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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 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged 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.

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jetluvs2cook User ID: 1675049 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 User ID: 82367 245595
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2016

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

Mystikecho User ID: 8062309 225795
Reviewed May. 2, 2015

"Best. soup. Ever.

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

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 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 User ID: 1021074 217451
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2015

"Love it!"

AdrianneKathleen User ID: 7810435 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 User ID: 2396269 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 User ID: 4790999 25565
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2014

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

hotfudgesundae User ID: 3463962 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 User ID: 3429765 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!"

allyoop451 User ID: 1047473 86216
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2013

"Can this be made in the crockpot?"

whats2eat User ID: 5526168 86214
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."

Rjmarriott57 User ID: 3690913 70725
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2013

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

Littlepinkdresslinda User ID: 792622 51887
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"

DenaMD User ID: 7010896 20088
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>"

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 25672
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."

BackN2Cooking User ID: 6888711 32817
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."

JaneRussom User ID: 6640977 70721
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!"

Duffa User ID: 6491600 70720
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."

Jangirl User ID: 1050490 70717
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2012

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

merrittram User ID: 4618032 49619
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2011

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

Aroid413 User ID: 5892088 65268
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2011

"It's amazing"

gintex User ID: 1389781 69919
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?"

mjjc User ID: 621738 32730
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2011

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

sawillia2 User ID: 2487394 49616
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."

KathyKr User ID: 5747973 25561
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.""

sands351 User ID: 1036170 69918
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."

mickeymotto User ID: 1689557 70716
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!"

librtyblue User ID: 3158037 71892
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2010

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

HBcook User ID: 2966570 25549
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2009

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

aquarius6222 User ID: 4542658 69917
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2009

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

steeelerzz User ID: 1785706 20086
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2009

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

Blkpnthrprincess User ID: 2786430 203078
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2009

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

charles coello User ID: 3504906 203077
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."

KathyB_63_Mo User ID: 924997 70681
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.


GRAMMY1234 User ID: 2575744 33114
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."

Blkpnthrprincess User ID: 2786430 25671
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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