A few months ago I watched an episode of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives that featured a restaurant making a recipe for Cheeseburger soup! Ever since then I have been dying to recreate that recipe that sounded oh so good. Check out the clip from the show here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-G2zFpveYeo
I searched for a copy cat recipe online and ended up pulling a little of this and that together. My main inspiration came from this blog I found from a google search for the recipe.We like stuff pretty spicy around here so I blended up a fresh jalapeño in our food processor and added a few shakes of Texas Pete. I wanted to write down my exact proportions so I can remember this for the future!
What you will need:
- vidalia onion
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 box chicken stock
- 1 lb Velveeta
- 1 pint half and half
- texas pete
- fresh tomato or 1 can rotel
-Melt 1.5 TBSP butter in a large pot
-After butter melts add 1 finely chopped Sweet Vidalia Onion to the pot (I don’t like strong onion flavor so I only used half an onion but I could barely taste it)
-While onions are cooking mix 1 lb ground beef with a package of hamburger seasoning and brown the meat in a frying pan.
-Blend 1 fresh jalapeño (I kept the seeds for extra spice) in a mini food processor and add it to the pot
- Pour 1 32 oz box of chicken broth to the pot and stir.
- Slice a 1 lb slab of 2% Velveeta cheese into several pieces, add it to the pot, and stir to prevent the cheese from sticking to the bottom and burning.
-Pour in 1 pint of low fat or fat free half and half into the pot
-Mix 1.5 TBSP water with 1 TBSP all purpose flour to create the slurry and add it to the soup
-****Continue to Stir**** while the soup is brought to a boil to prevent a nasty brown layer of cheese forming at the bottom.
-Add the ground beef to the soup
-Season with a little black and red pepper
- Add a few shakes of Texas Pete
-Last step is to add in a bag of shredded sandwich lettuce to the soup. I know it sounds strange but I swear this is the best part!
It made about 10 servings so it could feed a small army. Enjoy!