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Slow Cooker Potato Soup with Bacon

This homemade slow cooker potato soup is another recipe requested by one of my readers. I hadn’t made this soup in decades, and I think I’d only made it once or twice before this request.

Now it’s on my list of favorite soups. And while I’m at it, I like to make other things that go with potato soup.

Easy Homemade Soup

2 mugs of potato soup--one with back and cheese on top

Since I hadn’t made it in so long, I couldn’t remember what I put in it. So I had to wing it by adding ingredients that I thought sounded good together.

Although I had a hunch it would be good (after all, how can it not be with bacon and cheese?) I wasn’t sure.

And to my delight, it came out absolutely delicious! You’ll see that I took a shortcut or two … or three.

But that’s how I roll in the kitchen. I believe that cooking should be fun, not tedious.

However, if you like techniques that take longer, please do it your way. Although this is my recipe now, once you make it, it’s yours.

Homemade Slow Cooker Potato Soup on a Cold Day

There is absolutely nothing better than a hot bowl of potato soup on a cold day. As the temperature drops, so does our desire to eat soup or chili.

One of our favorites is this delicious bean soup that is delicious with a side of my friend Julie’s corn bread from her blog Back to My Southern Roots.

Another soup we enjoy is this chicken and rice soup. If you’re a chili lover like we are, you’ll love this Instant Pot turkey chili with beans.


First, start with 2 bags of frozen diced hash browns. That’s one of my favorite shortcuts because it takes me a while to cut potatoes.

You can use the diced hash browns with peppers and onions. Or you can get the plain kind. Do what you prefer.

Next, you’ll need chicken broth, cream cheese, and cream of mushroom soup. Then add some chopped celery, carrots, and bacon.

Frozen potatoes, cream cheese, chicken broth, cream of mushroom soup, carrots, celery, and bacon

I also added frozen chopped onions and shredded cheese, but they’re not in the picture. My husband and I like the extra flavor.

How to Make Homemade Slow Cooker Potato Soup with Bacon

After you spray the slow cooker pot with nonstick cooking spray, dump everything into it. It’s that easy.

Put the lid on the pot and cook on high for an hour. Stir the ingredients well and cook another 3 hours on low.

Ingredients for potato soup in a slow cooker
Ingredients in the slow cooker
Ingredients covered in cheese and bacon
Bacon and cheese added to potato soup ingredients
Lid on the pot.
Put lid on the slow cooker and cook

After it’s done, garnish with whatever you like. You can use chopped scallions or chopped tomatoes.

Or you can sprinkle it with more cheese, crumbled bacon, and parsley.

Another option is to let each person in the family doctor up their potato soup the way they want it. That way, you can count on them enjoying their meal.

Bowl of homemade potato soup topped with cheese and bacon

More Recipes and Dessert

There are so many things you can eat with your potato soup. If you like soup and sandwiches, try this super easy-to-make chicken salad.

It’s delicious between two slices of bread. Or if you’re cutting back on bread, put a scoop of it on a bed of lettuce.

Or you might prefer something lighter, like a side salad. This tomato cucumber corn salad is wonderful.

If you enjoy something sweet after dinner, try this delicious pineapple upside down cake. It’s easy to make in a rice cooker, and it comes out perfect every time.

Another dessert you might like is this caramel apple pizza.

If you enjoy having bread with your soup, I have some wonderful recipes. One is this yummy and super easy-to-make cloud bread.

Another bread we enjoy is this delicious southern style cornbread. Or you can try these cheesy dill biscuits from Miz Helen’s Country Cottage.

I like to serve potato soup in extra large mugs that you can get from Amazon or the Dollar Tree. Unfortunately, the Dollar Tree sells out of their oversized mugs quickly.

But fortunately for me, the manager of the store where I shop in North Carolina made sure I got these. Thanks, D’Juan!

If you enjoy discovering new recipes, check out Meal Plan Monday at Julia’s Simply Southern, Super Fabulous Friday at A Big Green House, and Weekend Potluck at South Your Mouth.

Mug of potato soup with bacon and cheese

Homemade Potato Soup with Bacon

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

This hearty homemade potato soup with bacon will warm you from the inside out.


  • 2 bags of frozen diced hash browns (not shredded)
  • 1 carton (4 cups) of chicken broth
  • 1 block of cream cheese (8 oz.)
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 2/3 cup of chopped carrots
  • 2/3 cup of chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup of chopped onions
  • 8 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 2/3 cup of shredded cheese (cheddar or Colby jack)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


    1. Spray the inside of your slow cooker pot. Pour all of the ingredients into the pot.
    2. Turn the slow cooker on high for 1 hour. Remove lid, stir, and replace the lid.
    3. Turn the slow cooker down to low and cook for an additional 3 hours.
    4. Serve hot!


Garnish with more shredded cheese and crumbled, cooked bacon

Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 168Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 25mgSodium 740mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 8g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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