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Cheeseburger Paradise Soup Recipe

Cheeseburger Paradise Soup Recipe

I’ve never met a person who didn’t enjoy this creamy soup, and it’s hearty enough to serve as a main course with your favorite bread or rolls. —Nadina Iadimarco, Burton, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:14 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cups 2% milk, divided
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (16 ounces) process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • crumbled cooked Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon

Directions

  • 1. In a Dutch oven, bring the first nine ingredients to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and mushrooms in butter over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add to soup. Stir in 4 cups milk; heat through.
  • 3. In a small bowl, combine flour and remaining milk until smooth; gradually stir into soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; stir in cheese until melted. Garnish with bacon. Yield: 14 servings (about 3-1/2 quarts).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 370 calories, 20g fat (10g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 947mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 23g protein.

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cbergan User ID: 1967024 255884
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2016

"Everyone loved it, will make it again."

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tinalfrazier@yahoo.com User ID: 8892556 250349
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2016

"I doubled ALL the veggies, used half and half instead of milk and added one cup of sharp cheddar. Mmmm Mmmm Good!"

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Zomama User ID: 8764953 243506
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2016

"We have been making this for over a year, it is amazing ! Leftovers are easily frozen."

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TheChristmasLady User ID: 5117022 242936
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2016

"Delicious. Thick and chunky. My husband loved it."

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LDaisy User ID: 5541821 242575
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2016

"Good soup, needs zip"

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crissy821 User ID: 7457505 233254
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2015

"My husband and I really liked this soup. I added a few red pepper flakes to give it a little zing and was good. Might try and add some ground sausage to it next time."

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Kindergartner User ID: 8269282 221253
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2015

"Yum!"

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Brendawelk User ID: 8189298 220740
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015

"Can you freeze this?"

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germanycook User ID: 6411056 217090
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"Winter comfort in a bowl!

Loved this soup - better than a previous recipe I'd tried, too. I didn't add the mushrooms, green pepper, or jalapenos, and did a bit less milk. At the end it seemed to need some herbs so I added a bit of dill and parsley - and then it was perfect!"

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meganshakes User ID: 4295286 94782
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2014

"Oh my yummy! This soup is a winner. I did make a few changes. I forgot to buy carrots, so I didn't add that; only added about half the mushrooms (not a huge mushroom fan, and I would chop them really small next time), and used 3 generous cups of sharp cheddar instead of Velveeta (personal preference). The leftovers are just as amazing. I will definitely be making this again, probably with bread bowls next time. Mmmmm!"

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DanTheMan827 User ID: 7991830 163658
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"Very good recipe! I made a couple modifications though

I didn't add any mushrooms,
I didn't use any butter since the beef had enough fat,
I used a stick blender on the soup before I added the ground beef,
I didn't use any flour to thicken the soup as the potatoes thickened it enough.
And finally, I added a little pickle juice to the soup.
That really added something that was missing."

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Nikkimomma User ID: 3879749 95641
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2014

"Very good! There were no leftovers!"

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kymckenna User ID: 1672904 94757
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2014

"Everyone raved about this soup at Deer Camp - men AND women! Very satisfying!"

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aicenhour User ID: 4627743 163123
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2014

"This was a good recipe because my family liked it. I guess I didnt care for it too much because it was so thick! It almost has too much cheese in it (is there such a thing?) So I would suggest maybe making it with extra beef broth, or bouillon cubes and water and topping it with cheese. For my personal tastes anyway..."

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Sarahnchad1 User ID: 7456283 94755
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

"I have made this recipe for years now. I got this recipe from the original magazine it came out in 2010. My whole family loves it. Even our daughter since she was old enough to eat it has ate every bite. We do leave the mushrooms out since I am not a big fan. It's the first thing we make once it gets cold!"

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szurekjoan User ID: 6750311 67420
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"excellent! My family loved it. I didn't put mushrooms in it though"

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BBackSoon User ID: 3031931 163014
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013

"Having company for a week. Any chance this one freezes well?"

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motheatre User ID: 4906449 102189
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013

"I had to use Cheesewhiz and it seems to work well. My family enjoyed it."

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shellyjace User ID: 6655375 164961
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

"I tried this and it is amazing. I am pregnant and I know the baby loves it already."

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rnheart User ID: 7462979 94753
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

"Very bland"

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naomi524 User ID: 1071157 95640
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

"We have made this soup 4 or 5 times now and it is soooo good! We usually omit the jalapenos because of the grandkids, but definitely a keeper."

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khelkins User ID: 5419442 102131
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

"To 762jasmin Just do it like she says and instead of Dutch oven use crock pot. Add milk, flour and cheese about 30 mins to an hour before done. :)"

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Louis R. McClain User ID: 5869137 164958
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

"DELICIOUS, my wife even enjoyed it! She doesn't like Jalapenos, she a Yankee!"

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762jasmin User ID: 397634 67414
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

"Anyone know how to make this a slow cooker recipe?"

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rbyb User ID: 1319171 149014
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

"For loisk . . . you can make it or not , eat it or not, that's your own business and we don't get to know, but . . . . being rude is something we all get to see. soup is good!"

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Marylouise Guerrieri User ID: 2658251 164954
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

"I need a lesser quanity,therefore I'll need to divide the recipe, 3stars.I think I want to try a nippy cheese instead of a Velveeta."

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catlinrose User ID: 3367133 94752
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"Again..I repeat again..Taste of Home site has the rudest reviewers.. i ignore them as they never prepare the recipe or attempt to make substitutions. When I see their name I skip them."

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valannmom User ID: 4298558 208662
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"This soup was very easy to make and was a big hit. Something we call a "keeper"!"

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rose.ahlers@netscape.com User ID: 1002126 148927
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"Hi Lois, Thought this site was for reviews, not criticism, BTW, soup was Amazingly good! Thanks TOH for the recipe"

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loisdk@gmail.com User ID: 3898554 118224
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"This soup is so unhealthy it should have a warning label. Here's to obesity."

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court8101 User ID: 5093976 102127
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"Everyone in my family LOVES this soup! I did not have beef bouillon so I substituted it with an envelope of beefy onion soup mix and cooked it with my ground beef. A definate winner!"

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LKimK77 User ID: 4952226 102125
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2013

"I am gluten free and i use a all purpose G/F flour or just rice flour. "

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LKimK77 User ID: 4952226 102124
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2013

"Love this soup on a cold day!! For more flavor ---cook your bacon about a 1/2 pound set aside, save some of the dripping to cook the beef & mushrooms in (season with your favorite taco seasoning) (i add the mushrooms when the beef is almost done) when the beef and mushrooms are done crumble and add the bacon. Always a favorite in the fall and winter."

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malfonso User ID: 7422641 163120
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"Really tasty. I did season the ground beef while cooking and skipped the mushrooms... and I drained the meat. Used 3/4 regular velvetta and 1/4 mexican velvetta (because I had it in the fridge). Will definately make it again."

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scrambledwithcheese User ID: 1233902 75933
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2013

"Tastes like eating melted plastic thanks to the Velveeta. Next time I would use real cheddar and it might edible then."

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TXNurse User ID: 7422875 208661
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2013

"Great meal on a cool Fall day."

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SPRING LYNN User ID: 7173519 67413
Reviewed May. 2, 2013

"I made this soup once--more than a year ago. It was a huge hit with everyone. I'd very much like to convert it to a RIVAL crock pot recipe as I had a bit of a sticking problem after adding VELVEETA. I'd like to try it in the crock, bit I don't want to ruin it. Liked review replacing peppers with hot sauce since I don't like chopping the jalapenos, Any suggestions/thoughts would be greatly appreciated!!!!"

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swarbobbie User ID: 6768490 94780
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2013

"Something the whole family will love."

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dixiejet User ID: 1772828 94779
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2013

"Made this EXACTLY like the recipe and it is one of my very favorites !!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this soup !!!"

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clayandjess User ID: 2965666 94751
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2012

"This is absolutely a FAVORITE in my house. Something guest request... I don't do the mushrooms- cause of family preference- Trust me it's just the BEST."

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bloodbot User ID: 6853750 168695
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2012

"Ate this by the truck load :)"

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misskeecat User ID: 4423364 163657
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2012

"I made this soup and my husband loved it. I gave my best friend a bowl to try and when her husband tasted it, he made her make a pot of it the next day. This is very yummy and very filling."

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annette.barney@gmail.com User ID: 5326454 163117
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2012

"My whole family was very disappointed with this soup. We were expecting something amazing and it was just mediocre to us."

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hilltopjudy3 User ID: 5669508 94750
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2012

"I made this soup today. I chaged it a bit. Had leftover porkroast and gravy,so used it instead of hamburger and boullion. Used hashbrown potatoes, put half in at beginning and saved rest t heat thru at end so they held their shape, the early ones helped thicken the soup, added some frozen corn and made it like chowder, which my hubby loves. Use 1% milk. 2% mex. blend cheese. required no flour. i used no velveeta. It's bad for u, did use a bit of Hormel real bacon bits on top. It s so good. Oh and I halfed the recipe, just two of us. still enuf for two meals."

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suekg User ID: 3417903 148921
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2012

"This receipe is bullet proof because I really messed it up. I used ground turkey and chicken bullion but it wasn't that. here is what I did: browned the turkey and onions, threw in the potatoes and carrots with the water and buillion and simmer about 15 minutes. While that was nhappening I made a roux out of butter (I used 4 T instead of the 2) and flour, milk, melted in the cheese. By the time the vegs were soft the cheese mixture was ready and I just threw it in the pot. soup done. Tasted great and no worry with lumps. Really good with ground turkey by the way."

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jandeloach User ID: 6799141 94772
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2012

"This soup will provide a party for your tastebuds while it fills the tummy up!!! This has been our absolute favorite soup ever since the first time that I stumbled across the recipe in a Taste of Home magazine. I even won a fund raising soup contest at work with it. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!"

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Mothersdelights User ID: 6292095 163013
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2012

"This recipe is so good! i have made it a few times and everytime my whole family loves it."

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smith0531 User ID: 1976239 168694
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"Even the "hard-to-pleasers" love it!!!! One of my favorites"

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conniesueelliott User ID: 5831245 94745
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"I made this soup and used ground chicken instead of beef and it was fantastic. I used chicken bouillon instead of beef and then made just like the receipt called for. You got to try it. YUMMY"

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jdesmarteau User ID: 1410008 163010
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2012

"My family just loves this soup. Yummmm!"

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Baypeach User ID: 3282136 163114
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2012

"Very yummy!!!"

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DeHamm1100 User ID: 1009677 163655
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2012

"Very hearty and filling. Great winter soup. Made according to the recipe. Had great flavor."

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KmMcK User ID: 4696823 94744
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"no flavor at all"

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Alexandra W. User ID: 4305741 164953
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"Soo Good!! Will make it again and again."

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luv2cook51 User ID: 5418655 163654
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"delicious!!"

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conniesueelliott User ID: 5831245 149013
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"I think this soup would be good make with chicken or even sausage. I love the thickness of it. It is so creamy and rich with flavor"

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CaliforniaDuck User ID: 6295114 118133
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"I just finished making this soup and I believe it has potential. I did follow the recipe, however for my personal preference this soup needs more flavor. The beef flavor, and Velveeta are not enough to increase the saltiness Perhaps just simply seasoning the ground beef while cooking will be enough. I am going to make this again and experiment."

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TwylahJean User ID: 5706947 164952
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

"Made this for lunch with a long-time friend & she is still talking about it. I omitted the mushrooms and used Tabasco in place of the jalapenos. Definitely a keeper."

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lilmztude2u User ID: 5894531 102122
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2011

"Made exactly as recipe suggested, and this soup was AMAZING!"

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Belawst User ID: 3227110 208660
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"VERY EASY TO MAKE AND SOOOOO GOOD!! CRUSTY bread AND IT IS A WHOLE MEAL"

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nancykmoser User ID: 2725139 208659
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"Served this to company on a cold, wet night. Everyone loved it!"

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knapper01 User ID: 1111645 148914
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2011

"This soup is WONDERFUL. I made it for several parties and everyone wanted the recipe. It makes quite a bit."

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bdiederich User ID: 2369142 168693
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

"Family really enjoyed this! Substituted a 32 oz. bag of hashbrowns for potatoes and sauteed onions, green pepper, and carrots with the meat. Left out the mushrooms since I forgot to buy them. Also substituted a small can of chopped green chilies for the jalapeño. We will make again."

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bkennedy User ID: 2039325 163009
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"Perfect for a cold winter day!"

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jonimartin User ID: 4497021 94743
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2011

"delicious!!"

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mel7445 User ID: 3057977 94740
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2010

"Wonderful, hearty soup! I used shredded sharp cheddar instead of Velveeta - tasted even better this way! Also substituted 1 Tbsp of bacon bits per slice of bacon."

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crackerjack076 User ID: 5003692 164949
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"This is so delicious, and is now a family favorite..I did cust the recipe in half as 14 servings is a lot..."

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gingerriss User ID: 4959883 118132
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"Super good and very easy to make"

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bbhughes User ID: 689603 163112
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"Even better the second day!!"

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AdeleDegnan User ID: 4801874 75919
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2010

"Even better than I expected. Not heavy. I made it exactly as written with the exception of mushrooms (don't like 'em). I'm glad I made the whole recipe so we will get several meals throughout the fall. Thanks, Taste of Home. I don't give many recipes 5 stars."

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mamajen0720 User ID: 2449159 148749
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"Everyone loves this soup and it has so many good things in it. I did change it up and used Velveeta Mexican instead of the regular Velveeta for tonight so we'll how it goes over. I agree - a totally hearty meal great for a fall or winter night! I make it every fall/winter around here and it makes enough for a two meals for my family of 5."

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barsto User ID: 4995537 94742
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2010

"I've made this soup for several years. Both my husband and I love it. It is a very filling and satisfying soup - right up at the top of the listing "comfort Food"."

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vduff User ID: 5352674 163652
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2010

"I love this soup and I am not a soup person. Only thing is I cut it in half since 14 servings is just too much for my family."

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cowgirl_one User ID: 4989299 94741
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2010

"Very tasty and filling. I found it to be a very flexible recipe with modifications made to suit my family. We all loved it and will enjoy it next time as it is on the must do again list!"

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lindalu@intergate.com User ID: 1483591 94736
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2010

"This is an excellent soup that the entire family enjoyed! I did add 1 can of chopped green chilies instead of the jalapeno pepper and omitted the mushrooms just because I didn't have them on hand....Making this again and again!"

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dixiejet User ID: 1772828 164948
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2010

"This is one awesome soup !!!!"

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kandy1206 User ID: 4422872 163007
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2010

"My whole family loves this and it couldn't be easier. Definitely a keeper!"

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bub2288 User ID: 4533556 164946
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2010

"This is my church's favorite recipe. If I don't show up with this soup at our potluck I would get lynched...seriously, this is the best soup we have ever had."

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grensrud User ID: 4501110 149010
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"Absolutely yummy! Made it twice over the weekend. I omitted the carrots, mushrooms, & crumbled bacon to suit my husband's taste and just used shredded cheddar cheese instead of process cheese and it was excellent. I also used cornstarch instead of flour to thicken it up to save on some carbs. Super quick and easy as well. My husband absolutely loved it as did my son. Definitely is going into the "keeper" file."

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lsarets User ID: 2485466 208658
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2009

"Really good soup. Instead of using the velveeta cheese. I just substitued a basic cheese sauce from scratch. Everyone loves this soup!"

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LaurenDillon User ID: 3582384 148745
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2009

"Great soup for a cold day. My family loved it."

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nightlady4032 User ID: 4484792 168682
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2009

"Haven't made this recipe yet but want to try it. KJ1, if you can't have much dairy try your health food store for soy cheeses and ask your grocer to carry soy milk."

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lilgrannymac User ID: 3243163 75918
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2009

"very easy and YUMMY!!! this is a keeper."

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joycelallen User ID: 478319 208657
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2009

"#1 Hit at my house. j allen"

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chjones50 User ID: 194068 168679
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2009

"This soup is so good. My favorite!"

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pennyjensen User ID: 43150 164944
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2009

"what can I use instead of the jalapeno? a can of green chilies

pdj"

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Peggy Hickman User ID: 2559089 148743
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2009

"This is the same recipe as Spicy Cheeseburger soup (a recipe from a couple of years ago)except for the mushrooms. This is our favorite soup."

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QuilterInVa User ID: 250235 149009
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2009

"If replacing flour with cornstarch, it only takes 1/2 the amount for cornstarch. This recipe calls for 2T. of flour so use 1 T. of cornstarch."

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oldguy347 User ID: 6248 118131
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2009

"Re Cheeseburger Paradise soup

Whenever I make a creamed soup I thicken it with instant mashed potatoes instead of flour. Works great!
oldguy347"

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Kris in Michigan User ID: 237542 94734
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2009

"My husband & eldest son are gluten intolerant as well so I'm always improvising on recipes to make them acceptable for their dietary needs.

Yes, you can use cornstarch instead of the flour.  The consistency will be a tad different but it will taste just as good!
One of my favorite gluten free substitutes for wheat flour in recipes is Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour.  It contains a blend of five different gluten free flours that makes an EXCELLENT substitute in all your recipes. 
*Note:  you would use the cornstarch or the GF AP Flour in equal measures to replace the wheat flour."

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dlwolf User ID: 421194 102120
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2009

"I have celiac disease and cannot consume gluten. Can I substitute corn starth o tapioca for the flour? If so, what amount? Thank you"

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KJ1 User ID: 1778245 163647
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2008

"I have to agree with you, Mel7445. This soup is totally awesome. I've made it several times, but just recently found out that I shouldn't have much dairy:(. I really want to make it, but just not sure what to do."

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mel7445 User ID: 3057977 67370
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2008 Edited Dec. 5, 2010

"Wow, this soup is fabulous! It freezes really well and tastes just as good reheated! To make it a little healthier, I used skim milk, 2% Velveeta and Turkey bacon. I will be making this again!"

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