Hamburger Soup

Bowl of Soup

I am not sure why I started calling this “hamburger soup”. A friend of mine gave me the recipe without a name, and then before I could think of something better, it had stuck. Maybe it is because this soup is like a a deconstructed hamburger – minus the mustard, and the pickles. Or maybe it is because I have a kid now and will need to start thinking of fun names for all the weird things we eat or he may never touch them.

Whatever you want to call it, this is a great and simple recipe. Perfect for a quick dinner on a cold night. It only has 5 main ingredients – tomatoes, onions, garlic, ground beef and broth.

If you have canned tomatoes, it will be even simpler. I didn’t, so I stewed the tomatoes first, with sauteed onions and lots and lots of garlic. The garlic really makes this soup.


Then goes in the meat and broth, a few spices and blam-o! A delicious bowl of nutritious soup!

That’s it, really!


Hamburger Soup
1 Tb oil or fat
2 large onions, chopped
3 bulbs garlic (around 20 cloves), chopped
1 kilo tomatoes, diced (or 2 28oz cans stewed tomatoes)
1 kilo ground beef
8 cups beef or chicken broth (or less with water to compensate)
2 tsp chili powder
salt and pepper to taste
How To:
1. Heat oil in large pot. Saute onions and 2/3 of the garlic until onions are translucent. Add tomatoes and bring to a boil. Simmer covered for 30 minutes. (Option: add cans of stewed tomatoes and skip the simmering – in this case cook the meat with the onions and add the tomatoes last)
2. Brown beef in a separate pan with remaining garlic and chili powder. When cooked through, add to the pot with the tomatoes and stir together.
3. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for at least 15 minutes so flavors have a chance to combine. Salt and pepper to taste.
4. Serve topped with cheese and cornbread or whey and fish sauce (we add these two to any soup we make – it really gives it that extra zing!)


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