Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs
This is an old family recipe from my children's great grandmother (Gram aka Maude Jackson :-)). Family legend has it that this recipe was passed down to her from an uncle who fed railroad crews as they built the lines. He had run out of most supplies and had to come up with something hearty enough to feed a bunch of very hungry workmen...this is what he came up with. We love it!
- 1 lb extra lean ground beef, browned in
- 1 tablespoon butter, then drained
- 5 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed (I don't peel them)
- 5 medium onions, sliced thin (saute style)
- 1 quart diced tomato
- 1 pinch baking soda
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon red pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon thyme
- 1⁄4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1⁄2 teaspoon celery seed
- 1 quart water, heated to a boil
- Combine all of the ingredients in a Dutch oven.
- Simmer for 3 to 4 hours.
- If the soup is too thick, add up to a quart of boiling water.
I didn't cook it more than 2 hours and it is DELICIOUS! Each day it tastes better. I left the peeling on the potatoes, too. This is a great alternative to chili for cold days. I love it!
Super easy to prepare. We love it!