Leftover Turkey Recipes: Creamy Mexican Turkey Soup

We cooked up some turkey a little early this year and came up with a wonderful soup for the leftover turkey meat: Creamy Mexican Turkey Soup.

It starts with a simple saute of carrots, celery, onion & garlic. The veggies are then simmered with chicken (or turkey) broth.

The addition of milk, flour and spices make the soup slightly creamy. Mild canned chiles are added too. It’s not a *heavy* creamy soup- not made with whipping cream. It’s not spicy either. You could certainly make it heavy creamy (add whipping cream) or hot and spicy (add chipotles in adobo).

Corn, turkey, and cilantro are incorporated toward the end of simmering. Just before serving, a cup of Monterey Jack cheese is whisked in until melted. The cheese is what helps make this soup more on the creamy side. Don’t you dare leave it out.

We liked this soup the way it was- we’re not spicy kind of people. In fact, we loved this soup. Even the child in our house gobbled up every bite. It was very easy to do, and it will be a definite repeater.

Great recipe for using that leftover turkey!

If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving today, have a happy one!

This recipe can be found here:  Creamy Mexican Turkey Soup

21 Responses to “Leftover Turkey Recipes: Creamy Mexican Turkey Soup”

  1. postedNov 27, 2008 1:51 PM

    That looks so good and a different twist on what to do with leftover turkey. Thanks!

  2. postedNov 27, 2008 4:37 PM

    YUMMY!!! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. postedNov 27, 2008 4:43 PM

    Happy Turkey day. I have turkey soup today too:)

  4. postedNov 27, 2008 5:01 PM
    noble pig

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, the soup looks delicious…I love the creamy part!

  5. postedNov 27, 2008 5:03 PM

    You gotta love left over turkey. This looks so good!!

  6. postedNov 27, 2008 5:44 PM

    Your turkey soup looks so good.

    Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

    Rosie x

  7. postedNov 27, 2008 6:55 PM

    Wow! I feel like roasting a turkey just so I can make that soup!

    Happy Turkey Day to you, Lori. Have a fantastic cruise!

  8. postedNov 28, 2008 3:18 AM
    white on rice couple

    Mmm, creamy….turkey……soup! This is a triple threat soup for all my leftovers! thanks! I’ve got tons of turkey for a HUGE pot of this!

  9. postedNov 28, 2008 6:18 AM

    Mmmm….I’m on a soup eating marathon…and yours look perfect for a chilly evening! This is going on my try-out list…

  10. postedNov 28, 2008 12:03 PM

    hi! i really love your blog…sometime ago i stumbled upon a bailey´s chessecake square thingies in your recipe box but now i can´t find them 🙁 can you help me out please?
    thanks and happy holidays

  11. postedNov 28, 2008 12:05 PM
    Nina Timm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! This is a lovely recipe to try in winter…will keep it till then!!

  12. postedNov 28, 2008 1:02 PM
    Robin Sue

    Time to dig into the leftovers! I bet so many of us are having soup! This one looks great! I also love the way you sart off Thanksgiving with your abc game that you mentioned in the previous post. Very sweet! Have a lovely weekend!

  13. postedNov 28, 2008 5:23 PM

    I was just thinking that soup was hard to make pretty for pictures but you did a good job! Looks tasty!

  14. postedNov 28, 2008 9:09 PM
    Peter M

    Kids are our most honest food critics, we have to pay more attention to them. The corn here would be a highlight.

  15. postedNov 29, 2008 12:50 AM

    I love the fact that is is not a HEAVY soup!

  16. postedNov 29, 2008 12:58 AM

    I just made this and it was wonderful.

    I am going to make some turkey chili tomorrow to use some more of the leftovers.

    Thanks for a yummy dinner idea!


  17. postedNov 29, 2008 2:05 PM

    i was thinking that a creamy mexican soup would be weird, but now that i know that it’s the lovely jack cheese doing the creaming, i’m a-ok with it. 🙂

  18. postedNov 29, 2008 5:46 PM

    This is a nice switch on the typical turkey soups you see after thanksgiving. Nice recipe!

  19. postedDec 1, 2008 2:47 AM

    I’m so glad that I found this recipe! I made it tonight and it turned out excellent! Such a nice change from the normal turkey noodle! Thanks!

  20. postedDec 6, 2008 11:19 PM

    I didn’t get any leftover turkey because we went out of town the next day, but I’m thinking I need to make our own turkey just for the leftovers! This looks great!

  21. postedJan 7, 2009 4:02 PM

    YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was a huge hit! Thank you so much for the recipe, I will make it often!

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