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This Vegetable Beef Soup made with stew meat will melt in your mouth! Loaded with all your favorite vegetables, and delicious seasonings, this is the ultimate comfort food. Don’t forget the fried cornbread!

Vegetable Beef Soup

If you love hearty soup recipes, you will also love this delicious Potato Soup! It’s easy to make and also a wonderful comfort food!


This hearty vegetable beef soup is one of the best comfort foods, especially on a cold day. It’s super versatile, too, as you can add the vegetables you love! Some call it “junk” soup, and others call it “refrigerator” soup. This is because you can use just about any leftover or frozen vegetables you have on hand. 


  • Stew meat (Could use leftover roast beef, too)
  • Onion
  • Beef broth 
  • Water
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Okra
  • Potatoes
  • Whole kernel corn 
  • Petite diced tomatoes
  • Peas, canned or frozen
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Worcestershire sauce


You can swap out any of the vegetables. We have added mushrooms, zucchini, and green beans and left out the okra and peas. This is very versatile! You can also use chicken broth if you don’t have beef broth.

If you make a roast and have any leftovers, make this soup! Roast is wonderful in this recipe.


Many people will first brown the meat in a pan, but we don’t always do that. We add all the ingredients to a big pot and let it cook! The meat really soaks up the flavors of the juice this way. However we have seared the meat if we want it to cook faster, it’s really your personal preference.


Bring all ingredients to a boil in a large pot on top of the stove.  Decrease the heat to simmer and let cook 1 1/2 hours until meat and potatoes are done. 


Just cook 7 or 8 hours on low or 4 to 5 hours on high.

Vegetable Beef Soup


If the meat isn’t tender or falling apart, you need to cook it longer. This soup is even better the next day, so make it in advance and enjoy it for a few days.


If you love this type of soup, you may also love it made with ground beef.


Fried Cornbread is a must with this recipe but we also love making cornbread muffins. We love cornbread with soup; it is the dipping factor! Dipping the cornbread in the broth is so good.


Should you brown the meat before you add it to the pot?

You don’t have to and we have made it both ways and it’s always delicious.

Does vegetable soup freeze well?

Yes, it does!


This soup keeps well for a few days and we always just keep it in an airtight container and reheat the whole pot or a a bowl in the microwave.


This recipe makes about 3 quarts of soup, so depending on how big of a serving is, we say it’s about 6-8 servings.

Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup

Anne Walkup

This Vegetable Beef Soup is a hearty dish your family will love. Made with stew meat or roast, it’s the ultimate comfort food! You can use any vegetables your family loves and don’t forget the fried cornbraed. Vegetable beef soup is always a winner!

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes

Course Main Course, Soup

Cuisine American, southern

  • 1 to 1 1/2 lbs stew meat Could use leftover roast beef, too
  • 1 medium to large onion peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups beef broth or 1 can
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup carrots chopped
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 cup okra chopped
  • 4 medium potatoes peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 cups whole kernel corn or 1 can
  • 2 15 ounce cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup peas canned or frozen
  • 1 cup zucchini sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • In a large pot on top of the stove,  bring all ingredients to a boil.  Decrease heat to simmer and let cook 1 1/2 hours until meat and potatoes are done.

  • You could make this in the crock pot, too.  Just cook 7 or 8 hours on low or 4 to 5 hours on high.  You don’t have to use the same vegetables I used in this recipe.  Use whatever you have on hand and add the spices you like.

  • Makes 3 quarts depending on amount of vegetables you use.

If you like, you can brown the meat before adding it to the pot. We have done it both ways and it’s always delicious. 

Keyword Homemade Vegetable Soup

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