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Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup

A gray and white bowl with Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup inside. A hand is holding a silver spoon with the soup on it out of the bowl. The bowl is sitting on a wood back drop.

 

Crock Pot Vegetable Beef Soup

Howdy y’all! I said that in my best cowgirl, Oklahoma accent – did ya hear it? ๐Ÿ˜›

Since we’re already in September (I can’t believe we’re already in the “ber” months) I figured it’s open season on all things soup and fall – which makes it the perfect time to introduce this Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup!

This Easy Vegetable Beef Soup recipe was always a favorite around my house growing up and my Mom and Granny both made this pretty often in the cooler months.


Granny always added a little cooked barley to hers and man, was it ever delicious!

However, Mom omitted the barley for a simple and delicious Vegetable Beef Soup that was diary and grain free (except for the whole kernel corn), so that’s the version I’m sharing with you today.

Making this Vegetable Beef Soup always takes me back to my school-girl days and with the making of this soup comes a hilarious memory, that at the time, wasn’t funny to me at all.

One cold October morning, I headed off to school in a new skirt feeling pretty spiffied up (that’s old fogie term for “swag”).

I made it through about half of my day when the unthinkable happened.

 

(P.S. If you love this recipe, you will also love myย Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soupย or myย Slow Cooker Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup.)

 

 

A gray and white bowl with Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup inside. A hand is holding a silver spoon with the soup on it out of the bowl. The bowl is sitting on a wood back drop.

 

Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup brings back memories

As I was walking outside with a large group of my fellow classmates, I suddenly felt a slight give and a blast of cold air hit me square in the thighs.

I looked down with horror as I realized the zipper on my new skirt had given way and there I was, standing in the middle of the walk way, with my skirt down around my ankles.

I was mortified. Completely and absolutely humiliated! I just stood and stared at the traitorous skirt for what felt like hours, until it dawned on me that I was standing amid all my friends with no skirt on.

You know those dreams we have all had where you’re sitting in a classroom full of people and suddenly you look down to realize you have no clothes on? That’s exactly how I felt.

I gathered what few shreds of dignity I had remaining, yanked my skirt back up (by the way, there’s really no dignified way to yank a skirt up that is down around your ankles), and marched right off while peals of laughter echoed behind me.

Looking back, I giggle at how hilarious that must’ve been to everyone witnessing the debacle, but at the time, I was both enraged at the skirt that had betrayed me and utterly mortified over the entire situation.

It’s a good thing my Mom had Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup waiting on me when I got home that day because I really needed a big bowl of comfort!

 

 

A gray and white bowl with Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup inside that has been topped with small oyster crackers. A silver spoon is resting inside the bowl and a white and gray striped towel is under the bowl with a few oyster crackers scattered on it. Everything is sitting on a wood back drop.

 

 

Vegetable Beef Soup

ย Let’s get started making this Vegetable Beef Soup with one pound of lean, ground beef.

You can use any grade of ground beef you prefer, but I chose the leanest option to cut down on the fat.

 

 

A small, black skillet with one pound of uncooked, ground beef inside.

 

 

Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe

After placing the ground beef in a skillet, add in one teaspoon of dried, minced onion and then sprinkle in some salt and ground black pepper.

You don’t need to use a lot of salt or ground black pepper, just enough to season the meat slightly.

 

 

A small, black skillet with one pound of uncooked, ground beef inside. The beef has been seasoned with dried minced onion, salt, and pepper, and a white spoon is resting on the side of the skillet.

 

 

Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup

As your ground beef starts to cook, use a spatula or meat muddler to break the meat into fine crumbles.

I love using a meat muddler for this because it just does the job so much faster and easier!

I think you can find these meat muddlers on Amazon – I was gifted this one so I’m not sure where it was purchased.

 

 

A small black skillet with one pound of partially cooked and crumbed ground beef inside. A red meat muddler is demonstrating how to crumble the beef into fine pieces.

 

 

Easy Vegetable Beef Soup

Once the meat is cooked through, drain the grease from the meat.

You can rinse the meat under cool water do remove all traces of the grease, however, you will also wash away your seasonings, so I don’t recommend using that method.

 

 

A small black skillet with cooked and crumbled ground beef, seasoned with dried minced onion, salt, and pepper. A white spoon is resting inside the skillet.

 

 

Easy Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup

Place the cooked and drained ground beef in a six quart or larger slow cooker.

If you have a sautรฉing slow cooker or if you’re using an Instant Pot to slow cook this Vegetable Beef Soup, you can just cook the meat in the slow cooker or Instant Pot before adding the other ingredients.

 

 

A six quart Crock Pot slow cooker insert with cooked, ground hamburger inside.

 

 

Ground Beef Vegetable Soup

Now that your cooked, ground beef has been added to the slow cooker, it’s time to add the veggies!

You can omit any of these vegetables you don’t like or even add a few of your favorites that you don’t see here.

I always add in 1 cup frozen sliced carrots, 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn, 1 cup frozen Lima beans, 1 cup frozen green peas, and 1 cup frozen green beans.

I always use frozen or fresh veggies for this vegetable soup (never canned) because frozen or fresh is always the best quality when it comes to taste and nutritional value.

Another reason I don’t recommend using canned vegetables in this slow cooker recipes is that they can become mushy when cooked for this long.

 

 

A six quart black slow cooker Crock Pot with frozen sliced carrots, frozen lima beans, frozen green peas, frozen green beans, and frozen whole kernel corn in the slow cooker.

 

 

Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup

After adding in the frozen veggies, add in one, 10.4 ounce can of fire roasted tomatoes, along with the juice in the can.

You don’t have to use fire roasted tomatoes; I’ve used stewed tomatoes and diced tomatoes and both are great.

The reason I like adding the fire roasted tomatoes is that they have a unique, more robust flavor than the other tomatoes.

If you have fresh, garden tomatoes on hand you can peel and diced 3-4 of them (depending on the size) and add them to this Vegetable Beef Soup.

 

 

A six quart black slow cooker Crock Pot with frozen sliced carrots, frozen lima beans, frozen green peas, frozen green beans, and frozen whole kernel corn in the slow cooker. A can of fire roasted tomatoes has been added to the ingredients in the slow cooker.

 

 

Home-style Vegetable Beef Soup

Now that most of your vegetables and your ground beef has been added to this home-style vegetable beef soup, it’s time to add in some of the base.

I added in 28 ounces of tomato sauce for one of the bases of this soup, but if you don’t have any tomato sauce on hand, you could use condensed tomato soup or V8 Original juice.

 

 

A six quart black slow cooker Crock Pot with frozen sliced carrots, frozen lima beans, frozen green peas, frozen green beans, and frozen whole kernel corn in the slow cooker. A can of fire roasted tomatoes has been added to the ingredients in the slow cooker. A hand is pouring in one, 28 ounce can of tomato sauce into the ingredients in the slow cooker.

 

 

Easy Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup

Now that your tomato sauce has been added to this slow cooker vegetable beef soup, add in 3 cup of chicken or beef broth.

I know using chicken broth may sound odd for this recipe, but trust me, it really gives it a great flavor!

If you don’t have any chicken or beef broth (stock) on hand, you can also use chicken or beef bone broth, vegetable broth, or water.

The water can be added in as-is or you can crumble up 3 chicken bullion or beef bullion cubes in the water to give it more flavor.

 

 

A six quart black slow cooker Crock Pot with frozen sliced carrots, frozen lima beans, frozen green peas, frozen green beans, and frozen whole kernel corn in the slow cooker. A can of fire roasted tomatoes has been added to the ingredients in the slow cooker. Chicken broth and tomato sauce has also been added to the ingredients in the slow cooker.

 

 

Vintage Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe

Now that all of your frozen vegetables have been added to your vegetable beef soup, along with the beef and soup bases, it’s time to add in the fresh vegetables.

I peeled and diced 3 medium sized russet potatoes and added them into my vintage vegetable beef soup.

If you don’t like potatoes or don’t want the starch, you can always omit these.

One other vegetable I love to add if I have it on hand is red or green cabbage with the red cabbage being my absolute favorite.

Adding 1-2 cups of chopped cabbage in this slow cooker vegetable beef soup just gives it such a wonderful, hearty, flavor!

I also add in 3 stalks of diced celery if I have any on hand.

Diced bell pepper (any color) could also be added in as well as sliced mushrooms, diced onion, or hominy.

 

 

A six quart black slow cooker Crock Pot with frozen sliced carrots, frozen lima beans, frozen green peas, frozen green beans, and frozen whole kernel corn in the slow cooker. A can of fire roasted tomatoes has been added to the ingredients in the slow cooker. Chicken broth and tomato sauce has also been added to the ingredients in the slow cooker. The cooked, ground beef and peeled, diced, russet potatoes have also been added to the ingredients in the slow cooker.

 

 

Quick and Easy Vegetable Beef Soup

We’ve added in all of our main ingredients for this slow cooker vegetable beef soup, so now let’s start on the seasonings.

I added in 1 teaspoon Tony’s Creole Seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, 2 tablespoons onion powder, 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes, 1 tablespoon dried basil flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon of Lawry’s Reduced Sodium Seasoned Salt.

After the soup is cooked, give it a taste to see if more seasonings need to be added and if so, add some in.

 

 

A six quart black slow cooker Crock Pot with frozen sliced carrots, frozen lima beans, frozen green peas, frozen green beans, and frozen whole kernel corn in the slow cooker. A can of fire roasted tomatoes has been added to the ingredients in the slow cooker. Chicken broth and tomato sauce has also been added to the ingredients in the slow cooker. The cooked, ground beef and peeled, diced, russet potatoes have also been added to the ingredients in the slow cooker. Dried basil flakes, dried parsley flakes, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, Lawry's seasoned salt, and Tony's Creole Seasoning has been added to the ingredients in the slow cooker.

 

 

Hamburger Soup

Use a spoon or spatula to stir all of the ingredients together in the slow cooker.

When you stir the soup, make sure the seasonings blend in with the other ingredients.

 

 

A six quart black slow cooker Crock Pot with frozen sliced carrots, frozen lima beans, frozen green peas, frozen green beans, and frozen whole kernel corn in the slow cooker. A can of fire roasted tomatoes has been added to the ingredients in the slow cooker. Chicken broth and tomato sauce has also been added to the ingredients in the slow cooker. The cooked, ground beef and peeled, diced, russet potatoes have also been added to the ingredients in the slow cooker. Dried basil flakes, dried parsley flakes, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, Lawry's seasoned salt, and Tony's Creole Seasoning has been added to the ingredients in the slow cooker. All ingredients have been stirred together with a wooden spatula.

 

 

Old Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup

Place the lid on the slow cooker and set it to cook on high 6 hours or low 8 hours.

As the soup cooks, the vegetables will begin to absorb the liquid, so you may need to add more chicken, beef, or vegetable stock further on in the cooking process if you desire this soup to be really “soupy”.

 

 

A six quart black slow cooker Crock Pot with frozen sliced carrots, frozen lima beans, frozen green peas, frozen green beans, and frozen whole kernel corn in the slow cooker. A can of fire roasted tomatoes has been added to the ingredients in the slow cooker. Chicken broth and tomato sauce has also been added to the ingredients in the slow cooker. The cooked, ground beef and peeled, diced, russet potatoes have also been added to the ingredients in the slow cooker. Dried basil flakes, dried parsley flakes, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, Lawry's seasoned salt, and Tony's Creole Seasoning has been added to the ingredients in the slow cooker. All ingredients have been stirred together with a wooden spatula. A lid has been placed on the crockpot and it is set to cook on high.

 

 

Hearty Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup

Once the cook time is complete, remove the lid from the slow cooker and turn the slow cooker off.

This vegetable beef soup will be so hot, I recommend allowing it to cool slightly before serving.

 

 

A six quart Crock Pot slow cooker with cooked Vegetable Beef Soup inside.

 

 

Freezer Friendly Vegetable Beef Soup

If you have any vegetable beef soup left over, here’s some storage tips:

This Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days in an airtight container or stored in the freezer for up to 6 months.

If you freeze the soup, use an airtight, freezer and microwave safe container and be sure to label it with the name of the recipe and the date you made it.

Also be sure to allow the soup to cool completely before putting it in containers to freeze.

You can place the frozen soup in the refrigerator to thaw overnight, set it out at room temperature for a few hours, or place it in the microwave to thaw.

This Vegetable Beef Soup can be reheated in the microwave or on the stove top once thawed.

 

 

Two freezer safe, airtight containers of frozen Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup sitting on a black granite counter top against a black and gray back splash.

 

 

What to serve with your Crockpot Vegetable Beef Soup

I recommend serving cornbread, crackers, or toasted and buttered French bread with this Vegetable Beef Soup.

Any kind of cornbread you wanted to serve with this would be delicious, especially cornbread muffins.

Another great side item to pair with this soup is just a classic, tossed, house salad.

Since this soup has a variety of vegetables in it along with meat, sometimes I don’t serve any sides at all with the soup other than crackers or bread for dunking.

If you have any homemade pickles or garden fresh vegetables such as peppers or cucumbers, those make a great sides.

 

 

A gray and white bowl with Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup inside. A hand is holding a silver spoon with the soup on it out of the bowl. The bowl is sitting on a wood back drop.

 

 

As always, I want to thank you for joining me today in making this Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup.

Hopefully the day you make this your clothing won’t fall off in a room full of strangers. ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha!

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the month, and I hope you will come back soon to visit with me!

-Amy

Check out these other soup recipes on my blog:ย Instant Pot Santa Fe Chili andย Chicken & Wild Rice Soup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup

Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup is a hearty Vegetable Soup made in the Crock Pot, full of vegetables and ground beef, making this soup warm, comforting, and delicious. 

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Crock Pot Vegetable Beef Soup, Crockpot Vegetable Beef Soup, Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup, Vegetable Beef Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 10 cups
Author Amy - The Speedy Spatula

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef cooked and drained
  • 28 oz Tomato Sauce
  • 24 oz Chicken, Beef, or Vegetable Broth
  • 8 oz frozen whole kernel corn
  • 8 oz frozen lima beans
  • 8 oz frozen green peas
  • 8 oz frozen green beans
  • 8 oz frozen sliced carrots
  • 3 large russet potatoes peeled and diced
  • 10.4 oz Fire Roasted Tomatoes with juice
  • 1 tsp Tony's Creole Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp Dried Parsley Flakes
  • 1 tbsp Dried Basil Flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Lawry's Reduced Sodium Seasoned Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp dried minced onion

Instructions

  1. Cook the ground beef in a large skillet with the dried minced onion and add in some salt and pepper to taste.

  2. Cook until the beef is cooked through, breaking it into small crumbles with a spatula or meat muddler, then drain off all grease.

  3. Pour the meat into a 6 quart or larger slow cooker, then add in all other ingredients and seasonings.

  4. Stir well and place the lid on the slow cooker.

  5. Cook on high for 6 hours or low 8 hours.

  6. Serve hot with crackers, French bread, or cornbread and enjoy! 

  7. This soup can be frozen in airtight containers for up to 6 months. Allow soup to cool completely before freezing. Soup can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. 

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Treat and Trickt
    September 11, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Great combo and perfect for those cold nights..

  • Reply
    Nora
    September 15, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Yum! Looks like a perfect winter warm up food. And that even seems to be super simple to do. I must try this one some time soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Amy - The Speedy Spatula
      September 16, 2018 at 6:54 am

      It really is so easy! One of the first things I learned to make in my slow cooker. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    September 17, 2018 at 9:09 am

    I love coming home to soup in the crock pot and this one looks so easy and delicious! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party – hope to see you next week too. In the mean time, have a fabulous week!

  • Reply
    Miz Helen
    September 18, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    I love a good bowl of vegetable beef soup and your recipe looks fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, your post is awesome. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

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