If you’ve ever had kids, or picky eaters, you know that it’s not always easy coming up with variations of their favorite meals. I have cornered the market on pizza variations, and I’ve made more varieties of tacos than I can even count. Another family favorite are cheeseburgers. My younger son says I make the best cheeseburgers in the universe. I love him.
Anyway, I don’t want to eat cheeseburgers once a week, so I had to come up with something else. I found this recipe on Pinterest. I was a bit dubious, I have to admit, but I made it one Friday night not too long ago (because some Friday nights I’m too tired to blink, let alone cook).It was a huge hit. I love my slow cooker!
Bacon Cheeseburger Slow Cooker Soup
1 lb ground beef
1 cup onions, diced
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
5 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1 cup carrots, shredded
2 cups potatoes, cubed
8 oz cream cheese, cubed
4 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup flour
1 cup milk
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Brown ground beef and onions together over medium heat in a large pot until meat is no longer pink.
Add remaining ingredients EXCEPT for the shredded cheddar cheese, milk and flour.
Stir to combine ingredients. Place in slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low for 7 hours.
When 10 minutes are left, whisk milk and flour until all lumps are gone; add to mixture with cheese.
Uncover crockpot and stir in shredded cheese and milk/flour mixture. Cover and cook for the remaining 10 minutes until cheese is melted.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 547, Calories from Fat: 308, Fat: 34 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (18 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 130 mg, Sodium: 1363 mg, Carbohydrates: 20 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 6 g, Protein: 39 g