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Instant Pot Southwestern Turkey Soup – A Great Leftover Turkey Recipe

Instant Pot Southwestern Turkey Soup is one of my favorite recipes to use leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or Christmas.

As much as I love a classic Thanksgiving meal, there are times when I need to eat something completely different the day or two after the holiday.

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A bowl of Southwestern Turkey soup made with our leftover turkey from Thanksgiving.

Of course I love to eat a cold turkey sandwich the next day. But when we have a ton of turkey left over, I try to figure out some different ways to use it so that it seems like we are eating something new and refreshing.

We will make Turkey Tetrazzini, Turkey Lentil Chili, and even Turkey Noodle Casserole. But this soup has become a huge hit in our family.

The best way that I can describe this recipe is a Tex-Mex soup filled with black beans, corn, tomatoes, green chiles, and of course turkey!

And if you don’t like turkey, or you don’t have any leftovers, you can certainly use leftover chicken in this recipe. In fact, we have bought a cooked rotisserie chicken at the grocery just so we could make this soup!

Instant Pot Southwestern Turkey Soup Recipe

The first thing that you want to do is to turn your Instant Pot on the SAUTE mode. We made this in our 6 quart Instant Pot Duo. However, we have also made half of this recipe in our 3 quart mini as well.

onions peppers instant pot
The first step is to saute the onions and green peppers in the Instant Pot.

Once the display on the front reads HOT, add the oil, diced green pepper and onions. Saute until they start to become tender, which is approximately around 5 minutes.

Then pour the chicken stock into the pot and deglaze the bottom of the pan. If there are any stuck bits to the bottom, be sure to remove them with a wooden spatula so that you don’t get the BURN notice.

Next, add in the chopped turkey, corn, drained black beans, taco seasoning, and 2 full cans of Rotel. If you can’t find the specific brand of Rotel at your grocery store, just look for cans of diced tomatoes that have green chiles mixed with them.

leftover turkey
Dice your leftover turkey into bite size pieces before adding it to the pressure cooker.

No Rotel, No Problem

Or you could substitute two cans of fire roasted tomatoes, and one 7 ounce can of diced green chiles. Always remember that basic substitutions are always okay.

Because this is Southwestern Turkey Soup recipe contains a lot of thin liquid, it is okay to stir the tomatoes into the other ingredients before pressure cooking. However, for thicker soups such as Chili Soup, always place the tomatoes on top of the other ingredients. And do not stir.

Press Manual or Pressure Cook depending on the model that you have. Then select HIGH pressure and cook for 5 minutes.

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Unlike many recipes that include tomato products, it is okay to stir them here because there is a lot of thin liquids in this recipe.

Pressure Build Up and Pressure Release

With all pressure cooker recipes, it will take time for the pot to come to pressure. And because all pressure cookers are different, the amount of time that it will take will vary.

For our 6 quart Instant Pot, it took our Southwestern Turkey Soup 18 minutes for the pot to come to pressure.

Then after the cook time is up, allow for 10 minutes of Natural Pressure Release. This is necessary so that the soup has time to settle a bit before the valve is moved to the VENTING position.

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Once the soup is ready, stir in the sour cream.

If you released the pressure right after the cooking, it is likely that the liquid would spew out of the holes in the valve. And nobody has time for a mess like that!

After the 10 minutes of natural pressure release is up, slowly move the valve to the venting position to release the remaining pressure. If the liquid starts to come out, move it back to the sealing position and start over again.

Once the pin drops, carefully remove the lid and stir in the cream cheese. Keep the Southwestern Turkey Soup warm until ready to serve.

Refrigerate or freeze any leftovers. Enjpy!

garnish soup
Garnish the soup with your favorite Tex Mex toppings. Here we used grated cheese, sour cream an sliced avocados.
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Southwestern Turkey Soup

southwestern turkey soup

A delicious Southwestern soup recipe that is perfect for your leftover turkey meat! Don't have any turkey, no worries! Switch it up and use leftover rotisserie chicken instead.


  • ½ tablespoon oil
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups turkey, cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup corn
  • 2 16 ounce cans black beans, drained
  • 2 15 ounce cans diced rotel tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened


  1. Turn Instant Pot to Saute mode.
  2. Once the display reads HOT, add in oil, onions, and peppers and saute for 5 minutes. Turn Instant Pot OFF.
  3. Pour stock into the pot and deglaze the bottom by scraping up any browned bits.
  4. Add in turkey, corn, black beans, Rotel tomatoes, and taco seasoning and stir.
  5. Lock the lid in place and cook on HIGH pressure for 5 minutes.
  6. Allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then slowly release any remaining pressure.
  7. Once the pin drops, remove lid and stir in the cream cheese. Stir well and serve or place on KEEP WARM until ready to serve.


Recipe provided by Make Your Meals

*Nutrition information is an estimate. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 715mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 9gSugar: 7gProtein: 17g
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