Yes ! This is my own recipe !
This recipe can be played with in so many ways to suit taste.
What you need:
2 lbs ground beef
1 lb. bacon
1 C cubed bacon or fatback
1 yellow pepper
1 red pepper
1 green bell pepper
5 cloves garlic
2 yellow onions
4 C beef broth or stock
3 carrots or 1 can carrots
1 can pureed tomatoes or 4 pureed whole tomatoes
1 can of diced tomatoes or 2 whole tomatoes, diced
2 C cheese of choice ( I like white sharp cheddar )
Pickled jalapenos ( very optional )
Chop your peppers and onions. Peel and roughly chop your garlic.
In large skillet, add your ground beef , your cubed bacon or fat back, peppers, onions & garlic. Brown.
While your ground beef mixture is browning, put your bacon in oven at 375 on a baking sheet. This makes the bacon more crumbly and crisp for sitting atop soup.
when your beef / bacon mixture is brown, drain off as much fat as possible. I set a metal colander over a large ceramic kitchen bowl and pour the mix in to drain.
In large soup pot add your beef/ bacon /veggie mix with broth/stock, all tomato ingredients , carrots & salt/pepper/parsley to taste. Bring to boil, stirring regularly. reduce heat and simmer at least 30 minutes or as long as you like.
This is a particularly nice recipe for a crock pot, but the meat mixture should be browned first.
Grate your cheese and garnish with your cheese and crumbled , oven baked bacon.
If you like some spice or kick , pickled jalapenos are AWESOME as a garnish on this soup!