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Turkey Tortilla Soup

Turkey Tortilla Soup 4.000

Laura Chase de Formigny for The Washington Post; food styling by Diana Jeffra for The Post

Nov 19, 2006

This untraditional, creamy tortilla soup is one way to use any extra turkey you'll have on hand. Add this to your Thanksgiving leftovers recipe collection, because it's simple and filling. Serve with a green salad.

Servings: 4
  • Eight 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 1 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth or homemade turkey broth, plus more for thinning the soup as necessary
  • 1 1/4 cups canned green enchilada sauce, such as Hatch brand
  • 1 1/4 cups canned red enchilada sauce, such as Hatch brand
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup nonfat half-and-half (may substitute for low-fat milk)
  • 2 cups cooked turkey, shredded or cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped grape tomatoes, for garnish
  • 1 avocado, flesh cut into 1/2-inch dice, for garnish
  • 1 jalapeño chile pepper, stemmed, seeded and finely minced, for garnish
  • 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, for garnish


In a large, dry skillet over medium-high heat, working in batches, heat the corn tortillas on both sides until they are slightly charred in spots; this should take about 6 minutes total. Slice the tortillas into 1/2-inch-wide strips.

In a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, combine the broth and tortilla strips. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the tortillas have softened and have thickened the broth.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the enchilada sauces, cumin, half-and-half and cooked turkey, stirring to combine. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until the soup is heated through. (You may add more broth to achieve a thinner consistency.)

To serve, divide the soup among individual bowls and garnish with the tomatoes, avocado, jalapeno chili pepper and cheddar cheese.

Recipe Source

Adapted from a recipe submitted on

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 493

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 18g 28%

Saturated Fat: 5g 25%

Cholesterol: 64mg 21%

Sodium: 671mg 28%

Total Carbohydrates: 55g 18%

Dietary Fiber: 14g 56%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 34g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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