When my children were young and we lived on the farm, we killed our own beef every year. I always had a freezer full of meat and there was more hamburger than anything else, so I used to make vegetable soup with hamburger. All my children loved it and still do today.

1 1/2 – 2 lbs hamburger
3 or 4 carrots, sliced
1 large onion, chopped
6 or 7 medium potatoes peeled and cut up
2 or 3 stalks of celery chopped
1 pkg frozen corn
1 pkg frozen okra
1 (48 oz. can) tomato juice
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
Brown hamburger in skillet, drain. In a large soup pot, add all the ingredients except tomato juice. Add enough water to just cover the vegetables and simmer until potatoes and carrots are soft. Add tomato juice and continue to simmer on low heat for about 30 to 45 minutes. Serve with cornbread muffins. Enjoy! This makes about a gallon of soup and freezes well or keeps in refrigerator for several days.

If you like this, you will love this Hearty Potato Soup as well.

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  1. Am I understanding this correctly that you do NOT drain the water before adding the tomato juice? Thanks!

  2. I made this tonight for my family and it was a big hit. Every recipe of yours that I have tried has become favorites 🙂

  3. My grandmother use to can soup like this. Can this be canned, she also made this with chicken

  4. my husband hates okra can I substitute or just leave it out

  5. Shelby Seymour says:

    Can you use a can of plain tomato soup instead of tomato juice?

  6. Can you let me know what size bag of okra. I have only seen the large bag. Same with the corn.

    • The Southern Lady says:

      You can use as much or as little as you like, Kim. I usually buy a 16 ounce size bag. You could use a cup or more. It is up to you. We like a okra so I usually use about 2 cups.

  7. dee thing pen says:

    I added less tomatoe juice and added a can ov beef broth really good left out the potatoes .

  8. My kind of soup have been making this for years but without the chili powder, will start adding it.

  9. Can I use tomato sauce in place of the tomato juice?

  10. Does the chili powder give it more of a chili taste?

  11. Carolyn Maxwell says:

    I made this and it was delicious. I served it with cornbread. I am already making a second pot of this since my family enjoyed it so much!

  12. Made it this weekend. AMAZING!!!!!

  13. My grandma used to make this for us in the winter when we were small, I have tried to make it but it has never turned out the same but now I know why I use beef broth instead of tomato juice.

  14. the school where I taught for 22 years made soup like this, with hamburger. I often did the same thing at home. Love it.!

  15. Yummy! I’m gonna make it this weekend 🙂

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