Husband works for the school district so he’s blessed with more time off than me. I have to stock up on “Husband Friendly” food for those times when he and the onions are home without me for a stretch like the Christmas holidays and Spring break so he can whip up easy lunches without being too tempted to go to McDonald’s every day. I arm him with canned and frozen soup, pasta salads and cold cuts and hope for the best.
His favorite canned soup is Bean & Bacon. He’ll make a big ol’ pile of buttered toast and knock the bottom out of two bowls without coming up for air. So when I saw that Hurst’s Beans made a ‘Bacon & Beans’ soup mix for the crock pot I couldn’t wait to jump on it!
I had an idea brewing for something a little different but thought I better try it out on him before I got started because he does. not. like. change.
Me: Which would you rather have? Bean & Bacon Soup or Bean & Bacon Cheeseburger Soup?
Husband: Shut up. Is that even a thing?
Me: Well, it could be. Does that sound like something you’d like?
Husband: Like, you’d just put hamburger meat and cheese in it? Yes, I want that. A lot of it.
Well, alrighty then!
What I LOVE about this soup is that it’s super hearty. I always found regular Bean & Bacon soup to be a little puny on its own. I want some MEAT in my soup. This has all the smoky goodness of traditional Bean & Bacon soup with chunks of ground beef and gobs of creamy cheese. It is so good!
I portioned our leftovers into plastic containers and popped them in the freezer for the next time my tribe needs a good lunch and I can’t be there to cook one for them!
If you can’t find Hurst’s Bacon & Beans Slow Cooker Soup Mix in your local grocery store, ask for them! My grocery store now carries all sorts of products they didn’t have before simply because I asked for them. Just ask the cashier who to talk to to request a product and s/he will point you in the right direction. My store has a list at the Customer Service desk where they notate products their customers' request.
1 15.5 oz. package Hurst’s Bacon & Beans Slow Cooker Soup Mix
6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
2 cups water
1 pound lean ground beef
1 onion, diced
Black pepper and garlic powder
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
12 slices thick-cut bacon
2/3 cup half & half
2 cups shredded colby cheese
Combine beans (beans only – do not add the flavor packet yet), broth and water in a large slow cooker and cook on high for four hours.
Add ground beef and onion to a large skillet. Season liberally with pepper and garlic powder then cook over high heat until beef is cooked through and seared nicely. Add contents of skillet to slow cooker. Don’t drain. So long as you use lean ground beef and cook at a high temperature there shouldn’t be an excessive amount of pan drippings.
Cut bacon into small pieces then cook until crispy in a large skillet. Drain on paper towels then add bacon to slow cooker, reserving about a cup for garnish if desired.
Add seasoning packet from beans, worcestershire sauce and additional pepper and garlic powder to taste to slow cooker, stir well and cover. Reduce heat to low then continue cooking for 4-6 hours or until beans are very tender.
Add half & half and 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese to slow cooker and stir well. Serve with reserved cheese and bacon pieces if desired.
- I didn’t use beef broth in this because I didn’t want the stock to be too dark in color but you can certainly use it if you’d like!
- If you can’t find Hurst’s Bacon & Beans Slow Cooker Soup Mix in your market, please ask your grocer for them. Until then, you use any dried white bean (great northern beans, navy beans, cannellini beans, small lima beans, etc.) then add salt to taste and 2 teaspoons Liquid Smoke. You can also order them online!
- You can absolutely cook this on the stove! Keep pot at a simmer for 4 hours to cook the beans during the first part of the recipe then continue cooking for about 2 hours once you add the bacon and ground beef or until beans are tender.
This recipe was featured at the Weekend Potluck!
If you love recipes with dried beans, see also:
Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
Italian Lentil Soup with Sausage
Ham & Bean Soup
15 Bean Turkey Soup
Cajun Beans & Rice
Buffalo Chicken Chili
Split Pea Soup with Ham
The development of this recipe was sponsored by Hurst's Beans. As always, all opinions are my own.