It’s hot. And then it’s cold. Trying to figure out what’s for dinner during these wonky temperatures is getting old. So very thankful for recipes like this Slow Cooker Bacon Cheeseburger Soup for days when Louisiana takes a nose dive into rainy and dreary land.
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 8 ounce cream cheese, cubed
- 6 ounces bacon, cooked until crispy, then chopped
- 4 cups low sodium chicken stock
- 2 cups potatoes, cubed
- 1 cup peeled and shredded carrots
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- In a medium skillet, cook the ground beef until no longer pink, drain, and add to a 6 quart slow cooker. In the same skillet as the beef, sauté the onion until soft and translucent. Add the onion to the slow cooker.
- Add the cream cheese, cooked bacon, chicken stock, potatoes, carrots, garlic, salt and pepper; stir to combine. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and flour to create a slurry. Slowly stir into the soup. Add the shredded cheese. Cover for an additional 10-15 minutes until the soup has thickened and the cheese has melted.
- Garnish with extra cheese, bacon and green onions, if desired.
It has literally gone from spring to winter and back again in the matter of about a week. One day I’m wearing short sleeves and the next I’m bundling up in a sweater.
Today was a sweater day. It was wet and chilly and I woke up craving soup.
This slow cooker cheeseburger soup adds a few extra steps with having to brown the ground meat, frying the bacon and the additional slurry at the end, but it’s still a fix it and forget it type of slow cooker recipe. And I think we can all agree that on days when the rain has your entire demeanor feeling blah, it’s such a welcomed treat to walk through the door and cozy up with a warm bowl of soup.
The Slow Cooker Bacon Cheeseburger Soup is also a great recipe to have on hand as we near the March Madness gatherings. Trust me, if you force me to watch basketball, I’m going to need something delicious to get me through the tournament watching.