6 Favorite Soups for Fall

Nothing says love like a bowl of soup of a crisp fall day!

Have cooler temps and shorter days made you start craving comfort foods?  Me too!  I actually enjoy soup year-round.  I may be the only girl south of the Mason Dixon line that loves soup no matter the season.  But, in the fall and winter, I really love soup!  I have six favorites that my family loves, and I think yours will too.  

Fall soups can be prepared ahead and reheated at the campground or in your crockpot while you explore!

6 Favorite Soups for Fall

Making soup can be a very simple process.  I use my crockpot a lot for making soup.  This is perfect for taking to the campground.  You can also make the soup ahead of time and freeze to take to the campground.  Either way, get ready to get cozy and enjoy a warm meal around a campfire this fall.

Smokey Turkey and Sweet Potato Chilli

This is a less traditional chili but doesn't write it off just by the list of ingredients.  It boasts a smoky flavor from adobo peppers.  Full of lean ground turkey, dried lima beans, and sweet potatoes, this chili is one that you will come back to over and over.  I made it multiple times last year.  And my crew loved it!  It has a little kick but is not too spicy.  You could always reduce the amount of heat by adjusting the peppers.  It cooks in the crockpot and could not be simpler.

To make it easy at the campground, prepare the spice/seasoning mix at home.  Chop your onion and potatoes at home.  Brown your turkey at home.  Take these items pre-done and put everything together in your crockpot at the campground.  

French Onion Soup can be prepared in your crockpot and is a meal in a bowl with hearty bread and cheesy topping!

Crock Pot French Onion Soup

French onion soup to me is the best of a soup and sandwich combo.  There is this flavorful broth and onion soup topped with bread and melted cheese.  It is ridiculously simple.  Start the onions in a pan over a flame and then add everything to the crockpot and cook all day.  If you like french onion soup, this is one to try!

Depending on your set up, you can decide how much of this to do at home.  I would cut all my onions at home and at a minimum just brown and cook at the campground.  However, you could chop and brown your onions at home.  Refrigerate them and they put everything into your crockpot the morning you plan to serve this!  

To make this a little more campground friendly, you can serve with swiss grilled cheese made from a hearty bread like sourdough.  Cube your grilled sandwich into pieces and sprinkle over your soup or just dunk right in!

Top your taco soup with avocado, sour cream, cheese, or tortilla chips!

Taco Soup

When I asked my husband about some of his favorite soups that I make, he immediately mentioned this one.  It is one that tends to be a universal favorite.  The taco flavor profile combined with ranch seems to be the overall winning combo.  I like that its a sneaky way to get in veggies like corn and beans for our son.  If you are making this at the campground, brown your ground meat ahead of time.  Take all of the canned items and seasoning packets to the campground.  Combine and cook.  Done!  

Split pea soup is a fall and winter favorite at our house.  We love this with jalapeno cornbread!

Split Pea Soup

I think one reason people pass up this soup is the green color.  It has that "icky" green color of baby food peas, but I'm not bothered by it.  While there are lots of recipes for split pea soup, I prefer the version cooked with a meaty ham bone.  This is one that I would recommend preparing at home ahead of time and freezing to take to the campground.  But, I love this because it is so perfect with a piece of cornbread.  

Tuscan White Bean Soup

If you are looking for another way to sneak in some veggies, Tuscan White Bean soup has kale and beans along with the squash.  It has a nice texture thanks to all of the chopped veggies.  In the end, you puree a few of the veggies to thicken everything up.  This would also be best prepared at home and reheated at the campground.  It is also excellent served with bread and shredded cheese.  

Soups like chicken noodle have veggies, chicken, and noodles.  It truly a one-pot meal that is perfect as it is!

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Prep your seasonings and chop your veggies at home.  You can cook all of this in your crockpot at the campground.  Add the noodles at the end.  You will have a nice meal at the end of the day.  Leftovers are perfect for lunch the next day.  This is like chicken soup on steroids and so much better than the canned version.  Chicken noodle soup is just a classic that anyone will enjoy from kids to adults!

If you plan to prepare soups this fall, I encourage you to seek out ones that you can either prepare at home and freeze to be reheated at the campground.  This is such a simple option that takes a lot of the work off of the campground chef once you arrive.  However, if you do some of the prep work at home, it is still easy to put everything together at the campground.  And, lastly, make the crockpot your friend.  So many soups can be prepared this way using the low and slow cooking method that makes mealtime effortless.  

What is your favorite fall soup?

Don't forget toppings and sides to go with these.  From grilled sandwiches to croutons and crackers, soups are always better with a little added punch.  Even shredded cheese works well for soups, stews, and chillis.  It is a way to make it a real meal.

I think that soups are great for one-pot meal solutions.  And since you almost always end up with leftovers, you have lunch for the next day and could even freeze single-serving containers for later.  If you are looking for some new campground meals, think soup!  And ditch the canned varieties.  Once you try something homemade, you won't ever look back.

Until next time...

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