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. And I’ve adjusted this recipe a bit to use more turkey and less beans and sweet potatoes for a lower-carb version. (See recipe notes if you were a fan of the original soup.)
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It won’t be long before you might have leftover turkey, and when you do this delicious and easy Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Soup is a lovely way to use it. One of my favorite traditions for the day after Thanksgiving is taking the turkey carcass, putting it in a roasting pan with lots of water, onions, carrots, celery, and a bit of Penzeys Turkey Soup Base, and filling 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 so absolutely delicious!
What ingredients do you need?
- olive oil
- sweet potato
- Dried Oregano or use Mexican Oregano if you have it (affiliate links)
- ground cumin (affiliate link)
- ground Chili Powder (affiliate link)
- Dried Sage (affiliate link)
- homemade turkey stock (or canned turkey or chicken broth)
- can of black beans
- diced leftover turkey
- canned diced green chiles (affiliate link)
- fresh-squeezed lime juice
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
Can this recipe be made with chicken?
Any soup recipe that uses leftover turkey can also be made with cooked diced chicken!
What did I do to make this a lower-carb soup?
I love this soup so much, but the original recipe was more of a carb splurge than I wanted these days with both beans and sweet potatoes. To make a lower-carb version of the soup, I just used less sweet potatoes and beans and more turkey. And I also added a little more turkey stock to make sure it’s still eight servings. Here’s the printer-friendly recipe of the original version for anyone who was a fan!
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How to make Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Soup:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- 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 it will make your house smell great while it cooks.
- Start by cooking the onions and celery a few minutes in the bottom of the soup pot.
- Then add diced sweet potatoes, spices, and turkey stock and simmer about 40 minutes.
- Add black beans and liquid and simmer about 15 minutes more.
- Then add the diced turkey and green chiles and simmer another 15 minutes.
- Stir in the lime juice, simmer a few minutes more, and serve hot.
- This is good with cheese and sour cream to sprinkle on at the table.
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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 and I have adjusted this recipe so now it's quite a bit lower in carbs! Check notes if you prefer the original version.
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1 T olive oil
- 2 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
- 1/2 tsp. dried sage
- 6 cups turkey stock (see notes)
- one 15 oz. can black beans
- 4 cups diced leftover turkey (see notes)
- 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
- Heat olive oil in heavy soup pot, add onions and celery and saute about 5 minutes.
- 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.
- Add black beans, rinsing out the can with a small amount of water and adding all bean liquid. Simmer soup 15 minutes more.
- Add diced turkey and green chiles and simmer about 15 minutes more.
- Stir in fresh lime juice, season with salt and pepper as desired, and cook 5 minutes more.
- 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.
I'd use 3-4 cups leftover turkey, depending on how thick you prefer the finished soup to be.
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.
If you want to make the original higher-carb version of this recipe, you can find it here.
Recipe created by Kalyn.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 327Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 635mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 6gSugar: 9gProtein: 29g
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.
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. I have adjusted this recipe so it is lower in carbs, but check the nutritional information if you’re following a stricter low-carb plan.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2007! It was updated with better photos in 2014 and last updated in 2021 with recipe tweaks to make it a lower-carb soup.
50 Comments on “Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Soup”
Laura, so glad you liked it and great to know it works in the CrockPot!
Kalyn. This worked very well in my crock pot. I put everything but the lime & cilantro which I added just before serving. 4 cups of broth was perfect. I did it 5 hours on low. It worked perfectly with my work schedule. I will make this after christmas again.
Thank you again for all the amazing recipes
Laura, I can only say I'm guessing it would work, because obviously I haven't tried it that way. I would use a little less stock, maybe 4 cups. If you try it, would love to know how it turns out.
Kalyn, Do you think I could throw this all in the crockpot on low for a few hours? Adding the lime juice towards eating time? Would it hold up being frozen?
Jennifer, sounds like an interesting variation. Thanks for sharing.
This was so delicious! The soup is full of flavor and wholesome.
I added one additional step: Before adding the turkey and chilis, I pureed about 1 1/2 cups of the soup and returned it to the pot. The result was an almost cream-like texture.
Thanks for the recipe!
Jessica, what you see in my photo are orange sweet potatoes. Sometimes stores call them yams, but they are really sweet potatoes. (Don't get in an argument with your grocery store about this, but google it if you don't believe me.) Glad you liked it though!
I made this soup tonight. It was great! My husband picked up my produce for me and the sweet potatoes definitely did not have the happy shade of orange like in your photo. I think it would make a big difference to have yams instead (at least colorwise). I cut down some of the simmer time since my guests came over earlier than I thought and it still turned out great. I boiled the soup for a bit and it became thick, like a stew. Yum! I also used your recipe for turkey stock from my leftover turkey. Thanks for the great recipes!
YES! Found you with Google (searched for turkey stock). I made this recipe tonight with Christmas’ leftover turkey meat/carcass. It was so good. A huge hit. I made some tortilla chips and guacamole to go with it. Ate it with some Christmas bread. Thanks!
Jansan48, so happy you liked it. Funny thing, my parents lived in Albuquerque in the 80’s and at that time I didn’t like sweet potatoes at all!
Just made this today and it was absolutely ‘delumptious’ and I will not only make this again, but I’ll share the link with others. Since I’m living in NM, this is very similar to a ‘tortilla soup’ that’s offered on many restaurant menus and now I know I can make it even better. Topping with shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips and a dap of sour cream was the BEST! Thanks for sharing this great way to use the turkey carcass; I’ll never toss it again! Happy Holidays from Albuquerque.
Momster, thanks so much for the feedback. Glad to know you liked it.
we made this for dinner last night…it was sooooo tasty…thanks for sharing it
So glad people are liking this, and it’s a good reminder for me to make it again this year too!
Made this last night… used store bought chicken stock though. It is soooo yummy. My hubby even loved it; and he was very skeptical of sweet potatoes since he’s not a fan. I’ll def make this again. I found the recipe just be searching for “leftover turkey soup” on Google.
I love sweet potatoes and had left over turkey breast and wanted to make a soup. I Google sweet potato turkey soup and yours was the first search response. When I saw it included black beans and lime I knew I had to try it and it was amazing. I will definitely keep this as one of my favorites.
Thanks for answering back! I’ll be making the soup for dinner tonight!
Melissa, I think pinto beans would be fine.
I just found your recipe through google. What do you think about substituting pinto beans for black beans. I have pintos on hand and would like to use them instead.
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and that the annual turkey stock making turned out well 😉 I made a roast duck the other day and made stock with the carcass. Sinfully delicious.