"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 tradition Bean & Bacon soup with chunks of ground beef and gobs of creamy cheese. It is so good!"
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
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.