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Beef Dumpling Soup Recipe

This Beef Dumpling Soup recipe is a comforting and hearty dish, perfect for those who love rich and savory flavors. It combines the richness of bone broth with the tenderness of several cuts of beef along with the homemade touch of dumplings. The process of making the bone broth from scratch, using a mix of oxtail, short ribs, and beef chuck, adds depth to the soup. The dumplings, made from a simple mix of flour, eggs, and milk, offer a hearty and delicious accompaniment to the fork-tender beef. This recipe is ideal for anyone seeking a filling and warming meal, especially during colder months.

Beef Dumpling Soup

Homemade Beef Dumpling Soup

When I say this soup is special, I mean it. We made this for Christmas Eve, and it has about $60 of beef in it. I wanted it big and rich and meaty and I wanted there to be lots of leftovers for the whole family, for days. The oxtail, short ribs, and beef chuck combines to create a bone broth that is not only rich in flavor but also packed with nutrients. This flavors are significantly enhanced by the low-and-slow simmering process, which melds everything together beautifully.

The cooking method itself is another reason to make this soup. Slow simmering is crucial for developing robust flavors and ensuring that the meat becomes so tender that it falls right off the bone.

Beef Dumpling Soup is also really versatile. It allows for variations according to your personal preferences or what you happen to have in your fridge and pantry. You can easily adjust the types of vegetables used or even the type of beef. This flexibility makes it a practical recipe easily tailored to different tastes and dietary needs.

How amazing this soup ends up depends a lot on using quality ingredients. Using high-quality beef and fresh vegetables is key, and will bring out the best in the soup. Why go to all that trouble if it isn’t going to be amazing, right?

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Why you’ll love this dish…

  • Unmatched Homemade Taste: The homemade bone broth and dumplings create a flavor that can’t be replicated with store-bought versions.
  • All-In-One Meal: It’s a complete meal in one pot, combining protein, vegetables, and carbs.
  • Homemade Dumplings: The dumplings add a unique and satisfying texture to the soup.

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Beef Dumpling Soup

Homemade Beef Dumpling Soup shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Avocado oil
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Pepper
  • Oxtail
  • Short ribs
  • Beef chuck roast
  • Beef broth
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Bay leaves
  • Carrots (for soup)
  • Flour (for dumplings)
  • Eggs (for dumplings)
  • Milk (for dumplings)

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Beef Dumpling Soup

How to make Beef Dumpling Soup

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.



Brown the Meat: Season and brown the meat, then simmer with beef broth, vegetables, and bay leaves.



Cook until meat is fork tender. It’ll likely take 2-3 hours.



Remove all the solids from the broth and separate out the tender meat. Return the meat to the broth.

Add carrots and celery to the broth and simmer until tender.



Prepare Dumpling Batter: Mix eggs, milk, salt, and flour to the right consistency.

Cook Dumplings: Drop dumplings into simmering broth and boil until cooked.



Serve hot with crusty bread.

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Beef Dumpling Soup

Beef Dumpling Soup FAQ

Can this recipe be made in advance?

This whole dish works GREAT as leftovers. We ate it for days, and it actually got a little better on day 2-3! Make extra, share, and enjoy in your lunch for the week.

What’s the best way to store and reheat the leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat on the stove over medium heat until hot, or use the microwave if you’d prefer. The dumplings hold up very well to reheating. They’ll be just as good!

Can I use different vegetables?

Absolutely! Feel free to add or substitute vegetables based on your preference or what you have on hand.

Is there a substitute for beef in this recipe?

While beef is central to this recipe, you could experiment with lamb or pork for a different flavor profile.

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Beef Dumpling Soup
Beef Dumpling Soup

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Beef Dumpling Soup
Yield: 14 servings

Beef Dumpling Soup

Beef Dumpling Soup

Comforting, homemade bone broth is the base for this hearty, delicious soup with oxtail, short ribs, and chuck roast along with fresh vegetables, and fresh made-from-scratch dumplings!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes


Bone Broth

  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil (or another neutral oil)
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 2 pounds oxtail
  • 2 pounds short ribs
  • 4 pounds beef chuck roast, cut into 1-2" chunks
  • 4 quarts beef broth
  • 1 whole onion, peeled
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 3 bay leaves


  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 2 cups sliced celery
  • 1 cup diced onion


  • 3 cups flour
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Bone Broth

  1. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium to medium-high heat.
  2. Combine the salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Evenly sprinkle over all of the meat.
  3. Brown the meat in batches in the Dutch oven. Remove from the pot to a plate once it is browned.
  4. Return the seared meat back to the pot and add in the beef broth, onion, 3 stalks celery, and bay leaves.
  5. Let the soup simmer for 2-3 hours until the meat is tender and comes off the bone easily. Remove everything from the broth, separate the meat from the bone, and return just the meat to the broth.
  6. Add the soup vegetables to the pot. Let simmer over medium to medium-low heat until tender.


  1. In a large bowl mix your eggs, milk, and salt together.
  2. Mix the first two cups in your flour one cup at a time.
  3. Slowly add in small amounts of the last cup of flour until the consistency of the batter allows it to plop off of a spoon instead of pouring or running off. 
  4. Mix until there are no big lumps, and then stop. Don't over-mix!
  5. Bring the stock of the soup up to a simmer and start dropping the dumplings into it with a spoon. 
  6. After all the dumplings are in the stock, cover the pot and turn the heat up to medium-high.
  7. Bring to a boil for five minutes, and the dumplings will be cooked.
  8. Enjoy hot!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 892Total Fat: 52gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 392mgSodium: 2278mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 78g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Sunday 21st of January 2024

I made this last night and I totally loved it. The flavors were amazing and the soup was so comforting! Good thing I made extra dumplings so I'm definitely making this again this week!


Sunday 21st of January 2024

I love making recipes like this on lazy Sunday afternoons. It's cold outside and this was the perfect comforting recipe to warm us up. The broth is so rich and flavorful and my entire house smells amazing!!


Sunday 21st of January 2024

I love dumplings! I'm glad I stumbled upon this recipe. Usually, I use chicken, so this was a delightful experiment. The soup turned out delicious and satisfied my cravings.


Friday 19th of January 2024

I made this for our dinner and my husband loves it. The broth is so comforting and tasty. The ingredients used in this recipe really compliment each other and I did have leftovers so I froze it and reheated it the next day and still delicious.

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