Spicy Beef and Barley Soup (South Beach Friendly) (Crock Pot)

READY IN: 6hrs 15mins
Recipe by Moogliwoogli

Inspired by Cooking Light, very hearty yet healthy! Comfort food at it's best and wonderful to come home to on a cold winter's night! We love the strong flavors of the red pepper, garlic and oregano but it can easily be adapted to your own tastes. Suitable for phase 2 of the South Beach Diet. Enjoy!

Top Review by whitfulone_5399773

Everyone loves this soup! At home, at work, everywhere I've taken this soup it has been a big hit. Easy to make and a really great comfort food!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Season the stewing beef with half of the oregano, crushed red pepper and salt. Sear each side in a very hot non stick frying pan (no oil) until nicely browned (on high heat).
  2. When liquid begins to emerge from beef add the onion and mix well. Cook 5 minutes more until onion begins to soften. Add half the garlic and mix well. Cook an additional 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the tomatoes, celery & bay leaf, stir to mix well. Pour this mixture into a crockpot or heavy bottomed stock pot.
  4. Add the barley and stir.
  5. Add the chicken broth, mushrooms, beans, carrots and remaining garlic & spices, to taste.
  6. Stir well and cook in a crockpot on high heat 6-8 hours, or simmer on stove top, 1 1/2-2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  7. Check for seasonings and adjust as needed.
  8. Serve with a hearty grain bread toasted with low fat cheese.

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