Loaded Baked Potato Soup

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Ok, so I’m a little addicted to my crockpot….can you blame me??!! 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. There are a few favorite crockpot recipes we all love but this loaded baked potato soup is one of the top 3. (originally published 8/15)

loaded baked potato soup

We make this meal quite often, especially when it’s cool outside, because there are only a few ingredients and everyone just loves it. It is quite inexpensive to make as well which I love, and the perfect slow cooker soup recipe to make when you have leftover ham after Easter or Christmas time. That makes it really yummy. Often I buy a ham steak like you see below just to make it because well….it’s on the menu a lot! Here is what you will need to make this easy crockpot soup recipe.

Loaded baked potato soup

Loaded Baked Potato Soup
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  • Hormel Cure 81 ham (1 ham steak is the perfect amount)
  • 4 -5 medium red potatoes (you can use baking potatoes but we prefer red)
  • 1.5 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • Hormel real bacon pieces (about 2 tbsp. but who's measuring really)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1.5 cup milk (more if you like your soup thin)


  1. Slice potatoes and add them to the crockpot with your cans of cream of mushroom soup, bacon bits and ham. 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. Done!

It is a really easy recipe which I love and even better that all 5 of us love it, we even make it in the middle of summer because it’s just that good.

crockpot potato soupThe first thing you want to do is dice the potatoes. They don’t need to be perfect but just cut the potato in half and then criss cross cut so they are diced. Try to 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), and if you like it smooth then make them quite fine.

loaded baked potato soup

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.

leftover ham soup recipe

The next step to this loaded baked potato soup recipe in the crockpot is to take out your Hormel Cure 81 Ham Steak. We like the taste of this brand, it’s lean, and this is the perfect size for this recipe. They have whole and half hams as well if you would prefer to have some leftovers (we’ve done that before). Here’s a quick peek showing you just how easy it is to make!

Now add a shake of Hormel real bacon pieces that are 100% real bacon (no I really don’t measure….it’s bacon after all), 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 and doesn’t have the tendency of burning than if you used a smaller version.

baked potato soup with hamAbout 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 sour cream, Hormel Real Bacon pieces, chives, more cheese, and anything else you can think of to complete your loaded baked potato cheese soup recipe.

baked potato soup
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! Spark a conversation with your kids (we eat together at least 4 nights a week no matter what), write down meals they want to try, and add a new easy recipe to your monthly recipe routine. I would encourage you to do it…..I’m so grateful we did years ago.  For some ideas you could suggest, visit Easy Recipe Ideas and Visit Hormel Foods for some great easy suggestions! Anything that all 5 of us love, is quick, and down home goodness gets thumbs up from us!!

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