Got leftover smoked turkey either in the fridge or socked away in the freeze or did you find a deal on a nice smoked turkey breast after Thanksgiving? Do you love food with a smokey jalapeno, chipotle flavor? This Jalapeño Smoked Turkey Chowder is just what you need!
I had wanted to post a chicken chowder soup this winter and even had one lined out. But then I happened upon a link for Jalapeño Chicken Bacon Chowder over at Darcies Dishes that I noticed was getting rave reviews. So when I found myself presented with a lot of leftover smoked turkey after Thanksgiving I decided to try subbing the smoked turkey for the chicken and bacon and it worked wonderfully!
Then I made it again for company and I still had smoked turkey left and was so in love with this soup that I made it to take to my extended family. Rave reviews happened again and again and then the big question was asked “Are you going to post this on your blog?…. You should because it’s wonderful!” Well that pushed me over the edge so I contacted my sweet friend Darcie about posting my tweak and she said it sounded great!
If you haven’t checked out Darcies beautiful new blog DarciesDish.com here’s your opportunity! She has a wealth of THM Friendly meal plans over there and some yummy recipes that will feed your hungry crowd in style. I hope you and yours enjoy this wonderful soup as we do.
The recipe is a little different from Darcie’s yummy original because my turkey meat was already cooked so I just added a portion of it to the soup and let the smokiness of the meat melt into the rest of the flavorful ingredients while they simmered together.
Then I added the rest of the turkey at the end. It probably could have all been added at the beginning like her chicken but I was afraid that the smokiness would be too much since all the meat is smoked in this soup rather than just the bacon like her original.
You’d think this soup contained low carb thickeners and cheddar cheese from the pictures, but that’s the way it really looked and it doesn’t contain either of those.
Jalapeño Smoked Turkey Chowder joins my soup recipe lineup along with two others (I’m super picky about soups) but I can honestly say I look forward with great anticipation to each of these soups.
Last year I posted our family’s all time favorite soup for over 30 years that is naturally low fat and needed very little tweaking. The crockpot friendly Vegetable Beef Soup needed little tweaking to become a great THM-E, low fat, soup.
Then a few weeks back I did a serious tweak on a pinterest favorite; Cabbage Roll Soup THM-E for the Instant Pot and turned it into one of our new favorite soups because I upped the flavor so much that it tastes just like a low fat pizza in a bowl. All of these soups are just so nourishing and comforting and all will feed a crowd quickly. I hope you get a chance to enjoy each of these all winter and find them a great help on your journey!
Low Carb Jalapeño Smoked Turkey Chowder
Tweaked from Darcies's fabulous Jalapeno Chicken Bacon Chowder.
So here are my tweaks to make this wonderful chowder using leftover smoked turkey instead of chicken and bacon:
- Increase the amount of poultry to 2 pounds instead of one and add one cup of this smoked meat in at the beginning of the cooking. (If you have no way to measure you pre-cooked meat just put as much as you'd like to make it a chowder style soup at the end of the cooking period.)
- Cook the recipe according to Darcies directions and OMIT the bacon but add the rest of the precooked, turkey at the end.
- A few more notes: I made this without the heavy whipping cream accidentally once and we still loved it. I made it once without the celery because I just never have it on hand and it was great. My husband grows the hottest jalapeños I've ever eaten and I used them so I cut the chili powder amount in half and omitted the red pepper and it was still very spicy!