Buckeye Beefed Up Barley Soup - 12 Oz

Beefed Up Barley Soup - Buckeye Beans and Herbs - 12oz

5.00 stars, based on 41 reviews
Buckeye Bean and Herbs Beefed Up Barley Soup is an easy-to-make homemade soup that is both nutritious and heartwarming. Just add beef, either hamburger or chopped stew beef to this nutritious dry soup mix. Add your own flair to this colorful soup...


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Gastonia NC
I found this soup in a discount store and was very sceptical. I didn't really know what barley was. I made it and I absolutely loved it. I added a little sugar and I could have eaten half the pot. I will definitely have it again.

Mary Ann
Great taste, convenient to prepare and good price.

A real winner!

Jeanne from PA
This is a delicious hearty soup that the whole family enjoys. It is especially welcoming after a day out in the snow!

A Slight Variation...Great!

North Carolina
A friend made this soup and shared some with us. We loved it. I had to know her recipe and was surprised when she showed me the box of Beefed Up Barley soup mix. She shared a box of it with me and we made it last night. We actually used ground venison instead of beef and then used reduced sodium beef stock in place of the water. It was fantastic.

My friend actually found this soup mix at a discount store so I am off in search of more today. But if I don't find it I am glad to know I can order online anytime. Anxious to try a few other flavors too!

Absolutely Delicious

Brenda V
I saw this mix at Marshall's and decided to give it try since it doesn't have preservatives and all the ingredients are "normal" (as opposed to a bunch of chemicals and artificial flavorings). I made it as directed except that I used short ribs instead of lean ground beef (I skimmed it when it cooled to get rid of the fat from the short ribs). The soup was outstanding!!!! Now I'm ordering a case online.

Awesome soup

This soup was absolutely awesome. I didn't really need to add anything but me being me I added peas, corn and diced up some carrots, thru in a couple of bay leaves and mmmmm good. My sister was over and she couldn't get enought she called me the next day wanting my recipe. I am definitely hooked, I have read several of the reviews regarding your other soup products and I am super excited to try more.

Beefed Up Barley Soup

When I made this soup, I used cubes of beef that I cut up fairly small. An option is to use hamburg, but that didn't sound palitable to me. Not being much of a beef eater, I only made this soup once. The soup was very good, but I prefer chicken to beef.

Best Beef Barley Soup ever

I found this line at TJ Max and bought it on a whim because I was running late and this looked like it would cook up quick - what a surprise - quick and delicious. I substituted 4 of the cups of water with 4 cups of beef broth, threw in a couple large handfuls of shredded carrots and used 2 1.45 oz cans of Keystone all natural fully cooked beef. My husband said this is a keeper and ate two large bowls. Keep up the good work.

My 1 year old grandson is a fan of Chicken/Thyme.

Best soup ever

Elizabeth B
Leonardtown, Md
This was a gift for my daughter Amy, and her husband Mark. I send them this soup, cornbread, and white chili chicken about 4 or5 times a year. She adds fresh beef cubed into small pieces. She says it adds an extra umph. They love having these soups in their pantry, and consider them an absolute dinner treat when they have them. It’s one of their favorites.


1st purchased in discount store locally, loved it and went back to get more, all gone, panic. Still had a box @ home and found their web site. I can now get whenever I want. All those that tasted loved it so I gave as gifts last year and will do again this year. It was so simple too.


Newark, NJ
i used 12 oz of frozen turkey meatballs, 2 cups of turkey broth to replace 2 cups of water, and some broken up egg noodles. All else was as called for. Pretty spicy...next time I may use less of the spice packet. Perfect with corn muffins and enough to feed a crowd. I'll get this again.


Bedford, VA
Received this as part of a gift of three kinds. It is my hubbie's fave and my second fave so far. We used stew meat with fat trimmed off and cooked longer (3 hrs) for greater meat tenderness. We also used half Beef Broth for the fluid. It was just wonderful and lasted 5 meals for us!

Fantastic soup

I made a vegetarian version by using crumbled firm tofu instead of meat. The spices are perfect. I wish I knew what they were.

Five Star

40+ Years In The Kitchen
ME use a soup mix??? Never! Ok, I tried Beefed-Up Barley.

Thank You! Its GREAT! And I held back on the seasoning pack thinking it would be way too salty and it wasn't. Thank you for not using MSG/sodium overload!

The good home made taste and beautiful packaging make these great gifts! I have already bought some for Holiday gift giving.


Good soup

Love to cook
I received this in a gift basket. I normally make my own soup from scratch. Was I surprised at how tasty this soup is. My family really enjoys this soup. You can customize it by adding different vegetables, but it is delicious by itself.

Great soup - ignore the name

Nashua, NH
I was a huge fan of Buckeye Beans & Herbs back in the 80s when they had a full product line including fun shaped pasta and more soups. Chicken 'N Thyme was the first one I had tried and I loved. My favorites were always Chicken 'N Thyme, Great Leapin' Lentils, Beefed-Up Barley, and Barley Burgoo (which unfortunately Seattle Gourmet Foods isn't producing - PLEASE RECONSIDER IF POSSIBLE!).

I was so upset when the line was sold off in 1997 and then completely discontinued as the company that bought it went bankrupt in 1999.

I stumbled across my 3 favorites, plus the Pea Soup (favorite of my Mom's) in the Christmas Tree shop and was thrilled!

You can't go wrong with these soups and I always have to make double batches when I make them.

This one always got an eyebrow raise from friends and family and folks didn't think they would like it. They were always wrong and wanted more. I gave a box to a friend recently and they tried it with cubed beef (I always make it with ground beef) and they said it was fantastic.

It tastes a little like a chili but not quite. It is fantastic on a cold day when you need something a little hearty and spicey. Serve with the cornbread, rolls or a nice chunk of bread.

great soup mix

Bought this a long time ago and found it while cleaning out my pantry. Decided to make it with a piece of steak I found in the freezer. Cubed the steak into tiny pieces and cooked it with the onion. Added celery and some carrot. Wasn't expecting much from a mix but it was awesome. It didn't have that "mix" taste one usually gets from most mixes. Couldn't remember where I bought it so on to the internet I went.............glad to have found this website. Will definitely get more of the beefed up barley!

Greeaatttt Soup

Ft. Worth, Texas
This is THE BEST packaged soup I have ever purchased!!!!! I also found it at Ross. I used hamburger and since the only canned tomatoes I had on hand was Fire Roasted diced, I added one can and then a can of black beans. A great soup on a cold weekend in Fort Worth with solid ice covering the streets and every reason is stay safe and cozy inside with delicious soup. Someone put together an excellent spice package - will definitely purchase this again

Hearty and delicious

This soup is amazing! It is a full bodied soup with great flavor! It is a hit every time I make it! Yum!

Hearty and Delicious !!

L.I., New York
I have tried several of these soups and loved all of them, this one is my husband's favorite. It does have a bit of a kick to it, but even my daughter who does not like spicy things, loved this soup. I really like that all of these soups are low in sodium and no artificial ingredients. This one has barley, herbs, chili power, salt, onion, garlic and spices. I used ground up turkey. And after 2 feet of snow today in NY, it was perfect to warm up up.

I substituted venison for the beef, Yum!

This made a tasty kettle of soup. In place of the beef, I substituted venison that had been cut for stew. We will definitely make this again!

I took a chance!

New York
I first saw these soups in a discount store and took a chance. I couldn't believe how tasty and easy the soups are to make. Who would think something so easy to make would be so delicious. I went to the store the next day and cleaned them out. I now buy them online. They are filling, healthy and low in salt but still taste great.

Love it

North Carolina
I found this at TJmaxx and my family loves it. Wonderful product.

Love this soup!

I bought it at Ross, had low expectations. The soup was soo delicious, I had dinner guests and they ate all the soup. Everyone loved it. I added ground turkey instead of beef. It was hearty, thick, filling. A complete meal.

I just ordered more on line from your company!! Definitely 5 stars!

Love this soup!

We have had several soup mixes from this company but this is our all-time favorite! We like them all but this one - this is our go-to!

mmmmm good!

By all means, please ignore the name. This soup is so scrumptious. I'm not a meat eater so I decided to add veggies(carrot, celery & potatoe). Best idea ever! I originally purchased 2 boxes(veggie bean & beefed up barley) from Ross on a whim. The veggie bean was for myself & beefed up barley was for my fiance. Needless to say beefed up barley was so superb he never asked about the meat. Great texture with amazing flavor. Definitely a winner.

My Secret's Out of the Bag!

Santa Maria, CA
I stumbled upon Beefed Up Barley Soup in an out-of-town boutique market and took a chance and bought two boxes. Wow!! What a hit it was with my family! I made my second batch for a church dinner that I wasn't able to personally attend. The next day I was bombarded with requests for "my" soup recipe. I couldn't tell a lie, and my secret was out. I wasn't able to find this product nearby, so I visited the website printed on the box. Little did I know I would find several more soup flavors. Needless to say, I tried them all. There isn't one that I've made that hasn't been inhaled and thoroughly enjoyed. I only wish I knew the secret ingredients in the herb packets. The corn bread mix that is offered is so far superior to ones I've tried that are sold in local grocery stores. A proverbial tip of the hat to Seattle Gourmet for offering healthy, great-tasting products!

Need cooking instructions

Seldom seen Simi Valley, Calif.
We like to prepare large quanities of soup & stews in our large pressure pot.

Is there a recipe you folks have for your packaged dry soup mixes using said pot?

Chicken &Thyme, Beefed Up Barley, and Winter Magic Turkey Soup are our favorites. Pressure pots really shortens cooking time.

Our time is spent traveling to motorhome rallies and Square Dancing expos around the country so we get to feed, and dine with, a lot of people. Your products fit well into our lifestyle because of space saved, ease of preparing, and the aroma that makes us super-chefs to all of our groups.

Thanks for your time (and great products) .

Scott & Mary Campbell Simi Valley, Calif.

Simple and delightful!!

Belleville, MI
Made this for dinner last evening and it was delightful! We found it in a discount store, but are pleased to know we can purchase it online. Like below, we made it using beef broth and water. Very hardy, and just the right touch of spices without burning your mouth. Anxious to purchase some new mixes before the hard winter months hit Michigan. This might be one of my new pantry staples!

Soup maven

Beef barley
Bought this at TJX. What a great soup, easy to prepare and makes a huge pot. Used 2cups water less than recipe and it was almost chili style. Went back for more and it was all gone. Am trying white chicken chile next. I'm sure I won't be disappointed. Will order online.



The Best of Barley and Beef

San Diego
I happen to find a box of your soup at the "Home Goods" store. Strange place to find soup, but decided to give it a try as my husband and I love soups in the cold weather. So happy I found it on your website. Will give all of your soups a try!!

The BEST soup!!

Plainfield, IL
My family and I tried this soup a few years ago and absolutely loved it!!! I immediately went back to the store I bought it from and cleared off their shelf! Unfortunately, the store closed, but am glad I found the website!! If you haven't tried it yet....do so, you and your family will love it!!

The very best packaged soup I've ever tried.

I have been making my own soups and freezing them for years, due to all the unpronouncible ingredients such as MSG and others in prepared soups. I read the label on this soup mix and decided to purchase for a gift basket, then after reading about the product, I tried it, hoping for the best. The best thing is that it really tastes homemade. This is a winner with 1/2 lb of lean ground sirloin, but I can imagine venison as well. I add sliced carrots and chopped celery. Everyone who has shared this at our table has thoroughly enjoyed it. I've also given this as gifts in Christmas baskets with other homemade goods. We now have the mixes in our freezer that I can make up anytime.


I used the soup mix with small cubed venison pieces and it was just great.Browned the venison in a few pieces of bacon because the venison is very lean. Then I added the onions and some diced celery to cook until transparent as per directions.The end result was just terrific.

Venisoned-Up Barley Soup

Brooklyn NY
Found this mix while browsing, figured it's all natural, pre-spiced, and made up a good quantity of soup so I'd give it a shot.. Made this with 1.5 lbs of ground Venison, and it was absolutely amazing... Comes out with a very hearty broth, with a little spicy kick... Now, I only regret buying two boxes!!

Venisoned-Up Barley Soup

Brooklyn NY
Found this mix while browsing, figured it's all natural, pre-spiced, and made up a good quantity of soup so I'd give it a shot.. Made this with 1.5 lbs of ground Venison, and it was absolutely amazing... Comes out with a very hearty broth, with a little spicy kick... Now, I only regret buying two boxes!!

Very tasty

I purchased the package at TJ Maxx on a whim and I'm so glad I did. It is very tasty and hearty. It cooks in an hour which in my opinion is fast for a good homemade tasting soup. I used ground turkey instead of ground beef as suggested and it was wonderful. Highly recommend!

We love this soup!

Eugene, OR
Like many on here, I first found this soup at Ross Dress For Less. I now check the store every time I am in, just in case I can buy a box or two :) This is my favorite soup mix! I usually make the soup in my crock pot. We use ground turkey/chicken instead of beef, usually add some chopped celery to the onion as it's sautéing, and sometimes even add some sliced kielbasa. The seasoning packet adds a really good flavor with just enough spice to zest it up, but not too much for those who would rather not have their tongues on fire while they eat (namely, me!). The barely/lentil combination creates a rather filling meal. With a side of cornbread, this is a perfect easy fix for dinner!


Dallas, TX
We found this completely by accident and bought it on a whim. What a surprise it turned out to be! We cooked it this morning, following instructions precisely. Turned it off and let it rest in the pot until time to reheat for dinner. Superb!! The only change we made was to sprinkle each bowl with lime juice when serving.

We will look for this product again.


Dayton, OH
Purchased almost by error. When we made the soup everyone in the family slurped it down and asked for more. It is a very tasty soup and we will definitely be buying more.
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