Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Spicy Beef & Cabbage Soup -- Slow Cooker

This evening we had one of my favorite type of meals -- "slow cooker / crock-pot" whichever term you prefer to call it. I have always called it crock-pot, but I know that technically that is a brand name (which mine just happens to be). I made a big pot of Spicy Beef & Cabbage Soup. I actually started my soup last night. I diced my beef into small 1-inch or smaller cubes, diced an onion and cut up a large head of savoy cabbage into wide strips and then lightly sauteed the beef, onions and cabbage, put it into my crock pot along with a can of fire roasted tomatoes (for extra flavor), beef stock and then added ground chipotle chile powder for a tasty little "kick"...and seasoned with salt and pepper....and BOOM dinner was cooking away in my crock pot over night. I checked it this morning to see how it was doing and decided to continue letting it cook until lunch time and check again. When I came home for lunch, I checked it once more and the cabbage was still a little al dente and I wanted total and complete tender cabbage in my soup...so I let it go until I got home from work. My soup cooked almost 24 hours on low. It turned out awesome! It was so simple without too many ingredients...but the flavor was really good with the addition of fire roasted tomatoes and chipotle chile powder. The broth was a combination of beef stock, fire roasted tomato juice and the juices that cooked out of the cabbage...it was the perfect comfort food soup to come home to on this chilly day.  I snapped a few photos below as well as the easy peasy recipe. I love coming home to a crock pot meal -- it's like someone cooked all day long, just for me. Enjoy!








Spicy Beef & Cabbage Soup -- Slow Cooker

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil
1-1/2 pounds diced stew beef (approximate 1" cubes)
1 medium onion, diced
1 large head savoy cabbage, coarsely chopped into 1/2-inch wide strips (or regular green cabbage)
4 cups beef stock
1 14.5-ounce can diced fire roasted tomatoes (including juice)
1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile powder
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

In a large dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high until hot; add beef cubes and brown, stirring frequently. Transfer browned beef cubes and any accumulated juices to a 6-quart crock pot. In same pan, add diced onions and saute over medium high heat until translucent; add cabbage and cook until wilted and slightly softened, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Transfer cabbage and onion mixture to crock pot. Pour beef stock over the beef and cabbage/onion mixture. Stir in diced tomatoes with their juices, chipotle chile powder and salt and pepper, to taste. Cover and cook on low for 10 hours (up to 24 hours). Taste broth for seasoning; add additional salt and pepper, if desired. Serve in bowls.

11 comments:

CyberSis said...

Hi GGC,

Soup is my all-time favorite meal, and we're well into soup season! (For me, "soup" is sort of a "fluid" category which includes stuff like chili, stew, spaghetti sauce, and such ... the quintessential comfort foods!)

This soup looks amazing and is definitely high up in my "queue"! I bought the peppers for your chili, but I just might cook up a pot of this soup first. Decisions, decisions! :-)

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi CyberSis! I love soup, too! It really is comforting to eat for some reason. It's also hard to make a "bad soup"...you can put almost anything into it and use leftover meats, veggies, etc. You don't really need exact measurements...I love making it, too. I actually bought almost 6-lbs of "stew beef" from Costco this past weekend that I cut up into cubes for chili, soup, etc. and froze in individual freezer bags to pull out and just thaw. It was a lot of work cutting it all up, but will save a lot of time -- I used 1-1/2 lbs in the soup and still have 4 packages a little over 1 pound each in the freezer now! LOL...I know...there are so many decisions and dishes to make and just not enough days to eat them! :-)

Over 60 and counting ... said...

Your blog is my all-time favorite. I had to comment on this particular recipe as it brought back memories of the Shoney's Beef & Cabbage soup but theirs had kidney bean in it. I am making this for sure! Thanks for the recipe! :-)

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Over60! Thanks so much! Isn't that funny that it is similar to a soup you used to eat? I hope you enjoy it and thanks so much for the kind words -- I'm glad you enjoy my blog! :-)

CyberSis said...

Hi GGC,

We had this soup tonight and it was scrumptious ... not to mention 10 hours of wonderful aromas that filled the house as it simmered. Looking forward to the left-overs. :-)

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi CyberSis -- I would really like to have some of that soup now -- I need to make it again soon -- our temps are supposed to get cold again -- with highs in the 40s this weekend. I can't tell you how much I like having leftover soup for lunch during the week! Glad you enjoyed it too! :-)

Kendell Black said...

Made this for dinner last night. It was delicious and so easy! My husband ate 4 bowls! I had two and am taking leftovers for lunch today. Will definitely be making this on again.

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Kendell -- so glad both you and your husband enjoyed the soup. I have another big head of cabbage in my fridge with this soup's name all over it and hope to make it again some time this week, too. Thanks! :-)

Cheryl said...

Made this last night. Added some chopped, sauteed mini sweet peppers too. Cooked on high for 7 hours overnight. Had it for breakfast, lunch & dinner today. Wonderful aroma was driving co-workers crazy as I ate my breakfast portion at my desk!

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

LOL, Cheryl! Glad you liked the soup -- but can't stop laughing about the breakfast lunch and dinner!!! Hahaha! I bet it did make your coworkers envious though! Glad you liked it -- the mini-peppers sound like a great addition, too! :-)

Kristina Rees said...

Love this soup. I am linking to it for my Weekly Menu Planning. Here is the post http://kristinashomejournal.blogspot.com/2015/01/my-weekly-menu-jan-12-18.html