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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 turkey or beef, cooked and drained
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  • 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 serving (1 cup) equals 795 calories, 74 g fat (44 g saturated fat), 207 mg cholesterol, 1,552 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 20 g 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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 795 calories, 74 g fat (44 g saturated fat), 207 mg cholesterol, 1,552 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 20 g protein.

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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!"

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