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Crock Pot Beef, Bean & Bacon Soup

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“This seriously simple soup is full of flavor and spice. You will need at least a 5-quart slow cooker for this reicpe. To save yourself some time in the morning, you can saute the ground beef, onion, garlic and celery the night before and refrigerate until the morning. Then all you have to do is combine the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning and come home to a comforting, delicious meal. All you will have left to do is top it with some baked fresh corn tortilla strips, tortilla chips or corn chips and some sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and green onion - or whatever you like! A nice side salad would be a wonderful accompaniment with this soup. This soup freezes well, also.”
READY IN:
4hrs 15mins
SERVES:
8
UNITS:
Metric

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In large nonstick skillet, saute ground sirloin, onion, garlic and celery over medium to medium-high heat until beef is browned and crumbles (be sure not to have heat too high so you don't burn the garlic); drain fat.
  2. Add ground beef mixture to a 5-quart or large slow cooker.
  3. Add the bacon and the rest of the ingredients to the crock pot, except for the garnishes; mix well.
  4. Cover and cook on low setting for 6-8 hours or on high setting for 3-4 hours.
  5. To serve, garnish with any of the following: fresh tortilla strips, tortilla chips, corn chips, shredded cheese, sour cream and green onions.
  6. Don't forget to remove the bay leaf.
  7. Enjoy!

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