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Sweet potato and chicken make a perfect pairing in this crock pot sweet potato soup and it’s comforting and delicious—one of the best sweet potato in crock pot recipes I’ve ever had! File under: sweet potato meals the entire family will love! You can easily make this into a vegetarian soup by eliminating the chicken and making it into a vegetable soup recipe.
This recipe for sweet potato soup is truly one of my favorites—especially if you’re looking for an Instant Pot or crock pot soup or slow cooker soup for a rainy day or a chilly winter evening.
If you’re looking for crock pot easy recipes, this is it!
But . . .
Before we get to this sweet potato soup recipe, let’s cover some common questions that people seem to have about these potatoes.
(Finding answers to questions is one of the things I like to do when cooking with kids because you can discuss all the different nutrition and fun facts while cooking. It’s another facet that makes cooking with kids a great learning opportunity!)
Sweet Potato vs Potato: What’s the Difference?
Did you know that sweet potatoes and potatoes are completely unrelated?
(Weird, I know.)
According to PrecisionNutrition.org:
Potatoes (Solanum tuberosum) are in the Solanaceae family, related to tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant along with deadly nightshade.
Plants in this family produce solanine, which is poisonous.
So don’t eat the leaves or stems of any plant in this group, or potatoes that have gone green.
Sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) are in the Convolvulaceae family with flowering morning glory vines.
Unlike potatoes, you can also eat the leaves of sweet potatoes, which are very nutritious.
Is sweet potato a vegetable?
Sweet potatoes are root vegetables, meaning that we eat the part that grows underground.
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Sweet Potato vs Yam
Sweet potatoes and yams are not the same thing!
In fact, sweet potatoes and yams are completely different root vegetables and look very different.
How are yams and sweet potatoes different?
Yams have a brownish skin that looks a lot like tree bark. The inside is like a regular potato and it’s not very sweet to taste.
Sweet potatoes have a more reddish-brown skin and the inside “flesh” is usually sweet in taste.
However, there are also white, orange, and purple sweet potatoes!
However, many American grocery stores market sweet potatoes as yams.
The reason for the name mix-up, she explains, is because Louisiana sweet potato growers marketed their orange-fleshed as ‘yams’ to distinguish from other states’ produce in the 1930s—and it stuck.
If you want to do a cooking project with your kids to show the difference between yams and sweet potatoes, you’ll probably have to find real yams at a speciality grocery store because the ones in your local grocery store are probably just sweet potatoes (even if the sign says “yams”).
Sweet Potato Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Benefits
According to Harvard Health:
Sweet potatoes are higher in beta carotene than many other vegetables and are a good source of potassium, fiber, and vitamins A and C.
Sweet Potato Calories
One small sweet potato (cooked with nothing on it) has around 112 calories.
Is sweet potato a starch?
Sweet potatoes contain starch and is “slow-burning,” meaning they will help you feel full longer.
Sweet Potato Soup Recipe paired with Little Sweet Potato Children’s Book
One of the best ways to get kids to try something new (like this sweet potato soup recipe) is to give them something to relate it to.
And, one of the best ways I’ve found to do that is to pair up a recipe with an awesome children’s book!
For this recipe and reading project, we recommend Little Sweet Potato by
Little Sweet Potato must find a new home.
And, he’s very “lumpy and bumpy,” so he’s not sure how well he’ll fit into a new home and with new friends.
During his journey, he meets up with mean vegetables like carrots, eggplants, and even some flowers who tell him that he’s just too lumpy and bumpy to be friends with them.
Soon, though, Little Sweet Potato finds his group and feels right at home being comfortable just as he is.
This is a good book to discuss the topics of kindness, bullying, diversity, and more.
Listed Age Range: 4-8 years
On to the recipe!
I go back and forth between calling this slow cooker sweet potato stew and sweet potato soup. To me, it’s heartier than a soup, but not quite as thick as a potato stew.
No matter, it’s one of my favorite sweet potato easy recipes and slow cooker soups. Throw everything in tand then by dinner you have an amazing crockpot stew!
(And, it’s a sweet potato recipe healthy soup!)
Crock Pot Sweet Potato Soup with Chicken and Cornbread Topping
FILE UNDER: Sweet Potato Dinner Recipes – Crock Pot Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew
- 3-4 frozen chicken breasts
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1 white onion, diced
- 2 cans of chicken broth
- 1 can of Rotel tomatoes with green chilis (I use mild or medium, but use the heat intensity that you like)
- 1 can tomatoes with garlic
- 1 can tomato paste
- 2 soup cans of water (+ more, if needed)
- 2 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 can sweet cream corn
- 2-3 shakes of hot sauce, optional
- 1 box Jiffy cornbread mix + ingredients for the cornbread, optional
- Place frozen chicken breasts on the bottom of the crock pot.
- Place remaining ingredients, except for the corn, on top of the chicken in the crock pot.
- Cook on low for 5 hours.
- For the last hour, remove chicken breasts and shred.
- --IF YOU WANT THE CORNBREAD TOPPING, SKIP THIS STEP AND SEE DIRECTIONS BELOW--Add shredded chicken back in, as well as the can of cream corn, and cook for 30 to 60 additional minutes.
FOR THE CORNBREAD TOPPING (OPTIONAL)
- Mix cornbread according to package directions.
- Add the shredded chicken breast and corn into the soup.
- Spoon cornbread batter in dollops on top of the soup. Replace crockpot lid and cook for 30 to 60 minutes or until cornbread is cooked through.
If you like a thicker base and less chunky, I sometimes use an emulsion blender to blend the base (a little) before I added the chicken and corn back in. You can also achieve this with a blender.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 456 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 85mg Sodium: 1063mg Carbohydrates: 64g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 44g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 29g