Crock Pot Potatoes is an easy way to make loaded mashed potatoes. The potatoes are slow cooker until tender, which makes them incredibly creamy, then all the favorites are added, like bacon, cheese, green onions, and seasonings. It’s the perfect side dish recipe for any occasion.
Mashed potatoes are one of the best side dishes you’ll ever have. This classic side can be found on almost every table across America and many parts of the world at least weekly. I’ve loved them since I was a kid, and I’ve been making them almost as long. One of my favorite ways to make them is in the crock pot. Using the crock pot, I can just set the potatoes and forget about them until it’s time to mash them. And the best part is that they’re cooked perfectly every time.
Crock Pot Potatoes
This easy recipe starts with potatoes cut into 1-inch chunks and slow-cooked until they’re fork-tender and perfect for mashing. Then, I mash them with butter, cream cheese, and seasonings until they’re extra smooth, creamy, and loaded with flavor. Finally, I stir in shredded cheddar cheese and top them with sour cream, green onions, and bacon. When I’m all done, I have the most delicious fully loaded mashed potatoes you’ve ever had.
Why You’ll Love This Crock Pot Potatoes Recipe
- They’re super easy to make. Simply add the potatoes and broth to the crock pot, cover, and cook on high. When they’re tender, drain and add the remaining ingredients.
- It’s a versatile dish that can be served with a variety of main courses, such as a side dish for beef, chicken, fish, or pork.
- It’s such a delicious loaded mashed potato recipe that is a breeze to make, and once everything is added, it’s the perfect side dish recipe everyone will enjoy.
Crock Pot Potatoes Ingredients
You only need a few simple ingredients to make this recipe, and all of them are kitchen staples in most homes.
- Russet potatoes are ideal for making mashed potatoes and when cooked, they become soft, fluffy, and have a natural creaminess that helps bind the other ingredients together.
- Chicken broth adds flavor and moisture to the potatoes as they slow cook.
- Butter adds richness and flavor, and helps to create a creamy texture to the potatoes.
- Sour cream also add richness and tanginess, and helps keep the potatoes moist.
- Cream cheese adds richness and creaminess, and helps bind the other ingredients together.
- Sharp cheddar cheese adds flavor and richness to the potatoes.
- Garlic salt enhances the flavor of the other ingredients, and adds a savory flavor.
- Black pepper adds a bit of heat and also helps to balance out the sweetness from the other ingredients.
- Bacon adds flavor and texture to the potatoes.
- Green onions adds freshness and enhances the flavor of the potatoes.
How to Make Crock Pot Potatoes
Making these potatoes is a breeze. Just slow cook them until tender and mash them up. That’s all there is to it!
Step 1: Cook the Potatoes
Spray an 8-quart rock pot with non-stick cooking spray. Then, add the potatoes and chicken broth and cook on high for 3 ½ to 4 hours until the potatoes are fork tender.
Step 2: Mash the Potatoes
Drain the potatoes and return them to the crock pot. Add butter, cream cheese, and seasonings and mash with an electric mixer until combined. Then, stir in the shredded cheese.
Step 3: Add the Remaining Ingredients
Top the potatoes with sour cream, green onions, and bacon. Enjoy!
- The best potatoes to use for this recipe are russet or Yukon Gold.
- If you don’t like the idea of using a mixer in your crock pot, you can place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl.
- 1-inch is the best size for your potato cubes. They’ll cook evenly and be easier to mash.
- For a different kind of mashed potatoes, try this recipe with sweet potatoes.
- For a vegan version, use vegetable broth and vegan cheese, sour cream, and bacon.
- For smooth, creamy, classic mashed potatoes, omit the cheese, sour cream, bacon, and onions.
What to Serve with Crock Pot Potatoes
Serve these loaded mashed potatoes alongside all the classic dishes that pair so well with traditional mashed potatoes. Some great options include:
- Pork Chops
- Baked or fried chicken
- Beef pot roast
- Pork roast
- Smoked meats
Absolutely. Slow cookers are designed to cook slowly. They’re mean for raw ingredients to be added and then cooked for several hours on low heat.
Not always. Potatoes should be submerged if you’re making stew, casserole, or mashed potatoes, If they’re steamed in foil wrappers, they don’t need to be submerged.
That depends on how the potatoes are cooked. Large baked potatoes can take up to 4 to 5 hours on high or up to 10 hours on low, while diced potatoes like these take between 3 ½ to 4 hours.
Yes. If you slow cook potatoes for too long, they can get tough and even burn.
To keep potatoes from getting mushy, don’t overcook them. If you’re adding diced potatoes to soup or stew in a slow cooker, add them in the last 3 to 4 hours of cooking so they become fork-tender, not mushy.
How to Store and Reheat Leftover Crock Pot Potatoes
Store these potatoes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. For longer storage, freeze them in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to a month.
To reheat the potatoes, spoon them onto a plate, cover, and microwave at 1-minute intervals until heated through.
Try This Delicious Crock Pot Potatoes Recipe Today
These cock pot potatoes are the best mashed potatoes you’ll ever eat. Fully loaded with sour cream, cream cheese, shredded cheese, bacon, and green onions, they have everything we love with potatoes, and they’re always cooked to perfection and so easy to mash. This is the perfect mashed potato recipe for weeknight dinners or any time you just don’t want to fill the house with heat and steam. They are a great side for Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner. Give them a try and get ready to fall in love!
Crock Pot Potatoes (Loaded Mashed Potatoes)
- Spray an 8 quart crock pot with non-stick cooking spray.
- Add potatoes and cover with chicken broth.
- Cook on high for 3.5-4 hours or until potatoes are fork tender.
- Drain potatoes and return them to the crock pot.
- Add butter, cream cheese, and seasonings.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the potato mixture until combined.
- Sprinkle with cheese, and stir sour cream, green onions and bacon into the potatoes.
- Serve hot and enjoy.
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