A delicious cheesy potato soup fixed in the crockpot with ground beef and topped with all the best hamburger toppings!
I love a good potato soup and I love when one is more than just potatoes. Don't get me wrong...plain potato soup is great and hearty and wonderful. But add ground beef and cheese and then all the right burger toppings and it is just out-of-this-world delicious. Although this is a slow cooker recipe, it does require dirtying one skillet to cook the ground beef and also make a cream mixture to help thicken up the soup. I personally don't think that's too horrible of a trade off and really loved this soup. I went super heavy handed on the toppings and it was just so good. So so so good.
What you need:
- 4 cups potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 to 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 3/4 cups shredded or chopped carrots
- 1 tsp. dried basil
- 1 tsp. dried parsley
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups half and half or heavy cream
- 1 tsp. salt (plus some to taste)
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Toppings: Shredded sharp cheddar cheese, bacon bits, chopped green onions, diced tomatoes
- Add potatoes, diced onion, celery, carrots, basil, parsley, and chicken broth into a slow cooker. Cook on LOW for 7 to 8 hours --or-- on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours.
- 30 minutes prior to serving, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef and crumble while it browns. Set aside.
- Wipe the skillet with a paper towel and then add butter to the skillet and stir until it melts.
- Add flour and stir until it soaks up the butter. Slowly, whisk in half and half or heavy cream until the mixture is smooth and thickens.
- Add salt, pepper, and sour cream to the skillet.
- Add cream mixture from skillet, ground beef, and shredded cheese to the crockpot and stir to combine.
- Serve warm with additional cheese, bacon bits, green onions, and diced tomatoes on top, if desired.
Recipe from Creme de la Crumb
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