Chili Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

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Chili Cheeseburger Soup is perfect for those days when you’re craving something comforting and cheesy. It’s easy to make and perfect for cozy weeknight dinners. The ground beef, diced tomatoes, and Velveeta cheese combine to create an amazing soup that tastes just like a cheeseburger! Make it in less than 30 minutes on the stove top, or 5-7 hours in the slow cooker.

pot of chili cheeseburger soup

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

This creamy, savory, indulgent soup is ideal for feeding a hungry crowd on a busy night. It’s easy and quick to make cheeseburger soup on the stove after a long day, or put 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 the sound of Velveeta Soup?!) And you can easily choose what heat level you like, from spicy hot to totally mild.

Whip up a batch tonight or this weekend and really WOW the family with a fantastic Chili Cheeseburger Soup. Give it a try with our new Pumpkin Bread Bowl Recipe!

Chili Cheeseburger Soup Ingredients

The ingredients for Chili 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*

This recipe makes a very rich, thick soup. If you would like 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. To make this incredibly family-friendly, feel free to use a can of simple petite diced tomatoes with no peppers.

*I usually keep some Velveeta cheese in my pantry for this soup. But, I discovered that you can use cream cheese and grated cheese as an easy substitute for the Velveeta.

Ingredients for chili cheeseburger soup 
can of Rotel
ground beef

Cheeseburger Soup Toppings

Add your favorite toppings to make your Chili Cheeseburger Soup even better. Here are just a few ideas of what you can put on top:

  • Corn chips to make it crunchy.
  • Add guacamole for a little color.
  • Jalapeños give it a kick of spicy heat.
  • And, an extra dollop of cream cheese or some sour cream makes it even creamier!

How to Make Chili Cheeseburger Soup in the Slow Cooker or Stove Top

This Chili Cheeseburger Soup recipe works on the stove top or in the slow cooker. If you’re making it on the stove top, use a medium-sized stockpot or dutch oven. For those using 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 stove top cooking, simmer soup until the cheeses melt, and the soup has thickened.

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 stove top to prepare the soup, then keep it warm in the slow cooker.

See Below for the Complete Chili Cheeseburger Soup Recipe!

two bowls 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 Chili Cheeseburger Soup! Your family will really love this recipe. Especially on the cool, rainy days that are ahead.

chili cheeseburger soup in the slow cooker or stove top

This soup is perfect to serve with biscuits! Try my Cheddar Jalapeño Biscuits recipe or my Easy 3 Ingredient Biscuits recipe.

Both are super easy and either of them will be yummy for enjoying with Chili Cheeseburger Soup!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make Chili Cheeseburger Soup without Velveeta?

Yes you can! I substitute cream cheese and cheddar cheese for the Velveeta. To substitute all of 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 to make dump and go slow cooker recipes, brown a batch of ground beef and then separate it into smaller freezer bags. Then you can just add it to the slow cooker for recipes like this Chili Cheeseburger Soup recipe.

What can I substitute for the Rotel?

You can use a 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes and 7 ounce can of diced green chiles instead of the Rotel. You can also substitute generic brands of diced tomatoes and green chiles. It doesn’t have to be the Rotel brand.

Get the Easy Chili Cheeseburger Soup Recipe Here:

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Chili 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 Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese soup, cheeseburger soup, chili cheeseburger, chili cheeseburger soup, crock pot cheeseburger soup, slow cooker cheeseburger soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 369 kcal
Author Renae


  • 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

  1. In a medium dutch oven or soup pot, brown the beef, onions, and garlic; drain fat off.

  2. 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.

  3. Garnish with crushed corn chips, cheese, or even bacon bits. Leftovers can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Slow Cooker Instructions

  1. 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.

  2. Garnish with crushed corn chips, cheese, or even bacon bits. Leftovers can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from a Taste of Home.

Nutrition Facts
Chili Cheeseburger Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 369 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 1251mg54%
Potassium 492mg14%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 742IU15%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 454mg45%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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