Chili Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

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Chili Cheeseburger Soup is perfect for those days when you’re craving something comforting and cheesy. It’s easy to make and perfect for cozy, weeknight dinners. Make it in less than 30 minutes on the stove top, or 4-6 hours in the slow cooker.

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Bowl of Chili Cheeseburger Soup

I usually keep some Velveeta cheese in my pantry for this soup. But, I discovered that you can use cream cheese and grated cheese as an easy substitute for the Velveeta.

Chili Cheeseburger Soup Ingredients

Chili Cheeseburger Soup Ingredients

The ingredients for Chili Cheeseburger Soup are staples that you may already have in your pantry and refrigerator/freezer:

  • Rotel diced tomatoes (can substitute diced tomatoes and canned chiles)
  • onion
  • garlic
  • ground beef
  • Velveeta (or cream cheese and grated cheese).

Unless you like a lot of spicy heat, use Mild Rotel. When combined, these simple ingredients create an amazingly cheesy, tasty soup.

Add your favorite toppings to make your Chili Cheeseburger Soup even better. Here are just a few ideas of what you can put on top:

  • Corn chips make it crunchy.
  • Add guacamole for a little color.
  • Jalapeños give it a little kick of spicy heat.  
  • And, an extra dollop of cream cheese or some sour cream makes it even creamier!

How to Make Chili Cheeseburger Soup

This Chili Cheeseburger Soup recipe works on the stove top or in the slow cooker. If you’re making it on the stove top, use a medium-sized stockpot or dutch oven. For those using a slow cooker, use a skillet for this first step.

ground beed and onions browning in a skillet

Start off by browning the ground beef on medium heat. When it’s about almost done, add the onions, then garlic.

Turn the heat down to medium-simmer, and cook until the meat is browned and the onions are translucent.

Ground beef in a crockpot

Then add the mixture to your slow cooker, if you’re using one.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker. If you’re making this on the stove top, add the rest of the ingredients to your pot.

For stove top cooking, simmer soup until the cheeses melt, and the soup has thickened.

Chili Cheeseburger Soup Ingredients in the crock pot

In the slow cooker, set it for 5-7 hours at low heat. I don’t recommend using the high heat setting. The high temperature may cause the soup to look curdled.

As a side note: I only had 1/2 of the amount of Velveeta needed. So, I used 4 oz of cream cheese and 1 cup of grated cheese to replace the rest of the Velveeta.

If you’re using just cream cheese instead of Velveeta, using sharp cheddar will boost the flavor.

When it’s ready, serve it alone or with your favorite garnishes. I like to top it with diced mild chiles and cilantro.

This makes a very rich, thick soup. Use broth to thin it out.

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Chili Cheeseburger Soup

This recipe is one of the ultimate comfort soups. It's the reason I keep Velveeta in my pantry. After tasting this soup, you probably will, too! You can substitute cream cheese and cheddar cheese for the Velveeta. Stove top ready in 30 minutes, Slow cooker 4-6 hours.

Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword 30 minute meals, Dinner, Easy Dinner, gluten-free, Main Course, Make Ahead, One Pot Meal, Soup, Weeknight Dinner
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 369 kcal
Author Renae


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans (10 oz) Rotel Mild diced tomatoes, undrained
  • pinch salt & ground black pepper
  • 1 lb Velveeta Cheese (you can substitute 8 oz cream cheese and 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese)


  1. You can make this on the stovetop or crockpot. Follow the directions for your preferred method below.

  2. Crockpot: brown the beef, onions, and garlic in a skillet. After draining fat, add to the crockpot. Add the rest of the ingredients, and cook on low for 5-7 hours. 

  3. Stovetop: In a medium dutch oven or large saucepan, brown the beef, onions, and garlic; drain fat off. Add tomatoes, chilies, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Stir in cheese and allow to melt.

  4. Garnish with crushed corn chips, cheese, or even bacon bits. Leftovers can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

Nutrition Facts
Chili Cheeseburger Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 369 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 1251mg54%
Potassium 492mg14%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 742IU15%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 454mg45%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
A bowl of Chili Cheeseburger Soup

And before you know it, you’re digging into a bowl of this delicious and creamy Chili Cheeseburger Soup! This will become a new family favorite. Especially on the cool, rainy days that are ahead.

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