Spicy 7-Can Soup with Ground Beef When You’re Too Busy To Cook

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Sneak Preview: This spicy 7-Can Soup with Ground Beef couldn’t be easier. Ingredients include canned minestrone soup, ranch-style beans, Rotel tomatoes, broth, and hamburger, which is optional.

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Preparing this soup will require a can opener. Consider this minestrone recipe when you need supper in a hurry but don’t feel like eating junk food or leftovers.

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

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

Thanks to my friend Joan, who gave me this recipe for 7-can Soup with Hamburger. It’s a cool-weather staple at our house.

Happy Cooks Speak Up

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. —SIS

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • GROUND BEEF: Ground turkey would make an excellent 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, but any brand will work
  • RANCH-STYLE BEANS: Kidney beans or pinto beans are a suitable 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. In a pinch, use water.

How To Assemble 7-Can Soup

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

That’s all, folks. See how easy?

p.s. It tastes even better the next day after sitting in the fridge for a while.


What should I serve with this soup recipe?

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

Can I freeze Minestrone Soup?

Since I store all ingredients in the pantry or freezer, keeping them on hand is easy. But, of course, if your family is small, you could eat it for days. Thankfully, it freezes well, so you have that option, too.

Can I make this in a slow cooker?

Yes. Stir it together and cook on LOW for 4-5 hours.

Help at Your Fingertips: For questions or suggestions, email Paula at saladinajar.com. If you need help, I’m happy to troubleshoot via email (faster than leaving a comment). Attach pictures and as many details as possible for the best advice.

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Yield: 8 servings

Spicy 7-can Soup with Ground Beef Recipe

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

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5 from 16 votes
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes


  • 1 pound (454 g) ground beef
  • 1 (110 g) medium onion, chopped
  • 3 10.75 oz (914 g) cans minestrone soup
  • 2 15 oz (850 g) cans Ranch-style beans
  • 1 10 oz. can (283 g) Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 oz. can (411 g) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cubes beef bouillon
  • 4 cups (946 g) water


  • Brown 1 pound (454 g) ground beef in a large pot. Drain excess fat if necessary. Add 1 (110 g) medium onion, chopped and cook until softened.
  • Stir in 3 10.75 oz (914 g) cans minestrone soup, 2 15 oz (850 g) cans Ranch-style beans, 1 10 oz. can (283 g) Rotel tomatoes, 1 14.5 oz. can (411 g) diced tomatoes, 2 cubes beef bouillon, and 4 cups (946 g) water. Simmer for 20-30 minutes.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 4 stars
    In my version of this I add 4 oz of tomato paste and 6 ounces of diced Velveeta.

    1. Hi Craig,
      Thanks so much for taking the time to share your version of this minestrone. Sounds good to me and possibly, a bit more filling.

  2. Janet Dennis says:

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

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

  3. Vince Pirolli says:

    did you drain the ranch beans or use the juice?

    1. Vince,

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

  4. Can I use minestrone with Italian sausage?

    1. Absolutely. Sounds delicious.

  5. 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!

  6. 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. 🙂

  7. Thanks for the recipe and the review on the can opener. I broke my right wrist three months ago, and I still need others to open cans for me. I will be checking out this little beauty 😉

  8. Thekitchwitch says:

    Soaking/boiling beans is a pain in the arse. I always use canned, without shame!

  9. So isn’t this a coincidence: I am looking for a good can opener, an electric one, I’m always scared of cutting my fingers on the lid and my birthday’s comming up.
    I know what I’ll be getting!
    Hamilton Beach should be very grateful to you (as am I)

  10. That does look like on hearty minestrone! Thanks for the unsolicited review of the can opener. We still use a manual one but have been looking for an electric lately. I like the look of the sleek lines of this Hamilton Beach and the fact that you’ve been using it for years with no problems!

  11. Lauren @ Dallas Duo Bakes says:

    That soup looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it! Plus, I love the name “Texas” Minestrone 🙂

    1. Hi Lauren,
      Thanks for writing. I like the name, too, and it is deserved. The original recipe called for two cans of tomatoes with green chilis but I like it better with one can of regular diced tomatoes and one can of Rotel tomatoes. This Indiana girl can eat spicy stuff but I have limits. 🙂

  12. Paula, I don’t have the Hamilton Beach can opener. I do have a hand held Tupperware can opener that cuts the lid the same way! I love it!

    1. Hi Lois,
      I did not realize Tupperware had one. Is it electric or manual?

  13. I have a manuel can opener that I purchased from Wal-Mart 8 years ago that does the same thing. Thankfully it is still working like a champ!

    Thank you for the new recipe! In my neck of the woods, we just got past some really nasty weather and lots of folks were without power for several days. So, it is a wise and good thing to be able to prepare a few meals (that also taste good) from canned foods. So whether it’s a time crunched day or a day without power, it’s good to be prepared!

    1. Hi Vicki,
      So glad you brought up the preparedness issue. This is a perfect recipe for that. If you leave out the meat, it can all come out of cans.

      1. Paula,
        Funny you should mention that. I’ve seen quite a few posts and videos about heat canning your own ground beef, beef cubes, and chicken. I think I just may give it a try – in small batches – to taste test the results. I’ll let you know how they turn out…

        1. And I just had to add that although many kitchens enjoy electric can openers, always have a manual one as a back up to be able to open cans in a power outage.

        2. Hi Vicki,
          Hope yours tastes better than my mom’s did many years ago. 🙂

      2. For throw it together meals, I sometimes use the canned beef from Costco. Haven’t seen it anywhere else, but it is just chunks of beef in broth packed tightly, sort of like they do canned chicken. Makes a good pantry staple and good chili mixed with canned beans and tomatoes.
        I have canned venison, both ground and cubed. It worked well, but the pressure canners needed are large and pricey; and the time involved is considerable. If you try canning meat you need to use the latest USDA or Ball canning books and follow their instructions.

  14. I have the same can opener. I had been jealous of my daughters for a couple of years and she gave me one for Christmas. I absolutely love it.

  15. Yummy recipe, thanks for sharing. I’ve been wanting a “pantry” minestrone recipe. Just FYI, the can opener doesn’t cut the can, it breaks the seal, leaving no sharp edges. I have a hand held model that I love.

    1. Rozann,
      Very interesting comment about the can opener. On the Hamilton Beach website, it says “No more sharp lid edges—cuts can along the side for smooth, touchable lid.” But I am incline to believe you are right because sometimes, I can see (barely) the glue strands as I pull the lid off. Maybe the company says it that way so we can relate it to other can openers. Thanks for writing.

  16. Sarah Galvin (All Our Fingers in the Pie) says:

    That is an amazing can opener. The minestrone looks great. Easy is good!

  17. Oh, I have no problem using pantry items especially when the finish result looks as good as your minestrone!

    Nice can opener!