Smoked Turkey Chowder with Mushrooms and Sweet Potatoes

Most of our extended family lives 4 to 5 hours by car from us, back in South Dakota and North Dakota. Those hours on the road have often been hindrance enough for us to stay home, just us four, for Thanksgiving. Sometimes trips back to the Dakotas were cancelled due to bad weather. Other times it was because kids fell sick. But for whatever reason, we’ve never set a Thanksgiving table for more than our family of four.

Well, all that’s going to change this year, as we have family coming to stay with us for a few days over the holiday. I’ve started piecing together a menu, picking up a few bottles of wine on sale, and strategizing the seating in our small dining room. We’ll be quite cozy. And I’m so looking forward to it!

Blake has smoked a few turkeys over the past years in our Weber charcoal grill, and is now visualizing his first smoked Thanksgiving turkey from his new Big Green Egg. (Confession: I’ve never cooked a turkey in the oven. True!) Our family has come to greatly anticipate his smoked birds, but we’re especially looking forward to this year’s turkey gracing our enlarged celebratory table.

And I am awaiting those glorious smoked turkey leftovers. Ohhhhhh, what a little smoke can do to that poultry!

There’s just nothing like a big pot of Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup simmering on the stove. Or a bowl of Turkey and Wild Rice Curry Salad, full of light, bright, crunchy goodness. Yes, I do love me some wild rice. And both these dishes are fabulous using smoked turkey.

This year I came up with a new dish for our post-Thanksgiving enjoyment. Smoked Turkey Chowder with Mushrooms and Sweet Potatoes. It’s loaded with shredded smoked turkey leftovers, plus a whole bunch of veggies. Lightly creamy, with extra smokiness from a little kick of chipotle pepper, this chowder is just the perfect casual bowl of deliciousness after the holiday meal.

Smoked Turkey Chowder with Mushrooms and Sweet Potatoes

Yield: 8 to 10 servings


  • 1 T. butter
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2'' pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 8 oz. fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. ground chipotle powder
  • 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 8 c. reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 15-oz. can corn, drained
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed into 1/2'' pieces
  • 2 c. half and half
  • 2 T. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp. fresh chopped thyme
  • 4 c. shredded smoked turkey
  • salt and pepper, to taste


In a large heavy pot or stock pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add bacon and cook until bacon begins to brown. Add celery, onion, red pepper, mushrooms, carrots, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is transparent and completely softened. Sprinkle with chipotle powder and stir to coat evenly. Blend in flour and cook until it starts to bubble. Gradually add the broth, stirring constantly. Turn up the heat a bit and bring the soup to a low boil. Boil for 1 minute. Reduce heat slightly and add the corn, sweet potato, half and half, soy sauce, parsley, and thyme. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until sweet potato is tender. Add turkey and simmer for 20 minutes or until thoroughly warmed. Test flavor and add salt and pepper, to taste. Serve with crackers or warm bread.


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42 Responses to “Smoked Turkey Chowder with Mushrooms and Sweet Potatoes”

  1. #
    Leah @ Whitefoot Blog — November 7, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Mmm – you’re making me hungry and it’s only 9:30 a.m. where I live! :P Definitely looks a lot more appetizing than the open-face turkey sandwiches I always seem to make after Thanksgiving, haha.

    That’s so exciting you’re having your family at your house for Thanksgiving! I hope that one day I can host the holidays for my extended family (I’m sure wine will be a huge help :P). Best of luck – I’m sure you’ll do great! :)

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    Heather @ Heather's Dish — November 7, 2012 at 8:43 am

    i think this is further evidence that i need more mushrooms in my life – what a comforting bowl of soup!

    • Brenda replied on November 12th, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      I seriously think I could eat mushrooms most every day of the week. LOVE them!

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    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen — November 7, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I can’t even tell you how excited I am about this soup recipe! Mushrooms, sweet potatoes, bacon, turkey, oh my. If I can get my husband as excited about this as I am, it will likely appear after our Thanksgiving meal too.

    • Brenda replied on November 12th, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      I do hope you like it, too. I think it will definitely be making another appearance at our house with leftovers next week!

      • SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen replied on November 27th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

        We just had this for dinner tonight — tweaked a bit, and added wild rice. Oh, my! So good. Thanks for this recipe, Brenda.

        • Brenda replied on November 28th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

          I’m so glad you liked this. Hmmmm…I’ll have to try it with wild rice next time! :)

  4. #
    Mom — November 7, 2012 at 11:04 am

    This looks like pure comfort food to me!

  5. #
    Paula — November 7, 2012 at 11:51 am

    It’s wonderful that some of your family are making the trip to be with you this Thanksgiving! While we’ve already had our *turkey holiday*, this chowder recipe will certainly be lovely for all the leftover turkey at Christmas too!

  6. #
    Rachel — November 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    This recipe sounds delish. Wish we had a smoker.

  7. #
    Minnesota Prairie Roots — November 7, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    This recipe sounds delicious. I expect it could be made with turkey that isn’t smoked. Or is there an ingredient that could be added to give it a smokey flavor?

    So happy to hear that you will have guests for Thanksgiving. It’s just the best time to be with family. That said, only one of my three “kids” will be home for the holiday. :(

    • Brenda replied on November 12th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Hi Audrey! You can surely make it without the turkey being smoked. I’ve just fallen in love with Blake’s smoked turkeys the past few years. The flavor adds such beautiful earthiness to soups. I also like it in the Turkey and Wild Rice Soup (in the recipe archives) – it goes great with the nutty wild rice.

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — November 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Aww, it’s so fun to have family in for holidays, and plan the menu for it! We are traveling for Thanksgiving but everyone is coming to us for Christmas. This chowder sounds like a perfect Christmas Eve dinner!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — November 7, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I’ve never had a smoked turkey, but this chowder makes me want to do it up just for the leftovers! This sounds so warm and cozy! Yum!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — November 7, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I’ve never had a smoked turkey, but this chowder makes me want to do it up just for the leftovers! This sounds so warm and cozy! Yum!

  11. #
    Sheila — November 7, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I’ve been on a soup kick lately! This one is going on my meal menu. The flavors sound just like what my family loves.

  12. #
    Bree — November 8, 2012 at 8:48 am

    I have to say this soup sounds amazing!

  13. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — November 8, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Hey Brenda,
    I just found your site and am so excited that I did! I’m a fellow resident of the upper Midwest (Wisconsin!) and while I don’t live on a farm, the farmers market (closest I can get) is my heaven on earth.
    Pretty much the only thing better than Thanksgiving turkey is Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. This soup looks so comforting and delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  14. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — November 8, 2012 at 11:06 am

    This would be perfect the day after Thanksgiving : )

  15. #
    Sommer@ASP — November 9, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Oh I can just imagine the intense smokey flavor wafting from that bowl! Gorgeous recipe friend. :)

  16. #
    nest of posies — November 9, 2012 at 9:55 am

    looks so good! i’ve never had sweet potatoes in a soup before. sounds heavenly!

  17. #
    cheryl — November 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    This looks like a perfect after Thanksgiving lunch for 2012!!! YUM!

    • Brenda replied on November 12th, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      I hope we have plenty of leftovers! ;)

  18. #
    Peggy — November 12, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Oh boy! You had me at chowder =) Definitely keeping this in mind for the plethora of Thanksgiving leftovers!

    • Brenda replied on November 12th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Hope you like it, Peggy!

  19. #
    Erin — November 12, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I made this for supper tonight, and it was delicious!! My four year old said that it was the best meal ever :) I didn’t put in the mushrooms because I forgot them, but it was really good without them too. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Brenda replied on November 12th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      I love this, Erin, and smile to think of your family enjoying this. I think Cheryl is hoping I’ll make a big pot of this with our smoked turkey leftovers next weekend. ;) Happy Thanksgiving to you & Eric and your entire family! xo

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    Chris @ Menus For A Week — November 13, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    I’m new to your site and cannot wait to search around for more enticing recipes! This one really caught my eye. Adding it to the Thanksgiving menu for sure!! ;-)

  21. #
    JulieD — November 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I’ll bet your house smelled wonderful making this chowder! It looks so good!!

  22. #
    Alexandra — January 16, 2013 at 9:18 am

    I made this last night, yumm! I had no idea where to find smoked turkey, so I used some smoked turkey sausages from Whole Foods. It was good! Next time I think I’ll try to cut down on the fats to make it a little healthier. Good texture, though! And the contrast between the sweet potato and the smoky meat was scrumptious.

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    Emily — November 28, 2015 at 6:42 am

    I made this as part of my Thanksgiving menu, and it was the smash hit of the meal. Everyone loved it. I used homemade turkey stock, and I doubled the amount of chipotle powder for my own preferences – it added a nice kick on the aftertaste but was very subtle. Seriously, this recipe is so outstandingly delicious that I’m already planning a second batch. Five stars!

    • Brenda replied on December 3rd, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      Wonderful!! Thanks for coming back to let me know, Emily.

  24. #
    Yvonne — December 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I made this today and it is so YUMMY! I actually threw in some of the smoked turkey skin (which I removed before serving) to give it a stronger smoky flavor. From now on, I will make this every time I have smoked turkey leftovers.

    • Brenda replied on January 5th, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      Wonderful! Also…when you have smoked turkey leftovers…be sure to check out my recipe for creamy turkey/chicken wild rice soup. Smoked turkey is EXCELLENT in that soup as well, goes so awesome with the wild rice.


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