Quick and Easy Vegetable Beef Soup

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This delicious homemade vegetable beef soup recipe only takes about 45 minutes and is so easy!

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Nothing beats my Mom’s slow-cooked vegetable soup.  It’s a labor of love that starts with stew meat in the slow cooker overnight and is finished the next day with tons of fresh veggies.  As a kid I could often convince her to add macaroni too.  It’s amazing and so chock full of flavor.  It’s my favorite cold weather food.  Served with some delicious cornbread (be it my Hot Water Cornbread of this delicious 5-Ingredient Cornbread from FaveSouthernRecipes) and it might be one of my all time favorites!  Nothing says “home” quite like it.

This delicious homemade vegetable beef soup recipe only takes about 45 minutes and is so easy! But I don’t always have time to invest into a recipe quite like that one.  So I took her classic recipe, altered the recipe a bit, and made it super simple and pretty dang quick.  With a few shortcuts, you can have the delicious flavor of Mom’s vegetable soup in 45 minutes or less!  And this one ain’t missing out on flavor… seriously!  An easier recipe certainly doesn’t mean a bland recipe!

This delicious homemade vegetable beef soup recipe only takes about 45 minutes and is so easy! A few things to consider…  Make sure to pay attention to the type of mixed veggies you buy.  There are some varieties out there that are a mix specifically for soups.  It might have some onion already in there, so you’ll need to decide if you want to eliminate the fresh called for in the recipe.  Some of them I’ve seen even have potatoes in them, so that can be another time saver.  I just prefer the texture of fresh potatoes and typically like lots of them in my vegetable soup.  The bag I used for this recipe had lima beans, green beans, carrots, corn, peas, and okra in it.  It was the PERFECT blend!

Y’all are going to love this one.  I just know!  Give it a try and let me know in the comment below.  I just love hearing from y’all!  Enjoy!


UPDATE: I’ve had lots of questions about the tablespoon of vinegar at the end of the recipe.  This gives the soup of bright pop of flavor since this is such a short cook time.  You won’t taste the vinegar at all, I promise.  But don’t leave it out!  🙂

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Quick and Easy Vegetable Beef Soup
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Servings: 4 to 6
Author: Stacey Little | Southern Bite
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 (32-ounce) carton beef broth (4 cups)
  • 2 medium potatoes peeled and chopped into 3/4-inch chunks
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  1. In a large stock pot, brown the ground beef over medium heat. Drain any excess fat away. Return the met to the pot and add the onions. Cook for about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly for about a minute. Add the beef broth and chopped potatoes. Bring to a boil. Cook for about 5 minutes, then add the tomato sauce, tomatoes (undrained), and frozen mixed vegetables. Return to a boil ,then reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook until the potatoes and vegetables are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Then stir in a tablespoon of white vinegar.


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  1. I,ve never added vinegar. What does it do for the soup?

  2. I’m home w/the flu and nothing sounds better to me than my grandma and mom’s beef vegetable soup… and then your post arrives! I think to myself, “self, this is a quicker, easier version of that soup!” Even with the flu, I could pull this together. It looks delicious, thank you!

  3. Jimmie Archie Harris says:

    The vinegar keeps the steamed okra from being slimey.

  4. Thanks Jimmie

  5. It sounds so good! Nothing better than soup in this cold breeze. Thank you for sharing! Gonna try it!

  6. I”ve made soup this way for a long time. I add about 1 tbs. of sugar when I add the vinegar – sweet/sour combo I guess. Just the way we like it.

  7. Can you make this in the crockpot? If so…how do I go about it? Thanks a million!!:-)

  8. I would add a can of okra with tomatoes.

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