Since the opening of its first Souplantation in 1978 in San Diego, California, Garden Fresh Restaurant Corporation has expanded to 61 salad buffet restaurants with locations in Southern California, where they are known as Souplantation, and in Northern California and ten other states, where they are known as Sweet Tomatoes. Differing in name only, the restaurants are known for their abundance of fresh, great tasting salad selections, soups, bakery items, pastas and desserts in a self-serve format, set in a casual dining atmosphere.




Chili Cheese Burger Soup

Souplantation Copycat Recipe

Serves 6-8

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 pound lean ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (4-oz.) can chopped green chile
1/2 sweet red bell pepper, sliced
4 tablespoons flour
1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes
2 1/2 cups beef broth
1 to 2 cups cooked or canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed
4 ounces processed American cheese, cubed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
salt and pepper
cornbread or crusty bread

In a Dutch oven or large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and ground beef; cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes, until beef is browned. Add garlic, bell pepper, chopped green chile pepper, and flour; stir to blend. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes and broth. Bring to a boil. Stir in beansand cheese season with salt and pepper to taste.  reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and serve with cornbread or crusty French or Italian bread.

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