treat to be able to make a delicious meal without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Love the combination of the spicy flavors. If I don't have jalapenos in the house, I use canned diced tomatoes with jalapenos & it's just as good. I reduce the cumin to 2 teaspoons, increase the broth to 16 ounces, & use canned corn instead of frozen. Perfect every time!"

samiles User ID: 5919223 99449
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2013

"My family and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe! We have a family of 5 and I would suggest doubling it because we didn't have any left over. I made it last week and it was delicious. I made a turkey again today so that I could use the leftover and make a big huge pot of this soup. So yummy and great for a cold day!!!"

gr82eatathome User ID: 6486595 102174
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2012

"Delicious! Flavorful and spicy but not too hot. My whole family enjoyed it. I doubled/tripled parts (used 3 different kinds of beans, 3 jalepenos and added an extra can of diced green chilis) so I could make enough to use all my leftover turkey. If you like cumin flavor you will love this soup."

pvj User ID: 6903271 83735
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2012

"I am a vegetarian; therefore, I substituted the meat products with Quorn turkey roast and vegetable broth. I also reduced the amount of "turkey" and "corn" by about 1/2 cup. This was a great way to spice up the leftover "turkey" from Thanksgiving. Very good!"

CookRDad User ID: 6113776 170872
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2012

"I seasoned 1.25 lbs of ground turkey with chopped onions and about 1/2 tsp of Cajun seasoning while browning. Wonderful recipe that is worthy of serving to company..."

Pen54 User ID: 4697398 99448
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"This is one of the best soups I've ever eaten. Even my husband, who is not a fan of soup, loves it. I do add more broth than the recipe calls for."

caree929 User ID: 3830950 172321
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"Super yummy and easy! This is a fantastic way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers! I added chopped cilantro because I had some on hand. I will make this again-- I'm sure it's also great with chicken."

swinny User ID: 1858482 158786
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"I used left over turkey from Thanksgiving. This turned out great. I would use a little more broth to give it more of a soup consistency. Delish!!!!"

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