Comfort food at its best! Perfect in a mug by the fireplace or served up in your best china on Christmas Eve. This slow cooker potato-bacon soup is a crowd pleaser. I made up this recipe when I had friends coming over on a cold night and they all loved it. I promised to share my recipe, so here it is. Enjoy!



Recipe Summary

15 mins
6 hrs 15 mins
6 hrs 30 mins
10 servings


Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels; reserve drippings in the pan. Crumble 6 strips of bacon, saving 3 for garnish.

  • Heat bacon drippings over medium-high heat. Cook onion in the hot drippings until soft, about 5 minutes.

  • Transfer potatoes, crumbled bacon, onions, and garlic powder to a slow cooker. Pour broth over the top. Cook on Low until potatoes are tender, about 6 hours.

  • Whisk half-and-half and flour together in a bowl. Add to the slow cooker and whisk to mash up some of the potatoes. Stir in 3 cups of Cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese blend. Mix until cheese is melted and fully incorporated.

  • Crumble remaining bacon. Top with remaining cheese, crumbled bacon, and chives before serving.

Cook's Note:

You can use chicken broth instead of vegetable, if preferred.

Nutrition Facts

380 calories; protein 16.2g; carbohydrates 35.2g; fat 19.8g; cholesterol 59.5mg; sodium 580.6mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
This was such a delicious, creamy, cheesy, hearty, cozy dish! Easy to tweak seasoning at the end if desired (we added more garlic powder). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
My family loved this recipe, so comforting on a cold winter night! My only change was to use chicken stock in place of the vegetable broth! Such a filling soup served with a slice of crusty bread! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was such a delicious, creamy, cheesy, hearty, cozy dish! Easy to tweak seasoning at the end if desired (we added more garlic powder). Read More
Rating: 5 stars
this was very good soup. mine didn't thicken as well as I like so I added instant potatoes to thicken the way my family likes it but that was the only thing I did differently. YYUMMY Read More
Rating: 5 stars
A family favorite now Read More
Rating: 5 stars
3.10.20 The timing is W-A-A-Y off on this recipe. I used the slow cooker feature on my Instant Pot®, checked at 2 hours, and the potatoes were not only cooked, but actually overcooked. No whisking the potatoes was required because the potatoes already were turning to mush. Granted, maybe I cubed my potatoes smaller than others, but I’d recommend that you start checking for doneness at about 1-1/2 hours. Cooking that many strips of bacon leaves you with a LOT of bacon fat (too much IMO), so I removed all but about 2 tablespoons to brown the onions. Also, it really needed a pretty good dose of salt and pepper, was fairly bland. I didn’t have Cheddar-Monterey Jack blend, but I did have each type of cheese, so I just shredded the two of them (worked fine), melted beautifully after a couple stirs. And I used fat free half-and-half which was what I had on hand. So a few tweaks along the way, but this turned out to be a creamy, tasty potato soup that I would make again with the changes above. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was delicious! A nice, thick soup. Very filling. Just as good, if not better, as left overs. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Read More