I love leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner. What would I do without them? I'd be lost...
"The heavenly aroma still hung in the house. But it was gone, all gone! No turkey! No turkey sandwiches! No turkey salad! No turkey gravy! Turkey hash! Turkey a la king! Or gallons of turkey soup! Gone, ALL GONE!"
[Ralphie, A Christmas Story]
But even I'll admit that turkey sandwiches get old after a few days. If you're looking for something different, with a spicy, southwestern flavor to it, have I got the recipe for you...
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 jalapeno, minced (optional)
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon oregano (dried mexican oregano, if you can find it)
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
- 15oz can of diced tomatoes, drained (Muir Glen fire roasted diced tomatoes are preferred)
- 4 cups cooked black beans (Homemade are best, but you can substitute 2 cans, drained)
- 1 quart homemade turkey stock
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 cups cooked turkey, diced (One half of a turkey breast, cut it into rough 1" cubes)
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- cilantro leaves, minced
Optional toppings and garnishes
- Pickled hot peppers
- Sour Cream
- Hot Sauce
- Shredded cheese
- Diced avocado
1. Saute the aromatics: Heat the vegetable oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering, then add the onion and peppers, and sprinkle with the ½ teaspoon of salt. Saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Make a hole in the center of the pan and add the garlic, chili powder, cumin and oregano. Toast for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until you start to smell garlic. Stir into the rest of the aromatics, and saute for another 1-2 minutes or until they just start to brown.
2. Simmer the broth: Add the tomatoes, beans and turkey stock to the pot. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil, then boil for 1 minute. Reduce the heat and simmer, add the turkey, and simmer for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to mingle.
*I keep my stock in the freezer, so I thaw it in the microwave while I'm doing step 1. If it's still frozen at this point, that's OK. Just put the big ice cube of stock into the pot, and it will melt on its way to boiling.
3. Season the soup: Add the lime juice and brown sugar, then season to taste with salt, pepper, more lime juice, more sugar, and maybe a little hot sauce.
4. Serve: Ladle into bowls, and top with a little minced cilantro. Serve, with the garnishes available for adding on at the table.
*If you like a "soupier" soup, up the turkey stock to 2 quarts.
*If you like it heartier, add a cup of cooked rice when you add the turkey cubes.
*For the onion/tomato/pepper/garlic aromatics, substitute 1.5 to 2 cups of leftover tomato salsa. In step 1, Cook the salsa in the oil until it turns dark red in color, then move on to step 2 and the chicken stock.
*No limes? Add a splash of cider vinegar.
*You can always substitute chicken stock and leftover chicken for the turkey, if you're reading this recipe after Thanksgiving.
*I serve this with a salad and tortilla chips on the side.
*This is a great "refrigerator velcro" meal for me, to use up leftover turkey and frozen black beans. Oh, and I was out of tomatoes, so I skipped them. As you can probably tell, this recipe is pretty flexible.
Questions? Comments? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below.
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