Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup — Damn Delicious

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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!

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

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours 30 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours 45 minutes

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


  • 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


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

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

Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself. Please use your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

I haven’t tried freezing this recipe, but, in general, potato dishes don’t freeze well.

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.

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.

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.

Two sprigs of thyme will yield perhaps a tablespoon of leaves when stripped from the stem, depending on the size of the sprigs.

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!

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!

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

Yes, here’s my stovetop recipe! 🙂

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

Delicious! Can’t wait to try!

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

Yes, potatoes certainly need salt! I recommend starting at 1/2-1 tsp salt, and adding more to taste. Hope that helps!

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

What a great idea – yes!

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?

Yes, absolutely. What a great idea!

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

Comfort soup! So delicious!

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.

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

Two medium-sized potatoes, big enough to comfortably fit in your hands, equal one pound. You can read more about it here:

Err on the side of extra potatoes and you’ll be fine. I have made this soup many times as it’s easy and SO delicious. I usually add 3 lbs of potatoes (I have a kitchen scale) to make it go farther and just increase the salt accordingly. Another damn delicious recipe that’s a hit in my house!

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.

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!!

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