a black bowl of turkey chowder and oyster crackers

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
smoked turkey chowder

Smoked Turkey Chowder with Mushrooms and Sweet Potatoes

Yield: 8 to 10 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Smoked Turkey Chowder with Mushrooms and Sweet Potatoes is a super hearty soup recipe. If you've got Thanksgiving leftovers, give this meal a try!


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2'' pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 8 ounces fresh button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) corn, drained
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed into 1/2'' pieces
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 4 cups shredded smoked turkey
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large heavy pot or stock pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add bacon and cook until bacon begins to brown.
  2. 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.
  3. Gradually add the broth, stirring constantly. Turn up the heat a bit and bring the soup to a low boil. Lightly boil for 1 minute.
  4. 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, crusty bread.


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 362Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 2450mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 4gSugar: 13gProtein: 26g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.

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