Loaded Baked Potato Soup (Crockpot & DF Option)

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Loaded Baked Potato Soup

This Loaded Baked Potato Soup is comfort food at its best. It’s creamy and yummy with all the flavors of a real baked potato. This can be made on the stovetop and crockpot. Soup is something I could live on, especially in the winter months. If you love this recipe, be sure to check out my other favorites Chicken Fajita Soup and Salsa Verde Chicken Soup

The Best Toppings

Bacon: Cook 4-5 slices of bacon and crumble over the top of each serving.

Dairy-Free or Regular Cheese: Feel free to use whatever shredded cheese you like. I prefer dairy-free cheddar.

Green Onions or Chives: Either of these will serve as a perfect garnish.

Tortilla Chips or Fritos: These will add a perfect crunch to the soup.

Croutons: This is another option to add to the top of the soup that will give it a buttery flavor and a nice crunch. I love the Member’s Mark Croutons from Sam’s Club.

Tips and Tricks

Getting a Thick Consistency: It is important to use xanthan gum or any other type of thickening agent. Once you add the agent, as it heats, the soup will begin to thicken.

Making it Dairy-Free: This soup can be made dairy-free by subbing your favorite plant-based unsweetened milk and dairy-free sour cream. I love the Forager and Follow Your Heart sour cream that is dairy-free.

Lowering The Fat Count: If you want to lower the fat count, remove the butter and use low-fat milk.

an overhead shot of 3 large wooden bowls filled with baked potato soup and topped with green onions, bacon and shredded cheese

Crockpot Method

  1. Cook onion and garlic

    In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic. Sauté until softened, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add to slow cooker

    In a slow cooker, combine potatoes, chicken broth, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

  3. Add milk and sour cream

    About 30 minutes before serving, add the milk, sour cream, xanthan gum, or tapioca flour and cook an additional 30 minutes or until sour cream is melted. Stir occasionally until combined. Top with cheese, bacon, or sliced green onions.

Storage

Refrigerator: Store in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 6 days.

Freezing: It is not recommended to freeze potato soup. According to Taste of Home, Experts say potato soup doesn’t freeze well. Freezing soups with potatoes can become dry and become grainy when defrosted. Plus, dairy-based soups can separate and lose their creamy consistency.”

Warming Up: Warm up in the microwave or in a pot over the stove.

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FAQs

How to thicken potato soup?

I love using a thickening agent such as xanthan gum or tapioca flour. You can however use real flour or even corn starch to thicken. Some people even blend up the soup to get a thicker consistency. I usually stick with a thickening agent and not blending.

Which potatoes are best to use when making this soup?

Use any white potato you prefer. I have even used red potatoes in the paste and it turned out good. However, I like to use Yukon gold potatoes for the best buttery, creamy texture.

Should I puree the soup?

This is totally optional and based on your preference. If you like a smoother and thicker texture, then I would recommend blending in a regular blender or using an immersion blender. I prefer having chunks of potatoes in my soup, so I usually don’t puree.

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Loaded Baked Potato Soup (Crockpot Option)


  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

A creamy and comforting loaded baked potato soup. Filled with tender, diced potatoes, milk, sour cream, chicken broth, garlic, onions and garnished with bacon, shredded cheese, and green onions. The perfect bowl of cozy goodness. Dairy-free option and gluten-free. 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 4 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon butter*
  • 1/2 cup sour cream*
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 3 cups milk*
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour, dissolved in 3 tbsp water*
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Toppings

  • Shredded cheese*
  • Crumbled cooked bacon
  • Chopped green onions

Instructions

Stovetop  Method

  1. In a large Dutch oven, saute onions and garlic in butter over medium/high heat until tender, about 4 minutes
  2. Pour in the chicken broth, and milk. Add in the dissolved tapioca flour. As it heats it will begin to thicken.  Stir in potatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste and bring the mixture to a simmer (not a boil).
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20-25 minutes, stirring often. 
  4. Add in the sour cream and mix. Cook another 10 minutes or until sour cream is melted in. 
  5. Taste and adjust thickness accordingly. Add more milk if you want it thinner and a little more tapioca flour dissolved in water if you need it thicker. 
  6. Serve immediately, garnished with green onions, shredded cheddar cheese, and bacon.

Crockpot Method

  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic. Sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. In a slow cooker, combine potatoes, chicken broth, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper
  2. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
    About 30 minutes before serving, add the milk, sour cream, xanthan gum, or tapioca flour and cook an additional 30 minutes or until sour cream is melted. Stir occasionally until combined.
  3. Top with cheese, bacon, or sliced green onions.

Notes

  • Feel free to sub your favorite dairy-free sour cream and your favorite unsweetened dairy-free milk.
  • You can also use 1 tsp xanthan gum to thicken if you don’t have tapioca flour. 3 tablespoons of cornstarch will also work.
  • Sub vegan butter for dairy-free.
  • Store any leftovers in an air-tight container for up to 6 days in the fridge. Potato soup does not freeze well and is not recommended. 
  • Category: Main Dish/Soup
  • Method: Stovetop/Crockpot
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: loaded baked potato soup, potato soup, dairy-free potato soup

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