Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup

You wanna know what my favorite kind of bar is? Hint: it ain’t the kind with the alca-ma-hol (although those can be delightful, too). Nope, no siree. My favorite kind of bar is a LOADED BAKED POTATO BAR! YYYaaaaassssss, honey. Gimme all of that starchy, hearty, build-it-to-your-own-level-of-perfection POTATO BAR. Oh lawdy. I’m getting hot flashes just thinking about it. This little Slow Cooker Magic is a taste of all the goodness that’s in that same potato bar but with a lot less clean up and a lot less work.

slow cooker loaded baked potato soup

I use regular ole Russet baking potatoes for my soup. I know some folks use red potatoes, some use yellow, but for me, there’s nothing like the original baked potato flavor hidden in these guys.

slow cooker loaded baked potato soup

You just give them a good scrub, a peel, (this is starting to sound like a spa day), and then you chop them into equal size pieces (about 1/2″-ish cubes).

slow cooker loaded baked potato soup

Throw ’em into the biggo Crock Pot. [By the way, do you say Crock Pot or slow cooker… it’s one of those things. You’re either a ‘Crock Pot’ kinda person or a ‘slow cooker’ kinda person. No judgement. Just a thought.]

slow cooker loaded baked potato soup

Throw in some butta, onion, and garlic.

slow cooker loaded baked potato soup

Add in some chicken stock (yes, you can use chicken broth but stock is better in my little ole opinion). Add in some salt and pepper for flavor. Give it all a stir, and cook it until the potatoes are tender. You can either cook it on high for 5 hours or low for 10. Whatever your little heart desires.

slow cooker loaded baked potato soup

Once the potatoes are fork tender, give everything a mash with the ole potato masher.

slow cooker loaded baked potato soup

slow cooker loaded baked potato soup

Add in some bacon bits. Yes, I use bacon bits. You’re welcome to roast or fry up some real bacon on your own, but this is Crock Pot Wednesday in our house. Ain’t nobody got time for dat.

slow cooker loaded baked potato soup

Besides, it says “REAL” bacon, right?

slow cooker loaded baked potato soup

Then you add in some half-and-half and cheese. Give ‘er a stir. Give ‘er a taste to check the seasonings. Throw in some green onion, and you’re done, honey bun! Time for the couch and Netflix. Or homework and bath time. Whatever phase of life you’re in, buddy.

slow cooker loaded baked potato soup

Hello, lover.

slow cooker loaded baked potato soup

Get in ma belly.

slow cooker loaded baked potato soup

Lookin’ for more Crock Pot (or slow cooker) recipes? Check out these little lovelies:

Crock Pot Pork | Chicken + Wild Rice Casserole | Caribbean Pork | Chicken Cacciatore

Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup


Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup

3 lb. Russet (baking) potatoes, peeled, cut into about 1/2” pieces
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 quart chicken stock
4 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
4 tbs. unsalted butter
1 tbs. Kosher salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 cup half-and-half
1 1/2 cups (6 oz. package) shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup real bacon bits
3 tbs. chopped green onion

Place first 7 ingredients (through pepper) in a slow cooker. Cook on high for 5 hours or low for 10. Once the potatoes are tender, mash everything with a potato masher. Stir in the half-and-half, cheese, bacon bits, and green onions. Continue to cook until the cheese has melted (just a few minutes). Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

Garnish with additional toppings and enjoy!

Toppings:
Shredded cheddar
Bacon bits
Green onion
Sour cream

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