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Hamburger Minestrone Soup: A Spicy 7-Can Version

Preview: Hamburger Minestrone Soup is a spicy can-opener soup. This version contains ground beef but leave it out for a vegetarian meal.

Preparing this recipe is going to require a can opener. When you need to throw supper together in a hurry but don’t feel like eating junk food or leftovers, consider this minestrone soup.

Yes, I know. Canned beans, canned vegetables, and condensed soups often contain too much sodium.

On the other hand, they usually have fewer calories and more nutrition than food from the local drive-thru.

several bowls of Hamburger Minestrone Soup

Thanks to my friend Joan who gave me this recipe for Minestrone Soup with Ground Beef. It is a cool-weather staple at our house and the perfect candidate for my new “Super Simple Suppers” category.

Ingredients and substitutions:

  • GROUND BEEF: Ground turkey would make a good substitute. Or leave out the meat altogether if you prefer.
  • ONION: White or yellow onions are good. I use frozen chopped onions for convenience.
  • MINESTRONE SOUP: I like Campbell’s brand but any brand will work.
  • RANCH-STYLE BEANS: Kidney beans or pinto beans are a good replacement.
  • ROTEL TOMATOES: If you don’t want your soup to be so spicy, use regular tomatoes.
  • BEEF BOUILLON: Canned beef broth is another option.

What should I serve with this recipe?

We like to eat saltines with this soup. Cornbread or these yeasty cornbread sticks are more good choices. If you’re a bread maker, try this Crusty French Bread or these Really Crusty Dinner Rolls.

Can I freeze Minestrone Soup?

All the ingredients can be stored in the pantry and/or freezer, making it easy to keep on hand. If your family is small, you could eat it for days. Thankfully, it freezes well, so you have that option, too.

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Yield: 8 servings

Spicy Hamburger Minestrone Soup Recipe

Spicy Hamburger Minestrone Soup Recipe

This easy can-opener soup will give your tastebuds a nice kick.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cans minestrone soup (I use Campbells)
  • 2 cans Ranch-style beans
  • 1 10 oz. can Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cubes beef bouillon
  • 4 cups water


  1. Brown ground beef in a large pot. Drain excess fat if necessary. Add onions and cook until softened.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Even better the next day.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 313Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 1307mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 7gSugar: 8gProtein: 22g

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Janet Dennis

Monday 11th of October 2021

Can this be done in a 6 quart crockpot and what would be quantities be of each item?


Monday 11th of October 2021

Oh yes. A 6-qt crockpot is perfect. I wouldn't change any of the quantities unless you are feeding an army.

Vince Pirolli

Tuesday 27th of November 2018

did you drain the ranch beans or use the juice?


Wednesday 28th of November 2018


I do not drain. But it's really personal preference. I like the texture it lends to the soup. Paula


Tuesday 27th of November 2018

Can I use minestrone with Italian sausage?


Wednesday 28th of November 2018

Absolutely. Sounds delicious.


Sunday 24th of March 2013

Made this last night, but didn't want to eat leftovers for 3 days, so I omitted one can of minestrone and the can of diced tomatoes. It turned out great, and just the right amount of leftover soup. Our family does not like a strong tomato base anyway, so the one can of Rotel was just right. Take care of my kids tonight!


Friday 22nd of March 2013

I'm coveting your can opener. :) I love the ones that cut the lids right off and don't leave sharp edges. The soup looks great- good quick suppers are appreciated here. :)

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