Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Soup Recipe with Black Beans and Lime

Turkey and Sweet Potato Soup with Black Beans (I'll be driving to my sister's house in a few hours, so I'm posting this before I leave and then I'll be taking a few days off from blogging. Happy Thanksgiving to all my wonderful readers and blogging friends. When I think of all the things I have to be thankful for, again this year I realize how much I am Thankful For My Blog. Edit Thanksgiving Day: Welcome to anyone visiting after Thanksgiving from the Provo Daily Herald, where reporter Natalie Hollingshead featured a couple of my recipes in the article Give Thanks for Leftovers.)

Somehow to me it just doesn't feel like Thanksgiving unless I take the turkey carcass, put it in a big roasting pan with lots of water, onions, carrots, celery, and a bit of Penzeys Turkey Soup Base, and fill up the house with the smell of turkey stock. I'm spending Thanksgiving at my sister's house, having fun with the kids, and I'll definitely be making turkey stock later tomorrow. This recipe is for the soup I made with my pre-Thanksgiving turkey at home, and I'm indulging my new love of sweet potatoes in soup. This recipe is pretty flexible, but don't leave out the touch of fresh lime juice added at the very end. Lime and sweet potatoes, that's what makes this soup something special.

You can make the soup using chicken and even chicken broth from a can, but I highly recommend making turkey stock if you have a carcass left from the big holiday meal. (Edit: In 2008 I wrote a new post about How to Make Turkey Stock, so I removed those instructions here to make the recipe a bit shorter. Click that link if you're making your own turkey stock.)

Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Soup with Black Beans and Lime
(Makes 6-8 servings, recipe created by Kalyn)

1 cup diced onion (1 small onion)
1 cup diced celery
1 T olive oil
3 cups diced sweet potato, cut in pieces about 1/2 inch (orange sweet potatoes are often called Yams or Sweet Yams in U.S. stores)
2 tsp. dried oregano (I used Mexican oregano, but either kind will work)
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground chile powder (New Mexico chile powder preferred)
1/2 tsp. dried sage
5 cups turkey stock (can use chicken stock)
2 cans black beans, plus liquid
2 cups diced leftover turkey
2 T diced Anaheim chiles (if canned often called "green chiles"; use more if desired)
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
salt, fresh ground black pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in heavy soup pot, add onions and celery and saute about 5 minutes. Add sweet potatoes, oregano, cumin, chile powder, sage, and turkey stock, lower heat to a simmer, and cook about 60 minutes, stirring a few times.

Add black beans, rinsing out the can with a small amount of water and adding all bean liquid. Simmer soup 30-45 minutes more.

Add diced turkey and green chiles and simmer about 30 minutes more. Stir in fresh-squeezed lime juice, season with salt and pepper as desired, and cook 5 minutes more. Serve hot, with additional fresh lime to squeeze into soup if desired.

This would be great with sour cream, chopped cilantro, grated cheese, or even crushed corn chips for family members who aren't South Beach Dieters.

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South Beach Suggestions:
Sweet potatoes and black beans are both considered to be "good carbs" for the South Beach Diet. This soup paired with a perfect green salad would make a great meal for phase two or three.

More Turkey Options for After Thanksgiving:
Brown Rice Salad with Leftover Turkey, Red Cabbage, and Pecans
Turkey and White Bean Chili with Chocolate
Turkey Barley Soup
Leftover Turkey, Mushroom, and Wild Rice Soup
Leftover Turkey Soup with Double Mushrooms
Lentil Soup with Smoked Turkey from Seriously Good
Mom's Turkey Soup from Simply Recipes
Turkey Chili from Simply Recipes
Turkey Curry Soup with Brown Rice from Je Mange la Ville
Turkey, Tortellini, and Watercress soup from A Veggie Venture
Turkey-Escarole Soup from The Perfect Pantry

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Katy said...

This looks wonderful! What a great use for all that leftover turkey... I bet it would freeze pretty well, too!

katiez said...

Have a lovely Thanksgiving with your family!
I really miss leftover turkey...

Peter M said...

Kalyn, have a wonderful weekend and we'll see you on the other side of Thanksgiving!

Asha said...

Have a safe drive and Happy Thanksgiving Kalyn! Enjoy your family:))
Turkey soup looks great!

Ed Tep said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Kalyn! This soup looks sublime!

Lydia said...

Thanks for mentioning my turkey-escarole soup -- that's what we're having for Thanksgiving main course this year! Hope you are enjoying a wonderful holiday with your family.

Kevin said...

This sounds tasty! With homemade turkey stock as well. Happy thanksgiving!

neil said...

Love the way the soup reads, I'm trying to get everyone to agree for a turkey for Xmas, if we have one, I'll do your soup. Hope your Thanksgiving is a happy one with your family, I know it will be tasty.

'Hard to get a good shot', welcome to my world!!!

SusanV said...

Lovely photos, Kalyn! Hope you're having a great holiday.

Deborah Dowd said...

Hope you are having a wonderful holiday! I am glad I am not the only one with a bubbling turkey carcass on the stove. I think they should have a plug-in air freshener with that scent.

Roni said...

Awesme idea for leftover turkey!

Sandy-LA 90034 said...


I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

I used your recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar as my potluck dish to take to my brother's for Thanksgiving dinner. I didn't have the parmesan cheese or pine nuts, but even so, it was a delicious accompaniment to all the other tasty dishes at the dinner.

Cynthia said...

Kalyn, hope you're having a good time with the family and getting the much-deserved rest.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Trust you're have a grand time with everyone!
I really love the look of this soup. I know the sweet potato and the turkey are major components but it seems to me the two key is the lime and the anaheim!
I've a post up now for my secret dressing/stuffing ingredient.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I see you've already discovered my secret Kalyn! You're fast!

lucette said...

In the roasting pan: brilliant!

Kirsten said...

This looks great! There simply cannot be too many good turkey leftover recipes.

Have a wonderful holiday!

Kalyn said...

Hi Everyone,
Just checking in to say thanks for the nice comments. I'm suffering with a really bad cold, so I actually came home early from my sister and I'm drinking hot tea and trying to get better.

Nicole said...


I hope you start feeling better soon! This soup sounds wonderful and makes me wish I had some leftover turkey!!

kellypea said...

Mmm...this sounds very good. I just did a turkey soup myself tonight -- not something I usually do. Yours looks delicious.

Jeanne said...

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and that the annual turkey stock making turned out well ;-) I made a roast duck the other day and made stock with the carcass. Sinfully delicious.

Melissa Napier said...

I just found your recipe through google. What do you think about substituting pinto beans for black beans. I have pintos on hand and would like to use them instead.

Kalyn said...

Melissa, I think pinto beans would be fine.

Melissa Napier said...

Thanks for answering back! I'll be making the soup for dinner tonight!

Anonymous said...

I love sweet potatoes and had left over turkey breast and wanted to make a soup. I Google sweet potato turkey soup and yours was the first search response. When I saw it included black beans and lime I knew I had to try it and it was amazing. I will definitely keep this as one of my favorites.


Dee said...

Made this last night... used store bought chicken stock though. It is soooo yummy. My hubby even loved it; and he was very skeptical of sweet potatoes since he's not a fan. I'll def make this again. I found the recipe just be searching for "leftover turkey soup" on Google.

Kalyn said...

So glad people are liking this, and it's a good reminder for me to make it again this year too!

The mom~ster said...

we made this for dinner last was sooooo tasty...thanks for sharing it

Kalyn said...

Momster, thanks so much for the feedback. Glad to know you liked it. said...

Just made this today and it was absolutely 'delumptious' and I will not only make this again, but I'll share the link with others. Since I'm living in NM, this is very similar to a 'tortilla soup' that's offered on many restaurant menus and now I know I can make it even better. Topping with shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips and a dap of sour cream was the BEST! Thanks for sharing this great way to use the turkey carcass; I'll never toss it again! Happy Holidays from Albuquerque.

Kalyn said...

Jansan48, so happy you liked it. Funny thing, my parents lived in Albuquerque in the 80's and at that time I didn't like sweet potatoes at all!

Sean said...

YES! Found you with Google (searched for turkey stock). I made this recipe tonight with Christmas' leftover turkey meat/carcass. It was so good. A huge hit. I made some tortilla chips and guacamole to go with it. Ate it with some Christmas bread. Thanks!

Jessica said...

I made this soup tonight. It was great! My husband picked up my produce for me and the sweet potatoes definitely did not have the happy shade of orange like in your photo. I think it would make a big difference to have yams instead (at least colorwise). I cut down some of the simmer time since my guests came over earlier than I thought and it still turned out great. I boiled the soup for a bit and it became thick, like a stew. Yum! I also used your recipe for turkey stock from my leftover turkey. Thanks for the great recipes!

Kalyn said...

Jessica, what you see in my photo are orange sweet potatoes. Sometimes stores call them yams, but they are really sweet potatoes. (Don't get in an argument with your grocery store about this, but google it if you don't believe me.) Glad you liked it though!

Jennifer W said...

This was so delicious! The soup is full of flavor and wholesome.

I added one additional step: Before adding the turkey and chilis, I pureed about 1 1/2 cups of the soup and returned it to the pot. The result was an almost cream-like texture.

Thanks for the recipe!

Kalyn said...

Jennifer, sounds like an interesting variation. Thanks for sharing.

Laura said...

Kalyn, Do you think I could throw this all in the crockpot on low for a few hours? Adding the lime juice towards eating time? Would it hold up being frozen?
Thanks LM

Kalyn said...

Laura, I can only say I'm guessing it would work, because obviously I haven't tried it that way. I would use a little less stock, maybe 4 cups. If you try it, would love to know how it turns out.

Laura said...

Kalyn. This worked very well in my crock pot. I put everything but the lime & cilantro which I added just before serving. 4 cups of broth was perfect. I did it 5 hours on low. It worked perfectly with my work schedule. I will make this after christmas again.
Thank you again for all the amazing recipes

Kalyn said...

Laura, so glad you liked it and great to know it works in the CrockPot!

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