Thursday, November 19, 2009

Countdown to Thanksgiving: Fiesta Turkey Soup

Here's a great way to use up those turkey leftovers next week. But no reason to limit yourself to just this time of year. Keep a few cans in your pantry and you're ready to make it year-round. All you need is a little chicken (pre-cooked rotisserie from the grocery store would work just fine) and a can opener...then it's dinnertime.

Fiesta Turkey Soup
Makes 8 servings

1 medium onion, diced
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 garlic clove, minced
3 cups chopped cooked turkey or chicken
1 (15-ounce) can chili beans
3 1/2 cups chicken or turkey broth
1 (11-ounce) can whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, drained
1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Toppings: sour cream, shredded Mexican four-cheese blend, crumbled tortilla chips

Sauté onion in hot oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat 7 minutes or until tender. Add garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Stir in turkey and next 8 ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally; reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Serve with desired toppings.

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