Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

slowcookercheeseburgersoupWant the flavors of a burger with the ease of the slow cooker? You got it! Plus, this easy, versatile soup takes just 20 minutes to prep.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 4 cups chopped onions (3 to 4 medium)
  • 2 cans (28 oz each) fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup steak sauce
  • 16 oz American cheese loaf, cut into cubes
  • 1 bag (22 oz) frozen waffle fries
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce

Directions:

  1. Spray 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until brown; drain.
  2. In slow cooker, mix beef, onions, tomatoes and steak sauce. Cover and cook on Low heat setting 8 hours, or on High heat setting 4 hours.
  3. Stir in cheese; cover and set slow cooker to Warm heat setting. Stir occasionally while fries cook.
  4. Make waffle fries as directed on package.
  5. Serve soup topped with lettuce and waffle fries.
  6. To freeze: Store soup in quart-size resealable freezer plastic bags. Label, and freeze lying flat. To reheat: Defrost overnight in refrigerator, or in microwavable bowl on Defrost setting in microwave, stirring often. Then microwave uncovered on High 4 to 6 minutes or to 165°F. Serve with freshly cooked waffle fries and shredded lettuce.

Tips:

  • You don’t have to stop at the waffle fries for garnish. Pickles and crumbled bacon make welcome additions, too.
  • Have a smaller slow cooker? This recipe is easily halved.
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