15 Bean Soup Recipe With Smoked Turkey

12 cups
8 hr 30 min

This 15 Bean Soup Recipe is easy to make in the slow cooker and can be made healthier by substituting Smoked Turkey Wings and/or Legs instead of Smoked Ham Hocks. Instructions for making this soup in the slow cooker, on the stovetop, or in the oven are included. Additionally, adjustments for soaking or not soaking your dried beans are discussed.

I cook frequently and have made ALOT of soup throughout the 35 years of our marriage. During the fall and winter, we will eat soup at least twice a week. I tell you this to give you some reference to a comment my husband made after enjoying this 15-Bean Soup Recipe. After his second bowl of this soup, he said, “I think that this is the best soup you have ever made.” I mean, that is a really sweeping statement! The best soup I have EVER made???

When I asked him what made this soup so special, he commented that it was hearty, had a nice smoky flavor, and had the perfect level of heat. He liked that it was lower fat as it uses turkey instead of ham. He summed it up by saying, ‘it is just the total package!’ Needless to say, this delicious soup has been added to our list of Favorite Recipes. It is truly the perfect comfort food when paired with a piece of crusty bread and a salad. Like most soup recipes, this easy recipe is often best made the day before you want to eat it. The next day, just heat it up gently before you want to serve it.

This 15-Bean Soup is Really Healthy!

We toss out the ‘seasoning packet’ that comes with the package of 15-Beans Soup Mix. I always avoid processed foods when possible. The flavor packet in the Hurst’s Hambeens contains nothing more than ‘hydrolyzed soy protein, salt, maltodextrin, artificial and natural flavors’. As such, I knew that adding natural spices would yield a better tasting, healthier, and more naturally flavored soup.

Beans are a great nutrition powerhouse. Not only are they fantastic sources of vegetable protein, they are also rich in a number of important nutrients, including potassium, magnesium, folate, iron, and zinc. Potassium is a mineral that promotes healthy blood pressure levels. Beans are also among the only plant foods that provide significant amounts of the indispensable amino acid lysine.

Fresh vegetables add to the health of this soup. In addition to the carrots in the ingredients list, I sometimes add sliced kale or spinach to the soup right before serving it.

This 15-Bean Soup Recipe Can Be Made on the Stove Top, in a Dutch Oven or the Crock Pot (Slow Cooker)

15 Bean Soup Recipe With Smoked Turkey
Recipe details
  • 12  cups
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 8 Hours Total time: 8 hr 30 min
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  • 1 lb 15- or 13- mixed beans
  • 1-2 lbs smoked turkey wing or leg, or ham hock
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 14.5-15 ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 4 ounce can of diced green chiles, with juice
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 9 cups chicken broth, beef broth, vegetable broth, vegetable stock or water (or a combination)
  • Parmesan Cheese Rind (optional)
Crock-Pot or Slow Cooker - No Soak Method
Crock-Pot or Slow Cooker - No Soak Method
Rinse and sort beans.
Mince garlic, dice onions and carrots.
Add all ingredients to the slow cooker and cook on low for 7-8 hours.
When the soup is done, pull meat from bones and add it back to the soup.
Crock-Pot or Slow Cooker - Soak Method
Rinse and sort beans.
Soak for 8 hours or overnight
Mince garlic, dice onions, and carrots.
Add all ingredients, with 1 cup less liquid, to the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-7 hours.
When the soup is done, pull meat from bones and add it back to the soup.
For Stove Top & Dutch Oven, Soak & No-Soak Methods, head to blog
To cook other methods, head to https://nourishandnestle.com/15-bean-soup-recipe-with-smoked-turkey/
  • As is the case with most soups, this soup is great to make the day before.
Lynn @ Nourish and Nestle
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  • Stephanie Oram Stephanie Oram on Jan 23, 2022

    My hubby doesn't care for the smokey taste. What can I use in place ? Will plain turkey legs still make a good soup ???

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    • Sure! You'll still get some of the meaty flavor from the legs.

  • Brenda Brenda on Jan 23, 2022

    I have never seen or heard of 15 or 13 bean soup mix. Do you know where I might find it in Canada ?