Believe it or not, even though I have been cooking since I was 5, I have never made soup. Not once. Isn’t that crazy? I’m truthfully not a huge soup fan and for some reason, I’ve always been sort of afraid to make it. It seemed easy enough, but I just couldn’t understand how I would make it taste better than watery broth. I’m happy to say that I’ve finally conquered my fear!

This Christmas we had a massive double turkey breast and there was a lot of meat left on it. I figured it was the perfect time to make my first soup. I perused a few recipes to get an idea of how to do it, and then decided to take a stab at a turkey tortilla soup. I took most of my ideas from this recipe.

I chose tortilla soup because 1. I thought my kids would love it and 2. Avocado and tortilla chips…need I say more?

I wanted to use the turkey carcass in its entirety but quite honestly it didn’t fit into my pot and so I trashed it. I tore all the meat off and that was that. I wasn’t going to stuff a turkey carcass into my soup just to say I did it! It didn’t end up mattering, because the soup turned out great.

The Critic gave this recipe two thumbs up and kept saying how good the soup was. I loved it too…amazeballs. And so easy! It can be made with leftover chicken or turkey, I think you could even make it with tofu.


Makes a large pot – at least 12 servings

2 cups cooked turkey meat, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 398 ml/14oz can black beans

1 398ml/14oz can corn kernels (or 1.5 cups frozen)

½ cup cilantro, torn apart

1 whole medium onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, crushed

2T olive oil

11-12 cups of chicken broth

1 156ml (5.5oz) can of tomato paste

1T chili powder

1t ground cumin

Garnishes: fresh cilantro, tortilla chips, avocado, sour cream, cheddar cheese

Heat oil in a large pot. Brown onions and garlic, then add chicken and brown. Add tomato paste, chili powder, and cumin and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Add the chicken broth, cilantro, corn, and beans, and simmer for 30 minutes.

Garnish with crushed tortilla chips, fresh cilantro sprigs, and cubed avocado or any other garnishes you want. A squeeze of fresh lime is one of the best things you can add to each bowl.