Southwestern Hamburger Soup, photo by Sonia Mendez GarciaPhoto 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!


  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • 1 teaspoon salt more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon mild chili powder
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup yellow bell pepper diced
  • 1 poblano pepper diced
  • 1-2 jalapeño peppers optional
  • 2 Anaheim green chile peppers , roasted, peeled and diced (you can use canned ones)
  • 2 Roma tomatoes diced
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 cup red Beans
  • 1 cup corn
  • 6 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • Garnish With:
  • sharp cheddar cheese Shredded
  • hot sauce
  • corn tostadas or chips

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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.Note: You can also prepare this recipe with ground turkey or chicken for a lighter version.
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