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Easy Ground Turkey Green Chili Soup

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Recipe Created by Elise Austin

September 11, 2024

Easy Ground Turkey Green Chili Soup is a delicious one-pot meal loaded with spicy green chiles, ground turkey, garlic and onions, potatoes, chicken broth, and the perfect amount of Mexican heat. It comes together quick enough for a weekday dinner on the stovetop in a Dutch oven or low and slow in a crock pot.

This is one of those great chili recipes you’ll want to make over and over again when you’re craving a big bowl of spicy comfort.

ground turkey green chili soup in a white dutch oven

WHY YOU’LL LOVE GREEN CHILI TURKEY SOUP

  • The best thing about this tasty recipe is that it comes together in less than an hour in one big soup pot.
  • You can use leftover turkey, rotisserie chicken, or ground beef in place of ground turkey.
  • This green turkey chili recipe is easily dressed up with pinto beans, canned black beans, or white beans.
  • If you can’t find Hatch Chiles in the grocery store… use poblano peppers or Anaheim chiles instead. Throw in a chopped-up jalapeno pepper for an extra kick.
  • One of the best parts about this great recipe is the delicious, spicy kick you get in the back of your throat. Your taste buds will be dancing!
ground turkey green chili in a white bowl with tortilla chips, cheese, lime slices and big chunks of green chilis

WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THIS RECIPE

Ingredients👇

  • ground turkey – 93% lean ground turkey is what I prefer. If you can’t find that then 85% will do. Try ground meat instead of turkey or use leftover Thanksgiving turkey. When using rotisserie chicken and leftover turkey wait until after pouring the broth in before adding the cooked turkey or chicken.
  • green chilis – Unfortunately fresh Hatch green chilis from New Mexico only come in season once a year at the end of the summer. A few great options would be fresh green chiles like poblano peppers, Anaheim chiles, or even canned green chilis. Try making a combination of different kinds of chilis…and add a jalapeno or serrano pepper for a little extra heat.
  • vegetables – potatoes, onions, and garlic are not optional in this recipe. But you could add a couple of fresh tomatoes or canned tomatoes.
  • cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom soup 
  • spices – I use this Easy Mexican Seasoning Blend and add 2 tsp of cumin. If you don’t want to make this up really quick, then use a store-bought package of your favorite taco seasoning or Chili seasoning. 
  • Boullion – Better Than Boullion Roasted Garlic. I use this brand of paste boullion in every single recipe of chili.
  • broth – Chicken broth or stock, turkey broth or stock, or vegetable broth
  • oil – I use olive oil but feel free to use vegetable or canola oil.
ingredients with labels for green chili turkey soup

HOW TO MAKE GREEN CHILI TURKEY SOUP

Roast the chiles before you start making the soup

Air Fryer Method: Spray chiles with cooking spray, place in the air fryer basket, and air fry at 390o for about 7 minutes. Turn the chilis over and air fry for another 5 minutes. Let them sit in the air fryer for at least 10 minutes, this steams the chiles and will loosen the skin. Take them out and peel the thin, translucent and charred skin off the chilies. Place on a cutting board and then slice each chili down the middle and cut the stem off. Scrap as many seeds out as possible. Chop and set aside.      

air fryer roasted green chiles and chopped up green chiles

Oven Method: Place green chiles on a baking sheet. Spray the chiles on all sides with cooking spray. Roast at 400o for at least 20 minutes, turn over and roast again until charred on all sides. Place in a brown paper bag or plastic bag and let steam for 30 minutes. Skin and cut the stem off of the roasted chilis and then slice down the middle. Open the chilis and deseed as much as possible. Chop into medium size chunks. 

SOUP INSTRUCTIONS✨

  • Step One: Add 2 tbsp of oil to a Dutch oven or large pot and heat on medium heat.
  • Step Two: Chop 1 large onion and 3 cloves of garlic and add to hot oil. Saute until onions and garlic are soft.
  • Step Three: Mix in 2# of ground turkey meat with the onions and peppers. Brown the mixture until the turkey is no longer pink. 
sauted onions and garlic and ground turkey
  • Step Four: Stir spices and Roasted Garlic Boullion to turkey, onion and garlic mixture. Mix well until the turkey mixture is well coated with the seasonings.
browned ground turkey, onions and garlic. browned ground turkey, onions and garlic with seasonings
  • Step Five: Pour in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Then simmer for at least 30 minutes.
  • Step Six: Chop potatoes with skin on into small bite size pieces and low boil until potatoes are done. Add more broth or water if needed.
simmering green chili turkey soup with potatoes
  • Step Seven: Add cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup and chopped green chilis. Stir and let simmer again for 10 minutes. 
chopped green chiles and green chili soup with green chiles added

FAVORITE SOUP TOPPINGS

  • crunched up tortilla chips
  • big slice of cast iron skillet cornbread
  • sour cream
  • fresh cilantro
  • extra green chilies, chopped jalapeno peppers
  • red pepper flakes
  • pepper jack cheese, cheddar cheese, or a combination of both
  • a squeeze of lime juice
  • ​salsa verde or your favorite hot sauce
close overhead of green chili ground turkey soup with tortilla chips, cheese, green chilis, and lime slices.

SOUP TIPS

Green Chilis are really very mild in heat level. If you want your chili to be a little more spicy, roast a jalapeno along with the green chilis and add it to the soup.

Use a combination of a variety of green chilies. All larger fresh chilis roast the same way.

DO NOT USE CANNED GREEN CHILIES. 💡

HOW TO STORE

Store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days in an airtight container.

Make a double batch of this soup and freeze half. It stores very well in the freezer for up to 2 months. Be sure to use a freezer-safe airtight container.

ladle full of green chili turkey soup

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Easy 30 Minute Wonton Soup

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KITCHEN SUPPLIES FOR THIS RECIPE

Nutrition Facts
Easy Ground Turkey Green Chili Soup
Serving Size
 
1 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
176
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6
g
9
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
0.02
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Cholesterol
 
65
mg
22
%
Sodium
 
480
mg
21
%
Potassium
 
397
mg
11
%
Carbohydrates
 
3
g
1
%
Fiber
 
0.4
g
2
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
28
g
56
%
Vitamin A
 
37
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
2
mg
2
%
Calcium
 
19
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
ground turkey green chili soup in a white dutch oven

Easy Ground Turkey Green Chili Soup

Easy Ground Turkey Green Chili Soup is a delicious one-pot meal loaded with spicy green chiles, ground turkey, garlic and onions, potatoes, chicken broth, and the perfect amount of Mexican heat. It comes together quick enough for a weekday dinner on the stovetop in a Dutch oven or low and slow in a crock pot. This is one of those great chili recipes you'll want to make over and over again when you're craving a big bowl of spicy comfort.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 176 kcal

Equipment

  • Dutch Oven or Large Soup Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds ground turkey I used 93%
  • 4 whole fresh green chiles, roasted Hatch, poblano & Anaheim
  • 3 whole gold potatoes yukon or 1 large russet, skinned
  • 1 large onion cup up
  • 3 cloves garlic cut fine
  • 1 can cream of mushroom or chicken soup
  • 2 tbsp Mexican Seasoning recipe in the recipe notes
  • 2 tsp ground cumin more or less to taste
  • 1 tbsp Better Than Boullion Garlic or Garlic Paste
  • 32 oz Chicken Broth
  • 2 tbsp olive oil canola or vegetable oil

Instructions
 

  • Step One: Add 2 tbsp of oil to a Dutch oven or large pot and heat on medium heat.
    2 tbsp olive oil
  • Step Two: Chop 1 large onion and 3 cloves of garlic and add to hot oil. Saute until onions and garlic are soft
    1 large onion, 3 cloves garlic
  • Step Three: Mix in 2# of ground turkey meat with the onions and peppers. Brown the mixture until the turkey is no longer pink.
    2 pounds ground turkey
  • Step Four: Stir spices and Roasted Garlic Boullion into turkey, onion and garlic mixture. Mix well until the turkey mixture is well coated with the seasonings.
    2 tbsp Mexican Seasoning, 2 tsp ground cumin, 1 tbsp Better Than Boullion Garlic
  • Step Five: Pour in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Then simmer for at least 30 minutes.
    32 oz Chicken Broth
  • Step Six: Chop potatoes with skin on into small bite size pieces and low boil until potatoes are done. Add more broth or water if needed.
    3 whole gold potatoes
  • Step Seven: Add cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup and chopped green chilis. Stir and let simmer again for 10 minutes. 
    1 can cream of mushroom or chicken soup, 4 whole fresh green chiles, roasted

Notes

Mexican Spice Blend (for all mexican dishes:)
10 tbsp chili powder
5 tbsp cumin
2.5 tsp fine sea salt
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tbsp oregano
6 springs fresh thyme (optional)
     
Roasting Green Chiles
Air Fryer Method: Spray chiles with cooking spray, place in the air fryer basket, and air fry at 390o for about 7 minutes. Turn the chilis over and air fry for another 5 minutes. Let them sit in the air fryer for at least 10 minutes, this steams the chiles and will loosen the skin. Take them out and peel the thin, translucent and charred skin off the chilies. Place on a cutting board and then slice each chili down the middle and cut the stem off. Scrap as many seeds out as possible. Chop and set aside.  
Oven Method: Place green chiles on a baking sheet. Spray the chiles on all sides with cooking spray. Roast at 400o for at least 20 minutes, turn over and roast again until charred on all sides. Place in a brown paper bag or plastic bag and let steam for 30 minutes. Skin and cut the stem off of the roasted chilis and then slice down the middle. Open the chilis and deseed as much as possible. Chop into medium size chunks. 
1 serving has 7 WW points

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 176kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 28gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 480mgPotassium: 397mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 37IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg
Keyword green chili, ground turkey, mexican soup
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