The best soups to make for Christmas Eve

Since I was a little girl, Christmas Eve has always meant soup! As I grew up and had kids, the tradition has continued!  I wanted to share with you the best soups to make for Christmas Eve!

Cooking for christmas eve

The best soups to make for Christmas eve

Instant pot Chili

Instant pot gift

  • 2 lbs hamburger
  • chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  1. Turn your Instant pot to saute and cook the hamburger
  2. Add spices, beans and tomatoes and turn on to the recommended setting for your Instant pot
  3. Cook for 20 minutes in Instant pot
  4. Serve right away or use keep warm setting
  5. Add desired toppings

Christmas Eve

Chicken and dumpling soup

This year since we can’t all be together, I am making my Aunt’s Chicken and Dumpling soup- I haven’t ever made this recipe but my aunt makes it EVERY Christmas eve, it wouldn’t be the same without it! The recipe came from my grandpa originally.

  •  3 lb broiler-fryer Chicken or 3-4 lb stewing chicken
  • 1/2 onion
  • Bay leaf
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • 2 TBL peppercorns
  1. Rinse chicken
  2. Put in a large pot and cover it with water
  3. Add the remainder of the ingredients
  4. Bring to a boil- reduce and simmer
    • For the fryer 1 1/2-2 hours
    • For the stewing chicken 2-3 hours
  5. Let the broth cool somewhat, then pour the pot contents into a colander, while draining it into a large bowl
  6. Take the chicken off the bones, shred or cut into small pieces- save to put in the soup broth later
  7. After the broth is cooled down- put in fridge. The next day skim off the fat as desired
  8. The next day (or when you are making the soup)- heat the broth
  9. Add any veggies
  10. Add the chicken
  11. When the broth is boiling- add the dumplings (see recipe below)

German-Russian Dumpling recipe

  • 3 eggs, beat slightly
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c (1 stick) melted butter- let cool
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  1. Mix together.
  2. After all mixed, add in a little more flour (1/8-1/4 cup), so it’s a little heavier dough
  3. When the broth is boiling, drop it in by spoonfuls
  4. Mounded teaspoons work so that the dumpling cooks fast


Christmas Eve

Chicken tortilla soup

  • Chicken thighs
  • 1 can tomatoes
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  1. Cook chicken thighs with olive oil in crockpot on low 8 hours (or until done)
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients & shred chicken
  3. Serve & top with sour cream, avocado, shredded cheese

Zuppa Tuscano (click here to see recipe) 

The ingredients of this soup sound a little weird but it is so delicious!

Thanks for stopping by the 2 we are having this year are Chili and Chicken and dumpling soup.  If you are still in need of any gift ideas here is a post I did on a Christmas gift guide. 

Merry Christmas!

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