Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup


Soup doesn’t get much easier than making it in the slow cooker, does it? And here we have one of the ultimate comfort food soups made in the slow cooker. I’ve already posted four slow cooker soup recipes this season and they’re quickly becoming my favorite way to make soup so I figured I may as well post another.

Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup | Cooking Classy

Potato soup is definitely one of my favorite soups. I make it probably two or three times a month especially during the winter. I don’t always add bacon because I don’t always keep it on hand (it’s dangerous stuff for me, I have a hard time resisting) but if we are going to label this as “loaded” potato soup, then it better have bacon. I think next time I might even try adding in some homemade ranch dressing in place of the sour cream.

Simply put, this soup is amazing and dinner really doesn’t get much easier. It tastes just like a loaded baked potato but in creamy and hearty soup form. Enjoy!


Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup | Cooking Classy

Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup | Cooking Classy


Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup

5 from 6 votes

Yield: About 6 servings


  • 3 to 3 1/2 lbs russet potatoes , peeled and diced into 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch pieces (about 7 medium potatoes, 8 - 9 cups)
  • 1 medium yellow onion , finely diced (1 cup)
  • 3 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (6 oz)
  • 9 oz bacon , cooked and diced or crumbled
  • 4 green onions , diced


  1. To a 6 or 7-quart slow cooker, add potatoes, onion, chicken broth, evaporated milk and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover with lid and cook on HIGH heat for 4 hours or LOW heat for 8 hours (poke potatoes with a fork to check make sure they're soft).
  2. Ladle out 2 cups liquid from soup mixture in crock pot into a liquid measuring cup, set aside. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. While whisking, slowly pour 2 cups liquid in measuring cup into butter mixture (it will thicken quickly). Pour butter mixture into slow cooker and stir to blend. If desired, mash potatoes with a potato masher to break down into smaller pieces or use an emulsion blender to puree. Cover and cook on HIGH heat until thickened, about 10 minutes. Turn heat off (or to warm), stir in sour cream. Serve warm topped with cheddar, bacon and green onions (you can just mix in those three remaining ingredients into slow cooker or top individual servings).
  3. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy


  • julianne: could this be adapted to suit a 5-qt crockpot? December 30, 2013 at 12:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think it should actually fit in fine, it will probably just be filled to the top. I used a 6 quart and you can see I still had room to spare. December 30, 2013 at 1:13pm Reply

  • Sandra G: All I’m missing is the bacon for this recipe. Can’t wait to try it tonight. Thank you for sharing and HAPPPY NEW YEAR!!! December 30, 2013 at 11:00am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it Sandra! Happy New Year to you! January 2, 2014 at 10:46pm Reply

  • Abbie @ Needs Salt: Ahhh, this soup looks totally amazing! Pinning. December 30, 2013 at 9:03am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for sharing Abbie! December 30, 2013 at 1:14pm Reply

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction: I’ve been making more soups in my slow cooker, too! This one has to get added to the list! December 30, 2013 at 7:55am Reply

  • Liz @ Virtually Homemade: Holy moly! That looks yummy! December 29, 2013 at 3:20pm Reply

  • Linda: The soup looks delicious. How many people does it serve? December 29, 2013 at 2:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: About 6, sorry I’ve added that above. December 29, 2013 at 5:20pm Reply

      • Juan: Why do you need to cook the potatoes for 4hrs…don’t make sense……I know is called slow cooker potatoes soup..,.but don’t get the point of it
        Please reply to my comments: October 12, 2015 at 9:01pm Reply

        • mt: Slow cookers have a BIG convenience factor. Set it and forget it, or go to work, ect. It’s not only about the most efficient cooking time. ☺ December 27, 2015 at 4:41pm Reply

      • Stephanie: Do you have an adjustment recipe that serves 18-20 ppl? May 3, 2016 at 4:46pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: Sorry I don’t but I would recommend making 4 batches of this recipe for that many people. May 4, 2016 at 1:51pm Reply

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction: This would be the perfect first recipe in my new slow cooker! Hope you had a wonderful holiday, Jaclyn – happy new year! December 29, 2013 at 11:52am Reply

  • Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent: Looks delicious! Love potato soup and slow cooker recipes :) Perfect for me. December 28, 2013 at 5:19pm Reply

    • TOP | 99999 Wonderful Quotes: My good! These look so delicious! A dear friend of mine is planning a cookie themed party for her one year old’s first birthday. What a hit this would be!
      Thanks again! October 14, 2014 at 1:42pm Reply

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