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Cook Once Eat All Week Meals

You know how it goes, life gets busy and you find yourself scrambling to put dinner on the table. These 30 minute meals will save you time and money. Plus all the meal planning’s already been done for you. Let me introduce Cook Once Eat All Week to you.

Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

This easy and keto Cheeseburger Soup is so creamy, cheesy, and loaded with all the delicious flavors of a soup and burger!

chili cheeseburger soup in the slow cooker or stove top

This cheeseburger soup is perfect for those days when you’re craving something comforting and cheesy. Ground beef, diced tomatoes, and Velveeta cheese are combined to create a fantastic soup that tastes like a cheeseburger! You can make it in less than 30 minutes on the stovetop or 5-7 hours in the slow cooker.

A perfect Combo of Soup and Burger

The weather is getting colder, and now is the perfect time to try a fun new recipe that’s sure to become family-favorite comfort food.

The combination of soup and burger is one that we can all get behind. After all, what’s not to love about juicy ground beef, tomatoes, and cheesy goodness?

This creamy, savory, indulgent soup is ideal for feeding a hungry crowd. It’s easy and quick to make Velveeta cheeseburger soup on the stove after a long day or put it together in the crock pot in the morning before heading out for a readymade dinner when you get home.

It features familiar ingredients and flavors that even picky eaters will enjoy. (I mean, who doesn’t love creamy soup and burgers?) And you can easily choose what heat level you like, from spicy hot to mild.

This cheese burger soup is easy to make and can be ready in no time. So, the next time you’re feeling a little bit hungry and a little bit cold, give this recipe a try with our Easy Bread Bowl Recipe!

Love soups? Try our Instant Pot Lasagna Soup, Beef Stew in the Instant Pot, Instant Pot Chicken Posole, Ultimate Clam Chowder, and Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe.

Cheeseburger Soup Ingredients

The ingredients for this Velveeta cheeseburger soup are staples that you may already have in your pantry and refrigerator/freezer. When combined, these simple ingredients create an amazingly cheesy, tasty soup.

Here is everything you need to make an easy and delicious chili soup:

  • Rotel diced tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Ground beef
  • Velveeta
Ingredients for chili cheeseburger soup 
can of Rotel
ground beef

Can I make Chili Cheeseburger Soup without Velveeta?

Yes, you can! You can use a mixture of cream cheese and cheddar cheese in place of Velveeta. To substitute all Velveeta, use 8 ounces of cream cheese and 8 ounces of grated cheddar cheese (2 cups).

Equipment Used for Making Cheeseburger Soup

Tips for making this Creamy Hamburger soup

This recipe makes a hearty, thick, creamy hamburger soup. If you prefer a thinner soup, add 1 cup of beef broth to your ingredients list.

And if you like a lot of spicy heat, use Original Rotel. We use Mild Rotel for just a hint of spice for this recipe.

To make this incredibly family-friendly, feel free to use a can of simple petite diced tomatoes without peppers.

How to Make Cheeseburger Soup

This easy cheese burger soup recipe works on the stovetop or in the slow cooker. If you’re making it on the stovetop, use a medium-sized stockpot or dutch oven.

For a slow cooker, use a skillet for this first step.

Start off by browning the ground beef on medium heat. When it’s about done, add the onions, then garlic.

A pot of ground beef and onions

Turn the heat down to medium-simmer, and cook until the meat is completely browned and the onions are translucent.

Then add the mixture to your slow cooker, if you’re using one.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker. If you’re making this on the stove top, add the rest of the ingredients to your pot.

A pot of soup with chunks of Velveeta Cheese

For stovetop cooking, simmer and thicken the soup until the cheeses melt.

In the slow cooker, set it for 5-7 hours at low heat. I don’t recommend using the high heat setting. You are better off using the stovetop to prepare the soup, then keep it warm in the slow cooker.

pot of chili cheeseburger soup

When it’s ready, serve it alone or with your favorite garnishes. I like to top it with diced mild chiles and fresh cilantro.

Before you know it, you’re digging into a bowl of this delicious and creamy cheesy hamburger soup! Your family will love this recipe, especially on cool, rainy days.

two bowls of Chili Cheeseburger Soup

Recipe Variations

This keto cheeseburger soup recipe is pretty simple, as written. But there are a few ways you could change it up if you wanted to:

  • Add some diced celery or green bell pepper to the beef while it’s browning.
  • Try using a can of corn in place of the Rotel tomatoes.
  • If you want more spice, add a tablespoon or two of diced jalapeño peppers to the soup.
  • And if you want to make it extra hearty, add a can of black beans, kidney beans, or pinto beans to the soup.
  • Corn chips to make it crunchy.
  • Add guacamole for a little color.
  • Add potatoes for a little more filling. Just make sure to cook until the potatoes are tender.
  • Add basil and parsley for more flavor.
  • And an extra dollop of cream cheese or some sour cream makes it even creamier!

How to Serve this Creamy Hamburger Soup

This keto cheese burger soup is perfect for serving with biscuits! Try my Cheddar Jalapeño Biscuits, Easy 3 Ingredient Biscuits, or Easy Drop Biscuits recipes.

Both are super easy and will be yummy for enjoying with this keto cheese burger soup!

How to Store Keto Cheese Burger Soup

This soup with ground beef can be stored in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. Just put it in an airtight container and it will last in the fridge for a few days.

When you want to reheat it, I recommend doing so on the stovetop. Heat it over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it’s hot throughout.

You could also reheat it in the microwave, but be aware that the cheese may become stringy. If you don’t mind that, then, by all means, reheat away!

Can I Freeze this?

To freeze the keto cheese burger Soup, let it cool completely. Then transfer it to a freezer-safe container. I like to use freezer bags or plastic containers with lids.

If you want to freeze Cheeseburger soup in individual servings, let it cool completely. Then ladle it into freezer-safe containers or bags, leaving about an inch of headspace.

When you’re ready to eat it, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight. Then reheat it on the stovetop over medium heat until it’s hot throughout.

pumpkin shaped bread bowls with Cheeseburger soup inside.

Get the Easy Chili Cheeseburger Soup Recipe Here

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Cheeseburger Soup

This recipe is one of the ultimate comfort food soups. It's the reason I keep Velveeta in my pantry. After tasting this soup, you probably will, too! You can substitute cream cheese and cheddar cheese for the Velveeta. Stove top ready in 30 minutes, and takes just 4-6 hours in the slow cooker.
Course Soup, Main Course, Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword cheeseburger soup, chili cheeseburger, cheese soup, chili cheeseburger soup, slow cooker cheeseburger soup, crock pot cheeseburger soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 369kcal
Author Renae


  • Slow Cooker or Soup pot with lid


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans (10 oz) Rotel Mild diced tomatoes, undrained (see FAQ for substitutions)
  • 1 lb Velveeta Cheese, cut into cubes (see FAQ for substitutions)
  • salt & ground black pepper to taste


Stove Top Instructions

  • In a medium dutch oven or soup pot, brown the beef, onions, and garlic; drain fat off.
  • Add Rotel and bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Add a lid to the pot, and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Turn off heat and stir in Velveeta until it melts. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Garnish with crushed corn chips, cheese, or even bacon bits. Leftovers can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Slow Cooker Instructions

  • Brown the beef, onions, and garlic in a skillet. Drain fat and add to the crockpot. Add the rest of the ingredients, and cook on low for 5-7 hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste before serving.
  • Garnish with crushed corn chips, cheese, or even bacon bits. Leftovers can be frozen for up to 3 months.


Recipe adapted from a Taste of Home.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 1251mg | Potassium: 492mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 742IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 454mg | Iron: 2mg

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make Cheeseburger chowder Soup without Velveeta?

Yes, you can! I substitute cream cheese and cheddar cheese for the Velveeta. To substitute all the Velveeta, use 8 ounces of cream cheese and 8 ounces of grated cheddar cheese (2 cups).

How long will this soup take to cook on the stove?

It can be ready in less than 30 minutes.

Can I add the ground beef to the slow cooker without browning it first?

I don’t recommend adding the ground beef without browning it first. If you like set it and forget it slow cooker recipes, brown a batch of ground beef and then separate it into smaller freezer bags. Then you can add it to the slow cooker for recipes like this slow cooker cheese soup recipe.

What can I substitute for the Rotel?

You can use diced tomatoes and diced green chiles instead of the Rotel. You can also substitute generic brands of Rotel-style diced tomatoes and green chiles. It doesn’t have to be the Rotel brand.

Pork Carnitas (Pulled Pork) Recipe

This is one of the most simple, easy recipes ever. With your pork roast (almost any type will work here) make either pulled pork or carnitas, depending on the seasonings you use. It is our family favorite and soon to become yours, too. And, it might just become your go-to or signature dish.

a pork roast that's been seasoned

About 10 years ago, I found a recipe in a low carb/keto cookbook that inspired the recipe I use today. Over the years, carnitas (or Mexican pulled pork) became my signature dish, one that I made for BBQs, potlucks, and anywhere I needed a meal to share.

My secret ingredient for this pork roast is the seasoning. I use McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning. Have you ever tried is? If not, do yourself a favor and get some.

It is one of the most versatile seasonings around. I’ve been known to add it to everything from macaroni salad to spaghetti sauce. It even makes an awesome seasoning for guacamole. 

Recently, McCormick’s sent me their All Purpose Garlic & Onion with Black Pepper & Sea Salt seasoning to try. And, it is every bit as good as Montreal Steak Seasoning. In fact, I think it might be my newest favorite. It transforms everything I’ve added it to. 

Pulled Pork or Pork Carnitas? You choose!

It’s easily adaptable because you can put it in the slow cooker or oven, and use it as pork carnitas or pulled pork. It all depends on what kind of sauce you add to it.

Almost any cut of pork roast will work here. Below are the two I use most frequently:

a package country style pork ribs
Country-style Pork Ribs


Pork shoulder butt roast
Pork Shoulder Butt Roast

You can use a roast or the country ribs to make Pulled Pork or Carnitas.

Before browning, completely dry the roast by patting it with paper towels. Then rub the roast with olive oil and sprinkle liberally with Montreal Steak seasoning or your favorite seasoning. The oil helps the seasoning stick to the meat.

searing the pork roast in a heavy pan

Searing the pork. Use a heavy pan.

searing the pork roast in a heavy pan

Brown on all sides

searing the pork roast in a heavy pan

And, it’s ready! Pulled pork is perfect served over quick and easy homemade buns or serve carnitas in tortillas, with guacamole or easy salsa from canned tomatoes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What cut of pork is used for carnitas?

Carnitas are the Mexican version of pulled pork. It’s traditionally made with pork shoulder (also known as pork butt) because of the higher fat content, which helps the meat stay super tender and juicy while it’s cooked.

How do you eat pork carnitas?

Carnitas are so versatile, you can fill any burrito, taco, quesadilla OR use them as a topping for Nachos! Include them in a salad like this Chipotle Carnitas Salad! Serve them with the typical onion/cilantro topping typically seen served on Mexican food trucks OR a good Guacamole or Pico De Gallo!

What does milk do to carnitas?

Carnitas are made from pork shoulder (pork butt). Why do people add milk to carnitas? Milk is a tenderizer. Similar to using buttermilk for tender buttermilk biscuits or a fluffy pancake recipe, the milk breaks down the toughness of the pork so that it comes out juicy and flavorful

Here is the Easy Carnitas or Pulled Pork Recipe

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Pork Carnitas or Pulled Pork

This is such a simple and easy recipe. It's amazing how spices and slow roasting transforms a pork roast to a tender, tasty meal. Skip the cumin and chili powder if you are making pulled pork. 
Course Main Course, Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Make Ahead, Easy Dinner, gluten-free, Main Course, Dinner, One Pot Meal
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes
Servings 16 people
Calories 155kcal


  • Heavy Pot OR Crock Pot


  • 4 lbs. Pork shoulder roast or country-style ribs
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 2 cups Beef Broth
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. ground chili powder


  • Heat a skillet or cast iron dutch oven pot with the oil on medium-high heat. If using country-style ribs, cut up them into 2-3 inch squares. Liberally sprinkle pork with the Montreal steak seasoning. 
  • Once the oil is almost smoking, brown the pork on all sides. Turn off heat. If using a slow cooker, transfer the meat to the pot before proceeding. If baking, preheat oven to 250 degrees. 
  • Mix the Knorr container with the water and pour over the meat, or add the 2 cups of beef broth. Set the crockpot for 5-7 hours on low. If baking the roast place the pot in the preheated oven for 5 hours (checking at the 2.5 hour make to add more fluid if necessary. 
  • The meat should be tender and easily separated when it is done. Before serving, remove the pork from the crockpot and separate it with two forks or just mash it with a fork. . 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 184mg | Potassium: 475mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg
pulled pork roast or pork carnitas roast

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What's Cooking in my Kitchen? New Recipes!

What’s Cooking in my Kitchen? New Recipes!

This week, I have been hard at work cooking in my kitchen. So, I have some new recipes share with you. Check out my Macaroni & Cheese, Chicken Chile Verde, Pork Tenderloin, and Black Bean Soup recipes. I see an amazing week ahead with some delicious meals!

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