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Southwest Turkey (or chicken) Soup

Warm up a cold winter day with a bowl of steaming soup chocked full of healthy and satisfying ingredients...with a little kick of spice. I used homemade turkey stock for the base, and left over turkey. 
You can easily change up and use chicken or even a vegetable stock, adding a few more veggies and beans and omit the meat altogether. That's the beauty of many soups....use a recipe for a guide and make it your own by adding what you have on hand. Freezes well in large glass mason jars or freezer containers. Leave a little room in jars for expansion if freezing.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 cups turkey stock, or alternative of chicken or vegetable stock
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 1 113g (14oz) green chilies
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 540 ml (19 oz)can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups cooked rice, brown or white
  • 2 cups turkey, chopped fine, or use chicken or extra vegetables in place of turkey
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place oil in a large soup pot and heat. Add onions and garlic. Saute for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add stock and water to pot. Stir in tomato soup. Bring to a slow boil.
  3. Add remaining ingredients. Stir and turn down to a medium/low.
  4. Cook soup for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Adding salt and pepper as needed. If you want it spicier, add more seasoning powder.


  1. This soup sounds delicious and would team well with yesterday's post....Cheddar Salsa Biscuit Rolls!!

  2. Kathy - that looks hearty and delicious!!! Love soups like this!

  3. I made this soup for lunch yesterday and paired it with the Cheddar salsa biscuit rolls. They were both delicious and it was perfect for a snowy Saturday afternoon. Thank you!

  4. Looks yummmmmy!!! Rhoda

  5. Thanks for this recipe! I made it on Saturday and we really, really liked it! Thanks again. I enjoy your blog!

  6. This is wonderful soup! Perfect for a blustery winter day with grated cheese and tortilla chips. Doris

  7. I made this for lunches this week and it was absolutely delicious with fresh bread. My toddler loved it too! Thanks, Michelle

  8. Delicious and satisfying on this extremely cold day.