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Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Soup

Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Soup is a great use for leftover turkey, but you can also make this tasty soup with chicken. 

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Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Soup finished soup in bowl with toppings

It won’t be long before some of you have leftover turkey, and when you do this deliciously healthy Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Soup is a lovely way to use it. And you can use leftover sweet potatoes in this soup too, if you’re lucky enough to have some.

One of my favorite traditions for the day after Thanksgiving is taking the turkey carcass, putting it in a big roasting pan with lots of water, onions, carrots, celery, and a bit of Penzeys Turkey Soup Base, and fill up the house with the smell of turkey stock. This soup recipe with turkey, black beans, and lime is one of my favorite soups to make with leftover turkey, and I’m indulging my love of sweet potatoes in soup here as well.

This recipe is pretty flexible, but don’t leave out the touch of fresh lime juice added at the very end. Lime and sweet potatoes, that’s what makes this soup special.

Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Soup process shots collage

How to Make Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Soup:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. You can make the soup using chicken broth from a can, but I highly recommend making turkey stock if you have a turkey carcass.  Here is How to Make Turkey Stock, and this will make your house smell great.
  2. Start by cooking the onions and celery a few minutes in the bottom of the soup pot. 
  3. Then add diced sweet potatoes, spices, and turkey stock and simmer about 40 minutes. 
  4. Add black beans and liquid and simmer about 15 minutes more.
  5. Then add the diced turkey and green chiles and simmer another 15 minutes. 
  6. Stir in the lime juice, simmer a few minutes more, and serve hot. 
  7. This is good with cheese and sour cream to sprinkle on at the table.

Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Soup thumbnail image of finished soup in bowl

More Delicious Ideas for Turkey Soup:

Slow Cooker and Instant Pot Turkey Soup Recipes ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
Slow Cooker Turkey Soup with Spinach and Lemon ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Turkey-Escarole Soup from The Perfect Pantry
Turkey Barley Soup ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Creamy Wild Rice and Turkey Soup ~ Taste and Tell
Coconut-Lime Turkey (or Chicken) and Rice Soup ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

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Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Soup

Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Soup

Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes

Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Soup is a great use for leftover turkey!


  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 3 cups diced sweet potato, cut in pieces about 1/2 inch (see notes)
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano (see notes)
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground chile powder (New Mexico chile powder preferred)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried sage
  • 5 cups turkey stock (see notes)
  • two 15 oz. cans black beans
  • 2 cups diced leftover turkey
  • 4 oz. can diced green chiles
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (I used my fresh-frozen lime juice)
  • salt, fresh ground black pepper to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in heavy soup pot, add onions and celery and saute about 5 minutes.
  2. Add sweet potatoes, oregano, cumin, chile powder, sage, and turkey stock, lower heat to a simmer, and cook about 40 minutes, stirring a few times.
  3. Add black beans, rinsing out the can with a small amount of water and adding all bean liquid. Simmer soup 15 minutes more.
  4. Add diced turkey and green chiles and simmer about 15 minutes more.
  5. Stir in fresh lime juice, season with salt and pepper as desired, and cook 5 minutes more.
  6. Serve hot, with additional fresh lime to squeeze into soup if desired.


These are orange sweet potatoes, which are often called Yams or Sweet Yams in U.S. stores. I used Mexican oregano, but either kind will work. You can use chicken stock or broth for this soup if you don't have turkey stock.

This would be great with sour cream, chopped cilantro, or grated cheese, and you could even add crushed corn chips for family members who aren’t watching their carbs.

Recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 366Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 363mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 13gSugar: 10gProtein: 25g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Sweet potatoes and black beans are both considered to be “good carbs” for the original South Beach Diet, meaning they are digested slowly. This Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Soup would be suitable for phase 2 or 3 on South Beach, but It’s probably too high in carbs for other types of low-carb eating plans unless you use a lot more turkey and less beans and sweet potatoes.

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    48 Comments on “Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Soup”

  1. Mmm…this sounds very good. I just did a turkey soup myself tonight — not something I usually do. Yours looks delicious.

  2. Kalyn,

    I hope you start feeling better soon! This soup sounds wonderful and makes me wish I had some leftover turkey!!

  3. Hi Everyone,
    Just checking in to say thanks for the nice comments. I’m suffering with a really bad cold, so I actually came home early from my sister and I’m drinking hot tea and trying to get better.

  4. This looks great! There simply cannot be too many good turkey leftover recipes.

    Have a wonderful holiday!

  5. In the roasting pan: brilliant!

  6. I see you’ve already discovered my secret Kalyn! You’re fast!

  7. Trust you’re have a grand time with everyone!
    I really love the look of this soup. I know the sweet potato and the turkey are major components but it seems to me the two key is the lime and the anaheim!
    I’ve a post up now for my secret dressing/stuffing ingredient.

  8. Kalyn, hope you’re having a good time with the family and getting the much-deserved rest.

  9. Kalyn,

    I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

    I used your recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar as my potluck dish to take to my brother’s for Thanksgiving dinner. I didn’t have the parmesan cheese or pine nuts, but even so, it was a delicious accompaniment to all the other tasty dishes at the dinner.

  10. Awesme idea for leftover turkey!

  11. Hope you are having a wonderful holiday! I am glad I am not the only one with a bubbling turkey carcass on the stove. I think they should have a plug-in air freshener with that scent.

  12. Lovely photos, Kalyn! Hope you’re having a great holiday.

  13. Love the way the soup reads, I’m trying to get everyone to agree for a turkey for Xmas, if we have one, I’ll do your soup. Hope your Thanksgiving is a happy one with your family, I know it will be tasty.

    ‘Hard to get a good shot’, welcome to my world!!!

  14. This sounds tasty! With homemade turkey stock as well. Happy thanksgiving!

  15. Thanks for mentioning my turkey-escarole soup — that’s what we’re having for Thanksgiving main course this year! Hope you are enjoying a wonderful holiday with your family.

  16. Happy Thanksgiving, Kalyn! This soup looks sublime!

  17. Have a safe drive and Happy Thanksgiving Kalyn! Enjoy your family:))
    Turkey soup looks great!

  18. Kalyn, have a wonderful weekend and we’ll see you on the other side of Thanksgiving!

  19. Have a lovely Thanksgiving with your family!
    I really miss leftover turkey…

  20. This looks wonderful! What a great use for all that leftover turkey… I bet it would freeze pretty well, too!