Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Seasoned chicken breast and tangy BBQ sauce are slow cooked until tender and delicious. Perfect for sandwiches, nachos, pizza, and more.

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This is the time of year when I start to avoid turning on the oven at all costs. So what’s for dinner when it’s too hot to cook? Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken! You can have this tasty chicken in the slow cooker doing its own thing while you’re enjoying a lazy summer day. Plus, unlike a hot oven, the slow cooker won’t make your AC work overtime. ;)

Overhead view of shredded BBQ chicken in a slow cooker with tongs.

This slow cooker BBQ chicken is almost too easy to be true. Just add some seasonings to boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cover them with your favorite BBQ sauce, and press go. A few hours later, the chicken is tender, tangy, so saucy, and delicious!

What Size Slow Cooker to Use

My slow cooker is about 5 quarts and it was only about ¼ full, so you could definitely use a smaller cooker if you want, but I wouldn’t go any larger. Some slow cookers need to be filled a minimum amount to avoid cracking, so make sure to check your owner’s manual first.

What Kind of BBQ Sauce to Use

You can literally use any type of BBQ sauce for this chicken. I tested the recipe using a very basic and inexpensive BBQ sauce just to make sure it was still delicious on a budget, but you could certainly ramp it up by using a fancier BBQ Sauce. You can also play around with different flavors of BBQ sauce, like smoky, honey, pineapple, spicy, etc.

Close up of tongs holding pulled BBQ Chicken.

How Do You Serve Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken?

The classic way to serve this chicken is on a bun, like a classic BBQ chicken sandwich. Make sure to add some coleslaw and pickles to make it extra delish! But you can also use this BBQ chicken for tacos, pizza, bowl meals, on a baked potato or sweet potato, on nachos, or even on a salad.

What to Serve with Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Whenever I make BBQ anything I always opt for the classic comfort food sides like potato salad, mac and cheese, three bean salad, or Cowboy Caviar.

Side view of a BBQ Chicken Sandwich.
Side view of Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken in the slow cooker with tongs.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Seasoned chicken breast and tangy BBQ sauce are slow cooked until tender and delicious. Perfect for sandwiches, nachos, pizza, and more.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Total Cost $8.34 recipe / $2.09 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 4 1 cup each
Calories 393kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp smoked paprika $0.20
  • 1 tsp garlic powder $0.10
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked pepper $0.03
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1.3 lbs. total) $6.49
  • 18 oz. BBQ sauce $1.50

Instructions

  • Combine the smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Sprinkle the seasoning over both sides of the chicken breasts.
  • Place the chicken breasts in the slow cooker, then pour the BBQ sauce over top making sure the chicken is fully covered.
  • Place a lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for 2.5 hours or low for 4-5 hours.
  • After cooking, use two forks to shred the chicken. If the chicken does not easily pull apart with the forks, let it cook a little longer.
  • Serve the pulled BBQ chicken on a bun, on nachos, over a baked potato, on pizza, or with your favorite meal.

Nutrition

Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 1777mg | Fiber: 2g
Side view of Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken in the slow cooker with tongs.

How to Make Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken – Step by Step Photos

Seasoned chicken breasts on an orange cutting board.

Combine 2 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp salt, and ½ tsp pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle the seasoning mix over both sides of two boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1.3 lbs. total).

BBQ sauce being poured over chicken in the slow cooker.

Place the chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker and pour one 18oz. bottle of BBQ sauce over the chicken, making sure it’s fully covered.

Cooked chicken in the slow cooker.

Place the lid on the slow cooker on cook on high for 2.5 hours or low for 4-5 hours.

Chicken being shredded with forks in the slow cooker.

Use two forks to shred the chicken. If the chicken doesn’t pull apart easily, you can let it cook a little longer.

Finished Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken in the slow cooker.

Give the chicken a good stir to make sure it’s all well coated in BBQ sauce, then it’s ready to serve!

Side view of shredded bbq chicken in a slow cooker.

Now I need a plate full of BBQ Chicken Nachos. 🤤

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BBQ Chicken Kebabs

These easy and delicious BBQ Chicken Kebabs combine chicken, pineapple, onion, and BBQ sauce for a fresh and easy summer BBQ main dish.

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Summer is almost here!! Kick off the summer grilling season this Memorial Day with these super delish BBQ Chicken Kebabs. They’re sweet, savory, and tangy with a little tropical pineapple twist. 🍍 They’re super easy and you can get all the ingredients plus some fresh summer sides to make it a meal in one quick and efficient trip to ALDI, so you can spend more time out enjoying that summer weather. 😎

Overhead view of BBQ Chicken Kebabs on a tray surrounded by side dishes.

What Are Chicken Kebabs Made Of?

These BBQ Chicken Kebabs are made with just a few super simple ingredients. They’ve got seasoned chunks of chicken breast, fresh-cut pineapple, red onion, BBQ sauce, and a few fresh green onions for garnish. They’re light, fresh, and perfect for the summer BBQ season!

What to Serve with Chicken Kebabs

I served up my BBQ Chicken Kebabs with all the classic summer BBQ sides like potato salad, macaroni salad, potato chips, and ice-cold beer, all of which I was able to pick up at ALDI along with the ingredients for the kebabs in one quick shopping trip. I also spotted some mango pico de gallo and had to grab that, too, because I thought that would go great with the pineapple on the kebabs!

When all was said and done, I was able to get all the ingredients for this summer BBQ feast at ALDI (minus a couple of pantry staples) for only $34.60! Now do you see why I’m so obsessed with ALDI?? And if you are up for making your own sides, ALDI has the high-quality ingredients to make those from scratch, too. But hey, it’s summer, so I’m taking it easy and buying a couple of those pre-made items. 😉 Here’s a breakdown of what I bought (prices may vary by location):

  • Simply Nature Organic Chicken Breasts $8.21
  • Fresh Pineapple $1.99
  • Red Onions $2.29
  • Green Onions $0.95
  • Burman’s Original BBQ Sauce $0.95
  • Park Street Deli Mustard Potato Salad $3.69
  • Park Street Deli Macaroni Salad $3.69
  • Park Street Deli Mango Pico de Gallo $3.19
  • Clancy’s Kettle Chips $1.65
  • Holland Lager 1839 $7.99

And I have so many leftovers! 🙌 Seriously, don’t sleep on ALDI. They’ve got you covered for summer with high-quality ingredients, low prices, and a streamlined shopping experience.

ALDI Haul ingredients and sides

Do I Need a Grill?

You can cook these chicken kebabs on an outdoor grill or inside using a grill pan. Cast-iron grill pans that sit on top of your stove’s burners make a really great alternative to outdoor grills, but they can get smoky, so make sure to turn on your exhaust fan! :)

What Kind of BBQ Sauce is Best?

I used Burman’s Original BBQ Sauce from ALDI, but you could have fun and change up the flavor of these kebabs by using just about any flavor of BBQ Sauce. ALDI also had some great regional Burman’s BBQ sauces (Memphis, Texas, Kansas City, and Carolina), or you could opt for a different flavor like a honey BBQ sauce, smoky BBQ sauce, or even a spicy sauce.

BBQ Chicken Kebabs on a plate with sides, chips, and beer.
Overhead view of BBQ Chicken Kebabs on a tray surrounded by side dishes.

BBQ Chicken Kebabs

These easy and delicious BBQ Chicken Kebabs combine chicken, pineapple, onion, and BBQ sauce for a fresh and easy summer BBQ main dish.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Total Cost $11.66 recipe / $2.33 serving
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 5 two kebabs each
Calories 346kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 2 small red onions (or one large) $0.76
  • 1 fresh pineapple $1.99
  • 1.3 lbs. Simply Nature Organic Chicken Breasts $8.21
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil, divided $0.08
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika $0.10
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika $0.10
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02
  • 1/2 cup Burman's Original BBQ Sauce $0.21
  • 2 green onions, sliced $0.12

Instructions

  • Cut the red onions into 1-inch squares. Place the red onion in a bowl, drizzle with 1 Tbsp cooking oil, and toss to coat.
  • Cut the pineapple into 1-inch cubes.
  • Cut the chicken breast into 1-inch cubes, then place the chicken pieces in a bowl. Drizzle 1 Tbsp cooking oil on top, then add the smoked paprika, sweet paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss the chicken until it is well coated in oil and spices.
  • Build your kebabs by adding pineapple, onion, and chicken to skewers, alternating as you go. I got ten skewers, but the yield will vary depending on the length of your skewers and size of your pieces.
  • Heat a grill or grill pan over medium. Once hot, add the kebabs and cook for a few minutes on each side.
  • When the kebabs are almost cooked through, brush them on all sides with BBQ Sauce. Cook the chicken kebabs for a minute or two more on each side, or until the chicken is cooked through and the BBQ sauce is slightly caramelized.
  • Sprinkle the sliced green onions over top just before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 2kebabs | Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 553mg | Fiber: 4g
Close up side view of BBQ Chicken Kebabs.

How to Make BBQ Chicken Kebabs – Step by Step Photos

Oil being drizzled over diced red onion in a bowl.

Cut one large or two small red onions into 1-inch pieces. Place them in a bowl, drizzle with 1 Tbsp cooking oil, then toss to coat.

Fresh cut pineapple on a cutting board.

Cut one pineapple into 1-inch chunks. If you need help learning how to cut pineapple, check out my tutorial on How to Cut a Pineapple.

Diced chicken breast on a cutting board.

Cut two boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1.3 lbs. total) into one-inch pieces.

Seasoned chicken in a bowl.

Drizzle 1 Tbsp cooking oil over the chicken, then add 2 tsp smoked paprika, ½ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper. Toss until the chicken is well coated in oil and spices.

Raw chicken kebabs on a tray.

Build your chicken kebabs on skewers by alternating between the pineapple chunks, onion, and seasoned chicken.

Kebabs on a grill pan being brushed with BBQ sauce.

Heat a grill or grill pan over medium. Once hot, add the kebabs and cook for a few minutes on each side. Once the kebabs are mostly cooked through, brush them on all sides with BBQ sauce. Cook for a minute or two more on each side, or until cooked through and the BBQ sauce is caramelized.

Overhead view of cooked chicken kebabs surrounded by side dishes.

Sprinkle sliced green onion over the kebabs just before serving. Enjoy with all your favorite BBQ Sides! …And don’t forget, ALDI has everything you need to keep you eating good all summer without breaking your budget!

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Black Bean Tacos

These Black Bean Tacos are one of my all-time favorite taco recipes. They are restaurant quality tacos that are EASY to make at home. The black bean filling is made with basic ingredients, but the flavors are outstanding. We serve the black beans in cr…

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Cheesy Pinto Beans

Cheesy Pinto Beans are a quick and satisfying meal made with simple pantry staple ingredients, like canned beans.

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We’re getting back to the basics with this one! I love exploring really simple ways to transform pantry staples, like canned beans, into a filling and satisfying meal. For these Cheesy Pinto Beans, I simply seasoned up some canned beans, puréed half to make the beans nice and creamy, then stirred in a little cheese to make it extra flavorful and satisfying. Serve them over rice and you’ve got an easy and satisfying meal for pennies.

A bowl of cheesy pinto beans over rice.

What Are Pinto Beans?

Pinto beans have been a staple ingredient in many parts of the world, including Mexico and the Southwest U.S., for generations, so if you live in those areas you’re probably very familiar with this delicious bean. But if pinto beans aren’t already part of your regular diet, this recipe will be a great introduction. Pinto beans are a small, tan-colored bean that has a speckled appearance when dried. They have a deliciously creamy texture once cooked, which makes them great for refried beans, soup, burritos, or just enjoying over rice, like I did here.

Can I Use Dry Beans?

Dry beans will always be more budget-friendly, usually lower sodium, and oftentimes have better flavor, but they can definitely a little more time and work to prepare. This Cheesy Pinto Bean recipe is designed for convenience, so we’re using canned beans this time around. If you want to use pinto beans that you’ve cooked from dry, you’ll need about three cups of cooked beans. You’ll likely need to add a little more salt to your recipe at the end, as well.

How to Serve Cheesy Pinto Beans

This deliciously simple recipe can be eaten a few different ways. I served mine over a bowl of rice, but you could also purée more of the beans and serve it as a beany chip dip! I think it would also be good served in a bowl then scooped up with some fluffy naan or pita. Or, simply serve them alone as a side dish with your favorite meal.

What Else Can I Add?

Beans are such a flexible ingredient, so there are several other ingredients you can add to these cheesy pinto beans. Here are some other ingredients that you can stir into your beans:

  • Diced Hatch green chiles
  • Salsa
  • Diced red onion
  • Diced ham or bacon
  • Sour cream (makes the beans EXTRA creamy)
  • Cilantro
  • Green onions
Cheesy Pinto Beans on a serving spoon in the pot.
Overhead view of a bowl of cheesy pinto beans over rice.

Cheesy Pinto Beans

Cheesy Pinto Beans are a quick and satisfying meal made with simple pantry staple ingredients, like canned beans.
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican, Southwest
Total Cost $2.96 recipe / $0.74 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 ⅔ cup each
Calories 268kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic $0.16
  • 1 jalapeño (optional) $0.08
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil $0.04
  • 2 15oz. cans pinto beans $2.00
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika $0.03
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin $0.03
  • 1/8 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02
  • 2 dashes hot sauce $0.10
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese $0.50

Instructions

  • Mince the garlic and finely dice the jalapeño (remove the stem and seeds).
  • Add the onion, jalapeño, and cooking oil to a pot. Sauté the garlic and jalapeño over medium heat for about one minute, or just until the garlic is very fragrant.
  • Add one can of pinto beans to a blender, with the liquid in the can, and purée until smooth.
  • Add the puréed beans and the second can of beans (drained) to the saucepot with the garlic and jalapeño. Stir to combine.
  • Season the beans with the smoked paprika, cumin, pepper, and hot sauce. Stir to combine, then heat through over medium, stirring occasionally.
  • Finally, add the shredded cheddar and stir until it has melted smoothly into the beans. Taste the beans and adjust the seasoning to your liking. Serve over rice or with your favorite meal.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.66cup | Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 664mg | Fiber: 10g

How to Make Cheesy Pinto Beans – Step by Step Photos

Garlic and jalapeño in a pot.

Mince two cloves of garlic and finely dice one jalapeño (seeds and stem removed). Add them to a pot along with one tablespoon of cooking oil. Sauté over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, or just until the garlic becomes really fragrant.

Puréed pinto beans in a blender.

Add one 15oz. can of pinto beans to a blender (with the liquid in the can) and purée until smooth. Alternately, you can use an immersion blender in the pot with the beans.

Pinto beans in the pot, puréed beans being poured into the pot.

Add the puréed beans to the pot along with a second 15oz. can of pinto beans (drained). Stir to combine.

Seasonings added to the pot.

Season the beans with ¼ tsp smoked paprika, ¼ tsp ground cumin, ⅛ tsp freshly cracked black pepper, and a couple of dashes of hot sauce. Stir to combine and then allow the beans to heat through, stirring occasionally.

Shredded cheese added to the beans.

Once the beans are hot, add ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese.

Cheesy pinto beans being stirred.

Stir the beans until the cheese has melted smoothly into the beans.

Finished cheesy pinto beans in the pot.

Taste the beans and adjust the seasonings to your liking. Because canned beans and cheese contain a fair amount of salt, I did not find that I needed to add any to the beans. Serve the beans over rice, with chips, or as a side to your favorite meal!

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Chimichurri Cauliflower Tacos

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Taco Pasta

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Fried Chicken Sandwich

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Loaded Potato Soup

Loaded Potato Soup is like your favorite baked potato with all the fixins, like bacon, sour cream, green onion, and cheese, but in a bowl!

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Loaded baked potatoes are amazing, but you can’t cozy up and warm your hands on it like you can with a big bowl of soup! So let’s turn that baked potato into a thick and creamy, warm and cozy, delicious and filling bowl of Loaded Potato Soup to get us through the last couple months of winter. This soup has all the usual fixins like bacon, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and green onion all piled into a thick and velvety potato soup base. Soooo cozy!

a bowl of loaded potato soup topped with bacon, cheese, and green onion.

What Kind of Potatoes are Best for Potato Soup?

I chose to use russet potatoes for my potato soup for a few reasons. They mash easily and are a bit starchier than other potato varieties, which helps make a nice thick soup. Youkon Gold, which are slightly starchy and slightly waxy and hold their shape better, so they are a good option if you like your soup to be more on the chunky-soupy side rather than thick and velvety.

Looking for a Sweet Potato Soup? Check out my Creamy Sweet Potato Soup.

It’s All About the Bacon

Using a little bit of bacon in this recipe goes a long way toward adding richness and smoky flavor to every bowl. I used only a ¼ pound of bacon to add flavor while keeping the recipe budget-friendly, but you can certainly use ½ pound or even a whole pound if you’re a bacon lover!

What Else Can I Add to Potato Soup?

I love recipes that allow for fun add-ins or toppings, and this loaded potato soup is definitely one of them! Here are a few other ingredients that you can add, if you have them on hand:

A ladle of potato soup being lifted from the pot.
overhead view of a bowl of loaded potato soup with toppings.

Loaded Potato Soup

Loaded Potato Soup is like your favorite baked potato with all the fixins, like bacon, sour cream, green onion, and cheese, but in a bowl!
Course Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine American
Total Cost $6.16 recipe / $1.02 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 1.5 cups each
Calories 538kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. bacon $1.37
  • 1 yellow onion, diced $0.32
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced $0.32
  • 3 Tbsp butter $0.33
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour $0.03
  • 2 cups chicken broth $0.26
  • 2 cups whole milk $0.40
  • 2 lbs. russet potatoes, peeled & diced $1.20
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper $0.02
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste) $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02
  • 1/2 cup sour cream $0.37
  • 4 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded $1.15
  • 3 green onions, sliced $0.30

Instructions

  • Add the bacon to a large soup pot and cook over medium heat until brown and crispy. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a clean bowl or plate, leaving the bacon grease in the pot.
  • While the bacon is cooking, dice the onion and mince the garlic. Add the onion and garlic to the pot after the bacon has been removed and cook over medium heat in the bacon grease until the onions are soft and translucent.
  • Add the butter and flour to the pot and continue to stir and cook over medium heat for about two minutes to form a roux.
  • Add the chicken broth and milk to the pot and whisk to dissolve all of the flour and butter.
  • Add the diced potatoes to the pot, cover, and turn the heat up to medium-high to bring the broth up to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium-low and let the potatoes simmer for 15 minutes, or until they are very tender (easily pierced with a fork).
  • Use a potato masher or immersion blender to mash the potatoes until the soup is to your desired thickness.
  • Season the soup with smoked paprika, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Once seasoned, stir in the sour cream.
  • Serve the soup hot and top each bowl with the crumbled bacon, sliced green onions, and cheddar cheese.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 538kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 38g | Sodium: 736mg | Fiber: 3g
A spoon stirring a bowl of loaded potato soup.

How to Make Potato Soup – Step by Step Photos

browned bacon in the bottom of a soup pot

This recipe starts with BACON! Cook ¼ lb. of bacon in a soup pot over medium heat until brown and crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a clean bowl or plate and leave the bacon grease in the pot.

Diced onion and minced garlic added to the pot with bacon grease.

While the bacon is cooking, dice one yellow onion and mince four cloves of garlic. Add them to the pot after removing the bacon and continue to sauté over medium heat in the bacon grease until the onions are soft and translucent.

Flour and butter added to the soup pot.

Next, add 3 Tbsp butter and 3 Tbsp flour to the onions and garlic. Continue to cook and stir over medium heat for about two minutes. The butter and flour will form a roux that helps thicken the soup.

Diced Potatoes on a cutting board

While the onions are sautéing, peel and dice 2 lbs. russet potatoes into ½-inch cubes. The smaller the cubes, the faster they’ll cook.

broth in the soup pot, milk being poured in.

Add 2 cups chicken broth and 2 cups whole milk to the pot. Whisk to dissolve all the flour and butter, then add the diced potatoes.

Simmered potato soup in the pot.

Simmer the potatoes in the soup for about 15 minutes, or until they are VERY soft. The total time needed will depend on the size of your potato cubes, but you need to let them simmer until they’re easily pierced with a fork so that they’ll be easily washable.

Potato masher in the pot of soup.

Use a potato masher or immersion blender to partially mash the potatoes or until the soup is to your desired thickness (some like it chunky, some like it smooth!).

Seasonings added to the soup.

Then it’s time to add some more seasoning. I added ½ tsp smoked paprika, ¼ tsp cayenne pepper, ½ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp freshly cracked pepper.

sour cream added to the soup.

And lastly, to make the soup extra creamy and extra baked-potato-like, stir in ½ cup sour cream.

A pot of potato soup with toppings added.

Slice three green onions and shred about 4oz. of cheddar cheese. Add the green onion, cheese, and crispy bacon to each bowl (or to the pot if you want to make a nice presentation for the dinner table).

close up of a ladle full of loaded potato soup.

Delish!

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Creamy Sweet Potato Soup

This luxurious and creamy sweet potato soup features warm spices and oven roasted sweet potatoes for maximum flavor and natural sweetness.

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There’s nothing I love more than a cozy soup. …Except maybe a cozy soup that is also inexpensive. ;) For this Creamy Sweet Potato Soup I amped up the natural flavor and sweetness of sweet potatoes through roasting, added a few warm spices, then finished it off with a dose of luxurious heavy cream. The combo is just perfection. And don’t worry, if you can’t do heavy cream there are definitely options!

three bowls of sweet potato soup

Roasted Sweet Potatoes for Extra Flavor

There are a lot of ways you can cook sweet potatoes before turning them into soup (steaming, boiling, sautéing, etc.) but I chose to roast the sweet potatoes for this soup because roasting significantly enhances their flavor. The natural sugars in the sweet potatoes begin to caramelize and the flavors in the potatoes intensify as they roast in the dry oven. It might take a little longer than simply boiling them, but the flavor payoff is worth it!

Heavy Cream Alternatives

I finished off my soup with a dose of heavy cream because I had it on hand, but have two no-cream options. You can either substitute with full-fat coconut milk (the kind in the can, not the kind meant as a dairy milk substitute) or just leave out the cream altogether. Truth be told, this soup was extremely delicious even before I added the cream!

Garnish Options

I garnished my soup with a little extra heavy cream and freshly cracked pepper, but those are totally optional. You could also add something green like chopped cilantro or chives. Or you could even drizzle a little flavored olive oil on there! I wouldn’t say no to adding a few croutons on top, either.

What to Serve with Sweet Potato Soup

This sweet potato soup makes the perfect “soup and salad” or “soup and sandwich” lunch. You could serve it with a salad like Autumn Kale and Apple Salad, or my Roasted Vegetable Salad. As for sandwiches, this would go great with a classic Veggie Sandwich or a Curry Chicken Salad sandwich.

One bowl of creamy sweet potato soup garnished with cream and pepper
One bowl of creamy sweet potato soup garnished with cream and pepper

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup

This luxurious and creamy sweet potato soup features warm spices and oven roasted sweet potatoes for maximum flavor and natural sweetness.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Total Cost $4.11 recipe / $1.03 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 1.5 cups each
Calories 389kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. sweet potatoes $1.98
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided $0.32
  • 1 yellow onion $0.32
  • 4 cloves garlic $0.32
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika $0.02
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne $0.02
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02
  • 4 cups chicken broth $0.52
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream $0.50
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste) $0.02

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise, then prick the skins a few times with a fork. Rub 1 tablespoon olive oil over all surfaces of the sweet potatoes, then place them face down on the baking sheet.
  • Transfer the baking sheet to the preheated oven and roast for 30 minutes. After roasting for 30 minutes, check to see if they are tender all the way through (pierce with a fork). If not tender, return them to the oven for about 10 minutes and check again. Total roasting time will depend on the size of your potatoes. Allow the sweet potatoes to cool slightly after roasting.
  • While the sweet potatoes are cooling, dice the onion and mince the garlic. Add the onion and garlic to a skillet along with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sauté the onion and garlic over medium heat until the onions are soft.
  • Add the cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne, cinnamon, and pepper to the skillet with the onions and garlic, and continue to sauté for about a minute more.
  • Scoop the slightly cooled sweet potato flesh out of their skins and into a blender (6 cup capacity or larger). Also add the onion mixture and 2 cups chicken broth (swirl a little bit of the broth in the skillet first to pick up all the spices). Purée the mixture until smooth.
  • Transfer the puréed sweet potato mixture to a soup pot and add an additional 1 to 2 cups chicken broth (less for a really thick soup, more for a more liquid soup). Heat the soup through over medium heat.
  • Stir the heavy cream into the soup, then taste and adjust the salt or pepper if needed. Serve hot.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 19g | Sodium: 1144mg | Fiber: 7g

How to Make Sweet Potato Soup – Step by Step Photos

Prepped sweet potatoes on a baking sheet

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise, then prick the skins a few times with a fork. Drizzle one tablespoon olive oil over the sweet potatoes and then rub them to coat all surfaces. Place the sweet potatoes cut sides down on the baking sheet.

roasted sweet potatoes on a baking sheet

Roast the sweet potatoes in the oven for 30 minutes. Check to make sure the potatoes are tender all the way through (pierce with a fork). If not cooked through, return the potatoes to the oven for another 10 minutes and check again. Total roasting time will depend on the size of the potatoes. (I flipped the potatoes in the photo above so you can see how caramelized they get on the bottom.) Let the sweet potatoes cool slightly.

Sautéed onion and garlic in a skillet

While the sweet potatoes are cooling, dice one yellow onion and mince four cloves of garlic. Add the onion and garlic to a skillet along with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Sauté over medium heat until the onions have softened.

Spices added to the sautéed onion and garlic

Add ½ tsp cumin, ¼ tsp smoked paprika, ¼ tsp freshly cracked pepper, ⅛ tsp cayenne, ⅛ tsp cinnamon to the onions and garlic. Continue to sauté for one minute more, then remove the skillet from the heat.

Sweet potato scooped into a blender

Scoop the roasted sweet potatoes out of their skins and into a blender (6-cup capacity).

onions and broth added to the blender

Add the sautéed onion, garlic, and spices to the blender, along with 2 cups chicken broth. Swirl a little of the broth in the skillet first to pick up all those spices.

Puréed sweet potatoes in the blender

Blend the sweet potatoes, onion, garlic, and broth until smooth.

puréed sweet potatoes in a pot, broth being added

Transfer the puréed sweet potato mixture to a soup pot and add an additional 2 cups chicken broth (if you want your soup extra thick, just add one cup of broth).

Cream being stirred into the soup

Heat the soup through over medium heat, then stir in ½ cup heavy cream. Give the soup a taste and add salt or extra pepper as needed (I added ¼ tsp salt). Enjoy hot!

Three bowls of creamy sweet potato soup on a blue background

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