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Turkey Soup with Poblano Peppers

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Is your fridge loaded with Thanksgiving leftovers? This creamy Turkey Soup with Poblano Peppers will give your leftovers a sassy makeover with a little southwest flair. Not even the most anti-leftover eater could resist it!

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(Leftovers) Turkey Soup Recipe

The biggest cooking day of the year is over, and I bet you could use a weekend off from cooking.

Yet, it seems there are always hungry mouths to feed, and about half of those mouths will turn up their noses to leftovers, even sacred Thanksgiving leftovers.

So how do you use up your fridge full of food in a way no one will complain about?

You make this Creamy Turkey Soup Recipe with smoky poblano peppers.

This simple turkey soup recipe is so cozy, with mild smoky heat from the poblano peppers. I used up our leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, and even the orzo stuffing I made, in a unique and irresistible way.

Creamy Turkey Soup

The mashed potatoes thicken the soup base, making it creamy and inviting. While the poblano peppers provide that extra something, that makes this soup seem like a completely different meal than Thanksgiving dinner.

And since most of the ingredients are already cooked, it takes very little time and effort to prepare. Score!

Now go relax while your soup simmers… You’ve earned it.

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Turkey Soup Recipe Ingredients

Want to make this quick zesty turkey soup recipe? Here’s what you’ll need…

  • Butter – To sauté the onions and poblano peppers.
  • Onions – The underlying platform flavor of every soup.
  • Poblano pepper – Seeded and chopped. Poblanos are usually mild, howver, every once in a while, you’ll stumble across a hot one. I like to buy 2-3 so I have options.
  • Garlic – Minced. To bring in zesty essence.
  • Leftover mashed potatoes – This acts as the thickener in the soup base.
  • Leftover turkey meat – You can you white or dark meat. Just chop it, and throw it in the pot.
  • Chicken broth – Or turkey stock.
  • Cooked orzo – For texture.
  • Salt and pepper

How To Make Poblano Turkey Soup

  1. Sauté the Veggies. Place a large stock pot over medium-high heat and add the butter to the pot. Once the butter has melted, add the onions, poblano peppers and garlic and sauté to soften.
  2. Thicken the Soup Base. Add the mashed potatoes to the pot and pour in the stock. Whisk to dissolve the mashed potatoes into the stock, and bring to a boil.
  3. Get Chunky. Add the turkey meat and orzo. Simmer.

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Turkey Soup with Poblano Peppers

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
This creamy Turkey Soup with Poblano Peppers will give your leftovers a sassy makeover with a little southwest flair.
Servings: 6


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup  chopped onions
  • 1 large poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 6 cups chicken broth, or turkey stock
  • 3 cups roughly chopped cooked turkey
  • 2 cups cooked orzo or 2 1/2 cups leftover orzo stuffing
  • Salt and pepper


  • Place a large stock pot over medium-high heat and add the butter to the pot. Once the butter has melted, add the onions, poblano peppers and garlic and sauté for 3-5 minutes to soften.
  • Add the mashed potatoes and broth to the pot. Whisk to dissolve the mashed potatoes into the broth, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add the chopped turkey and orzo stuffing and simmer another 5 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.


Serving: 1.5cups, Calories: 280.33kcal, Carbohydrates: 35.54g, Protein: 17.13g, Fat: 7.78g, Saturated Fat: 3.35g, Cholesterol: 45.82mg, Sodium: 966.87mg, Potassium: 555.36mg, Fiber: 2.79g, Sugar: 2.22g, Vitamin A: 217.84IU, Vitamin C: 46.34mg, Calcium: 36.37mg, Iron: 1.99mg
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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177 comments on “Turkey Soup with Poblano Peppers”

  1. Hi! I wrote last week about skinning the poblanos before making the recipe but never heard back from you. I did make the soup, but I charred and removed the skins on the peppers just to be on the safe side. The soup was AWESOME — we loved it. Would still like to know what you think about removing the skin on the peppers as I’d like to eliminate that step. Just didn’t want to take a chance and ruin a batch. The skin was papery but maybe if the peppers are chopped it doesn’t matter? Will look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!

  2. I’d like to make this on Thanksgiving Friday but have a question. Do you have to roast the poblanos to remove the skin before dicing and adding to soup? The recipe says just to seed and dice, but I’ve always heard that poblano skin is unappealing and papery. Please clarify that the roasting step can be eliminated in this recipe. Thanks so much. I’ve enjoyed many of your recipes and am looking forward to fixing this one.

  3. I absolutely love this delicious healthy soup

  4. mmm…this is such an incredible soup!! YUM!!

  5. Oh my goodness, this soup was incredible! My family loved it too! Will be making again!

  6. This was so good! Definitely needed to use up leftover! The poblano peppers were a great addition!

  7. Such a comforting and satisfying meal for weeknights!

  8. I just thought this was such a great soup, and my family loved it as well. 

  9. Great turkey soup recipe! A must make in the fall! 

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  11. Great recipe. I changed it by using jalapeño peppers, adding stuffing and my gravy with turkey dripping. Then I added poultry seasoning to kick up the Christmas dinner flavor. 

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  20. Looks yummy. just wish I had leftovers!

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  23. This is absolutely gorgeous & I love the color! Definitely something that would get a lot of use!

  24. I would make some turkey chili!

  25. I would use it for soups, small roasts or chicken, Chili, oh the list is endless =} Thanks!

  26. I would make chicken and dumplings or chili first.

  27. I would make chili or gumbo from scratch!

  28. I absolutely love soup and could eat it all day, everyday. So, I would make soup on this beautiful post. One of my favorites is Tuscan Vegetable Soup.

  29. I have a Dutch oven bread recipe I want to try

  30. Either beef stew or a whole lemon rosemary chicken. Yum!

  31. I’d make cola braised beef for filling for Christmas Day tamales!

  32. Busy day beef stew.

  33. Oh, chili would be great with this cold weather!

  34. I’d like to try your delicious looking turkey soup with poblano peppers in the beautiful dutch oven, if I won.

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  35. Everything! I look for excuses to use my Dutch ovens. I’m obsessed!

  36. Beef stew or turkey noodle soup!

  37. i would cook lamb stew.

  38. Seafood Gumbo would be the very first thing I would cook in this dutch oven…YUMS!

  39. I would make all kinds of soups in it and chicken paprikash too!

  40. I would make creamy chicken noodle soup.

  41. This sounds great! Now I know what to do with that last leftover turkey and the roasted poblanos in the freezer!

  42. I would make a huge bowl of soup! YUM!

  43. this soup has got my mouth watering!! Yum :)

  44. This recipe has some unexpected ingredients, but it sounds delicious! I love the use of the poblano pepper. The flavor and texture of this soup must be outstanding. I will be trying this recipe soon.

  45. I can never make enough soup, loving trying new ones!

  46. Potato Soup

  47. Ratatouille! It would be nice to have something like this dutch oven so I can start foods on the stove and then put it in the oven.

  48. Chili..!!

  49. so many things but the first would be bbq pulled pork

  50. I would make everything! Soup for sure, and this recipe sounds yummy!

  51. My family loves a good pot roast.

  52. I would cook Chicken Fricassee !

  53. I use the dutch oven I have for everything!!!! It is a 9 and half quart.. so this would be great to have one that is smaller.

  54. This soup looks amazing. I would love to try this out in the pot.

  55. A big pot of beans and ham

  56. Soup with turkey leftovers…simply canNOT be beat! Love this with the poblanos!

  57. chicken & dumplings!

  58. I would cook soups of all kinds, something I love to do once the weather turns cold (like now!). This soup recipe is a keeper! I love anything with poblanos!

  59. I’m a chili fiend in the winter, so that’s what I’d make first!

  60. I would cook my Moms pineapple upside down cake.

  61. I’d like to make a chuck roast.

  62. Perfect winter soup!

  63. I would love to make a hearty, spicy chili in it!

  64. I tried this with left over yams. smells great.

  65. I would love to make some braised short ribs in that beautiful pot!! Yum!!

  66. I would love to make chicken and wild rice soup.

  67. I’ve pinned a recipe for bread made in a Dutch oven that has me intrigued.

  68. More soups for this cold weather in the Northeast!

  69. I would make Turkey stew!

  70. Beef stew!

  71. The first thing I would make would be chili! Next would be soups and stews :)

  72. this soup looks amazing

  73. This soup looks wonderful!

  74. That is just begging for a nice pot of stew!

  75. I would make your soup…yummmmmm

  76. I would make Turkey Noodle Soup.

  77. Italian wedding soup. Loved your cranberry sauce on Thansgiving. We made it and we still can’t stop eating it. Toasted baguette with goat cheese and your sauce is delicious !

  78. roast with veggies

  79. I would make a big pot of homemade spaghetti sauce!

  80. I’d cook anything and everything but would probably start with a nice pot roast :+)

  81. I would make Jambalaya!

  82. Pozole, I love it.

  83. would be perfect for soups or just making up broth. I make lotsa broth from scratch since I have a baby going into more solids. I find it lots healthier to just make my own.

  84. such a smart way to use up leftovers! i have a ton left – i think this soup is in my future :)

  85. I would make a big batch of jambalaya.

  86. Top round roast…

  87. Soup and gumbo!

  88. Pork chili verde or a hearty soup. It’s cold and snowy here already!

  89. I’d make grouse stew with dumplings

  90. Chicken And Dumplings!

  91. That soup looks perfect for a day like today!

  92. Pretty pot! Would love to make soup in it.

  93. I would make a butternut squash soup.

  94. Braised short ribs! Yum!

  95. Flemish stew made with a Belgium beer.

  96. I would cook some delicious chicken and dumplings.

  97. I would love this, cast iron is just too heavy for me anymore. First thing I would do is a nice pot roast, cook it long and slow!

  98. I would make chili.

  99. I’ve been wanting to try the cool recipe for baking crusty bread.

  100. Love soup…..thinking I would have to make the Turkey Soup with Poblano Peppers. Looks yummy!

  101. What a great use of leftover turkey! I was going to make a turkey pho, but now I’m considering this instead. Yum!

  102. Soup!

  103. Perfect vessel for a wonderful loaf of rustic artisan bread!!

  104. I would make some chili.

  105. I would cook chili!

  106. I’d make french onion soup!

  107. I’m loving soups this season! Lots more to come :) especially if I have a new dutch oven!

  108. I would love to cook chicken and dumplings

  109. Green Chile Stew….mmmmmm

  110. I would make chili.

  111. Chili would be my first dutch oven meal!!

  112. That is a beautiful dutch oven. I would love to win it. Thanks.

  113. Green Chile Stew…oh so good

  114. Soup or stew would be my first endeavor!

  115. I’d bake bread loaves in it.

  116. muligatawny soup :)

  117. Baked beans

  118. soup of all kinds!

  119. maybe some chili.

  120. Definitely some form of soup.

  121. Mmmm beef stew…

  122. Chicken ‘n Dumplings! I love to make this when it gets chilly outside!

  123. sounds like a nice soup change

  124. Hatch chili pork stew.

  125. I’d make chili.

  126. That soup looks sooo good!! :) Thank you for the giveaway. What a beauty!

  127. Hmm, I think I would try some kind of stew first. Would be awesome to win!

  128. Stew!!! I will be cooking a lot of stew, all winter long!

  129. I’d make all the comfort soups of winter, but I am meaning to add a cassoulet to this winter. So I’d definitely make the cassoulet in the Dutch Oven!

  130. tis’ that time of year for yummy hearty soups and stews, just the perfect fodder for dutch ovens.

  131. I’d make chicken and dumplings :-)

  132. Coq au vin. I’ve been dying to get one of these just for that specific recipe!

  133. This soup looks amazing! Thank you so much for this giveaway as well.

  134. What a great way to use up some Thanksgiving leftovers! Can’t wait to make this soup! Thanks for sharing your recipe! That’s a beautiful Dutch Oven…would be perfect for your Turkey Soup with Poblanos. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  135. With a pot like that, I’d cook beef bourguignon stat!

  136. I would make stew

  137. I would make soup.

  138. I would make my famous chili!

  139. Chili!!

  140. chili!!! Yummy!

  141. Vegetarian chili. Black bean, probably.

  142. This is seriously one gorgeous soup! I want this right now!

  143. Beautiful Emile Henry dutch oven would be so useful! Looking forward to trying the soup recipe. Enjoy the day!

  144. What a great gift prize…….. I would use it all the time with a variety of soups and casseroles………..

  145. Chili or a yeast bread!

  146. Chili! Thank you!

  147. Ohhh, loooove Emile Henry! Such a great giveaway!
    Your soup looks delicious – pinning to make later!

  148. I would make chili!

  149. I’m dying to get one so I can make a crusty bread.

  150. Great and delicious idea for soup and leftover

  151. Probably chili. Maybe mushroom soup. Yum.

  152. Great way to enjoy some leftover turkey!

  153. cobblers yum!

  154. This sounds like comfort in a bowl – hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  155. I would cook the berries down some to make a topping for pancakes & waffles.

  156. We love to make soups.

  157. a berry compote

  158. I’d make berry preserves.

  159. With my berries I would make my own jam/jelly. :)

  160. What a great idea, looks delicious!

  161. I would make the no knead bread recipe that I’ve had pinned for months and keep looking at! I really need a Dutch oven and I love Emile Henry

  162. I’d like to make a loaf of bread in the Dutch Oven.

    Fresh Berries, well I’d go with a rustic pie!

  163. This soup is GORGEOUS, Sommer! What a perfect way to use up those leftovers!

  164. I would make jam….lots of jam!

  165. I’m pretty sure I would make some sort of berry compote in this gorgeous pot! Hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! :)

  166. This is a great way to use up leftovers..

  167. So…I’m thinking it’s a great day for soup!

  168. It is 5 am and I am getting ready to make our big dinner a day late. This recipe looks so good!

  169. This looks great. I bet it would be great for applesauce with berries.