Photo by Sonia Mendez Garcia

Southwestern Hamburger Soup

Cuisine: Tex Mex
Prep Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 servings as aa starter
If you like chili, then you'll love this southwestern hamburger soup! It's perfect to snuggle up in front of the TV during a cold afternoon.

This hamburger soup recipe is a great alternative when you don’t feel like making traditional chili. I really enjoy soups with a lighter broth, loaded with green chiles, beans and vegetables for those chilly afternoons while watching our favorite sports event. Prepare it a couple of days ahead and the flavors just get better!


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  1. Preheat a large soup pot to medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the beef and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, smoked paprika and chili powder. Cook for a good 10 minutes and drain some of the oil out.
  2. Add the onions, garlic, bell peppers and jalapeños and cook for 5 to 7 minutes. Add in all of the remaining ingredients, stir well to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and continue cooking for 25 to 30 minutes.
  3. While it simmers, I usually go back and re-season lightly with more cumin, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
  4. Serve with shredded sharp cheese, tostadas and hot sauce for garnish. Yields up to 8 servings as a starter.
  5. Note: You can also prepare this recipe with ground turkey or chicken for a lighter version.
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