Slow cooker hamburger soup in a round red bowl.
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Slow cooker hamburger soup

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This easy and healthy slow cooker hamburger soup features kale a nutrient-rich super food and antioxidant superstar.

Slow cooker hamburger soup in a round red bowl.
Slow cooker hamburger soup

It seems like Kale is all the rage today. There is good reason though. It is a nutrient-rich super food and antioxidant superstar. I chose red kale for its color. It is a good source of vitamins and minerals such as potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium and copper. Cooking it in the slow cooker infuses your soup with its health benefits and tenderizes the kale leaves so they are easier to digest.

Crock pot loaded with all ingredients ready to cook.
Kale is the star in this soup

Kale is the star in this easy hamburger soup. It’s a nutrient-rich super food.

If you really don’t like kale, don’t worry. Pick another favorite vegetable like carrots, escarole or mustard greens. Even spinach will work for adding in extra vitamins. This easy slow cooker hamburger soup will serve six to eight people.

Ingredients laid out for slow cooker hamburger soup.
Kale, carrots, garlic, onions, red potatoes, celery and tomatoes

An important step in most slow cooker recipes is to first brown the meat before transferring to the slow cooker. It takes just a few minutes. In a large skillet on medium-high, heat the olive oil. Sauté the onions until they begin to go soft. Add the ground beef and a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Sauté until lightly browned. Doing this step first in the pan browns the meat and adds flavor to your dish.

Sauteing the hamburger and onions in a skillet.

Saute the onions and ground beef first

Once everything is in the crock pot, cook the soup on low for 6 – 8 hrs or high for 4 – 5 hours. Before serving, find and remove the bay leaf. Adjust the salt and pepper to taste.

Slow cooker hamburger soup

This easy and healthy slow cooker hamburger soup features kale a nutrient-rich super food and antioxidant superstar.

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
  • 1 can whole tomatoes
  • 2 ribs celery (diced)
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 medium red potatoes (cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 1/2 head red kale (chopped)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 cans beef broth
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed and diced)
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  1. In a large skillet on medium-high, heat the olive oil. Sauté the onions until they begin to go soft. Add the ground beef and a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Sauté until lightly browned.
  2. Add the cooked ground beef mixture into the slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients and seasonings, stir slightly.
  3. Cook the soup on low for 6 – 8 hrs or high for 4 – 5 hours. Before serving, find and remove the bay leaf. Adjust the salt and pepper to taste.
Always brown the onions and meat first. This adds flavor to the dish.
It may seem like allot of kale at first glance. Don’t worry, it shrinks down as it cooks.

 

2 Comments

  1. I love hamburger soup and this looks like a great version. Nice post.

    The Old Fat Guy

     

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