Crockpot Potato Soup with Frozen Hash Browns

A rich, creamy, and flavorful crockpot potato soup that requires minimal effort. Plus, it comes together in just under three hours.

Best of all – you don’t need to chop any ingredients as everything can be added directly into the slow cooker!

And yes, it’s still delicious 😉.

close up view of potato soup with shredded cheese, bacon, and green onions.

Crockpot Potato Soup {With Frozen Potatoes!}

The easiest way to make potato soup from scratch! Rich, creamy, and loaded with flavor, there's no chopping or fussing needed in this delicious soup recipe.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Serving Size 6 servings


  • Slow cooker 6 quart or larger


For the Soup

  • 4 cups frozen hashbrown potatoes with peppers and onions
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup half & half
  • ¼ cup sour cream


  • ½ cup colby jack cheese shredded
  • ½ cup cooked crumbled bacon
  • 1 green onion sliced


  • Cook veggies in broth and seasoning. In a 4 quart or larger slow cooker, add the hashbrowns, chicken stock, salt, pepper and garlic. Cook on HIGH for 2 hours or LOW for 4 hours or until the potatoes are tender.
    crockpot with frozen hash browns with onions and peppers.
  • Heat flour and butter. About 10 minutes before the potatoes are done, melt the 3 Tbsp of butter in a skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour and mix until fully incorporated into the butter.
    saucepan with flour and butter.
  • Add dairy Pour in the half & half and increase the heat to medium-high, cook and stir continuously until thickened. Stir in the sour cream and remove from the heat. (Optional: for a smoother soup, blend all of some of the soup with a stick blender or remove it and carefully blend in a countertop blender.)
    saucepan with cream sauce and roux.
  • Finish cooking. Add the half & half mixture to the potatoes in the slow cooker and stir. Let cook in the slow cooker on HIGH for 30 minutes.
    crockpot filled with finished soup.
  • Garnish. Serve hot and top with the cheese, bacon and green onions. Enjoy!
    bowl of soup next to spoon.


Look for Potatoes O’Brien in the freezer section: you’ll only need one 28 ounce bag and will have some left over. 
Diced or Shredded Hashbrowns can be used in this recipe. You can use the kind without peppers and onions – just chop an onion and one bell pepper and add in with the potatoes.
Heavy cream or whole milk can be used in place of the half & half.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container and reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.
Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 445mg | Potassium: 556mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 259IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg
ingredients on white counter.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this loaded potato soup recipe:

  • frozen hashbrown potatoes with peppers and onions (aka potatoes O’Brien)
  • chicken stock (broth is fine!)
  • all-purpose flour
  • half & half (or cream or whole milk)
  • sour cream
  • cheese, bacon, and green onion for topping are all optional!

🥫 Storage instructions

To store leftovers, you can keep the soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I don’t recommend freezing it because of the sour cream and other dairies in the recipe.

🔍 FAQs

Can I use fresh potatoes instead of frozen hashbrowns in this recipe?

Yes, you can use fresh potatoes instead of frozen hashbrowns. But honestly, it’s so much more work and doesn’t save any money or add flavor. But if fresh potatoes are all you have on hand, simply chop a few peeled potatoes into small pieces. Measure out 4 cups and add them to the slow cooker in step one.

What is a good substitution for half and half if I don’t have it on hand?

Whole milk or heavy cream.

Are there any other toppings that would go well on top of this soup besides cheese, bacon, and green onion?

Yes, some other good toppings to try on this crockpot potato soup recipe would include chopped fresh herbs like dill or chives, a drizzle of hot sauce or sriracha, or even a dollop of plain yogurt. Alternatively, you could add any cooked protein like shredded chicken or turkey for extra protein.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Make sure to use a slow cooker with at least 4 quart capacity in order to comfortably fit the frozen hashbrowns and chicken stock.
  • Don’t forget to stir the soup frequently as it cooks, particularly during the last 30 minutes or so. This will ensure that all of the ingredients are evenly cooked and well incorporated.
  • You may also want to try another recipe with hashbrowns in it. Here’s our version of Ham and Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole.

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  1. I am new to your page and very much enjoy your content thus far. I think the pic of your ingredients is a great touch; however for this soup recipe, I think what you have labeled as “diced tomatoes” should be “chicken stock”. ☺️