Spicy Cheeseburger Soup Recipe
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Spicy Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

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This creamy soup brings my family to the table in a hurry. I love the warming zip of cayenne, but it also tastes terrific without it if you like milder flavor. With a few simple side dishes, this soup is a full meal.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 2 small carrots, grated
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 2-1/2 cups milk, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 8 ounces process American cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 795 calories, 74g fat (44g saturated fat), 207mg cholesterol, 1552mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 20g protein .


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first nine ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  2. Stir in beef and 2 cups of milk; heat through. Combine flour and remaining milk until smooth; gradually stir into soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; stir in cheese until melted. Add cayenne
  3. pepper if desired. Top with bacon just before serving. Yield: 6-8 servings (about 2 quarts).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Spicy Cheeseburger Soup in Taste of Home April/May 1999, p27

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jetluvs2cook 254381
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2016

"YUMM!!!! Will make this again soon!!! I did add a little more water for cooking the veggies, but kept everything else the same! Delicious!"

Jujubee1762 245595
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2016

"YUM! Super cheesy! Love it! No more to say!"

Mystikecho 225795
Reviewed May. 2, 2015

"Best. Soup. Ever.

My go-to comfort food..every week!"

mamaknowsbest 220531
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2015

"A classic cheeseburger taste in a soup! This creative soup is a meal in itself. As a volunteer food editor with Taste of Home I love recipes with a creative twist. Spice level was good with my family but would caution to start small with cayenne pepper, a little goes a long way! Perfect soup for a winter night!"

hunter6295 217451
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

"Love it!"

AdrianneKathleen 53354
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"This soup rocks! My hubby asks specifically for this soup often, and it's'a fairly easy to whip up!"

crystal24 65275
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2014

"Love this soup! If not feeling super spicy, just omit the jalapeno. Easy to throw together with staple ingredients."

ejt325 25565
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2014

"I love this, and it's so easy!"

hotfudgesundae 28906
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2014

"This soup recipe is definitely a keeper! Make it as spicy as you want with cayenne pepper, as my first try was with 1 tsp and it was a bit hot for me. Left out the bacon and it still tasted yummy."

lisadritchie 70728
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2013

"I have made this more times than I can count. It is a rich filling soup. I put the bacon in the soup, use reduced fat cheddar instead of american cheese, and ground turkey instead of beef. I also leave out the potato but add extra carrots. Love it!"

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