I really love a good soup – warm and wholesome, they totally hit the spot. I also really love a meal that practically cooks itself. Cooking soup in the crock pot just makes sense.

Soups are perfect for the weekend. Eating chili while watching football is a fall time favorite of mine. Plus soups are great because I only plan to make one meal for Saturday and Sunday, and living off soup leftovers the rest of the weekend is a treat, because they get better the longer the ingredients have to meld and develop.

1. Chili

This is a no-brainer. I couldn’t find a recipe that was quite like my chili recipe, so here is how I make it. Trust me, it is super easy.

Ingredients

1.5 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
Chili powder
2 regular sized cans of chili beans. (I like to use Bush’s and get one mild and one medium.)
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can of diced  fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
1 can of tomatoes and green chilis, undrained
1 small can of tomato paste (I only use this if the chili soup seems a little runny or watery)
1 small can of tomato juice (I use this in case the soup is dry or too thick)

Directions

Brown your hamburger and onion. Season the beef with salt and pepper, onion powder, and chili powder.

Combine the rest of the ingredients besides the paste or juice in the slow cooker, stirring to mix well. Season with chili powder.

Stir in the ground beef once browned.

Cook for two hours on high or four hours on low. At this point assess the consistency. Add tomato paste or juice to reach desired result.

I really wish I had photos to go along with my recipe. I will have to take some next time I make it.

2. Broccoli Cheese Soup

I’ve only made this soup once, but it was a hit. Which speaks to the simplicity of the recipe because I almost never get something right the first time. I’m gonna link you to another blog for this one. Click the photo below to try it.

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I served my broccoli cheese soup with this delicious beer bread that my mom makes sometimes. It was a wonderful pairing. The bread is super easy to make and can be enjoyed anytime. Find the recipe here.

3. Vegetable Beef

Who doesn’t love vegetable beef soup? It has vegetables and beef and.. you get the point. It is delicious. I especially love the warm flavorful broth.

I always use precut trimmed stew meat for my vb soup. This is probably the easiest way to do it.

I have used all fresh veggies before that I lovingly chopped by hand. And I have used a bag of frozen veggies and said good enough.

The soup with the frozen vegetables was good enough; but the fresh veggies were much better. It gave more depth to the broth and a freshness to the whole soup.

Since I haven’t made this recently to document the steps and everything, click the link in the photo caption below to see how this satisfying soup is done.

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There they are, friends. Three soups to try THIS weekend. Try one, try them all. Oh, I was just thinking, I have one of those little three well slow cookers so I could make all three at once and rule the soup world! Muwahaha! (《evil laugh )

Wow, sorry things got kind of weird back there. I actually am making one of these soups this weekend for a little family get-together with the in laws, the broccoli cheese. And it wouldn’t be complete without the beer bread. And maybe some beer for me, too. Cause, you know.. inlaws.

Just kidding lovely inlaws. You know I love ya ♡

Thanks for reading, friends. Seriously try one of these soups soon and let me know what you think! You should even snap a pic for instagram and tag it #smithfamilyrenovations. That would be awesome!!

Love,
Mackenzie

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