Thanksgiving Leftover Idea: Turkey Tortilla Soup // The Speckled Palate

It all started as we were lounging after Friendsgiving. The dishes were finally clean, and we were all kicking back and relaxing, dozing slightly as football played on the television.

Sarah was browsing Pinterest and asked if I’d ever made Chicken Tortilla Soup.

I shook my head, and she continued her search, mentioning that it might be good since it was getting colder outside.

Thanksgiving Leftover Idea: Turkey Tortilla Soup // The Speckled Palate

And in that moment, I realized that turkey could be just as wonderful in that soup as chicken.

So, obviously, I had to make it. And when I did, I proceeded to use most of our turducken leftovers to create this soup. (I picked apart the turducken to get the turkey meat, so this rendition did not have chicken and duck added to it.)

… It was totally worth using most of the leftover turducken.

Thanksgiving Leftover Idea: Turkey Tortilla Soup // The Speckled Palate

This Turkey Tortilla Soup might not be traditional, but it tastes darn good, and it’s stupid simple to make.

Let me show you how:

Turkey Tortilla Soup
 
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Give leftover Thanksgiving turkey new life in this Turkey Tortilla Soup, which is comforting and delicious for a chilly day!
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 6
Ingredients
Soup
  • 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes in tomato juice, NOT drained
  • 16 oz. can refried beans
  • 32 oz. unsalted chicken stock
  • 1 lb. turkey meat, shredded
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Toppings
  • Homemade or store-bought tortilla chips
  • Sharp cheddar cheese (the more, the merrier)
  • Avocado slices
Instructions
  1. In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the tomatoes in juice and the refried beans. Stir together and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the chicken stock to the pan, stirring constantly as the ingredients mix. Add in the turkey meat, and bring to a boil.
  3. Once the soup has begun to boil, cover and lower the heat, simmering for 45 minutes.
  4. Serve warm with ample amounts of cheese stirred in and topped with tortilla chips and avocado slices.
Notes
This recipe can easily be doubled, if you so desire. It also freezes well, so when the soup is done, don't dress it (like you would a bowl you're going to eat immediately), and transfer to freezer-tight storage containers. When you're ready to enjoy it, let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop, then top with the toppings of your choice.

 

Thanksgiving Leftover Idea: Turkey Tortilla Soup // The Speckled Palate
What kinds of dishes are you making with your Thanksgiving leftovers this year?

Happy Thanksgiving 2014! // The Speckled Palate

It’s a crazy morning. (Real talk: What Thanksgiving morning isn’t?)

But in lieu of the craziness, I wanted to pop in to wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Let’s all remember to take time to reflect upon the things we are thankful for this beautiful day. It’s sometimes a challenge during the craziness of the food prep, gathering and feasting to take a quiet moment, but it’s only right. Today is, after all, about being thankful.

Here’s to a wonderful day spent with the people you love — friends, family, friends who have become family — and great food.

I’m thankful for each and every one of you!

Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up: Inspiration // The Speckled Palate

I can hardly believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow.

Because of this, I thought it might be nice to share a Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up for those of y’all who are still planning. Because I can guarantee if I was hosting this year, I’d be fretting over my choices and making last-minute changes. (That’s just how I roll.)

Ready to do this thing?

Let’s rock…

Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up: Inspiration // The Speckled Palate

Thanksgiving Appetizers & Drinks

Recipes from The Speckled Palate

Recipes from Other Bloggers

Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up: Inspiration // The Speckled Palate

Thanksgiving Entrees

Recipes from The Speckled Palate

Recipes from other bloggers

Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up: Inspiration // The Speckled Palate

Thanksgiving Sides

Recipes from The Speckled Palate:

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Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up: Inspiration // The Speckled Palate

Thanksgiving Desserts

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… What are you most looking forward to eating tomorrow?

What are you bringing to the table?

Thanksgiving Tacos // Erin Skinner from The Speckled Palate for My Cooking Spot

I realize it’s just barely the week of Thanksgiving, but why don’t we continue this Thanksgiving celebration and skip forward to the day after the feast?

Chances are, you’ve got a ton of leftovers… and chances are, you want something a little different than the dishes you gorged yourself on the previous day.

Might I suggest Thanksgiving Tacos?

I’m over at My Cooking Spot this morn sharing what I did to make these TexMex-inspired treats. They’re a different take on something we all know and love. Add your favorite leftovers to the mix, and let the Thanksgiving flavors sing as you enjoy them wrapped up in a tortilla.

Thanksgiving Tacos // Erin Skinner from The Speckled Palate for My Cooking Spot

What do you like to do with Thanksgiving leftovers?

  • MeganNovember 24, 2014 - 8:13 am

    This might be my favorite take on Thanksgiving leftovers! Yum! I always want something completely different, like Tex Mex, the next day. Plus after all that hard work, these are so easy to whip up!ReplyCancel

  • EriniNovember 24, 2014 - 1:10 pm

    This is amazing! Normally I just attempt some mass food dump with leftovers — eventually everything is in one bowl that you heat up and eat all together. THIS is way more creative and a much better option. :)ReplyCancel

  • CherylNovember 24, 2014 - 2:54 pm

    I love that this isn’t just your run-of-the-mill Thanksgiving leftover sandwich! This actually reminds me of these turkey tacos we had in Mexico at this Mayan restaurant – they were turkey + green mole + peanuts and so freaking yummy! Turkey tacos for the win!ReplyCancel

  • TrishaNovember 25, 2014 - 8:25 pm

    I love tacos, and I love Thanksgiving. I never thought these loves would collide, but now I’m not sure I can rest easy until I try this combination….:)ReplyCancel

Christmas Cookie Week 2014 // The Speckled Palate

Who’s excited for some Christmas cookies?

Christmas Cookie Week 2014 is fast approaching… and I wanted to fill y’all in on the details here! So if you’d like to participate and bake up a little holiday cheer? You’ve got a little time to plan and prepare before the week is upon us!

Here’s the basic information:

When? Saturday, December 7 through Saturday, December 13. (I’ll be posting the final round-up of recipes on Sunday, December 14!)

Where? The internet! Your blog, my blog, your friend’s blogs, etc.

What? Christmas Cookie Week is a yearly get-together of friends who want to spread holiday cheer through baking. Think of it as a virtual cookie exchange! Make as many or few recipes as you’d like, share the recipes and photos at your blog, leave the links on the master link-up, which will be shared on December 7, find some new recipes, connect with old and new blog friends and have a wonderful time as we all prepare for the holidays.

Intrigued? Check out the Christmas Cookie Week Landing Page. It has even more information than I laid out here… and when I get this year’s graphics finalized, I’ll be sharing them there.

Also, let me know if you’ll be taking part in the comments below, and I’ll add you to my e-mail list, which will be sent out with the final details shortly!