Sunday, February 16, 2014

Southwest Beef Bean & Barley Soup

Y'all, we have had this Southwest Beef Bean & Barley Soup THREE times in the last two weeks. The first time I made it, Brian told me he could eat it every day - he liked it that much! This soup is a winner .... tried and true!

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The first time I made this, I didn't add the beef or tomatoes ... It felt like something was missing. The second time, I added the beef, but still feel like it needed something else. The third time I added the tomatoes. Delish - and perfect!

This Southwest Beef Bean & Barley Soup is sooooo easy and so economical! You could easily make this vegetarian by leaving out the beef and switching the broth to vegetable broth. 

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My family really loved this soup .... I think it's fair to say, we'll be eating this often! I might even try a chicken version, too!

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Southwestern Beef Bean & Barley Soup
Printable recipe
Yield: 8 servings

1 tbsp. olive oil
1-1½ lb. beef stew meat, chopped into small pieces
1 large onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
9 cups water
4 cups (one 32 oz. carton) reduced-sodium beef broth
½ cup pearl barley
⅓ cup dried black beans
⅓ cup dried great northern beans
⅓ cup dried kidney beans
2 tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. salt
1 can (14.5 oz.) petite-diced tomatoes
Sour cream and green onions, optional

Heat oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the onion, celery, carrot and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 4-5 minutes. Add the water, broth, barley, all of the beans, chili powder, cumin and oregano. Bring just to a lively simmer over high heat, then reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 2 hours. Add more water as necessary or if desired. Add the salt and tomatoes. Continue to cook an additional 30-45 minutes or until the beans are tender. Top individual bowls with sour cream and green onions, if desired.

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