Beef Soup Kharcho: a hearty beef and tomato soup with a unique spice blend and plenty of fresh herbs. The tender beef in this beef soup melts in your mouth.

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Beef Soup Kharcho (pronounced harcho), is a hearty beef soup in tomato broth with a wonderful blend of spices and plenty of fresh herbs. The beef is fall-apart tender and just melts in your mouth – delicious! All it needs is a thick slice of fresh crusty bread.

This beef stew also reheats really well and I was pleasantly surprised that my 1-year old loved it! This recipe also made a soup Kharcho lover out of my husband.

Kharcho is Georgian in origin but has been adopted and well loved by Ukrainians for many years. This recipe was loosely adapted from The New Ukrainian Cookbook.

Ingredients for Beef and Tomato Soup (Kharcho):

3 lb beef stew meat
3 tsp salt (I used fine sea salt)
4 Tbsp light olive oil (or any cooking oil), divided
1 medium onion, chopped
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
4 cups beef broth + 4 cup filtered water
28 oz can diced tomatoes
2 dry bay leaves

1 tsp ground coriander seeds
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 cup uncooked white rice (I used Jasmine)
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (from 1 medium lemon)
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped, plus more to serve
1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped, plus more to serve

Beef Soup Kharcho: a hearty beef and tomato soup with a unique spice blend and plenty of fresh herbs. The tender beef in this beef soup melts in your mouth.

How to Make Beef Soup (Kharcho):

1. Sprinkle meat with 3 tsp salt and stir. Heat a dutch oven or soup pot over medium/high heat and add 2 Tbsp oil. Once oil is hot, add beef in 2 batches, sautéing until browned on all sides (don’t worry about cooking it through). Remove from pot and set aside.

Beef Soup Kharcho: a hearty beef and tomato soup with a unique spice blend and plenty of fresh herbs. The tender beef in this beef soup melts in your mouth.

2. Add chopped onion and celery with more oil as needed. Saute 5 minutes until softened.

Beef Soup Kharcho: a hearty beef and tomato soup with a unique spice blend and plenty of fresh herbs. The tender beef in this beef soup melts in your mouth.

3. Add canned tomatoes with their juice, 4 cups broth, 4 cups water, 2 bay leaves and browned beef. Bring to a boil then reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until beef is tender.

Beef Soup Kharcho: a hearty beef and tomato soup with a unique spice blend and plenty of fresh herbs. The tender beef in this beef soup melts in your mouth.

4. Add 1/2 cup white rice, 2 Tbsp lemon juice, 2 pressed garlic cloves, 1 tsp coriander, 1 tsp paprika. Cover and simmer 20 minutes or until rice is tender.

Beef Soup Kharcho: a hearty beef and tomato soup with a unique spice blend and plenty of fresh herbs. The tender beef in this beef soup melts in your mouth.

5. Remove from heat and add 1/4 cup parsley and 1/4 cup dill then cover and let sit off heat another 10 minutes before serving. Season to taste with salt and pepper if needed and serve with more fresh herbs as desired.

Beef Soup Kharcho: a hearty beef and tomato soup with a unique spice blend and plenty of fresh herbs. The tender beef in this beef soup melts in your mouth.

Beef Soup Kharcho: a hearty beef and tomato soup with a unique spice blend and plenty of fresh herbs. The tender beef in this beef soup melts in your mouth.

Beef Soup (Kharcho)

4.98 from 171 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Beef Soup Kharcho (pronounced harcho), is a hearty beef soup in tomato broth with a wonderful blend of spices and plenty of fresh herbs.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 12 cups of soup
  • 3 lb beef stew meat
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp light olive oil, or any cooking oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 4 cups beef broth + 4 cup filtered water
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 dry bay leaves
  • 1 tsp ground coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1/2 cup uncooked white rice, I used Jasmine
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, from 1 medium lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped, plus more to serve
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped, plus more to serve

Instructions

  • Sprinkle meat with 3 tsp salt and stir. Heat dutch oven or soup pot over medium/high heat and add 2 Tbsp oil. Once oil is hot, add beef in 2 batches, sautéing until browned on all sides. Remove from pot and set aside. Don't worry about cooking it through.
  • Add chopped onion and celery with more oil as needed. Saute 5 min until softened.
  • Add canned tomatoes with their juice, 4 cups broth, 4 cups water, 2 bay leaves and browned beef. Bring to a boil then reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until beef is tender.
  • Add 1/2 cup white rice, 2 Tbsp lemon juice, 2 pressed garlic cloves, 1 tsp coriander, 1 tsp paprika. Cover and simmer 20 min or until rice is tender.
  • Remove from heat and add 1/4 cup parsley and 1/4 cup dill then cover and let sit off heat another 10 min before serving. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with more fresh herbs as desired.

Nutrition Per Serving

253kcal Calories11g Carbs27g Protein11g Fat3g Saturated Fat70mg Cholesterol1045mg Sodium612mg Potassium1g Fiber2g Sugar370IU Vitamin A11mg Vitamin C60mg Calcium3mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Beef Soup (Kharcho)
Amount per Serving
Calories
253
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
11
g
17
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Cholesterol
 
70
mg
23
%
Sodium
 
1045
mg
45
%
Potassium
 
612
mg
17
%
Carbohydrates
 
11
g
4
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
27
g
54
%
Vitamin A
 
370
IU
7
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
60
mg
6
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: beef soup, soup kharcho
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 253
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Beef Soup Kharcho: a hearty beef and tomato soup with a unique spice blend and plenty of fresh herbs. The tender beef in this beef soup melts in your mouth.

Beef Soup Kharcho: a hearty beef and tomato soup with a unique spice blend and plenty of fresh herbs. The tender beef in this beef soup melts in your mouth.

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the creator behind Natasha's Kitchen (established in 2009), and I share family-friendly, authentic recipes. I am a New York Times Best-Selling cookbook author and a trusted video personality in the culinary world. My husband, Vadim, and I run this blog together, ensuring every recipe we share is thoroughly tested and approved. Our mission is to provide you with delicious, reliable recipes you can count on. Thanks for stopping by! I am so happy you are here.

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  • Victoria Conner
    April 14, 2024

    Natasha,
    Can I use freshly cooked 3 lbs. shredded beef in this recipe? And how should I do it? I do not want to change the recipe. HELP!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 14, 2024

      Hi Victoria, I haven’t tested that version to advise. I think that will work but you’ll have to experiment on the timing.

      Reply

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