Fall is approaching and it always makes me crave slow cooker soups that make the house smell heavenly and that cause the warm fuzzies. How ’bout cheesy potato soup, spicy taco soup, or wholesome veggie soup for starters? Yep we’re counting down 31 days of delicious easy recipes for busy wives by adding in these lazy ideas that seriously require so little from you!
Today’s slow cooker soups are made from the simplest ingredients that you probably already have stashed away as staple items. Potatoes, ground meat, pasta, cheese, and beans are the common ingredients we’ll be using. Since we’ve already talked about protein balls, a baked potato bar, crockpot chicken, and stir fry, let’s mix it up with heartwarming meals that will create a feeling your family will always remember.
Lazy Slow Cooker Soups
Another bonus today is that the ingredients and instructions for all of the soups below are also extremely thrifty. Double score! Starting this busy season knowing how to quickly throw together slow cooker soups like spicy chili, hearty bean soup, nostalgic vegetable soup, cheesy potato soup, and creamy chicken noodle soup will drop your stress level to almost zero. What if you just chose one of these a week?
Look at you! You’d be planning five weeks ahead!
Who doesn’t like chili with a bit of kick? Of course, “the kick” is completely optional but I suggest that you try it once because you’ll probably be hooked like we are. Chili is not just for cool weather. It’s great anytime!
- 1½ pds. lean ground meat
- •1 large can crushed or chopped tomatoes or 3 large fresh tomatoes chopped
- •¼ tomato sauce - no sugar added -15 ounce can
- •1 large onion chopped
- •1 large bell pepper chopped
- •3 cloves of chopped garlic or 1 tablespoon jarred minced garlic - no sodium
- •1 cup chick peas - preferably dry or low sodium/no sugar canned
- •1 cup red beans - preferably dry or low sodium/no sugar canned
- •1 tablespoon black pepper
- •2 tablespoons chili powder
- •1 tablespoon garlic powder
- •2 tablespoons hot sauce with lowest sodium you can find
- •1 tablespoon vinegar
- •water as needed to give soup consistency, not too loose
- Rinse and drain canned beans or prepare dry beans- following "quick boil" instructions on the bag. Brown your meat in skillet and drain. Add bell pepper, garlic, onions, and seasonings and all other ingredients except tomatoes and beans. Cook for five minutes on medium/high. Add tomatoes and beans and give it a good stir to warm. Throw in the crockpot on low for several hours or until you are ready to eat. Season more if needed.
3 Bean Soup
How simple can it get? My friend, Kim has a gift of not only creating tasty recipes but also having the patience to teach her kids to cook along the way. She calls her 3 bean soup a no-fail yummy recipe that’s healthy and loved by everyone in her home. Kim says that if it has beans, cheese, and rice in it, her kids are all over it. It’s so easy that her daughter made it.
Find this awesome recipe over at her blog called Day to Day Adventures.
I’ve shared with you before that I kept hearing about this Taco Soup craze. The sound of that didn’t really appeal to me at the time. I was a bit of a soup snob – not a big fan. Then a friend brought her yummy taco soup to a Mom’s meeting I was at and I didn’t want to be rude! I was amazed at the taste, but especially at the ease of literally dumping all of the ingredients in the slow cooker to later be greeted with a dish so incredible.
Find my instructions of how to make taco soup: the easiest recipe ever!
Vintage Veggie Soup
Wish you could share the nostalgia feeling of an old-fashioned veggie soup with your family that doesn’t require all the work? Now you can! The choices of ground meat and veggies can be versatile but I would be sure to include carrots, potatoes, and tomatoes for sure. Ideally, you can add your cooked meat and vegetables into the slow cooker, but if not, it only takes five to ten minutes in the skillet.
Find my favorite old-fashioned veggie soup at Food.
Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken noodle soup isn’t just for those who are feeling under the weather. Oh no, this familiar soup can be eaten anytime by the whole family. It has protein, vegetables, and pasta – a well-rounded meal. This recipe enlists the help of a couple of convenience foods to get the job done quickly, and sometimes, that’s Ok!
Find my favorite super-creamy chicken soup at All Recipes.
Cheesy Potato Soup
One of my favorite quotes from famous cook, Paula Deen is, “I never met a potato I didn’t like.” I’ve always thought her saying was funny because it’s so true. I honestly have never met a person that didn’t adore potatoes in some shade or fashion. My favorite part of this recipe is the rich creaminess and the crunch of the bacon and fresh green onions on top.
Find the best lazy potato soup recipe at All Recipes.
Which of these slow cooker soups are you making this week?
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