Spicy Leftover Turkey Soup

Hi everyone! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I am enjoying the second week of Christmas/New Year holiday season, chilling with little girl and hanging out with friends. The potluck party we threw on Christmas Eve was a huge success, adults and children all had a blast, as the host/hostess, hubby and I were thrilled! If you are interested to find out what dishes were served, please check out Weeknite Meal’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/weeknitemeals

Even though most of the food were consumed, there were still quite a bit of turkey left (hubby fried two turkeys, one and half were gone by the end of the night), I shredded the meat and kept them in the frig to make this wonderfully comfort soup. The original recipe was from Laura in the Kitchen, hubby found her video on YouTube and we were extremely pleased with how the soup tasted, I’ve made some minor adjustments to suit our preference (the original recipe called for 1 whole tablespoon of chilli… For a spicy food lover like me, that was still way too hot!) Enjoy!

4 cups of Chicken Stock
3 cups of water
1 Large Onion, chopped
1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
1 Jalapeno, seeded ad chopped
4 Cloves of Garlic, minced
1/2 Tbsp of Chili Powder
1 Tsp of Cumin
1 tsp of Dried Oregano
1 Tsp of Coriander
1 28oz can of Hominy, drained and rinsed
1 pound of cooked Turkey, shredded
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste

For Topping,
Lime Juice
Chopped Avocados


1) In a large pot over medium high heat, cook together the onion, jalapeno and garlic in the olive oil for 4 to 5 minutes or until the veggie are staring to cook down. Add the ground cumin, coriander, chili powder and oregano and cook for 30 seconds.

2) Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.

3) Add the hominy and turkey, season with salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes.

4) Ladle into the serving bowl and top with some fresh cilantro, chopped avocados and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Laura In The Kitchen


17 Comments Add yours

  1. Sounds like you really had a wonderful holiday celebration! It’s a great idea to use leftover turkey for this delicious soup! The deep fried turkey is the best, and I can totally imagine this soup is something we can enjoy after eating too much. πŸ™‚ Happy New Year to you and your family Cindy!

    1. Jeno says:

      Hi Nami! Yes this turkey soup is so easy to make and so flavorful, I was surprised when hubby first discovered the recipe! Happy new Year to you and your lovely family, can’t wait to see more postings in 2012!

  2. Sissi says:

    Jeno, it looks terrific! The last step (coriander, avocado and lime juice) sounds so luscious, I think I will test it in other soups too (I love cold avocado on the top of warm dishes). Although I don’t have any leftover turkey, I would cook or bake it just to make this soup. I must only check what hominy is… OK, I have checked. It doesn’t exist here, but I could put some canned beans instead I suppose.

    1. Jeno says:

      Oh that’s too bad hominy is not available in your neck of the woods… I had no idea what they were either, but hubby grew up in a more Mexican influenced town, so he knew exactly what the recipe called for. I am sure beans will work just as well!

  3. Sissi says:

    I have just looked at your facebook photos. Your Christmas Eve must have been fabulous! I would love to have a portion of every singles dish (well, maybe several portions of certain dishes…) And you even had a bartender πŸ˜‰

    1. Jeno says:

      Thank you Sissi! I hope your Christmas was wonderful as well! Hubby as the bartender always works well, get everyone relaxed before the big feast, most of the food was gone by the end of the night, it was crazy! Happy New Years to you!

  4. Great! Too bad we never have Turkey for Christmas so lol guess I wont be able to make this recipe πŸ™‚ but glad you had a great Xmas!

    Happy New Years in advance!

    1. Jeno says:

      Oh that’s too bad about not having turkey, but I am sure if there ever are leftover chicken, this recipe will do well also! Thank you Daisy for the well wishes! Happy New Years to you also!

  5. What a wonderful way to use leftover turkey! πŸ˜€

    1. Jeno says:

      Thanks Kath, we had it for dinner and lunch the next day, very economical!

  6. Happy New Year, Jeno! πŸ™‚

  7. wok with ray says:

    I love spicy food and a hot soup like yours is perfect especially on these cold nights, so double the heat is not bad at all. Happy New Year, Jeno.

    1. Jeno says:

      Thank you Ray! The original recipe called for double the amount of chili pepper, I am a spicy food lover, but even at the amount I adjusted, the soup was still very hot! If you do give it a try I hope you like it! Love your blog by the way, I will visit often!

  8. Sissi says:

    HI Jeno, how are you? I have just popped in to say I have found canned water chestnuts! They were very cheap and I found them in my Asian grocery shop (they seem to have everything from fresh shiso, Korean noodles, green mangoes…
    In short, I’m embarking soon on the pearl balls adventure πŸ™‚ (And it will be the first time I taste water chestnuts too!).

    1. Jeno says:

      Hi Sissi! I am so excited that you found the water chestnuts! My Mom said they might not be as crunchy but I think you will like them in the pearl balls anyway. Let me know your thoughts!

  9. Christy says:

    That’s what a lot of people do with leftover food; and most of the time, if it’s Chinese New Year reunion dinners, they will probably throw in some vegetables and spices to make a sweet, sour and spicy stew!:) I will share it if they do that this year πŸ˜‰

    1. Jeno says:

      Thank you Christy! I really enjoy the blog postings about your birthday celebrations. Happy Birthday!

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