18 Soul Warming Crockpot Soup Recipes | Sweet Peas & Saffron (2024)

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Posted: 2/11/22Updated: 2/11/22

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18 healthy crockpot soup recipes that are easy to prep and will warm you right up! Includes soups, stews, chili, vegetarian options, and more.

Crockpot soups and crockpot freezer meals are the real hero of weeknight dinners; especially those that can be dumped into the slow cooker without any sauté steps. they are often made with pantry staples, and many can be frozen before or after cooking!

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The ultimate one-pot meal, these crockpot soup recipes are packed with nutrients, veggies, and protein. Using your own homemade bone broth will up the nutrition factor even more, and many of these recipes use pantry staples that you likely already have on hand.

These veggie-packed slow cooker soup recipes are going to warm you up to the tips of your toes but also fill you with nutritious ingredients.

Reasons You'll Love These Recipes

  • they are cozy and nourishing comfort food!
  • you can assemble ahead as a freezer crockpot meal OR make a large batch for meal prep
  • many of them are 'dump and go' slow cooker meals (no sautéing!)

Slow Cooker Tips For Flavorful Soup

Cooking low and slow can strip some of the flavors from these crockpot soup recipes. Here are some tips to get the BEST flavor & texture from your crockpot soup recipe!

  • use the right herbs- a general rule is to add hardy herbs like rosemary and thyme at the start of cooking. Reserve soft herbs like cilantro and parsley to add just before serving
  • add acid at the end - most soups can benefit from a boost of acid (lemon juice, lime juice, balsamic vinegar etc) at the end of cooking. It really brings out extra flavor!
  • taste for salt- always taste test before serving and stir in more salt if needed
  • use the right cut of chicken- chicken breast cannot handle over 5 hours (on low!) in the slow cooker. If you need to cook for longer than that, consider boneless skinless chicken thighs. Bonus: brown the thighs first and they will hold together even better!
  • coconut milk- in our experience, light coconut milk curdles in the crockpot, whereas full-fat coconut milk can withstand cooking up to 8 hours on low.

FAQ

Can I make these crockpot soup recipes in the Instant Pot?

Many of these slow cooker soup, stew, and chili recipes can be made in the Instant Pot - see individual recipes for details (we've included instructions if possible.

Can I cook soup on high heat in the crockpot?

When using the slow cooker, it's best to use the low setting whenever possible. The reason for this is that some slow cookers cook quite hot, and on high, they can vigorously boil and overcook the ingredients.

Is soup better in a crockpot / slow cooker?

With our tips (see above) for making flavorful soup in the crockpot, yes! It's just as good as soup on the stovetop, but maybe even better because you don't have to babysit a pot on the stove. Not to mention, you can start it early in the day and dinner will be ready and waiting for you when 5:00 rolls around!

Soup Meal Prep Tips

  1. freezer crockpot meals - some soups can be assembled ahead and frozen as freezer crockpot meals.
    • look for soups with no sautéing
    • avoid cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower which must be blanched before freezing
    • avoid potatoes or use baby potatoes and leave them whole
  2. cook first, then freeze- the majority of soups are freezer friendly! The only soups I've found to not freeze/thaw well are ones with delicate pasta shapes (like orzo).

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Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

Crockpot chicken noodle soup is the ultimate comfort food made easier: no sauteeing, loaded with noodles, and totally satisfying.

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Crockpot Taco Soup Recipe

Crockpot taco soup recipe is a hearty but healthy soup loaded with your favorite taco ingredients and flavors! No sauteeing and crockpot ready in 15 min.

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Crockpot Broccoli Turmeric Soup (keto, vegan)

This super healthy broccoli, ginger and turmeric soup is a powerhouse of anti-inflammatory ingredients and will warm you right up on a cold day.

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Slow Cooker Thai Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

This Thai Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is a twist on a classic comfort recipe. Tropical, yet cozy, it's made with butternut squash, Thai red curry paste, and coconut milk!

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Slow Cooker Creamy Potato Corn Soup (Vegan)

This vegan slow cooker potato corn soupis aneasy and deceptively healthy. Easy to prep ahead and re-heat for easy lunches.

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Slow Cooker Lemon Sesame Chicken Noodle Soup

This slow cooker lemon sesame chicken noodle soup can be assembled ahead and stored in the fridge or freezer until you’re ready to cook it up! Perfect for cold and flu season: healthy, comforting and delicious.

Check out this recipe

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Slow Cooker Chickpea Tortilla Soup (Freezer to Crock Pot)

Slow cooker chickpea tortilla soup which can be assembled ahead of time and stored in the fridge or freezer! A great way to stay out of the kitchen this summer.

Check out this recipe

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Crockpot Stews

Another great option for the slow cooker are stews; hearty, thick, and soul-warming! Here are some tasty and filling crockpot stew recipes.

Stew Meal Prep Tips

Stews are another great meal prep option and can be prepped ahead in two different ways:

  1. freezer crockpot meals- some stews can be assembled ahead and frozen as freezer crockpot meals.
    • look for stews with no sauteeing step (or just skip it)
    • avoid cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower which must be blanched before freezing
    • avoid potatoes or use baby potatoes and leave them whole
    • do not freeze quinoa; add to the crockpot just before cooking
  2. cook first, then freeze- the majority of stews are freezer friendly!

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Favorite Freezer Containers

Our top picks for the best freezer containers to help your food stay fresh and free from freezer burn!From bags to soup storage to meal prep containers and more.

The Best Freezer Containers

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Quinoa Stew

Hearty, healthy, and filled with delicious southwestern flavor, this slow cooker black bean, quinoa and sweet potato stew is so easy to prep! Works great as a weeknight dinner, and can be meal prepped in multiple ways.

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Slow Cooker Spanish Chicken Stew

With roasted red peppers, smoked paprika and a pinch of saffron, this slow cooker Spanish chicken stew is a cozy yet exotic! Works great for a weeknight dinner, or for meal prep.

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Vegan Slow Cooker Peanut Stew (Maafe-Inspired)

Slow cooker peanut stew is vegan comfort food at it's finest! With chickpeas, sweet potatoes, and peanut butter, it's inspired by the West African peanut stew, maafe. You can assemble this ahead and freeze as a crockpot freezer meal.

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Tuscan Slow Cooker Chicken Stew

Tuscan slow cooker chicken stew is healthy, hearty, and so easy to prepare in the crockpot! Rosemary, fennel seeds and balsamic vinegar give this stew a ton of flavor.

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Slow Cooker Ethiopian Chicken & Lentil Stew

A hearty and flavorful slow cooker Ethiopian chicken stew made with Ethiopian spices, lentils and sweet potatoes. Bring some exotic flavors to your dinner table!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Korma with Sweet Potato

Slow cooker chicken korma with sweet potatoes is made with warm spices like garam masala, almonds and a creamy coconut milk. Kid-friendly and works great for meal prep.

Check out this recipe

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Crockpot Mexican Chicken Stew (+ Instant Pot)

This healthy crockpot Mexican chicken stew is inspired by tortilla soup. Packed full of delicious Mexican flavors and super simple to prepare, you'll love how easy it is to make this stew recipe in your slow cooker or Instant Pot!

Check out this recipe

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Crockpot Chili Recipes

Does chili qualify as a soup or a stew? I'm leaning towards stew, but either way, chili is a staple in our crockpot routine! Easy to prep, easy to cook, and always delicious! There are a ton of different varieties of chili out there, which means there's always a fun new flavor to try out.

Chili Meal Prep Tips

Chili is another great meal prep option and can be prepped ahead in two different ways:

  1. freezer crockpot meals - some chilis can be assembled ahead and frozen as freezer crockpot meals.
    • look for chilis with no sauteeing step, or just brown the meat and cool before adding to the freezer bag. I'm not a huge fan of the texture of ground meat in chili when it hasn't been browned first.
    • do not freeze quinoa; add to the crockpot just before cooking
  2. cook first, then freeze - pretty much all chili recipes are freezer friendly!

Smoky Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

This smoky slow cooker turkey chili is rich and bold in flavor- with chipotle chilis, ground turkey, kidney beans and plenty of spices. The slow cooker makes this easy and hands off to prep, and it works great for meal prep!

Check out this recipe

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Slow Cooker Roasted Red Pepper Chili

Hearty and flavorful, this slow cooker roasted red pepper chili has ground beef, roasted roasted red peppers, smoked paprika, and a splash of balsamic vinegar. A delicious alternative to classic chili!

Check out this recipe

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Crockpot White Chicken Chili

Crockpot white chicken chili is creamy, rich, hearty and full of flavor but lightened up a touch! With chicken, white beans, corn and green chiles, this recipe does not require sauteeing, and works great for meal prep.

Check out this recipe

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Vegan Crockpot Chili

This vegan crockpot chili can be assembled ahead and frozen for an easy slow cooker freezer meal! Made with sweet potatoes, corn, black beans, and spices; it's vegan, gluten-free, and seriously tasty!

Check out this recipe

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That's it, friends! We hope this post gave you some delicious crockpot soup recipe ideas. Let us know in the comments if you try any of them!

Meet Denise Bustard

Denise Bustard is the creator of Sweet Peas and Saffron, a meal prep-focussed food blog. With a PhD in biochemistry, Denise takes a scientific approach to perfecting her recipes. You can find Denise's work featured on Huffington Post, MSN, Self and more.

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  1. Denise says

    LOL! I am getting better at 'rocking the crock pot'. How was the lentil soup?

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  2. Karen @ The Food Charlatan says

    Denise, thanks for including me on this round up! I love soup, esp when it's made in the crock 🙂 I've got to try that Sweet potato korma you made! It looks awesome!

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    • Denise says

      I really want to try your stew, Karen! I need to get my slow cooker out ASAP, it's so cold here this week-end :/

      Reply

  3. Denise says

    Thanks, Lynsey!

    Reply

  4. Andrea @ Cooking with Mamma C says

    I just saw this now after posting a slow cooker recipe today, so I'm with you! I love this roundup and the nice variety of delicious meals we can make happen, even when we're gone all day.

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    • Denise says

      Thanks, Andrea! I have been re-motivated to get my crockpot out and working again 😉

      Reply

  5. Denise says

    Ha ha, thanks, Mary Frances! I am totally craving comfort food at this time of year...but healthy comfort food!

    Reply

  6. Michelle { A Latte Food} says

    Rock the crockpot--love it! I can't wait to try out these amazing looking recipes! 🙂

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    • Denise says

      Ha ha, thanks, Michelle! I got motivated enough to get going on the slow cooker recipes again 🙂

      Reply

  7. Danielle says

    I need to be using my crock pot more this year too, it makes dinner so easy! This is such a great collection of recipes, thanks for including mine too!

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    • Denise says

      Thanks for the great recipe, Danielle 😉 I am so pumped to get my crockpot going again. We have SO much winter left here in Canada...

      Reply

  8. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says

    These all look amazing, Denise! The slow cooker is my life saver and soups and stews are my favorite so I can't wait to try a few of these!

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    • Denise says

      Thanks, Kelly! I am still learning how to use my crockpot...some things seem more forgiving than others, and soups and stews seem like a big YES to me 🙂

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  9. Sarah@Whole and Heavenly Oven says

    I can't wait to "rock my crockpot" with all of these recipes! Seriously stunning round-up, Denise! I am starving all of a sudden. 😉 Thanks for including my beef stew, girl! Pinning.

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    • Denise says

      Thanks so much, Sarah, and thanks for the delicious looking beef stew! I haven't made a beef stew in my crockpot yet...WHY!?

      Reply

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FAQs

Can you preheat an empty crockpot? ›

Most slow cooker crocks, especially the ceramic ones, take a little bit of time to heat up so you'll want to preheat before you begin. You don't need to let it heat up empty for long—even just 10 minutes of preheating will help dishes cook more evenly.

Can you put already cooked meat in slow cooker? ›

Information. Reheating leftovers in a slow cooker is not recommended.

Can I put frozen chili in the crockpot? ›

Crockpot Freezer Meal Chili Tips

To make this chili in the slow cooker, defrost the mixture overnight in the refrigerator before cooking. It isn't considered safe to put frozen food directly into the slow cooker because the slow increase in temperature can lead to food-borne illness.

Is it OK to leave crockpot on low overnight? ›

Is it safe to leave a slow cooker on for 12 hours? Yes, you can use your slow cooker for longer than eight hours, as long as you keep an eye on it. Many slow cookers do have an automatic shutoff after 24 hours.

What happens if I leave my crockpot on warm overnight? ›

It is not recommended to keep food warm in a slow cooker overnight by turning it off and not opening it until the next morning. Doing so could create an environment that allows bacteria to grow, which can make the food unsafe to eat.

How long can you keep food on warm in crockpot? ›

Most appliances will automatically shut off after 20 or so hours on this setting, but you shouldn't leave food in a slow cooker for an extended length of time. The general rule of thumb is that 2-4 hours is the maximum length of time you can leave food in a slow cooker on warm.

Why can't you reheat food in a slow cooker? ›

This is a bad idea for two reasons. Firstly, it will take hours for the leftovers to reheat, which can create a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. 1 Secondly, placing a chilled slow cooker insert on a hot base may cause the insert to crack. (Never store a slow cooker in the freezer, which can damage the insert.)

Is it safe to leave a slow cooker on for 12 hours? ›

The truth is, yes, leaving the slow cooker on and going about your day is safe, as long as you are using the appliance properly. Here are some helpful safety tips.

Is it safe to leave chili in a crockpot on warm overnight? ›

So here's the verdict regarding chili food safety: You can leave it in the slow cooker for hours after it's done cooking if the cooker is set to the “low” or “keep warm” setting.

Can I put frozen soup in the crockpot? ›

It is best to thaw meat or poultry before putting it into a slow cooker. Frozen pieces will take longer to reach a safe internal temperature and could possibly result in foodborne illness. Frozen or partially frozen foods can also cool everything else in the slow cooker.

How long does it take an empty crockpot to heat up? ›

Preheat. To minimize the risk of food becoming unsafe by remaining in the temperature danger zone for too long, preheat your empty slow cooker on the highest setting for approximately 1 hour. Use the time to prepare your ingredients.

How long does it take a slow cooker to preheat? ›

Room temperature meat is more relaxed and the natural juices are evenly distributed resulting in a more flavorful dish. Pre-heat the slow cooker: This step is often overlooked in slow cooking. Preheating the unit for at least 20 minutes is as important as preheating your oven.

How long will a crockpot stay warm after unplugged? ›

When you are at home, and if the food was completely cooked before the power went out, the food should remain safe up to two hours in the cooker with the power off.

What happens if you don't brown meat before slow cooker? ›

Browning Is Better

And if you dredge the meat in flour before you brown it, your sauce will thicken up to make a gravy. You should always brown ground beef or any ground meat in a skillet before adding it to your slow cooker to prevent the meat from clumping up or from adding excess grease to your cooked dish.

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