Autumn, Dinner

Hamburger Soup | A Halloween Tradition

Growing up we had to eat dinner before we could go out for trick or treating… and this is what we had to eat. My mom would make a vat of it and we could eat a small bit with nervous excitement – and a bowlful after the fun for the night (and the butterflies) died down. 

2016-10-31-13-58-42I’ll share the traditional recipe, but we’ve all tweaked it here and there as necessary, depending on preferences and ease of ingredients. 

Hamburger Soup
1 small onion
1 green pepper, diced
1 clove minced garlic
2 Tbs olive oil
1.5 lbs ground beef (sometimes I just use 2)
1/2 lb sliced mushrooms (these can be omitted)
1 can kidney beans (these can be omitted)
2 cups grated carrots
2 cans cream of mushroom soup OR 2 cups of stock
46 oz V-8 juice OR 2 cans of tomato sauce
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp pepper

Sauté the onions, pepper and garlic in the oil. Cook the ground beef thoroughly. Add in the rest of the ingredients and simmer at least half an hour – but even better if it mellows all evening. We serve it with a dollop of sour cream and bits of cheddar cheese – and bread. 


This is the kind of recipe that lives on… because it works. It’s easy. And it tastes so unique – and so like all the memories of fun family times. Skål – from my Ewok and me.2016-10-31-18-03-24

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