Turkey Taco Soup

Turkey Taco Soup

Prep: 5 mins

Cook: 15 mins

Total: 20 mins

Servings: 3 to 4 servings

This hearty Central Mexico-inspired soup is an easy, one-bowl version of everyone's favorite dinner: taco night. All of the ingredients simmer together to make a robust, flavorful bowl that's especially good with a side of crispy tortilla chips. And with only one dirty pot and a few dirty soup bowls, it's totally fuss-free.

This is a great soup to make after Thanksgiving, when you have leftover turkey to use up and want to do as little cooking as possible. It’s a great way to repurpose cooked, shredded breast or dark meat to create a totally different dish. No one will be complaining of leftover fatigue with this recipe.


  • 1 tablespoon canola or grapeseed oil

  • 1 small red onion, diced

  • 1 green bell pepper, diced

  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juice

  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 cup packed shredded cooked turkey

  • 3 cups turkey or chicken broth

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1 avocado, diced

  • Chips, optional, for serving

  • Sour cream, optional, for serving

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Turkey Taco Soup

  2. Preheat a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the oil, followed by the onion. Sauté for 2 minutes.

    Turkey Taco Soup

  3. Add the bell pepper, jalapeño and garlic. Sauté for 2 more minutes.

    Turkey Taco Soup

  4. Add the chili powder, cumin, and oregano and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

    Turkey Taco Soup

  5. Add the tomatoes and juice, pinto beans, turkey and broth, and stir. Season with salt and pepper.

    Turkey Taco Soup

  6. Turn up the heat and bring to a simmer.

    Turkey Taco Soup

  7. Turn the heat to low and let simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

    Turkey Taco Soup

  8. Serve topped with diced avocado or a dollop of sour cream and tortilla chips.

    Turkey Taco Soup

Recipe Variation

  • The typical ground beef is replaced with shredded turkey for a lighter meal—or you can replace it with cooked chicken, if that's what you have on hand.
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 401
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 1344mg 58%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 16g 56%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 51mg 253%
Calcium 141mg 11%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 1256mg 27%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


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