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Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup

Everyone’s favorite comfort food soup in crockpot form! Hands-off and incredibly easy with 15 min prep work! That’s it!

Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup - Everyone's favorite comfort food soup in crockpot form! Hands-off and incredibly easy with 15 min prep work! That's it!

Can I just be the first one to admit how relieved I am it is sweater weather right now?

Because I just had my fair share of this loaded baked potato soup.

Which also means I had my fair share of garnishes.

AKA. Extra bacon. Cheese. And green onions.

Wait. Green onions aren’t that bad for you.

So I think we’re just fine.

We’re also fine because we are making this in the slow cooker.

All you have to do is dump in your ingredients – then you can let it do its thing for 7-8 hours.

There’s no babysitting here.

Your only job is to have your garnishes ready for serving.

Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup

Everyone’s favorite comfort food soup in crockpot form! Hands-off and incredibly easy with 15 min prep work! That’s it!

15 minutes8 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  2. Place potatoes into a 4-qt slow cooker. Stir in chicken stock, onion, garlic, thyme, butter and bacon until well combined.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours, or until potatoes are tender.
  4. Using a potato masher, mash potatoes until desired consistency is reached. Stir in cheese, sour cream and heavy cream until smooth; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Cover and cook on low heat until warmed through, stirring occasionally, about 15-20 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, add more chicken stock as needed until desired consistency is reached.
  6. Serve immediately.

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95 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is SOOOOOO GOOD! Y’all, even my super picky 4-year-old ate this. I used turkey bacon instead of regular bacon since we don’t eat red meat, and added celery and carrots to make it healthier. Will def be making this again! 

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is sad. I made this wonderful soup in my crockpot, scooped enough out for dinner (this soup really is divine and left it to cool ). Later I attempted to put the crockpot in the fridge . Disaster. The top slipped off and the whole pot of soup sloshed onto the kitchen floor. Never mind the mess, and it was epic but I weep a bit still for that pot of delicious soup.
    But I’m going in again!
    Think good thoughts for me!

  3. I made just a bit quite a bit bigger batch, but I would suggest leaving I in a little bit longer than suggested for both low and high, potatoes aren’t quite as the consistency they should be for the soup

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolutely to die for!!!!!!

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    Potato soup is the best soup, in my opinion, so I was in search of a really good crockpot recipe and I found it here! The only issue for me though is that the recipe as is only gives me 3 servings. I am going to double the recipe next time.

  6. Want to make this overnight so I can take some for dinner to work and my family can have for dinner tomorrow night. It says serve immediately?  Any major reason why!?!?

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yummy! I just cooked this for tonight’s dinner and it was amazing! I added about 1 cu each fresh chopped celery and carrots, along with some steamed broccoli (I had it on hand and it would have gone bad). I had to sub half and half for the sour cream and heavy cream because that was what I had. Accidentally left out the butter. But it was still delicious! I think this is a forgiving recipe. So good! Thank you!

  8. Hi – wondering how this can be adapted to make in the Instant Pot?

  9. I put two extra bacon strips. It’s a wonderful receipe. Its so yummy.

  10. I am wondering about using frozen diced hash brown potatoes instead of fresh potatoes. 

  11. Can I use milk instead of heavy cream? Is there a difference between when cooking?
    This Looks so good!

  12. Can I use vegetable broth in this? Im on a low sodium diet and this soup sounds righteous!!! I really want to make it!

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      Hi Jennifer. This is my first time making this recipe. I just made it with vegetable broth and it taste AMAZING! I hope it suits your taste buds.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    In the slow cooker now!! Rainy and in the house (Corona!!) wish me luck!!

  14. I accidentally threw everything in at once instead of holding the cheese, sour cream and cream. Fingers crossed it still works!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    amazing, such easy delicious soup

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Super excited to try this recipe this week. We always substitute plain greek yogurt in place of sour cream. Hoping it’ll be okay to do the same thing here.

    • How did using the Greek yogurt turn out? Making this soup today and I was planning on substituting Greek yogurt for the sour cream too. 

      • Rated 5 out of 5

        The Greek yogurt turned out fabulous in the soup! I doubled the recipe and I used an immersion blender. My whole family loved it! 

  17. This was delicious! Best potato soup I’ve had! 

  18. This recipe looks amazing — I am planning to make it for a function for a bunch of teenagers.  I need to FILL my crockpot, and I’m having trouble telling how much volume this recipe makes.  Should I double it to fill my crockpot or does one batch fill it?

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    LOVE how easy and delicious this is! Last potato soup recipe I tried involved cooking something with flour prior to putting it in the crock pot, but this one is just throwing everything in and it’s so simple! I made a few changes, I used bacon bits instead of actual bacon strips, parsley instead of thyme & I didn’t have heavy cream OR milk ‍♀️ so I added extra chicken broth and water to thin it out, delicious!!!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Husband says this one is a keeper! Super easy to make and impressive to serve.  Very yummy! I made it exactly as the recipe says.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Was a huge hit the first time it was made. The whole family and friends ate it. Making it again in double the batch.

  22. Absolutely delicious, a favorite with the family. Just adjusted the seasoning.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excited about making this on Halloween- just in time for a huge temperature drop in my area! Question: Can it be cooked on low for longer than 8 hours? I leave for work at 6:30 am and won’t be home until around 3:30 pm. I figure if anything the potatoes and onions will just be extra soft. Thoughts?

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Very good recipe! My husband and I enjoyed it but my toddler did not. I cooked it as stated in the recipe but I used I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter (Original) instead of unsalted and I did end up adding more salt and pepper and more chicken stock to thin it out. Very tasty in my opinion.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made it without bacon and it turned out fantastic.

  26. This soup is cooking right now, it should be ready by 12pm tomorrow. It already smells good!

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Smells and tastes amazing!!!!!
    Thank you for another wonderful recipe..

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious! I made a couple slight modifications – my husband is a weirdo that won’t eat onions, so I left that out and subbed in 1 1/2 tsp onion powder. Also, I used Yukon gold potatoes because that’s what I had. Finally, I drizzled in about a half tbsp bacon grease when I added the potatoes to the crockpot because I’m southern and I just have to! This was so creamy and satisfying and had a fantastic flavor. Husband approved! I’m totally making it for myself with onions next time he has to travel for work.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    I didn’t have any cream so I used coconut milk and some turkey bacon. no salt required. Will do it again with some veggies.

  30. Can bacon be omitted?

  31. Do you think you could use an immersion blender?

  32. This soup was so good and so easy. Will be my go to potato soup from now on.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have been trying to make potato soup that my daughter like for years now. She finally said I nailed it! Thank you!!

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Make it at least once a month for my family of 8. We all love it!! It is damn delicious

  35. Love this soup….I did add a little too much thyme. I also used half and half and some condensed milk…

  36. Here’s a question, on your stove top recipe you indicate green onions, but for this it is just onions and my husband and I weren’t sure which one is correct. We used regular sweet onions which wasn’t bad at all, but haven’t tried green onions. Which one are you using here? 🙂 Big time fan! I have served your dishes to many of friends and it’s a big hit everytime- I give you credit every time and last year I got your cookbook for Christmas from one of those friends!

    • You’re so sweet, Megan!

      So this recipe calls for 1/2 onion, chopped, but the stovetop version calls for 2 green onions, thinly sliced. However, both recipes (the stovetop and this slow cooker version) is garnished with green onions.

  37. Great recipe….a tip I learned years ago…if the soup, any soup even chile, isn’t thick enough for you…sprinkle in instant potatoes a tiny bit at a time. No one will ever know!

  38. I mistakenly put in my cream too early. Will it alter the soup in any type of way?

  39. I do not have 7-8 hours but this recipe is making my mouth water….I must have it!  Would it work to cook on high for half the time in a crock-pot?

  40. Made this tonight, it was delicious! The only modifications I made were that I added an additional cup of broth and added some additional herbs and chives, along with the thyme. This will be my go to recipe for potato soup from now on, thank you!!

  41. Can I sub half & half for the heavy cream?

  42. Made this soup tonight. D-Delicious!  Savory and comforging on a chill night. I have saved several of your recipes and they are all yummy!  Thank you!!

  43. Wondering about using the Instant Pot for this recipe?

    • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

    • Diane, I made this today in the IP and it was a hit. Brown (on sautee) and drain the bacon first, then add everything except for the heavy cream and sour cream (and cheese and garnishes), and set to manual high pressure for 10 mins and then quick release. Then mash and add remaining ingredients per the original recipe. Came out fantastic.

  44. Hi how much is 2 pounds of potatoes? I know they are different sizes!!! thanks in advance.

  45. It’s finally getting cold enough in Southern California to make soup, Yay! I’ve got it in the slow-cooker now 🙂 Only thing I did different was to sauté the onions and garlic in some of the bacon drippings before putting them in the pot. Only problem I have with this recipe is hiding the cooked bacon from the kids so we have some garnish by dinnertime 🙂  Thank you for the easy peasy dinner. 

  46. Comfort soup! So delicious!

  47. Buffalo Bills!

  48. What a great looking comfort food! I will definitely be enjoying this during the holidays!

  49. Was looking for a good cream of potato soup for Christmas then your recipe popped up.  Looks delicious, wondering if chopped ham would be ok to add instead of bacon?

  50. Do you think you could use an immersion blender instead of mashing?

  51. How much salt would you recommend if salt is not an issue in ones diet? I know potatoes NEED salt to enhance their flavor.

  52. Delicious! Can’t wait to try!

  53. This soup looks amazing! Definitely adding it to the menu plan for the week!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  54. Hi! Would you know if way to cook this on a stovetop instead of a slow cooker?

  55. I started making this just a few minutes after I saw the post! It is the best when my kitchen ingredients on hand perfectly align with a delicious looking recipe – especially on a day when I don’t have a dinner plan. This is making my house smell delicious and will be ready soon. Thank you!

  56. Thanks for your many shares of recipes. This one sounded wonderful for a cold night but was so bland/ blah and we’re not into highly spiced foods…….We added almost a cup of extra cheese and a lot of Oscar Mayer Bacon Bits besides what was called for in the recipe. Also added Cayenne Pepper, Montreal Steak Spice, Parsley but nothing saved this one. Didn’t even try to eat it and it went in the trash. 

    • Sue, I’m sorry that this recipe did not turn out the way you had imagined. I only post recipes that have been successfully tested and retested. But with a little bit more information, we can troubleshoot what went wrong to have a successful turnaround next time. Did you follow the recipe exactly as written without any substitutions?

      Also, please note that with this volume of potatoes, it is very important to season generously. It’ll make all the difference in the world!

      • Hi Chungah, I appreciate your diplomatic comment to this post.  I am trying this recipe today because it sounds delicious, and every recipe that I have ever made of yours has been delicious.  Thanks for sharing delicious and wholesome recipes! 

  57. Recipe sounds good, want to try but need a little help first.
    To what dry measurements does two sprigs of thyme convert too?
    I enjoy your recipes, thank you for sharing.

  58. Tried someone else’s recipe for a loaded baked potato soup and it DID NOT turn out how I expected lol. There was too much back and forth to the stove and none of the potatoes were tender. Total disaster and waste of time. But this seems a lot more simple since it’s in a Crock-Pot. This is definitely going on my list to try within the next couple of weeks. I can’t wait to make this.

  59. Hi, Chungah,
    What do you suggest to make this recipe diabetic friendly?

    • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications. Sorry, Pamela!

    • You could substitute cauliflower for the potatoes.  Everything else is low carb and thus diabetic friendly. 

  60. Have you tried freezing leftovers? Does it change texture/split upon reheating, if you have? 🙂

  61. mmm I’ve been dying to try new soups this winter, might have to give this a try!