Chipotle Turkey Pozole

Serve your turkey leftovers with a Mexican flair. Turkey pozole hominy soup seasoned with smokey chipotle chiles.

chipotle turkey pozole
Elise Bauer

Every Thanksgiving, after our grand roast turkey dinner, we fill up a huge stock pot with the turkey carcass and water, and make several quarts of turkey stock for soup.

Usually turkey soup is a pretty standard affair, but if you are looking for a soup that might pack a little more punch, I recommend this pozole.

It's made with turkey stock, leftover turkey, a little tomato, lots of hominy, and seasoned with smoky chipotle chile peppers in adobo.

I've written about pozole before. It's hard to resist this soup, essentially "taco night" in a bowl, but not as messy!

chipotle turkey pozole
Elise Bauer

Perfect for a crowd, which can be useful if your family is like mine—lots of siblings and friends who like to stick around because they know the food is good.

Pozole is all about the toppings. Just set them out and let people add what they want to their soup.

Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S. Check out our other turkey leftover ideas!

chipotle turkey pozole
Elise Bauer

Chipotle Turkey Pozole

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 75 mins
Total Time 90 mins
Servings 12 servings

You can prepare the toppings while the soup simmers to save prep time. This recipe serves a crowd, you can easily halve the amounts for a smaller batch.



  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 2 cups)

  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup minced chipotles in adobo, to taste

  • 1 (15-ounce) can crushed or diced tomatoes

  • Salt

  • 4 to 5 cups leftover cooked turkey meat, shredded

  • 1 (108-oz, 6-lb 12-oz, or 3-kg) can white hominy, rinsed and drained

  • 4 quarts turkey stock or chicken stock

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano (Mexican if available)

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  • 1/2 head green cabbage, sliced thin

  • 3 avocados, diced

  • 1 bunch red radishes, sliced thin

  • 8 ounces cotija cheese, crumbled

  • 1 large bunch cilantro, chopped (stems included)

  • 1 red onion, chopped

  • 4 limes, cut into wedges

  • 2 dozen tostada shells (can use tortilla chips or fried corn tortillas as well)


  1. Sauté onions, garlic, add chipotle:

    Heat olive oil on medium high heat in a large (12 quart) stockpot. Add the chopped onion and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic.

    Add the minced chipotles in adobo (start with 1/4 cup and add more later to desired heat). Cook for another 3 minutes.

  2. Add remaining soup ingredients and simmer:

    Add the tomatoes and cooked turkey meat to the pot, stirring to combine. Add the rinsed and drained hominy. Add the stock.

    Taste and add salt (at least a tablespoon if you are using unsalted stock) to taste. Add the bay leaves, oregano, ground cloves, and cinnamon. Add more water if the soup is too thick with hominy for your preference.

    Bring to a simmer. Taste and add more salt, herbs, or chipotle to taste. You may need more salt than you expect, if you are using homemade, unsalted stock. Simmer for 45 minutes.

  3. Set the table with toppings:

    arranged in separate serving dishes. Spoon out the soup into bowls. Let people add the toppings they want to the soup.

chipotle turkey pozole
Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1223 Calories
61g Fat
104g Carbs
69g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 1223
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 61g 78%
Saturated Fat 20g 98%
Cholesterol 171mg 57%
Sodium 2828mg 123%
Total Carbohydrate 104g 38%
Dietary Fiber 24g 85%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 69g
Vitamin C 56mg 282%
Calcium 604mg 46%
Iron 8mg 44%
Potassium 2151mg 46%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.