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Spicy Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

Spicy Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Spicy Cheeseburger Soup

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Reviewed Mar. 17, 2016

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

Reviewed May. 2, 2015

"Best. Soup. Ever.

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

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!"

Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

"Love it!"

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

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

Reviewed Sep. 18, 2014

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

Reviewed Jun. 16, 2014

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

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."

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!"

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2013

"Can this be made in the crockpot?"

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2013

"My family loves this soup. I omit the cayenne pepper because my family is not big on spicy. I also add extra bacon directly in the soup. Will never go back to my old potato soup recipe."

Reviewed Sep. 4, 2013

"Amazing! Could not ask for anything better! Thank you"

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2013

"I love this stuff. Sometimes, I omit the cayenne (for the kids), but I make sure to put extra in my husband and I's soup. YUM"

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2012

"<p>Yum, yum, yum! I think my hubby fell in love with me all over again after making this hearty soup. I used ground turkey and turkey bacon. I forgot to add the beef bouillon granules. I didn't have grease from the bacon to add since it was turkey. I used two cans of rotel tomatoes also. I can hardly imagine what the recipe would taste like with hamburger and real bacon. Note: adding 1.5 cups of water in the first step isn't enough. I simply added enough water to boil. Once boiled I drained then added the 1.5 cup of water.</p>"

Reviewed Oct. 15, 2012

"This has become one of my most favorite soup recipes. Living in the southwest, my family loves spicy foods - & this one fits our tastes perfectly! Lots & lots of flavor! One of those rare recipes that I follow exactly without any substitutions. I've found that 1/2 teaspoon of the cayenne pepper is just right for our tastes. Start with a small amount as you can always add more if needed."

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2012

"I have made this before when I first got the book that it came in. I had since lost the book and my son has been asking. I was so happy that I found it here. It is so good and inexpensive to make."

Reviewed Apr. 13, 2012

"Loved the soup. I didn't have a jalapeno pepper or caynene pepper so I added a can of RoiTel and it was perfect!"

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

"This is one recipe that I have made that everyone who tries it simply raves about. Our family always requests that I make a double batch so everyone can have a large helping. We recently had a family reunion and had a book to write comments about the reunion and about two thirds of the people wrote how good the soup was. The cayenne pepper really makes the soup pop."

Reviewed Feb. 23, 2012

"Love this recipe! I shared it with my Aunt and she loves it too! Enjoy"

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2011

"I have been making this recipe for years and everyone in my family Loves it!"

Reviewed Mar. 21, 2011

"It's amazing"

Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"I made this soup again tonight. We all love it. I have been making it for about 10 years. But I got a huge shock when I finally looked at the nutritional information. In one cup of soup, could there possible be 74 grams of fat? Is it possible?"

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2011

"This is the best recipe, however,I eliminated the jalepeno peppers. You won't regret making this recipe."

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"I make this recipe for for our restaurant and always get lots of compliments. However, I take out all the spicy ingredients. I like it spicy but not everyone does, so I just left them out. I will be writing this one down to keep for my grandchildren."

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

"I got this from a Taste of Home magazine years ago and it always gets wonderful reviews with many people asking for the recipe. Made it for our church bazaar several years in a row. Is always a hit. Husband says it's "good enough to serve in a restaurant.""

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2010

"This recipe is awesome. I found it in the 1999 Collector's Edition Taste of Home and I have been making it for years. Hubby an I love it."

Reviewed Feb. 24, 2010

"This a great soup just as it is, but we even swapped out the regular potatoes for sweet potatoes and liked it even better!"

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2010

"Easy to adjust level of spiciness. Used 4oz can of diced jalapeno pepper to make it very spicy!!!"

Reviewed Dec. 2, 2009

"Excellent soup for a weeknight dinner or to bring to a soup party or potluck."

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2009

"a household favorite, last time I made it with red and yellow peppers...ever better!"

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2009

"This is very yummy! It's good with or without the cayenne."

Reviewed Sep. 23, 2009

"I love this recipe. I get so many compliments for it. It's good with Doritos."

Reviewed Feb. 3, 2009

"I've made this hearty soup many times. Everyone loves it. I follow the recipe exactly, and get requests for the soup regularly."

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2008

"This reminds me of the receipt below.   The 2nd time I made, it I added canned vegetables to it and turned in into a very hardy vegetable soup.

Spicy Potato Soup

1 lb Ground beef
4 c Cubed, peeled potatoes (1/2 inch cubes)
1 sm Onion, chopped
3 cn (8 oz. ea) tomato sauce
4 c Water
2 ts Salt
1 1/2 ts Pepper
1/2 ts (to 1 ts) hot pepper sauce

In a Dutch oven or large kettle, brown ground beef. Drain. Add potatoes, onion and tomato sauce. Stir in water, salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour or until the potatoes are tender and the soup has thickened. Yield: 2 quarts.


Reviewed Jan. 24, 2008

"This sounds like it would be great with a homemade soda cracker. If anyone has a recipe for these I am looking for one for my mom, who is 86 years old and has been looking for a recipe for a homemade soda cracker for years. Please can someone help me find this for her???

Thank-you in advance."

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2008

"This is my favorite Taste of Home recipe. It is so addictive.

I add extra jalapenoes with seeds, to add more spice. I usually eat this with doritoes."

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