Peppered beef soup is the ideal recipe to make ahead. Freeze it up to three months in advance of your Christmas occasion for an already-prepared meal. Add a bit of canned broth when reheating to reach desired consistency.

Peppered Beef Soup

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Course Christmas, Dinner, Easy, Lunch, Slow Cooker, Soup & Stew
Cuisine Worldwide
Servings 12 cups


  • 1 sirloin tip beef roast 4 lb.
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 medium-size red onion thinly sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 large baking potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1 package baby carrots 16 oz
  • 2 bottles lager beer 12 oz
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tbsp beef bouillon granules
  • 2-3 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 4 bay leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Toasted Bread Bowls optional


  • Rinse roast, and pat dry. Cut a 1-inch-deep cavity in the shape of an "X" on top of roast. (Do not cut all the way through roast.) Dredge roast in all-purpose flour; shake off excess.
  • Cook roast in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.
  • Place roast in a 6-qt. slow cooker. Stuff cavity with sliced red onion and minced garlic; top roast with potatoes and baby carrots. Pour beer, balsamic vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce into slow cooker. Sprinkle with parsley, bouillon, and ground pepper. Add bay leaves to liquid in slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on LOW 7 to 8 hours or until fork-tender. Shred roast using two forks. Season with salt to taste. Serve in Toasted Bread Bowls, if desired.
  • 3 cups low-sodium beef broth may be substituted.
Keyword Beef, Peppers, Slow Cooker, soup
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