Posts tagged ‘ground beef’

Beef Vegetable Soup

February 19 was my grandmother’s birthday. She would be 88 years old. I was close to my grandmother because she came to live with us when I was 12. Before that, she lived within walking distance of my house. She passed away almost eight years ago. This post is in memory of her.









This picture is of my grandmother and me.  I have this picture resting on a shelf in my living room along with my other grandparents and Brandon’s grandparents.  I glance at her picture often and it always brings memories of her being in the kitchen.

I have fond memories of her Beef Vegetable Soup. I don’t remember much about her cooking it, but I do remember eating and enjoying her soup with a peanut butter sandwich. My mom likes to make this soup often. My parents like to adjust the ingredients, depending on what ingredients they have on hand. I guess it’s just a comfort food for all of us that brings back loving memories with each bite.

I suggest you try this recipe out and make your own memories and family traditions. For the recipe:

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 2 cans Veg-All
  • 1 large can tomato juice
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • chopped fresh vegetables (we used 2 baked potatoes, chopped into small chunks)
  • 5 beef bouillon cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste

In Dutch Oven, brown ground beef with onion. Drain fat. Add Veg-All with juice, tomato juice, chopped vegetables, and beef bouillon cubes. Bring to a boil. Turn to low and cover. Cook for one hour. Stir to prevent sticking. Season with salt and pepper.


Serve with your favorite sandwich. Brandon prefers grilled cheese, but I love to eat peanut butter and honey sandwich with my soup.


Easy Chili

This is my first attempt to cook Chili. It’s sad that I have been married for 3 years and this is my first time to make it. Honestly, I am not even a big fan of Chili, but I ate a bowl at work a couple of weeks ago and it was really good. So, I decided I wanted to make it. I used a different recipe than what I ate at work because of what I had available in my cabinets. And, I have to tell you, I really like this recipe.

I found this recipe in the same church cookbook as the previous recipes that I posted. I like this recipe because even though there are only a few ingredients, it does not slack in flavor. It was so simple to throw everything together and let it cook. I used my red Dutch Oven to cook the Chili. My Dutch Oven makes me happy because there is easy clean up and I love that color. Since there are only 2 of us, we had a lot leftover. I decided to keep a large container and give one away. You can also freeze the Chili in an air-tight container or ziplock bag.

I only changed a couple of ingredients from the recipe below. I only used 1 bell pepper because that’s all I had available. I also only chopped half of an onion because I the onion was really large and half of it was plenty for us. Next time, I think I will use only 1 package of the chili seasoning because it was spicier near the bottom of the bowl.

For the recipe:

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 packages chili seasoning mix
  • 1 tall can tomato juice
  • 2 cans kidney beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • In a large pot, brown hamburger meat with peppers and onions. Drain off fat. Add seasoning mix, tomato juice, beans, and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.


    Now, serve up a bowl with a grilled cheese and enjoy.