Crock Pot Baked Potatoes

Over the weekend, our kitchen transformed from cool oasis to tropical rainforest. The thermometer hit 92 degrees, the humidity 99 percent, and my desire to turn on my oven plummeted to zero. Bye bye, oven; hello, Crock Pot Baked Potatoes!

Crock Pot Baked Potatoes recipe — the easiest way to bake a potato is in your slow cooker! Easy method with no clean up. Great for weeknight dinners or to feed a crowd. @wellplated

Because we live in cooler Wisconsin and our yard is completely shaded with trees, we rarely turn on our air conditioner. In fact, last summer, in a stubborn faceoff with our thermostat (and an attempt to offset the massive heating bill we accumulated during the winter), we didn’t turn it on at all.

Although hotter areas of the country might not have the luxury of keeping the AC off without inducing heat stroke, limiting oven use still helps keep the kitchen cool.

Fifteen minutes of oven heat for the sake of cookies, I can handle on a hot day. The HOUR PLUS I’d need to bake potatoes? No thank you.

How to bake potatoes in a crock pot. The easiest way to bake a potato! They turn out perfectly fluffy every time and the slow cooker does the work. Great idea for an easy dinner or even to feed a crowd. @wellplated

I recently learned that Cook’s Illustrated (the magazine put out by the wonderfully obsessive recipe testers at America’s Test Kitchen) had devised a way to “bake” potatoes in the crock pot, and I thought it was brilliant.

Baked potatoes are one of my family’s favorite sides at our cookouts and my Grammy’s annual Fourth of July feast, but keeping the oven on long enough to cook a potato in the middle of summer is a sweaty feat.

This trick to make Crock Pot Baked Potatoes is brilliant! Fluffy, delicious baked potatoes. No need to heat up your kitchen with this easy slow cooker recipe. @wellplated

I was worried the crock pot baked potatoes would be too mushy and lack the “fluffiness” I love most in classic baked potatoes, but I was thrilled with the results.

The potatoes could not have been easier to prep, the cooking process was completely hands off, and making the potatoes in the slow cooker left my oven free for greater endeavors (ahem, Lemon Cream Pie).

Once the crock pot potatoes were cooked, it was time for them to meet their ultimate destiny: a shower of toppings. I stuck with the classics—bacon, chives, and cheese—then piled on a big dollop of plain Greek yogurt, my favorite healthy swap for sour cream.

Baked potatoes in the crockpot. Easy recipe and the slow cooker does all the work! @wellplated

Greek yogurt is excellent source of protein, and its lightly tangy flavor is fabulous with baked potatoes. If you’ve never swapped Greek yogurt for sour cream or usually eat your baked potatoes plain Jane, June is the perfect month to give Greek yogurt and cheese a try, because it’s National Dairy Month!

I’m joining one of my long-time blog partners, Pick ‘N Save (our local grocery chain) in celebrating this Wisconsin-appropriate “holiday” by highlighting its dairy products, including the Roundy’s Greek Yogurt and Roundy’s Extra Sharp Cheddar that I heaped aboard my slow cooker baked potato.

Light and fluffy Crock Pot Baked Potatoes recipe — this is the BEST way to bake a potato! No more heating up the oven, a great way to have potatoes ready when you get home from work, and the recipe can feed a crowd. @wellplated

Whether you are looking for an easy way to feed a crowd, to beat the heat, or simply love the flexibility of slow cooker recipes, these Crock Pot Baked Potatoes have you covered.

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Crock Pot Baked Potatoes

Crock Pot Baked Potatoes—how to bake potatoes in your slow cooker. Easy method with no cleanup. Perfect for weeknight dinners or to feed a crowd.

Yield: 4–6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours (on low)

Ingredients:

  • 4–6 russet baking potatoes
  • 2–3 teaspoons olive oil (1/2 teaspoon per potato)
  • 1–1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt (1/4 teaspoon per potato)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Toppings: Freshly grated Roundy’s Cheese (I used extra-sharp cheddar), chopped chives, cooked and crumbled bacon; Roudy’s Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt

Directions:

  1. Scrub the potatoes and dry completely. For each potato: tear off a piece of aluminum foil large enough to wrap around the potato completely. Prick the potato all over with a fork, then place in the center of the foil. Drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Rub the salt and oil over the surface of the potato, then wrap tightly with the foil sheet. Place in your slow cooker.
  2. Cook the potatoes on high for 4 to 5 hours or low for 8 to 10 hours, until soft. Do not over cook, or the potatoes may become soggy. Remove and carefully unwrap (the potatoes will be hot). Split and top with cheese, chives, bacon, and Greek yogurt as desired.

The cooking time will vary based on the size of your potato. Large potatoes will need longer, while smaller potatoes will cook more quickly. I think this method would also work well with other types of potatoes (such as Yukon gold) or sweet potatoes, so feel free to experiment.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 medium/large (6-ounce) skin-on potato, without toppings

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 177
  • Total Fat: 2g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 280mg
  • Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Protein: 6g

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About Erin Clarke

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49 comments

  1. hey girl this looks so yummy!

  2. pure genius!! who needs a campfire?!

  3. Did you find the potatoes were darker than baking in the oven ? I did…..I baked two the other day, I have tried them in foil and not in foil…..but these I just put on the bottom of slow cooker and baked….next time I will add a layer of onions before adding the potatoes…..this would flavor them also :)

    I just baked 2 today in the oven, I just rubbed with coconut oil and put salt over them…I did not poke holes and I think I like these better this way…

    I alway boil 2 and eat one and the next day I will slice in thick slices and fry in butter for breakfast…..baked potatoes fried with an egg/bacon are delicious……have you tried this ? I kinda doubt you would, as you seem to eat pretty healthy….. but if you have never eaten a baked potato fried…you should try it at least once……you will be surprised…….it has such a good taste….they are already done, you just brown them in butter…..yum…..

     

  4. Oh, Erin, these look delicious! What a great way to cook a lot of baked potatoes without turning on the oven! I’ve made them in the microwave on hot days (and/or when I’m in a hurry),  but I wouldn’t want to cook 5 or 6 in the micro. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I wish I had seen this recipe two weeks ago!  It’s starting to get hot here in LA, and I was CRAVING twice baked potatoes, so I set all the fans in my kitchen to high, and threw my potato in the oven and was sweating soooooo much.  Next time, I’m going to be making this instead!  I can’t wait to try it.  :)

    Jess

  6. I can happily report that I made this dish and it may become the only way I will be making baked potatoes from now on ( unless I have  to cook for a bigger crowd). I put on potatoes in the morning, went to work at my cake studio and when I got home all I had to do is to prepare toppings: bacon, yoghurt, mozzarella cheese and some bolognese sauce too., for Italian style baked potatoes. Thanks Erin 😋👌

  7. never thought baked potatoes could get any easier! this is such a great idea, wondering if the time would be the same for sweet potatoes?

    • Hi Mia! I actually thing sweet potatoes would be done a bit more quickly, since they usually bake more quickly in the oven. It will also vary a lot based on the size of your potato. I’d start checking them at least an hour early. The steps, however, will be the same.

  8. OMG. This is flipping GENIUS. I can’t believe you didn’t turn your air on last year! I feel like this year has already been like 10000 times hotter than last! 

  9. The photo shows the potatoes in a single layer in the crock pot. Is this necessary?

    • Hi Linda! Honestly, I’m not sure, because I’ve never done these double stacked. I think you probably could try, though you may need to increase the cooking time, since the crock pot will be more full.

  10. Looking forward to trying this! If I want to only make 2 potatoes, do you think the cook time will be quicker or about the same? Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Alyson! I think this will still work with 2 potatoes. I’ve never made this small of a batch, but since the crockpot will be less crowded, my guess is they will finish early. I’d check them an hour early, then about every 15 minutes to half hour after. As soon as they are fork tender, they are good to go!

      • I only cook 2 at a time, since there is just the two of us and yes the time is shorter, I think it normally takes about 90 minutes for ours on high. But I have also found it depends on the crockpot (I have a large, small and a triple)

  11. I just moved to Wisconsin from Upstate NY, and I LOVE Pick ‘N Save!! The Roundy’s brand is usually a real winner in my book :) I’m excited to try these out, because we don’t have a microwave to pre-bake them in (plus, our oven is in need of a replacement). Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Ok. I have tried this multiple times and every time I cook my potatoes in the crockpot, the whole inside turns a weird brown shade and the potatoes smell and taste bad. Why????

    • Hi Susan! I can’t say for certain, but it might be that the potatoes are overcooked. A little bit of browning is normal, but if there is a lot, maybe try cooking them for less time next time.

  13. You can also dice leftover baked potatoes add diced onions and cavenders cook in a little butter. In the south these are called home fries served with breakfast.

  14. my old ceramic crock pot cracked right in two!!
    OMG

  15. Hi Erin. 
    I will be following your guidelines for Christmas dinner, because we are making a prime rib in the oven where after cooking for a bit you turn off the oven and don’t open the door for two hours. Do you think once the prime rib is done I could crisp up the skin in the oven?

    • Hi Jessica! Do you mean crisp up the skin of the prime rib or crisp up the skin of the potatoes? Honestly, I don’t think that idea would work very well for the potatoes. You could try putting them under the broiler for a few minutes uncovered after they are baked, but I worry that this would burn the top and potentially dry out the insides. As far as the prime rib goes, I’ve actually never made one, so I’m afraid I can’t advise you there either. I wish I could help more, but I just don’t have the right experience to offer. Good luck, and I hope the meal turns out great! It sounds delicious.

  16. This is one of my favorites! Easy to do and delicious

  17. I love these taters but last time i made them, everything was great except for the bottom of the tater which was hard…it wouldn’t be so bad if i didnt like eating the whole tater

    Rating: 4.5
    • Hi Tracy, I’m stumped as to why that could be happening. Perhaps the potatoes got slightly overcooked? I haven’t run into that problem myself, so I’m not 100% sure what the cause is! I’m glad you were able to enjoy them regardless!

  18. Can you layer these at all? I need to cook 5 larger ones

    • Hi Stacey, I’ve never tried it this way, so it would be an experiment, but I’d say that a second layer should be OK. You should rotate their positions halfway through and be prepared to extend the cooking time. Since the crock pot is more full, the potatoes may need longer.

  19. Are you saying not to put the lid on the crock pot?

  20. What a wonderful way to do baked potatoes!! Just tried this yesterday and you cannot imagine how nice it was to arrive home from work cold and starving after a frustrating post-job odyssey to the smell of dinner ready and waiting. I had already fried the bacon bits the other day, so all I had to do once I changed clothes and fed the cranky, starving cats was throw together a salad, shred some cheese, take the sour cream & pre-made bacon bits out of the fridge and dig in. I followed the recipe to the letter using some salvaged coconut oil left over from fried chicken and the ‘taters came out perfectly. I put them on when I came home for lunch and did them (three fist-sized potatoes) on the “hi” setting for about for about five hours with no hard, burnt spots on the bottoms; nice and moist w/o being soggy. Just wish I’d had the moxie to go clip a few chives from the garden to top them with. This dish is going to be in regular rotation around here! I love baked potatoes, but it’s frustrating that they take so long to bake in the oven. Perfect solution! 

    Oh, and a parting thought: a leftover one would reincarnate beautifully into Irish potato bread. :) 

    Rating: 5
    • Hi Brenda, I’m so glad that these hit the spot for you. EXCELLENT idea about the potato bread. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this wonderful review!

  21. Going in the crockpot now!  Last time I made this, I ended up standing them on the ends leaning on each other and rotated 180* both directions so that the majority of the potato was in direct contact with the pot.  They turned out great! Being in southern Arizona, this is a wonderful alternative to using the oven!

  22. Every Friday we have a pot luck in our teachers room. We rotate in groups providing the pot luck. One group all brought in crock pots with baked potatoes and had a buffet of toppings. It was one of the best pot luck spreads I’ve had!!! 

    Glad to have found this recipe with the steps laid out. 

    • That does sound like a great potluck spread, Sarah! I’m glad you found this method so you can make it at home too!

  23. I was just looking for meals that are hands off and I found this! great idea, I’ll be trying it this weekend!

    Rating: 5
  24. My goodness there is not one part of this potato that is off limits! I didn’t realize I was eating the skin until half way through!

    Thanks for this amazing effortless recipe. I kept ruining them in the oven! 😂

    Rating: 5
    • YAY Porscha, I’m so happy to hear this method is a winner for you! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this awesome review.

  25. Awesome! Who knew you could make baked potatoes in the slow cooker? These tasted great. I washed my potatoes and let them dry. Then I sprayed my crockpot with cooking spray, rubbed my potatoes down with olive oil, pricked them with a fork, and cooked them for a few hours on low. They were soft but not mushy, and had a much better taste than “baked” potatoes from the microwave.

    Rating: 4.5

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