Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Soup with Black Beans
Turkey and Sweet Potato Soup with Black Beans is a great use for leftover turkey, but make this with chicken if you’re not lucky enough to have any turkey! This delicious low-glycemic soup is easy to make, it freezes well, and the recipe is gluten-free.
It won’t be long before you have some leftover turkey, and when you do this deliciously healthy Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Soup Recipe with Black Beans and Lime is a lovely way to use it. And you can use leftover sweet potatoes in this soup too, if you’re lucky enough to have some.
One of my favorite traditions for the day after Thanksgiving is taking the turkey carcass, putting 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. This soup recipe with turkey, black beans, and lime is one of my favorite soups to make with leftover turkey, and I’m indulging my love of sweet potatoes in soup
here as well.
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 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. Here are instructions for How to Make Turkey Stock
, and I promise you’ll thank me when the wonderful smell of this stock fills your house on the day after thanksgiving.
Start the soup by cooking the onions and celery a few minutes in the bottom of the soup pot. Then add the diced sweet potatoes, oregano, cumin, chile powder, sage, and turkey stock and simmer about 40 minutes. Add black beans and liquid to the mix and simmer about 15 minutes more; then add the diced turkey and green chiles and simmer another 15 minutes. Stir in the lime juice, simmer a few minutes more, and serve hot. Add chopped fresh cilantro if you wish.
This is good with cheese and sour cream to sprinkle on at the table.
And just for fun, here’s the original photo of this soup from 2007, which I actually still like quite a bit! When I made this recently to take the new photos, I reduced the cooking times a little, so now the soup is a bit quicker to get on the table; enjoy!
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 (I used my fresh-frozen 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 40 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 15 minutes more.
Add diced turkey and green chiles and simmer about 15 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, or grated cheese, and you could even add crushed corn chips for family members who aren’t watching their carbs.
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South Beach/Low-Carb Eating Suggestions:
Sweet potatoes and black beans are both considered to be “good carbs” for the South Beach Diet, meaning they are digested slowly. This soup would be suitable for phase 2 or 3 on South Beach, but It’s probably too high in carbs for other types of low-carb eating plans unless you use a lot more turkey and less beans and sweet potatoes.
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