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Spicy Potato Soup

My sister-in-law passed this kid-friendly recipe to me. Since she prefers her foods much spicier that we do, I cut back on the heat by reducing the amount of hot pepper sauce. Feel free to increase it or add your favorite herbs if you want more kick.— Audrey Wall, Industry, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 70 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 cups cubed peeled potatoes (1/2-in. cubes)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce


  • In a Dutch oven, brown ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the potatoes, onion and tomato sauce. Stir in the water, salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour or until the potatoes are tender and the soup has thickened.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 159 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 764mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • Keri
    Jun 21, 2020

    I modified this to make clam chowder. Replace the ground beef with two cans of clams and substitute 1 cup of clam juice for 1 cup of water. Add two stalks of chopped celery when you add potatoes. Adjust pepper to taste. Cook as instructed.

  • maryannsnow
    Apr 1, 2020

    This soup is delicious. It's great winter or fall soup but just as good anytime. Add more veggies or not. It's really good.

  • Jimrab385
    Jan 14, 2020

    Too peppery. The soup was overwhelmed by the taste of pepper. I was able to modify the recipe into a family favorite by reducing the pepper and adding additional seasonings.

  • Maureen
    Jun 7, 2019

    This has become a family favorite! Very easy to make!!

  • Suzanni
    Apr 4, 2019

    This soup recipe is wonderful! We use a little more of the hot sauce as the 1 tsp does not provide enough heat. I use Frank's Hot source in the soup and made it just as written with the exception of the extra hot sauce. I agree with another reviewer, I could eat this multiple nights in a row. We always have enough for left overs the next night and it is even better. I make cornbread, serve French baguette, or rolls and it is a great meal!

  • ColoredGirl
    Mar 4, 2019

    Favorite soup we have made it twice this winter. We used 2 hot sauces both times (tabasco and chocula). I am not a fan of the vinegary taste of tabasco but my husband is so we combined both of our favorites.

  • Debbie
    Jan 20, 2019

    Healthy and delicious comfort food! A family (and friends) favorite, especially through the cold winter months. Many times if I have fresh vegetables on hand, I'll add them as well (green beans, carrots, corn, etc.), but the original soup recipe is fabulous as is!

  • rerecr8n
    Nov 19, 2018

    This is one of our favorite soups. I usually add Frozen mixed vegetables to it also.

  • jstowellsupermom
    Jan 2, 2018

    A great simple and easy meal! And super easy to adjust to your family's taste!

  • Chrsity
    Dec 10, 2017

    This is one of my favorite all-time recipes go to for any cool day