Making a bowl of this flavorful, warming Cowboy Hamburger Soup is so simple. You’ll love how this recipe warms you up from the inside out with its tender pieces of Yukon Gold potatoes, flavorful mixed veggies, and tongue waking fire-roasted tomatoes in a tasty ground beef broth mixture that’s out of this world.
This easy homemade Cowboy Hamburger Soup is just that, flat out easy. There’s not much holding you back from enjoying a nice big bowl. You’ll find this healthy family meal uses common pantry and freezer ingredients with no added sugar.
This Hamburger Soup Recipe is truly a dinner winner for your family. You know you can fill their bellies and keep them full all night long.
And you can double or triple the recipe to have some for leftovers and freezing for the future. Wahoo, meal prep for the win!
Over the years we’ve seen so many different versions of Cowboy Hamburger Soup. So, from those various recipes, we have created a blend of our family’s favorites.
Then we took that recipe and gave it a special twist. For something real special, we like to add in a can of fire-roasted tomatoes to this recipe. We definitely notice the little kick of flavor it adds to this meal.
What’s really unique about this recipe is its versatility…. But not just in ingredients, but in ways that you can make this hearty Cowboy Soup.
This delicious meal can be made on the stovetop or slow cooker. After a day at the ski lodge, we love returning home to the delicious aromatic smells of Cowboy Hamburger Soup in the slow cooker.
This soup can also be prepared ahead of time and placed in a cooler for road trips, then easily reheated in a hotel or airbnb.
soup recipe ingredients + notes
- ground beef— ground turkey could be substituted
- onion — we use yellow onion.
- fresh garlic– using a garlic press really helps bring out a nice garlic flavoring
- fire roasted diced tomatoes— we enjoy the Muir Glen brand here. Traditional diced tomatoes work well too. The fire roasted flavor provides another level of flavor to this soup.
- tomato juice— some readers have said that you can substitute this with V8 and it’s pretty tasty.
- beef broth– we recommend the Pacific Foods beef broth, you can purchase it here
- potatoes– our favorite is Yukon Gold potatoes
- salt – we prefer to use kosher salt
- oregano leaves– make sure to double check that you’re spices are gluten and dairy free. We recommend using this here.
- worcestershire sauce— in the US, Lea & Perrins is gluten free and safe to use; in Canada check out the French brand. Always check your favorite brands to make sure they’re allergen safe for your needs.
- corn— frozen or canned work just fine.
- green beans— frozen or canned work well.
- pepper- have you tried fresh crushed black pepper from a grinder?
helpful recipe tools
- measuring cups- you’ll find these in our kitchen
nice set of knives for dicing ingredients- We use Zelite knives for easily cutting through those golden potatoes
- large size crockpot– we like using a crockpot like this one here.
- nice skillet for your beef- we love using cast iron skillets like this one here
can you make this easy cowboy hamburger soup in the slow cooker?
Absolutely. That’s another thing we love about this delicious soup, it’s so easy to make and you can make it in various ways, giving you options to choose from each day to see what works with your family and schedule.
to make this soup in the crockpot:
- Brown and drain the ground beef.
- Then place all the rest of the prepped and ready-to-go ingredients in the slow cooker with the beef, on high for 2-3 hours or low for 5-6 hours. Check potatoes for doneness.
how long is hamburger soup good for?
This tasty soup, stored properly in the refrigerator in proper containers will keep for up to a week.
If you want your soup to last longer, keep reading below for the safe freezer instructions. It will last in the freezer for 3-4 months. Always remember to label and date your freezer meals.
can you add pasta to your cowboy soup?
If you’re looking to really make a full, robust meal out of this soup, you can surely add some gluten free pasta.
Pro Tip: We recommend cooking the pasta separately from the soup and adding it right at the end. Otherwise, you’ll end up with mushy, soggy pasta in your dish.
hamburger soup variations
- add more veggies- feel free to substitute your favorite veggies such as mushrooms, peas, or carrots.
- trade out protein- Swap your ground beef for ground turkey or venison, etc.
- swap broth- Trade your beef broth out for chicken broth or stock, beef stock, vegetable beef or stock, etc.
- thicken it up even more- make this soup almost like a chili by including some beans. Kidney beans would be a great addition.
- spice it up- for a real kick in the taste buds, add a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce or chipotle sauce. Always make sure your sauces are gluten and dairy-free.
storage & reheat
Following this recipe makes a hearty batch. For our family of five, this size of recipe prepares enough for two meals. Enjoy leftovers the following day or freeze leftovers.
This is also a reminder that Cowboy Soup is a great recipe for meal prepping and a great prep ahead freezer meal.
To store your leftover soup, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
5 reasons why this should be a prep ahead freezer meal recipe in your freezer
- easily stores in an iced cooler to take on road trips
- great for meal prep, prepping ahead, freezer meals so dinner later is ready, just needs to thaw. Make sure you’re stocked on freezer safe storage bags and other freezer safe airtight containers.
- perfect to share with friends and family who need quick and easy meals (new mom and dads, grieving family and friends, those recovering from surgery, welcome to the neighborhood meals for new neighbors, etc.)
- easy to have leftovers for lunch later
- for college students needing a prepared dinner
more comfort food recipes
- potato corn chowder— tender potato chunks with sweet corn, topped with bacon in a thick chowder
- taco tater tot skillet— this flavorful, kid-friendly meal can be prepared in a skillet for easy clean up or in a baking dish.
- lasagna soup— enjoy this easy one-pot soup with the perfect lasagna noodles, topped with a dollop of dairy free ricotta
more hearty gluten and dairy free dinner recipes
- lasagna skillet-– a one pot meal that takes one of your favorite italian dishes and really brings it to life.
- shepherd’s pie –– a viral recipe all across Pinterest with delicious beef and veggie filling and homemade creamy mashed potato topping
- italian meatballs– homemade Italian Meatballs that perfectly complete your favorite pasta dish or make an amazing Meatball sub.
- everyone’s favorite lasagna-– a classic Italian dish that you can’t go wrong with. It’s a constant crowd pleaser, great for meal prepping, and another fantastic freezer meal.
Cowboy Hamburger Soup is truly filling, incredibly easy to make, and tastes oh so comforting on chilly days. You’ll find many more comforting recipes on our website that are allergen safe, gluten free and dairy free too.
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Cowboy Hamburger Soup
- 1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 14 oz can fire roasted tomatoes, diced fire roasted adds delicious flair to this recipe
- 1 46 oz can tomato juice
- 1 qt beef broth 4 cups
- 2 large potatoes, diced
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp oregano
- 1 tsp gluten free Worcestershire sauce see suggestions in the post
- 1 c corn, frozen or canned
- 1 c green beans, frozen or canned
- pepper to taste
- Brown ground beef in a skillet; drain excess fat.
- Add ground beef and all other ingredients to a large stock pan over medium heat.
- Cover with a lid and bring to a gentle boil until potatoes are tender, 25-30 minutes.
- Serve warm alongside gluten free rolls or bread.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container up to a week, reheat and serve.