There is something so comforting about coming home from a long day out and being able to dish up a warm bowl of healthy soup to fill up your tired body.
Truthfully, I enjoy slow cooker meals even after a lazy day at home! Not only are they easy, I love that my tastebuds are tempted all day with the aroma of dinner cooking.
And now that fall is upon us, nothing screams dinner to me than a hearty soup or chili. Serve it up with a salad or some homemade bread, and my entire family is in heaven!
Slow Cooker Soups and Chilis for the Fall
Let’s start with the soups.
Soups for the slow cooker are so versatile, because you can modify just about any recipe to suit your family’s needs and desires.
- Don’t like onions? Use onion powder.
- Want to keep it vegetarian? Use vegetable stock or water.
- Against cooking with alcohol? Use extra broth.
- Have extra kale in your produce bin? Throw it in the soup instead of buying fresh spinach for a recipe.
You get the idea. These recipes are guidelines and you are encouraged to play with them and modify them to your preferences. No matter how you dish it, they’re economical, time saving and some of my favorite comforting meals!
Slow Cooker Soups
Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup – I know it’s not a “slow cooker” per se, but you don’t have to be home to make it and I think that counts, right? Plus homemade chicken noodle soup is exactly what you need on a cold, chilly day.
Minestrone with Broccoli Rabe – Just the kind of soup you want after a long day out!
Red Lentil Vegetable Soup – Letting the red lentils dissolve into nothing is the whole point of this soup, making it an excellent candidate for the slow cooker!
Lasagna Soup – Hands down our favorite soup ever! This is so comforting, so filling, and so full of flavor. This is one you don’t want to miss out on!
Ham and Bean Soup – Ham and Bean Soup is one of my husband’s favorites. He loved the Canned Bean and Bacon Condensed Soup growing up, and this is my version of the soup without any nasty preservatives or additives.
Tortellini Soup – I am not kidding when I tell you this meal came out of a desperate raid of the pantry and fridge one evening. We had nothing in the house after a trip, yet I was able to whip up a soup that is now one that is requested over and over again. It just goes to show you that you don’t need to spend a fortune to have a great meal!
Homemade Tomato Soup – Nothing fancy here. Just lip smacking good soup. And a great suggestion of what to serve with this soup! (Not a plain old grilled cheese either!)
Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup – This is tomato soup’s bigger brother. So good and so “fancy,” yet SUPER easy!!
Garlic White Bean Soup with Kale – I love that this soup makes white beans the star, but it makes the house smell like an Italian restaurant!! I also have a variety that I make in my Instant Pot with Sausage!
And then there are the Chilis – so hearty, so filling, so cheap!!
In my house, we love to have a bowl of chili and watch some football! It is just tradition. And thankfully, I have so many varieties of chili, we can change it up for weeks.
(Plus since the work is done in the slow cooker, I can sit back and relax and watch the games or chat with our company!)
Slow Cooker Chilis
Pumpkin Chili – Oh goodness, if you’ve never put “pumpkin” and “chili” together in a pot together, you’re missing out! Hands down, this is my all time favorite chili. People are always amazed that it contains pumpkin!
White Chicken Chili – What’s not to love? Tender chicken, white beans, and warming spices. This is just the kind of chili many “non” chili eaters love! And this is always what I crave when I feel worn down–I guess it is my version of chicken soup.
Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quinoa Chili – I make this at least once a month to eat for lunch throughout the week. My kids love to have it in a thermos with a few tortilla chips, and I love how healthy it is for us all!
Chicken Chili – This is my go to pot luck meal. It serves a crowd and can be stretched even further if you serve it over rice and with all the fixings for tacos–tomatoes, avocadoes, onions, lime wedges, cheese, chips, etc. No matter how much I make, I NEVER have anything leftover! We just can’t get enough!
Butternut Squash Chili – This is one of my new favorite dishes, period! The combination of sweet squash and smokey chipotle peppers is just out of this world. It was so tasty, it even won my squash-hating husband over! (And yes, I know he is crazy for hating squash!)
Lentil Chili – Did you know that lentils are so hearty, that even meat eaters won’t miss the meat in this meatless chili? I bet you can throw it together with what you have in your pantry right now for mere pennies a serving!
A Few More Soups You Might Like
- Northern Beans and Ham Soup
- Mexican Corn & Potato Chowder
- Tortilla Soup
- Minestrone Soup
- Cream of Anything Soup
So there you have it! No excuses not to have dinner waiting for you on even your busiest of days with these slow cooker soups and chilis.
Did you forget to start the slow cooker? Make any of these meals in the Instant Pot!