5 Ingredient Crock Pot Potato Soup

This 5 Ingredient Crock Pot Potato Soup is an easy potato soup recipe your family is sure to love. This potato soup is made with hash browns, and comes together quickly with the help of your slow cooker!

I’ve always been a fan of slow cooker recipes but I rely on them even more when life gets busy. I’m also drawn to the simplest of crock pot recipes – those with only a few ingredients and an amazing taste. That is exactly what you will get with this 5 Ingredient Crock Pot Potato Soup.

This is an easy potato soup recipe that you can quickly throw together in just a couple of minutes. This is why 5 ingredient recipes are my absolute favorite recipes! 5 ingredient recipes are quite manageable for busy Moms, basic cooks or anyone looking for an easy crock pot potato soup recipe.

I love this crock pot potato soup recipe for so many reasons. Namely? It’s so simple…and absolutely delicious. I love that you can make a tasty potato soup with hash browns. It saves so much time from chopping lots of potatoes into small pieces. Just grab a bag of frozen hash browns and you are ready to make this easy potato soup recipe.

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I’ve tried a couple different recipes that I discovered on Pinterest but combined and simplified recipes until I came up with this one.

Here is my recipe for 5 Ingredient Crock Pot Potato Soup. It is so delicious!

Potato Soup Ingredients:

1 bag (32 ounces) frozen diced hash browns
1 can (10.5 ounces) cream of chicken soup
2 cans (14 ounces each) chicken broth
1/2 cup diced onion
1 block (8 ounces) cream cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions for Easy Potato Soup with Frozen Hash Browns:

Combine all ingredients in your slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and top with cheddar cheese and bacon, if so desired. Enjoy your delicious potato soup! See? I told you it was easy!

If you want to save yourself time with clean up, be sure to use a crock pot liner. They make clean up a breeze!

Here are a couple other questions I’ve been asked about this crock pot potato soup.

Can you put raw potatoes in soup?

Yes, indeed! That is the beauty of this recipe. Not only are you using raw (uncooked) potatoes, but you can also use frozen ones to save yourself a lot of time!

You can substitute a bag of frozen diced Potatoes O’Brien for the hashed browns. Since O’Brien potatoes already contain diced onions and green peppers, you don’t have to add any more diced onion (taking your ingredient count down to 4). The green pepper adds a nice flavor as well.

I do recommend using diced hash browns (in the cubes) instead of shredded hash brown potatoes. Shredded can work in a pinch, but this potato soup recipe works better with the cubes of potatoes.

What can I substitute for chicken broth?

If you don’t have chicken broth on hand, you can make this soup with chicken bouillon cubes. Use 8 ounces of water for every chicken bouillon cube.

For this recipe, I added the 28 ounces of water and 3 chicken bouillon cubes to my crock pot. It’s exactly why I keep chicken bouillon cubes on hand for substituting in a pinch, just like this!

Can I use reduced fat cream cheese?

For this recipe, I would not recommend using reduced fat or non-fat cream cheese. To get the creaminess of the soup without any separation, you need to use a full fat cream cheese. 

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5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Potato Soup

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Looking for a simple and delicious slow cooker potato soup recipe? Try this one with only 5 ingredients for an effortless soup that your family is sure to love.

  • Author: Kristen @ Joyfully Thriving
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 to 8 hours
  • Total Time: 6 to 8 hours
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Slow Cooker


  • 1 bag (32 ounces) frozen diced hash browns
  • 1 can (10.5 ounces) cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 block (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add all ingredients in your slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  3. Serve with shredded cheese and bacon. Enjoy!


  • Calories: 452
  • Sugar: 2.5g
  • Sodium: 1031mg
  • Fat: 26.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 44.3g
  • Fiber: 3.8g
  • Protein: 8.5g
  • Cholesterol: 34mg

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    1. I don’t know! Mine always has lumps from the has browns in them. Is that what you mean? You could always thin it with some milk or cream if you want it thinner, but we like it as a thicker style soup.

    1. I personally like to serve this potato soup with freshly baked bread, but crackers would be my next choice! I am so glad you enjoy this soup too!

  1. When using russet potatoes, do you precook them?
    Or change anything?
    Cook time?
    Please let me know.
    Money is tight, so I want to substitute the frozen potatoes.

    1. Hmmm. I have never tried with russet potatoes. My guess (and this is a guess only) is that if you chop them small, they would naturally cook as the soup simmers. But since I haven’t tried it, I can’t say for sure! Good for you in being money conscious. Let me know how it turns out, Darla!

    1. I’m sure you can…but I don’t know the exact time frame for it. You are welcome to try it and let us know what you discover!

  2. Looks great.. But it’s there something else u would substitute for the chicken soup? Not a fan of cream of chicken in a can..

    1. Hi, Tara! You could always just use chicken broth…or make your own homemade cream of chicken soup. It’s really just a roux of water and flour, with chicken broth and milk added to thicken it up. But like I said, chicken broth would probably work, but your soup will be thinner. Making a homemade cream of chicken soup would be my recommendation!

  3. We are always on the look out for new crockpot recipes, especially at this time of year. The holidays are so busy — without our slow cooker, we’d have to eat sandwiches or fast food at least 3 night a week!

  4. I have made this twice in two weeks. It is easy and taste delicious. I shared with my sister and they loved it too.

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