This Crockpot loaded baked potato soup is super easy recipe 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.
If you’re in a real hurry you can make this Instant Pot potato cheese soup recipe too!
Crockpot potato soup
If you too love slow cooker recipes of all kinds, you’re going to go crazy over this one. First let’s go over a few resources:
Here are a few questions you might have before you get going and make this for dinner tonight.
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.
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
- Crock pot
- 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.
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.
If you need an easier method using bagged frozen potatoes use this slow cooker potato soup with frozen hash browns recipe.
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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. 😉
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
- 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!