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Bacon Beef Barley Soup Recipe

This recipe looks, sounds, and tastes FABULOUS!  It is one of my favorite kind of crockpot recipes.  A dump & go.  You can brown the meat for a little more texture or you can throw it in as is.  Either way.  This is what I like to call a man pleasing meal!  It is full of meat  & potatoes, and it is hearty enough to warm you right to your toes!

Bacon Beef Barley Soup Recipe

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Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:10 hours
Total Time:10 hours 5 minutes


  • 4 bacon strips chopped
  • 1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 medium red potatoes cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh baby carrots cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup medium pearl barley
  • 2 cans 14-1/2 ounces each beef broth
  • 1 can 14-1/2 ounces diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic, undrained
  • 1 jar 12 ounces home-style beef gravy
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Mashed potatoes optional


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels to drain. In the drippings, cook beef until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • In a 5-qt. slow cooker, layer the potatoes, carrots, corn and barley. Top with beef mixture and bacon.
  • Combine the broth, tomatoes, gravy and pepper; pour over top (do not stir).
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender. Stir before serving. Serve over mashed potatoes if desired.
Servings: 7
Author: Amanda@momswithcrockpots.com

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  1. Does the bacon get chewey? I did a crockpot potato soup recipe and by putting the bacon in all day, it ended up very chewey. So what I did the next time was save the bacon snips for a nice garnish in each soup bowl.

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