Rating: 4.79 stars
105 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 89
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

Soothing Mexica-themed soup which can be enjoyed as a light meal or with garnishes that can make it more sinful. Freezes well.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
50 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and stir in the ground turkey. Cook and stir until the turkey is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink. Transfer turkey to a bowl; set aside.

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  • In the same skillet, stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion is nearly translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots and celery. Continue to cook and stir until tender, about 8 more minutes.

  • Stir in the corn, garlic, taco seasoning, cumin, chili powder, dried oregano, and about 1/4 cup cilantro along with the cooked turkey. Cook and stir until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

  • Mix in the tomatoes, kidney beans, green chile pepper, olives, chicken broth, water, and lime juice. Season with salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and continue to simmer for 20 minutes. Remove chile halves, and garnish with the remaining cilantro before serving.

Cook's Notes

Make this vegetarian by substituting texturized vegetable protein/Quorn(R)/Boca Burger(R) crumbles for meat, and use vegetarian broth. Cans of tomato/broth/beans are large so rather than waste parts of the cans, I choose to make a large batch of soup and freeze half of it to enjoy another week. As is the case with all great cooks, please use the chili, salt, pepper, water and lime juice to make the soup as spicy or bland as you desire. Lower the fat content by cooking onions in 2 T chicken broth and 2 teaspoons olive oil, use fat free broth and omit the dairy products.

Optional toppings include avocado slices, grated reduced fat Cheddar cheese, tortilla chips, Greek yogurt, and lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts

273 calories; protein 19.8g; carbohydrates 26.9g; fat 10.6g; cholesterol 54.6mg; sodium 1074mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (78)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2012
Turkey Taco Soup Haiku: "Perfect as it is! I had to sub a few things. But wow awesome soup!" My only changes were 1 lb. turkey "Taco Seasoning I" instead of packet a can of diced chili peppers (no fresh on hand) and less broth. Left my soup in the crock-pot for the afternoon and by dinnertime it smelled sinfully-good. I love that it was so colorful and almost wouldn't have minded even more veggies but this soup was great and the cook's notes at the bottom are very helpful too. (I also froze half for another night but truthfully I wouldn't mind having some leftovers in front of my face right now.) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/17/2015
If you want taco flavor...just make tacos. This soup disappoints. Lacks flavor. I used Mrs. Sages Taco packet so maybe that's where I went wrong. But I followed the recipe to a "t". I'm a personal chef and I've been cooking most of my life...since a young child. I went over the recipe ingredients list a few times to make sure I didn't miss anything before posting this and sadly I didn't. Without adding HEAPS of salt or more hot sauce this soup just DISAPPOINTS. Read More
105 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 89
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2012
Turkey Taco Soup Haiku: "Perfect as it is! I had to sub a few things. But wow awesome soup!" My only changes were 1 lb. turkey "Taco Seasoning I" instead of packet a can of diced chili peppers (no fresh on hand) and less broth. Left my soup in the crock-pot for the afternoon and by dinnertime it smelled sinfully-good. I love that it was so colorful and almost wouldn't have minded even more veggies but this soup was great and the cook's notes at the bottom are very helpful too. (I also froze half for another night but truthfully I wouldn't mind having some leftovers in front of my face right now.) Read More
(35)
Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2012
1st time on website & made this soup. My family loved it. I switched the kidney beans for pinto beans (canned) - this is a recipe for your box. Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
04/09/2012
This is great! Something different! The only problem we had was it is spicy. I used Mild Taco Seasoning and it was still spicy especially for the kids. If I did it again I would put a little bit of spices/taco seasoning in at a time. Very easy dinner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2012
This is one of the best soups I have ever had! YUM! The thought of Taco Soup never appealed to me and boy was I missing out! Thanks for sharing this fabulous recipe! I made a few minor changes based on what I had on hand and personal preferences. I used a can of drained corn instead of frozen corn. I used pinto beans instead of kidney beans. I used a small can of green chilies instead of a green chile pepper. I left the lime juice out. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2012
Wow! Wonderful over a bowl of rice with a scoop of greek yogurt as a sour cream substitute. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2012
Very tasty soup! I didn't have taco seasoning so I simply added more chilli powder cumin. Some garlic powder and a dash of clove and cinnamon--and I sauteed the garlic and spices with the turkey first. Luckily I had some chicken stock on hand from a left over roast chicken. Highly recommend---I will make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2012
Most excellent! So much flavor and easy to put together Read More
(3)
Rating: 4 stars
10/10/2015
Not the best soup ever but good. To be fair I did not follow directions exactly. I browned turkey (1LB) with onion and carrot then spices then the remaining using only 2 cups chicken broth (low sodium) as it would have been very runny using more. I didn't have celery or corn and only used a small can of olives and black beans instead of kidney as that is what I had. Very versatile! I added up all nutrition info. Made a total of 8 cups. A 1 cup serving = 179 cal 1.5 fat 888 sodium 23 carb 5.5 fiber and 19 protein. Overall healthy.... will use all low sodium next time. Very filling too. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2012
Really easy to make. Love the lime flavor and its really low in calories so it's good for you too! Read More
(2)
Rating: 2 stars
12/17/2015
If you want taco flavor...just make tacos. This soup disappoints. Lacks flavor. I used Mrs. Sages Taco packet so maybe that's where I went wrong. But I followed the recipe to a "t". I'm a personal chef and I've been cooking most of my life...since a young child. I went over the recipe ingredients list a few times to make sure I didn't miss anything before posting this and sadly I didn't. Without adding HEAPS of salt or more hot sauce this soup just DISAPPOINTS. Read More