Leftovers: New Mexico Turkey Tortilla Soup

November 24, 2010 | By andrea | Filed in: Christmas, Holidays, Main Dish, Mexican, Recipes, Soup/Stew, Southwestern, Thanksgiving, Turkey.

For me, a turkey dinner is nice for one meal (or maybe 2 meals…MAX). What I enjoy even more than the epic turkey feast is turning the leftover turkey into other meals, like enchiladas or soup. This recipe for New Mexico Turkey-Tortilla Soup is not only easy to make, but it’s delicious and a perfect use for the leftover bird.

The dried ancho chile can be found in the Hispanic section of your grocery store…I found mine at Winco. I added 1 teaspoon of ground cumin to the simmering tomato-base soup. Corn would also be a nice addition. The tortilla strips are easy to make and add good flavor but the soup will still be good if you substitute crushed tortilla chips instead…just buy the best, freshest ones you can find.

New Mexico Turkey-Tortilla Soup
-recipe from The New Thanksgiving Table by Diane Morgan

This soup is simply amazing. With a completely different flavor profile than the Thanksgiving meal, it makes a fabulous Thanksgiving leftover. The thick broth is smoky-flavored and deeply rich from the addition of the ancho chile. It’s not spicy hot, just bright tasting. Serve the soup in shallow bowls and pile high the crisp corn tortilla strips for a crunchy garnish. Serves 6.

Canola oil for frying

Six 6-inch corn tortillas, halved and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch strips
1 dried ancho chile, stemmed and seeded
1 white onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 can (28 ounces) peeled, whole plum tomatoes, drained
4 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups shredded roast turkey
kosher or sea salt
1 large avocado, halved, pitted, flesh scooped out, and cut into 1/2-inch dice
6 ounces (1 1/2 cups) Mexican Queso Fresco cheese, crumbled, or shredded Monterey Jack
1/3 cup lightly packed cilantro leaves
lime wedges for serving

Pour the oil into an 8-inch heavy saute pan to a depth of 1/2 inch. Place over medium-high heat until the oil is shimmering (350 degrees F on a deep-frying thermometer). In small batches, fry the tortilla strips, stirring them around, for about 1 minute until pale golden. (The oil will stop bubbling once they are crisp.) Using a slotted spoon, transfer the tortilla strips to a plate lined with paper towels. Reserve the oil.

Meanwhile, soak the chile in a small bowl of hot water for about 10 minutes until softened. Drain. Tear the chile into pieces. Set aside.

In a 6-quart saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of the tortilla frying oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes until soft but not browned. Remove from the heat. Transfer the onions and garlic to a blender. Add the chile and the tomatoes. Blend to a smooth puree. Pour the puree back into the saucepan and return to medium heat. Add the stock or broth and bring to a simmer. Cover the pan and simmer the soup for 30 minutes. Stir in the shredded turkey. Taste and season with salt.

To serve, divide the avocado and cheese among 6 warmed shallow bowls. Ladle the soup over top and garnish with the tortilla strips and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges to squeeze over the top.

Do Ahead: The soup, without the turkey added, can be made up to 2 days in advance. Reheat gently and add the turkey just before serving.

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6 comments on “Leftovers: New Mexico Turkey Tortilla Soup

  1. Jun says:

    What a great bowl of soup! I think I am going to have to make this even without leftover turkey

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this I am always looking for a Tortilla Soup Recipe (and way to get rid of leftover Turkey) I would love it if you linked up with me this afternoon.

  3. Miz Helen says:

    Your New Mexico Turkey Tortilla Soup looks wonderful, it is a very good recipe. Thank you for sharing and have a good week.

  4. Sabrina says:

    GREAT idea! I just make a noodle dish with my turkey and still have some left. Definitely trying this out! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Teresa says:

    Made this, but tweaked it a little using what I had on hand. I used Rotel which added spice and I added the corn. Was much yummy, and the kids loved it. Kinda reminds me of Pozole. Will become one of our regular soup meals this winter:)

  6. andrea says:

    Good job on tweaking the recipe and making it your own, Teresa!