Turkey Taco Soup

Creamy and just a bit spicy, Turkey Taco Soup is a great way to use leftover turkey. Toss everything in the slow cooker today and you’ll have a delicious homemade meal by dinner time.

Two bowls of turkey taco soup topped with cheese, avocado, tortilla strips. Taco Soup made in the slow cooker or crockpot.

Slow Cooker Taco Soup 

I love soup. I especially love soup that I can make in my slow cooker with very little prep time. Nothing beats the aroma that fills your kitchen when you have a hearty soup cooking in the Crock Pot. 

The fragrant spices, onion and peppers in a taco soup make it smell extra enticing as it cooks. When I have a turkey taco soup in the slow cooker I can hardly wait for dinner time to sneak a taste! 

This versatile and easy Turkey Taco Soup has become one of my favorite ways to use leftover turkey after the holidays. I like it so much that I make various iterations of it all year long when I need a filling and fuss-free meal. 

How to Make Soup with Leftover Turkey

Ingredients for turkey taco soup: turkey, pepppers, onion, broth, salsa, corn, taco seasoning

As much as I enjoy eating turkey on Thanksgiving, I think I might enjoy all the leftover turkey meals even more. From Turkey Cheddar Sliders to Turkey Noodle Soup, I love using up the leftover meat in meals throughout the week. If you’re bored with the usual turkey soups, sandwiches and salads, tossing your turkey in a taco soup is an ideal way to shake things up! 

After your turkey dinner, pop leftover turkey meat into Ziploc bags and store them in the fridge. Pull out a bag whenever you’re in the mood for soup and the rest is as easy as can be. 

The spices and Mexican flavors in taco soup make it a beautiful match for turkey. The heavy cream and creamed corn balance out the spice of the salsa and taco seasoning just perfectly. This soup is creamy and warming without being overwhelmingly spicy.

Seriously, I love this soup and I can’t wait for you to try it.

Shredded turkey breast for turkey taco soup

How to Make Turkey Taco Soup in the Slow Cooker

Today, I used a fresh turkey breast to make my taco soup. The turkey goes into the slow cooker along with the rest of the ingredients: 

  • black bean & corn salsa
  • diced onion
  • diced green pepper 
  • chicken stock
  • canned corn
  • creamed corn 
  • taco seasoning
  • cumin 

I use jarred salsa, canned corn and canned creamed corn to make this recipe extra easy. All you have to do is dice your onion and pepper!

After cooking everything on low for 6 – 8 hours, remove the turkey from the pot, shred it and add it back to the slow cooker. Stir in heavy cream and let the soup continue cooking for about 30 minutes, just until the cream is warmed through. 

With just a few minutes of active prep time, it doesn’t get much easier than Turkey Taco Soup. 

Bowl of turkey taco soup with half an avocado.

What to put on Taco Soup 

We served up this taco soup with easy Puff Pastry Breadsticks and everyone came back for a second bowl. Each and every spoonful was better than the last! 

Taco Soup makes a perfect canvas for topping with just about any of your favorite taco fixings. Try it with guacamole and tortilla strips, corn chips and sour cream, or a bit more salsa on top. You won’t regret sprinkling a handful of shredded cheddar cheese on top, either (in fact it’s almost required in my house). 

And the leftovers, if you have any, are fantastic! 

Slow Cooker Turkey Taco Soup with toppings: cheese, avocado, and tortilla strips.

Recipe Notes

  • Today, I used bags of precooked turkey breast for this soup. You can also use uncooked turkey breasts if you don’t have any leftover or cooked turkey on hand. 
  • No turkey? No problem. This recipe works wonderfully with chicken, too. Use cooked leftover chicken, uncooked chicken breasts or even a rotisserie chicken. 
  • Leftovers store well in the fridge for about a week. This soup also freezes beautifully! 
  • Feel free to adjust the spices according to taste. For more heat, top your bowl of turkey soup with your favorite hot sauce. 
  • I use my Homemade Taco Seasoning for this recipe.  If you’ve never made your own taco seasoning, definitely give it a try sometime. It’s super easy, economical and great to have on hand to make taco nights even easier. That said, store bought seasoning tastes great in this soup, too. 

Turkey Taco Soup in the instant pot

How to Make Turkey Taco Soup in the Instant Pot

  1. Plug in the Instant Pot. 
  2. Add chicken broth, turkey breasts, taco seasoning, salsa, onion, green pepper, corn (both kinds), and cumin. Give a quick stir.
  3. Secure lid, turn to “SEALING”, pressure cook on high for 8 minutes. After the six minutes, set timer for 10 minutes for Natural Pressure Release. After ten minutes, do a quick release until valve drops and pressure is released completely.
  4. Open lid and add heavy cream. Stir and serve with sour cream, cheese, avocado, cilantro or any other toppings you enjoy.

Slow Cooker Soups

Slow cookers can totally save the day on busy weeknights! I get a ton of use out of mine, especially when the weather’s chilly. 

Looking for more ideas for easy slow cooker soups? Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup should be next on your list, especially if you like Mexican inspired soup recipes like this one. I’d also recommend you give my Slow Cooker Pizza Soup and my Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Tortilla Soup

Turkey taco soup made in the crockpot. Two bowls stacked and topped with avocado, cheese, and tortilla strips.

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Yield: serves 6

Turkey Taco Soup

Turkey Taco Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes

Use that leftover holiday turkey (or chicken) to whip up a delicious dinner of Turkey Taco Soup. Made in the slow cooker, this is an easy meal for any time of year!

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cup shredded turkey (or chicken)..or use raw turkey breasts
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 16 oz jar corn and black bean salsa
  • 32 oz chicken stock
  • 15oz can corn, drained
  • 15oz can creamed corn
  • 1 1/2 oz package taco seasoning
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. In a large slow-cooker, combine all ingredients except heavy cream. Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours. Half an hour before serving, remove turkey, shred it, and return to pot. Stir in heavy cream.
  2. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese, tortilla strips and guacamole. Enjoy!

Notes

For the Instant Pot:

  1. Plug in the Instant Pot. 
  2. Add chicken broth, turkey breasts, taco seasoning, salsa, onion, green pepper, corn (both kinds), and cumin. Give a quick stir.
  3. Secure lid, turn to "SEALING", pressure cook on high for 8 minutes. After the six minutes, set timer for 10 minutes for Natural Pressure Release. After ten minutes, do a quick release until valve drops and pressure is released completely.
  4. Open lid and add heavy cream. Stir and serve with sour cream, cheese, avocado, cilantro or any other toppings you enjoy.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 956 Total Fat: 36g Saturated Fat: 16g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 14g Cholesterol: 312mg Sodium: 1622mg Carbohydrates: 46g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 13g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 118g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Recipe originally published February 15, 2012. Photos updated 2019.

Creamy and satisfying Turkey Taco Soup uses leftover turkey meat and Mexican flavors to make a meal everyone loves. 

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27 comments on “Turkey Taco Soup”

  1. I love slow cooker meals where you just dump everything in and let it cook. This looks excellent. I love taco/mexican soups 🙂

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  3. Yum! I love taco soup but haven’t thought of adding turkey or creamed corn. Sounds amazing and hearty!

  4. Crock pot meals are the best!!!! I love just dumping it all in and having a yummy meal hours later without all the work:-) This sounds great for a cold day:-)

  5. It must be Mexican food day in blogland…I just posted a Mexican Chicken Soup for the crock pot on my blog today! Your taco soup sounds divine…I’m pinning it now 🙂

  6. I love taco soup, there is just something about all the wonderful flavors! This looks delicious!

  7. Oh my gosh, we love taco soup in our house, but have never made it in a slow cooker! What a novel idea. Thanks opening up my eyes to a great week night dinner!

  8. Aimee, this turkey soup looks to die for delicious! I love a good warm, hearty meal like this in the middle of winter. Thanks for sharing! You have a beautiful blog and I’m glad to have found it.

  9. WOW, this looks fantastic! I can’t wait to try it out. New fan, loving your blog!

  10. What a delicious looking soup!! I love that I can throw it in the slow cooker! Yum! 🙂

  11. This sounds delicious. I love to visit here and I never leave empty handed. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  12. Sounds easy enough. Love using my crock pot !

  13. Sounds fantastic! I love mexican food and I love the crockpot! Bookmarking!!

  14. This looks incredible! Perfect for a chilly winter night!

  15. I will definitely have to try this! We just posted our 2nd Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and would love for you to share this! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_16.html

  16. Oh my this looks so yummy and creamy! I’m not usually a huge taco soup person, but this sounds enticing 🙂

  17. What a great use for leftovers…looks like something my family would really love 🙂

  18. Anonymous

    We haven’t been to your blog in awhile. All looks good, but this soup looks a little like vomit. Probably tastes better though. Cheers T&J

  19. Ty&Jaymie, nice..vomit? yes, it tastes much better!

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