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Leftover Instant Pot Turkey Soup

This Instant Pot turkey soup is a great leftover turkey recipe that’s thick and flavorful like an enchilada soup packed with protein! You’ve gotta’ try this with any precooked meat you have on hand. Even shredded chicken works, white or dark meat is wonderful too.

Instant Pot Turkey Soup

Are you looking for a great leftover turkey soup to make after the holidays? Maybe you’ve got the hankering for enchilada soup. Either way this Instant Pot turkey soup with an enchilada twist may be up your alley! One of our 101+ easy Instant Pot recipes on The Typical Mom. (post may contain affiliate links present)

Instant Pot Leftover Turkey Soup

It is in between Thanksgiving and Christmas here so we all about turkey but you could easily use shredded rotisserie chicken in this recipe as well. This is definitely one of our favorite Instant Pot soup recipes to make.

Ok so there are many things you can make after the holidays. I hate wasting food so I like to have a lot of choices beyond just sandwiches. This one is made quick in your choice of pressure cooker. You don’t have to have an IP, a Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi works great too.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Ninja Foodi Turkey Soup

I say, use what you have and don’t throw our your leftovers please! Do you have a big ol’ pile of leftover turkey like this too?? If you do you probably need a few ideas and this Instant Pot turkey soup is your first stop, I will share more of the best leftover turkey recipe ideas below too.

Ok, so if this doesn’t look like a great pre cooked turkey soup to you, you could also call this yummy dinner;

  • Instant Pot enchilada soup
  • Pressure cooker turkey soup
  • Easy turkey chili
  • Instant Pot turkey enchilada casserole

Who cares as long as it’s delicious right??!! 😉 If you wanted a white creamy version we have shared this Instant Pot pot pie soup you could use it in too. That one is more like a chowder with that texture and flavors.

leftover turkey recipe

I will admit, I like quick meals that can incorporate a bunch of canned ingredients in case I am in a bind and need a hearty dinner to serve. Pantry recipes is what you could call them. You can pour a little of this and that in it, dice up things in the fridge that needs to be used up and there you go. This one is perfect for that.

Pressure Cooker Turkey Soup

It kinda’ reminds me of my 5 ingredients crockpot chili recipe in that you just dump it all in, stir, warm, and it’s ready. The best kind of meal if you ask me when we are in a rush back from school and on to karate like 45 minutes later.

  • You can use either shredded leftover turkey meat or rotisserie chicken – perfect for after the holidays or all year long (you can always find rotisserie chickens)
  • If you like a lot of heat you can add Tobasco or your favorite hot sauce to amp it up!
  • Prefer or only have another type of canned beans in your cupboard? You can substitute any style you want or leave them out entirely
  • Need a vegetarian version of enchilada soup, just omit the turkey and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth or turkey stock

This soup can be made as thick or thin as you’d like, just add more broth as desired. I like to use the corn flour listed below to make it heartier. Typically I would normally use flour but since this is sorta’ a Mexican style tomato based meal it tastes better with this alternative. For gluten free you would have to use GF cornstarch instead.

Instant Pot enchilada Soup

This is what it looks like once everything is added and you’re allowing it to thicken up on the saute setting. Super super easy to throw it all together for sure. I do suggest that you drain and rinse the can of black beans.

Won’t change the flavor but it alters the overall color of the dish and black foods sometimes are less than appetizing if you know what I mean. Don’t have an Instant Pot but still want to make this turkey soup recipe??

Leftover Turkey Soup on the Stovetop

Yes you could use a pot on the stove if you wanted to make this the same way as well. I mean the meat is already cooked and safe to consume so really all you are doing is warming that and the canned ingredients. The link below is a second cream based version, you could try both and see which is your fave.

  1. We have shared this in our turkey pot pie soup recipe here.
  2. You just basically follow directions below using a large pot on the stove, on low/medium heat
  3. On step 4 just allow to bubble for about 5 minutes to thicken, stirring intermittently, instead of putting it on high pressure
  4. After you add the corn flour mixture and your turkey chili – soup has thickened to your liking then turn the heat off and serve

Top with lots of goodies like crushed chips, avocado, salsa, etc….. and eat immediately for best results.

Instant Pot Turkey Soup 2

Instant Pot turkey soup

Use any sort of meat really like shredded turkey or chicken, it’s a great Thanksgiving leftover turkey recipe.

  1. Diced tomatoes – canned, I like petite version but is great if you want it chunky with tons of flavor
  2. Black beans – canned
  3. Whole kernel corn – canned
  4. Chicken stock or turkey broth / bone broth
  5. Minced garlic goes in everything I make, seriously.Onion
  6. Corn flour – thickening agent that works well to make enchilada soup of any kind, you can find it here
  7. Spices – bay leaf if you want one
  8. Toppings
    1. Avocado
    2. Cilantro
    3. Cheese – lots of it
    4. Sour cream

Side of tortilla chips is great to serve along side of this pressure cooking meal using Thanksgiving turkey. If you do have leftovers they save quite well. As always you want to make sure it is cooled to room temperature first. Then transfer to a container with a lid and store in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave for about 1 minute.

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Leftover Turkey Soup Instant Pot

You can jump to recipe to get started but we do have a few others, like our tetrazzini recipe, you might like to try this week too. Once you’ve made this Instant Pot enchilada soup you could call it, try these other favorite leftover turkey recipes!

Here is the printable recipe as well as a video below with nutritional information too. That will vary a bit depending on the fat content of your meat and how much you end up adding. You can add a bit more than listed below but keep it within a cup or so.

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Instant Pot Turkey Soup

This Instant Pot turkey soup is a great leftover turkey recipe that’s thick and flavorful like an enchilada soup packed with protein! You’ve gotta’ try it. 
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword chicken, enchilada, instant pot, instant pot recipe, pressure cooker, soup, turkey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 399kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Set Instant Pot on saute mode. Add diced onion, garlic, cumin and shredded/precooked turkey (or shredded rotisserie chicken if you’d rather). Stir.
  • Saute for about 3 minutes or until onions begin to soften.
  • Add in enchilada sauce, black beans drained, corn drained, and cans of diced tomatoes.
  • Stir everything together and allow to cook down on saute setting for about 5 minutes stirring regularly, or set on high pressure for 3 minutes. Do a quick release.
  • Whisk together 1 cup of chicken stock with 1/2 c. corn flour/masa harina, then pour into soup mixture. Stir.
  • Set on saute mode (if it isn’t already on it) and stir intermittently so it doesn’t burn but allows the mixture to thicken. Add in remaining 2 cups of chicken stock (more if you want it thinner).
  • Stir and turn off once your Instant Pot turkey soup is the desired consistency.
  • Serve and top with cheese, avocado, sour cream, salsa. Serve with side of tortilla chips.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Turkey Soup
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 399 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 1248mg54%
Potassium 834mg24%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 690IU14%
Vitamin C 16.8mg20%
Calcium 220mg22%
Iron 4.6mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Tom Meier

Sunday 1st of December 2019

Had this last night. Excellent. I added a few olives, extra green onions, celery, and slow cooked it all day in a crock pot. Also stuffed about twice the amount of turkey into the pot. Very tasty.

The Typical Mom

Monday 2nd of December 2019

Yay glad it was a hit!

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