We had, brace yourselves, FOUR turkeys at my house on Thanksgiving. Bless my husband’s little heart; he went above and beyond with the Thanksgiving feast. So of course we had a gazillion pieces leftover. Since we were getting sick of turkey sandwiches, we wanted to try something a little different. So, we made turkey tortilla soup. And, I should preface, HE made it. I don’t cook, but I’m very handy with opening cans and doing cleanup. J
Turkey Tortilla Soup
· 2 tablespoons of olive oil
· 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
· 1 box or 32oz of vegetable, or chicken broth
· 1 can diced tomatoes (15 oz)
· 1 can whole, peeled tomatoes (28 oz), quartered
· 2 cans black beans (15 oz), drained and rinsed
· 1 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
· 1 cup parsley, roughly chopped
· 1 jalapeño, finely diced
· 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
· Juice of one lime
· Leftover Thanksgiving turkey (about 2 pounds)
· Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
· 2 eight inch tortillas, cut into strips
· 1 bag blue corn tortilla chips
· 1 cup mozzarella cheese
· Sour cream, to taste
In a large saucepan heat the olive oil. Add the onions and cook for 2 minutes. Then, add the garlic and the jalapenos. Since I am horrible at following directions and time, I do this until they are brown. I know, I’m so helpful. J
Next, pour the vegetable broth, tomatoes, beans and half of the parsley and cilantro into a pot and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Once boiling, lower heat to simmer and add the turkey. Here is where you get your significant other, or yourself, if you are way braver then moi. You take the turkey and start to shred it. You can use a potato smasher or a whisk. It’s hot and I’m a wuss. Add lime juice to your liking and then add the rest of the cilantro and parsley. Now you can add the tortilla slices into the soup or for more crunch, fry or bake the tortilla slices until crisp.
Now in your bowl, add the blue tortilla chips and shredded cheese. Then, scoop the soup and enjoy with a dollop of sour cream.
Your taste buds can thank me later.