This loaded baked potato soup Crockpot style is super easy to make and so delicious! You only need a few ingredients and it only costs about $10 to feed up to 6 people. Stovetop and pressure cooker potato soup instructions included too so you can cook it any way you want.
Ok, so I’m a little addicted to this Crockpot loaded baked potato soup recipe. With 3 busy kids, a household to take care of, a husband, and working full time, there isn’t a lot of time to cook. Just one of our favorite crockpot recipes. (originally published 8/15, updated photos)
We make this comfort food year round, even in the summertime. Serve it with some dinner rolls and you’re set. Make it as creamy or chunky as you want to and it’s a hearty meal that kids and adults love. Dress it up with potato toppings of your choice for even more fun.
Want to cut down on your prep time? Follow our Crockpot potato soup with frozen hashbrowns instead. Either way you can’t go wrong.
Crockpot potato soup
Let’s talk a little bit about slow cooking shall we?? First off I have a few different varieties and I love them all. Each one has an occasion to be used like….
- This is my favorite 6 quart programmable one with a locking lid so it’s great for bringing to a potluck too.
- If you just want to serve a few appetizers you should get this one that sit side by side one another.
- I prefer not to use liners, but rather just spray olive oil inside before adding my food for easier cleanups.
Let me give you a peek of my pretty thang I bought recently. It goes with my kitchen so I can just leave it out on the countertop all the time. 😉
If you’re in a real hurry you can make this Instant Pot potato cheese soup recipe too! Here are a few questions you might have before you get going and make this for dinner tonight.
Can you cook raw potatoes in a slow cooker?
Absolutely. Not only do we love this slow cooker potato soup, but Crockpot baked potatoes and try slow cooker cheesy potatoes too. The low and slow approach is great to getting this starch nice and tender.
I use sour cream and cheese. This will make it thicker, but not too much. If you want it more you can use a tbsp. cornstarch whisked together with cold water and mix that in. Heat a bit more after.
I personally like to use red potatoes but honestly I use whatever I have in the house. Russet turns out great too.
Should you peel potatoes for potato soup?
I do not. I like the added texture and nutritional benefit from leaving them on. If you choose to remove them then just know it won’t be as chunky as if you left them on. For a very creamy version yes you would want to peel them and maybe even use an immersion blender at the end to get it really smooth.
There are only a few ingredients and everyone just loves it. It is quite inexpensive to make as well which I love. The perfect slow cooker soup recipe to make when you have leftover ham after Easter or Christmas time.
Easy Potato Cheese Soup
If it isn’t after the holidays with leftovers I will just grab a ham steak in the meat department. They’re precooked, cheap, and you can even buy it already diced many times.
Here is what you will need to make this easy potato crockpot soup recipe.
Crockpot potato cheese soup
You will use your favorite Crock pot for this. It will fit in a 6 quart or larger. Double this easily if you want to but you’d need a 12 quart pot for that and it would take a little while longer.
- Potatoes – I like using red or russet potatoes
- Keep all the pieces the same size so they cook evenly. If you like a chunkier soup make the pieces a bit bigger (but still diced or they won’t cook thru).
- Smaller will make it thinner, depends on your desired consistency
Shredded cheddar cheese – we like sharp and a lot of it. Stir it in at the end so it melts and then put a bit at the top when served too. 😉
- Cream of mushroom soup
- use canned, make your own homemade cream of mushroom, you can opt for cream of potato if you prefer
- Sour Cream
- could use heavy cream
Extras you can sprinkle on top when you serve it.
- Cooked bacon bits
- Diced green onions
Slow cooker potato soup
- Even make it in the middle of summer because it’s just that good. The first thing you want to do is dice the potatoes.
- You’d follow the same idea for our Crockpot ham and potato soup too.
They don’t need to be perfect but just cut the potato in half and then criss cross cut so they are diced.
Put the diced potatoes in your crockpot on low and add 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup. Any brand will do, I usually just use whichever is on sale. 😉 Add a dash of salt now if you wish.
Loaded Baked Potato Soup Crockpot
If you want to make this comfort food using hash brown potatoes on your stovetop just follow the directions below.
- Instead of putting everything in your crockpot you’ll need to put the soup, potatoes and ham/bacon in a large pot on low.
- Cover and cook until the diced potatoes are very tender.
- Remember to stir
Then add your milk, sour cream and cheese and continue to stir on low until the cheese melts and the soup is warm again with the cold milk added to it. Bagged frozen potatoes can be used to make this slow cooker potato soup recipe as well. Just cuts down on the overall cook time is all.
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Here is a quick rundown of how to make this. There is a printable recipe card at the very bottom you can keep handy, or just come back every time. 😉 We love seeing you of course and like to hear your additions as well so we can try them the next go around. You can tweak this quite a bit to meet your needs.
I have even made a dairy free version of this using almond milk and dairy free sour cream.
Easy Crockpot potato soup
Time needed: 7 hours.
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Dice potatoes and add them to the crockpot with your cans of cream of mushroom soup, (could use cream of chicken soup), bacon bits and/or diced precooked ham. Stir well so all is combined.
Let this cook on low all day (at least 6-8 hrs on low, high for 4 hrs but you at least need a good 4 hrs. on high.) Longer and slower is better if you ask me.
30 minutes before serving add your milk, cheese, and sour cream. Stir and put top back on for about 30 minutes so cheese can melt. Serve with shredded cheese and chives on top.
Substitutions you could make: If you like it smoother you can use a potato masher to mash potatoes right in the pot. Chicken broth could be used instead of milk if you need a dairy free soup option.
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
- 1 1/2 c ham cubed
- 5 red potatoes diced, skinned or partly skinned
- 1 1/2 c cheddar cheese shredded
- 2 cans cream of mushroom soup could use cream of potato too
- 2 tbsp bacon bits
- 1 c sour cream
- 1 1/2 c milk more or less depending how thick you like it
- 1 tbsp chives topping
- Dice potatoes and add them to the crockpot with your cans of cream of mushroom soup, bacon bits and ham. Stir well so all is combined.
- Let this cook on low all day (at least 6-8 hrs on low, high for 4 hrs but you at least need a good 4 hrs. on high., longer and slower is better).
- 30 min. before serving add your milk, cheese, and sour cream. Stir and put top back on for about 30 minutes so cheese can melt. Done!
We used Hormel Cure 81 Ham Steak for this. We like the taste of this brand. It’s lean and 1 piece is the perfect amount for this recipe.
Now add a shake of Hormel real bacon pieces too. Stir the mixture and set it on low with the top on all day!! I use a larger slow cooker for this recipe even though it doesn’t completely fill it because it cooks more evenly.
About 30 minutes before you’re ready to eat add the sour cream, milk, and cheese. Stir, recover, and serve 30 or so minutes later with toppings like more toppings!
Seriously the best soup ever….and it cooks by itself! All 5 of us clean our bowls when this meal is served for dinner.
It is a great meal that warms the belly and can get you talking at the dinner table about other easy meals you might want to try too!
Monday 2nd of January 2023
Is milk the only liquid that is added to this soup? I've seen other potato soup recipes that calls for 32 oz of chicken broth AND milk or heavy cream. Just wondering if this recipe has enough liquid. I'm excited to try it, but wanted to know your thoughts.
Monday 14th of November 2022
My sister in law did this recipe for our fall camping trip in October for one of our dinners and it was amazing everyone eat 2 or 3 bowls of it. I am making this for dinner and excited to have it again.
The Typical Mom
Thursday 17th of November 2022
Tuesday 21st of December 2021
Does this freeze well?
Saturday 27th of November 2021
Really good! I added corn to mine. I also added chicken stock, as it thickened up too much while in crock pot.
Saturday 10th of March 2018
It really is delicious. I omit the ham and use reduced fat soup, cheese and sour cream. Very filling, super easy and something my kids enjoyed paired with crusty bread or a salad. Different dinner idea, thank you!
The Typical Mom
Monday 12th of March 2018