Creamy Potato Bacon Soup

This slow cooker creamy potato bacon soup is going to be a new family-friendly favorite. It’s easy to make so it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner, and reheats really well so it’s great for meal prep. This crock pot ground beef soup is also gluten-free and loaded with vegetables like potatoes, carrots, onion, celery and tomatoes. It’s full of flavor and one of our go-to recipes for fall and winter.

Creamy Potato Bacon Soup Ingredients

Don’t let the ingredient list fool you, this really is a simple recipe to make, and it will for sure be a new family favorite! While the ingredient list looks long, it can be broken down into three types of items you’ll need: fresh ingredients, pantry staples you probably already have, and spices.


  • 3.5 cups chicken broth
  • 4 russet potatoes, peeled and diced (34 cups)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package (12 ounces) bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese or pepper jack cheese
  • To garnish: green onions, reserved chopped bacon


  1. Add the broth, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, carrots, celery, parsley, garlic powder, basil, salt and pepper to the slow cooker. Cover with the lid and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours
  2. About 30 minutes prior to serving, brown the ground beef. Drain the grease and add it to the slow cooker. Fry and chop the bacon and transfer the chopped bacon to the slow cooker. You can also bake the bacon in the oven at any point while the soup is cooking and set it aside for later
  3. Wipe out the pan of any excess grease and add in the butter. Melt the butter and then whisk in the flour until it’s all combined. Then whisk in the half and half. Continue whisking for about 2-3 minutes, until it’s thickened a bit
  4. Pour the half and half into the slow cooker and stir to combine it in with the rest of the soup. Add the cheese and stir again. Cover and let the cheese melt for a few minutes. Give it another good stir or two to fully incorporate the cheese just prior to serving

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