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Warm up this winter with a big bowl of Hearty Crockpot Cowboy Soup! This comforting soup is packed full of veggies, protein, and flavor. It’s perfect for a cold day, for Meatless Mondays, and makes enough to feed a crowd. So gather your friends and family around the table for a cozy meal they’ll love. Enjoy!
Easy cowboy soup
Also known as hamburger soup, this filling dish is typically made with ground beef, tomatoes, potatoes, mixed vegetables, corn and green beans. I wanted to try a plant-based version to see if it worked, and it totally did!
This cowboy soup is hearty, savory, filling ang comforting. And it’s so easy to make. Since it uses meatless “meat”, there’s no need to cook it before hand.
Everything goes in the slow cooker, making it a wonderful dump meal. It also works great for meal prepping and planning. Just add all the ingredients (except the broth) to a large Ziploc bag and freeze until needed. Then, it’s just a matter of dumping it into the slow cooker, adding the broth, pressing the on button and done!
Ingredients for Hearty Crockpot Cowboy Soup
- Meatless meat crumbles
- Mixed vegetables (I used frozen because canned vegetables tend to turn mushy in the slow cooker)
- Canned tomatoes
- Condensed tomato soup
- Vegetable broth (I used vegan bouillon powder mixed with water, but you can use ready made broth as well) + 1 broth bouillon cube (for extra flavor)
How to make Hearty Crockpot Cowboy Soup
First, start by peeling the potatoes and chopping them. Place them in the crockpot.
Next, add the tomatoes, condensed soup, broth, bouillon cube, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper. Combine well.
Add the meatless veggie crumbles and frozen mixed vegetables to the crockpot and combine well. Cover, and cook on LOW for 6 hours. FYI, your house will smell amazing while it’s cooking!
Once it’s ready, check flavor and adjust seasoning if desired. Serve with crusty bread or even by itself!
Is cowboy soup healthy?
The soup is made with a variety of vegetables, potatoes, tomatoes, plant-based protein and it is flavored with a variety of spices. The result is a soup that is both hearty and healthy.
This easy cowboy soup recipe is also packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It’s a great way to include more nutrients and get some plant-based goodness (1) in a delicious, easy way (which is what Gentle Nutrition is all about)!
How to thin out this hearty crockpot cowboy soup
Cowboy soup tends to be pretty thick. If you want to thin it out, add more water or broth until it reaches desired consistency.
How can I add more flavor to the recipe?
Add more flavor to this soup by experimenting with:
- Green peppers
- Red pepper flakes
- Smoked paprika
- Chipotle powder
- Garlic salt
How to store and reheat this recipe?
To store the soup, simply place it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The soup will keep for up to three days.
The soup can be easily reheated in a microwave or on the stovetop. When reheating the soup, be sure to bring it to a boil before serving. Enjoy!
Can I freeze Hearty Crockpot Cowboy Soup?
The best part about this soup is that it can be made in advance and frozen for later. This means that you can always have a delicious and hearty meal on hand, even on busy weeknights.
To freeze, simply place it in an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to six months. When you’re ready to enjoy, simply thaw the soup overnight in the refrigerator and reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave.
Can you make cowboy soup in advance?
Yes! It’s easily made into a freezer dump meal by adding all the ingredients (except broth) into a large Ziploc bag and storing it in the freezer. When you’re ready, dump the contents of the bag into the crockpot, add the broth and cook on LOW for 3 hours.
Additional plant-based meals
Hearty Crockpot Cowboy Soup (Plant-Based)
- 1 12 oz bag of meatless "ground beef"
- 1 16 oz bag of frozen mixed vegetables
- 4 large potatoes, chopped
- 1 can petite diced tomatoes
- 1 can condensed tomato soup
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cube vegetable broth bouillon
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
- Peel potatoes and cut into small cubes. Add to slow cooker.
- Add meatless crumbles, frozen vegetables, garlic, diced tomatoes, condensed tomato soup, vegetable broth, bouillon cube, salt, pepper and sugar to the slow cooker and combine well.
- Cook on low for 6 hours in slow cooker. Serve with crusty bread, pasta or rice.
Hi! I’m Melissa, Registered Dietitian and mother of two dragons. When I’m not talking nutrition you can find me rolling around the floor with my kids, sewing, crafting, cooking or missing the 90s (seriously, music just isn’t the same). Read More…