Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe with Smoked Ham

Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe in a bowl with spoon and bread dipped in side and parsley, chopped cashews, and ham garnish on top. Ginger root and carrot pieces on table
Jump to Recipe
Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe in a bowl with parsley, chopped cashews, and ham garnish on top. Ginger root and carrot pieces on table

Want something other than chicken for dinner??  I did too and I also wanted something healthy and nourishing.  And so today I bring you my Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe with Smoked Ham!  This is a slightly sweet, mostly savory soup that’s filled with warm spices that will wake up all of your tastebuds!  It all starts with the fantastic sweet carrot that is blended into the most luxuriously creamy consistency.  Then turmeric is added for a gorgeous golden color and warm taste.  Ginger comes to the party with warm spice, garlic shows up with deep flavor, and ground thyme brings it all down to earth.  Finally, smoked ham is the guest of honor, bringing that smokey flavor and a meaty bite.  It’s an easy make-ahead-and-reheat lunch, dinner, or appetizer.  

Want more tips for making busy family dinners easier?  Click here for my Free Printable 5 Simple Steps to Easy Family Dinners!

EAT MORE VEGGIES WITH SOUP!

Soup is such a great way to get your kids (or grownups) in your family to eat their veggies.  Here are some of the ways that soup can make this task easier.

You can add just about any flavors.  I have some many different flavors when it comes to soups.  Some have a Mexican theme, such as my Chicken Tortilla Soup with Kale or my Chicken Enchilada Soup.  Some have an Asian theme, such as my Chicken Ramen Noodle Soup.  And some are really just infused by the ingredients themselves, such as my Creamy Mushroom Soup and my Chilled Golden Corn Soup

You can mix and match veggies according to preferences.  A great example of this is my Chunky Chicken Veggie Soup or my Chicken Sausage & Tortellini Soup.  You can really swap any veggies you want into these soups.

Finally, you can blend up veggies that may not be favorites into a creamy form to completely transform them.  My girls and husband all hate peas.  I love them though!  So, I blended peas up with some mint and jalapeno for my Zesty Pea Soup.

What’s your favorite soup?  Tell me in the comments!

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For this recipe, you need a large (5-6 quart) pot with lid that can go from the stove to the oven. My prized possession dutch oven was perfect for this! Or any good quality enameled cast iron 5-6 quart dutch oven with lid is great.

You also need a blender for blending the carrots into a creamy texture.

And finally, mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR YOUR CARROT GINGER SOUP RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are steps you can prepare ahead to save time on busy nights! (See the full recipe below)

The great thing about this recipe is that the entire soup can be made ahead and tastes just as good reheated!  But, there are a few steps that you can do even before the soup.  You can dice the carrots, onion, and ham.  Then mince the garlic and ginger.  To save even more time, you can find pre-minced garlic and ginger at the store!  I love Christopher Ranch Minced Garlic and Minced Ginger for quick dinners!

Can I used frozen carrots?

I prefer fresh carrots in this recipe as they really are the sweetest and blend up so beautifully smooth.  However, you can certainly use frozen carrots.  Regardless if they are carrot chips, dices, or other small pieces, simply add them the same way that the instructions indicate for fresh.  You will not likely need the same cooking time, as the frozen carrots will soften faster than fresh raw.  After the soup comes up to a boil, you can test the carrots at around 5-7 minutes to see if they are soft.

What kind of Ham do I buy?

For the ham, you have a few options.  First, you want to look for smoked ham for this recipe.  The smoky flavor works so well in this soup.  You can go to the deli counter and ask for 1/2 inch thick cut slices or you can buy a small cooked ham roast and slice it yourself.  Finally, you can look for a large ham steak in the meat section.  

COOK YOUR CARROT GINGER SOUP

The first step is to sear the diced ham and then transfer it to a plate.

Diced ham cooking in pot for Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe.
To the same pot, add another teaspoon of olive oil, then add the carrots, onions, garlic, ginger, turmeric, thyme, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes stirring every so often, until slightly soft and onions are slightly translucent.

Diced carrots, onions, garlic, and ginger cooking in pot for Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe.
Add the broth to the veggies in the pot, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover for 10 minutes to steam until soft. Remove from heat and let start to cool.

Broth being poured into carrots and onions cooking in pot for Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe.
When the carrot soup is cooled a bit, scoop out all of the carrots and onions with a slotted spoon or small strainer and add to a blender. Using a measuring cup, scoop out about 1-1 1/2 cups of the cooking liquid and add it to the blender with the carrots. (NOTE: leave some carrots and onions in the pot if you want texture and do not want to fully blend the entire soup.) Blend until you get a smooth creamy consistency, adding more of the cooking broth as needed until you get a thick smooth and creamy consistency. Pour the smooth carrot soup from the blender back into the pot and whisk into the remaining cooking liquid, so that it thins out.

Spoon transfering carrots from pot to blender for Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe.

Carrot soup blended in blender for Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe.

Add the cooked ham (leave 3 tablespoons for garnish) to the soup and bring the soup to a low simmer.
Plate the soup in a large bowl and garnish with Parsley, sour cream, and the remaining ham.

Adding diced ham to creamy carrots for Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe.

Can this soup be frozen?

Yes, you can portion out this soup and freeze it in freezer containers or freezer bags.  Thaw it in the fridge the night before you want to cook it.  It doesn’t’ have to be completely thawed, but enough to maneuver it out of the container and into a pot to warm on medium heat on the stove.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe in a bowl with spoon and bread dipped in side and parsley, chopped cashews, and ham garnish on top. Ginger root and carrot pieces on table

Have you tried this recipe? If so, please leave a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ star rating in the recipe below! I love to hear your feedback and your rating helps others to find this recipe. Thanks so much!

5 from 1 vote
Print

Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe with Smoked Ham

Golden Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe with Smoked Ham is a slightly sweet, mostly savory soup that's filled with warm spices that will wake up all of your tastebuds! Carrot that is blended into the most luxuriously creamy consistency.  Turmeric adds a gorgeous golden color, ginger brings warm spice, garlic gives more deep flavor, and ground thyme gives an earthy finish.  Finally, smoked ham brings smokey flavor and a meaty bite.  It's an easy make-ahead-and-reheat lunch, dinner, or appetizer.  

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Carrots, chicken soup, ginger, ham
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil divided into 2
  • 1 cup Smoked Ham finely diced
  • ½ cup Yellow onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 3 cups Carrots diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Thyme
  • 4 cups Chicken or Vegetable broth 32 ounces
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Optional Garnish Ideas

  • 1/2 cup Sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Cashews, Chopped

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Dice carrots and onion. Mince garlic, mince ginger.
  2. Dice Ham.

Cooking Steps

  1. Preheat a large pot on high heat. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and the diced ham. Spread it out into a single layer and let it cook for 3-4 minutes until browned. Stir and then transfer to a plate.
  2. To the same pot, add another teaspoon of olive oil, then add the carrots, onions, garlic, ginger, turmeric, thyme, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes stirring every so often, until slightly soft and onions are slightly translucent.
  3. Add the broth to the veggies in the pot, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover for 10 minutes to steam until soft. Remove from heat and let start to cool.
  4. When the carrot soup is cooled a bit, scoop out all of the carrots and onions with a slotted spoon or small strainer and add to a blender. Using a measuring cup, scoop out about 1-1 1/2 cups of the cooking liquid and add it to the blender with the carrots. (NOTE: leave some carrots and onions in the pot if you want texture and do not want to fully blend the entire soup.) Blend until you get a smooth creamy consistency, adding more of the cooking broth as needed until you get a thick smooth and creamy consistency. Pour the smooth carrot soup from the blender back into the pot and whisk into the remaining cooking liquid, so that it thins out.

  5. Add the cooked ham (leave 3 tablespoons for garnish) to the soup and bring the soup to a low simmer.
  6. Plate the soup in a large bowl and garnish with Parsley, sour cream, chopped cashews, and the remaining ham.

Taco Chicken Burger Recipe

Jump to Recipe

Two Taco Chicken Burgers on wood platter with smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions.  Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

Welcome to my taco obsession and it’s spillage into every type of food that I make! This recipe was a successful experiment in how tacos can transform into the most incredible burger.  This easy Taco Chicken Burger Recipe is flavorful, moist, and all together taco-licious.  It is chock full of smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions.  Then on top you’ve got all the taco fixings you need… melty cheese, creamy guacamole, tomato, lettuce, and chipotle mayonnaise!  I mean, c’mon, you’ve got to try this!

You know what else is great about these burgers?  You can make a double batch and freeze them raw individually.  Once frozen, you can combine them in an airtight container and store for up to 4 months in the freezer.  Want more freezer hacks?  Click here to get my printable cheat sheet with 10 Freezer Hacks to make easy dinners!

Hand holding half of a Taco Chicken Burger with smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

HEALTHIER BURGERS!

We all want to indulge a little during the summer, especially when it comes to grilling and eating outside.  But, indulging doesn’t have to be unhealthy.  You can have a fantastic treat that’s good for you too!  It’s all about balance.  And that’s just what we have here.  

For starters, I’ve replaced the higher calorie beef with very lean white meat chicken.  Next, I added tons of flavor with seasonings and fresh cilantro and scallion to the lean chicken so that you don’t miss anything.  Now, I did add cheese to the top of this guy, but it’s about balance, right?  Lettuce, tomato, and Guacamole are the balance.  The Guacamole has avocado and we all know the health benefits of avocados!  They are loaded with vitamins, nutrients, and minerals.  They have protein, fiber, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids.  And they contain more potassium than a banana!  Here are two more recipes with avocado:  Roasted Cumin Carrots with Avocado Crema and Zippy Pineapple Salsa with Avocado and Red Peppers.

Hand putting lettuce on a Taco Chicken Burger with smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions, cheese, guacamole, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

The only thing you really need for this recipe is something to cook the burgers on. Ideally, this would be a grill of some sort, either outdoor or stovetop grill. If you don’t have a grill available, you can sear the burgers in a hot skillet or frying pan. Cover them to finish cooking through or put in the oven.

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR TACO CHICKEN BURGER RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are steps you can prepare in the day(s) ahead. (See full recipe below)

Start by mixing the mayonnaise and chipotle powder in a bowl, cover, and store in the fridge.  

Moving on to Taco Chicken burger itself.  I love to add fresh cilantro and scallions to it.  You can go heavier or lighter, but this is really the perfect amount in the recipe.  Next, add in the spices and seasonings: Chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, chipotle chili powder, salt.

Stir to combine and then divide into 6 equal parts using a knife or fork.  Once divided, then start to form them into patties.  You can do this a day ahead of cooking.

Hand holding a raw chicken patty for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

Can I use store bought taco seasoning? 

Sure can!  However, I would say to test cook a tsp of the burger mixture before adding the salt.  Many taco seasonings already have a fair amount of salt in them and if you add more, it could end up being incredibly salty.  To test, just add the teaspoon of mixture to a skillet to cook.

How do I freeze the burgers?

You can freeze the raw patties individually and then store them airtight in the freezer.  This is done easily on a sheet pan in the freezer.  Once frozen, transfer to an airtight container.  You can also store in the fridge or freeze using aluminum foil or parchment paper cut into patty-size squares to separate the burgers and then stack, seal and freeze them. 

Raw chicken patties stacked between aluminum foil pieces for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

They will last for up to 4 months in the freezer.  You need to defrost them in the fridge for 24 hours before cooking.

COOK YOUR TACO CHICKEN BURGER RECIPE 

When you are ready to cook the burgers, you can make the guacamole.  This unfortunately, is not a step that can be done in advance as the avocado starts to oxidize and turn brown once exposed to air.  

Knife removing seed from half avocado for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

Hand holding half avocado and spoon scooping it out for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

Mixed Guacamole for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

How long does it take to cook the burgers?

The burgers take about 5 minutes per side on an outdoor hot grill. 

Grilled chicken burger on gas grill for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

On a stovetop grill or in a skillet you will want to first get a good sear on both sides for about 2 minutes each.  Then cover the burgers to finish cooking through, about 4-5 minutes.  You can use aluminum foil to cover.

For any method, you want to ensure that the internal temp reaches 165 F degrees.

Assemble your burgers: top with cheese, guacamole, tomato,lettuce, and then chipotle mayo on the top bun! 

Taco Chicken Burger on wood platter with top bun off to side. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato. On the top bun is chipotle mayonnaise!

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Taco Chicken Burger cut in half with a bite taken out on wood plate. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!
Taco Chicken Burger cut in half on wood plate. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!
5 from 1 vote
Print

Taco Chicken Burger Recipe

This easy Taco Chicken Burger Recipe is flavorful, moist, and all together taco-licious.  It's chock-full of smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions.  Then on top you've got all the taco fixings you need… melty cheese, creamy guacamole, tomato, lettuce, and chipotle mayonnaise!  #healthyrecipes #chickenburger #turkeyburger #mexicanfood #familydinnerideas #healthydinners

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword burgers, grilling, ground chicken, mexican burger
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 Burgers
Calories 690 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Taco Chicken Burgers

  • 2 lbs Ground Chicken, white meat
  • 4 Scallion
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chipotle Chili Powder (or paprika)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Olive Oil Spray

Guacamole

  • 3 Ripe Avocados
  • 2 Scallions
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 Lime
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Other Burger Toppings

  • 6 Burger Buns
  • 6-12 Slices Monterey Jack Cheese (or Pepper Jack or Cheddar)
  • 1 tsp Chipotle Chili Pepper powder
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tomatoes, large (for slicing)
  • 1/2 head Iceberg Lettuce

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Mix the mayonnaise and chipotle powder in a bowl, cover, and store in the fridge.

  2. Chop the cilantro and slice the scallions for both the burgers and for the guacamole. You can store the guacamole ingredients in the fridge until you are ready to make it.

  3. Make the burgers by placing the ground chicken into a large mixing bowl and then adding the cilantro, scallion, and the remaining spices and seasonings. Stir to combine and then divide into 6 equal parts using a knife or fork.  Once divided, then start to form them into patties.  You can do this a day ahead of cooking and store in the fridge in an airtight container.

    Raw chicken patties stacked between aluminum foil pieces for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!

Make the Guac and Cook the Burgers

  1. Get the toppings ready…slice the tomatoes,shred the lettuce, pull out the buns.

  2. Scoop the avocado out of the skin into a medium mixing bowl and mash it to desired consistency (I like small chunks).  Add the chopped cilantro, sliced scallion,and juice from half of a lime.  Mix to combine.  Add salt to taste.

    Hand holding half avocado and spoon scooping it out for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!
  3. Before cooking/grilling your burgers, spray with Olive Oil Spray so that the burgers do not stick. Cook your burgers on the grill high heat.  It should take 5 minutes on each side for an outdoor gas or charcoal grill.  Test the internal temperature to ensure it reaches 165 F degrees.  At the last minute, add the cheese if you want it to be melted down.

    Grilled chicken burger on gas grill for a Taco Chicken Burger recipe. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise!
  4. Assemble your burgers: top with cheese, guacamole, tomato, lettuce, and then chipotle mayo on the top bun! Enjoy

    Taco Chicken Burger on wood platter with top bun off to side. The burger has smokey taco seasonings, cilantro, and scallions. Then on top are melty cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato. On the top bun is chipotle mayonnaise!