Crock Pot Baked Potatoes

Standard baked potatoes have this way of disappointing me. It’s not that they offend me, per se (particularly once topped with bacon and cheese), but they’ve never felt exciting enough to merit the full hour of high-temperature oven blazing it takes to bring them to fruition. Crock Pot Baked Potatoes, however, are an entirely different scenario.

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

An easy vegetable side I can put in my slow cooker, ignore for a few hours, then return to find perfectly cooked, all without having to turn on the oven? SOLD.

Also, where this is a baked potato, there will bacon and cheese and maybe even avocado if I’m feeling crazy. SOLD AGAIN.

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

Here is how the idea of “baking” potatoes in the crock pot came to be. My sister told me about a build-your-own-baked potato bar at a party she’d attended. Each guest grabbed a baked potato, then loaded it up at a DIY topping bar the host had provided.

It sounded like a brilliantly easy, delicious way to entertain. I have yet to encounter a single person who doesn’t enjoy a loaded baked potato every now and then.

Plus I’ve learned the hard way that, when I’m hosting a party, it’s integral to my sanity to prep as much as possible in advance. This baked potato party would be a snap to do ahead of time, with the exception of one small detail.

Baking the potatoes.

I didn’t like the idea of having my oven tied up for the full hour plus it would take to bake the potatoes the traditional way immediately before the party started. If the oven was full, how would I heat the Skinny Chicken Enchilada Dip and Shrimp Guacamole Bites? Important details.

That’s when it hit me: what if I could roast the potatoes in the crock pot instead?

I was a genius.

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

As, it turns out, so are the folks at Cook’s Illustrated, the magazine put out by the wonderfully obsessive recipe testers at America’s Test Kitchen. Long before I’d come up with the idea, they’d devised a crock pot baked potato method of their own.

Rather than reinvent the wheel (Cook’s Illustrated tests its recipes dozens of different ways, so I was confident they’d already made my mistakes for me), I decided to give their method a go. 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, Vegan Apple Crisp). You can also cook the crock pot baked potatoes on high heat or low, depending upon when you need them to be ready.

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 nonfat Greek yogurt, my favorite healthy swap for sour cream. It’s creamy and pleasantly tangy like sour cream but packs far more protein for a fraction of the calories.

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

In the cheese arena, I like to use a fully flavored, melty cheese like sharp cheddar, because a small amount goes a long way.

For a full-on potato bar, I’d suggest adding heartier toppings too:
Chili (might I suggest this Healthy Turkey Chili?)
Blanched broccoli
Pulled pork (I can practically feel Ben leaning over my shoulder requesting this)
Black beans
Avocado
Tex-Mex anything: salsa, cilantro, sliced jalapeno

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

In the cooler fall and winter months, I can see these Crock Pot Baked Potatoes being the food MVP of a fall game watch or even tailgate. You can even start the potatoes at home, then bring them right along with you in your slow cooker.
In the warmer months, this slow cooker potato method is also ideal, because you won’t need to heat up your oven for a full hour to enjoy a fluffy baked potato at your barbecue or cookout.

For a step-by-step of how to make these Crock Pot Baked Potatoes, watch this short recipe video:


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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

Cook Time: 4 to 5 hours (on high); 8 to 10 hours (on low)

Total Time: 4 to 5 hours (on high); 8 to 10 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; Roundy’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 it 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 overcook, 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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72 comments

  1. shawnna griffin Reply

    hey girl this looks so yummy!

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

  3. kentuckylady717 Reply

    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
  26. Is it really that easy? Do I add water to the slow cooker? Looking forward to making some yummy bake potatoes!

  27. YESSSSS!!!! These look so perfect.

  28. OK – mind blown! I love this idea. And I’m with you – baking potatoes in the oven seems to take FOREVER. Love that I can just forget about them in my crockpot for a few hours. Can’t wait to try this!

  29. OH YUM! so delicious- I LOVE baked potatoes!

  30. I’m so glad you reposted this…you re-inspired me, Erin! My potatoes are in the slow cooker now :) Side note: My husband and I love making your slow cooker buffalo chicken sweet potato recipe and nestling the sweet potatoes right on top of the chicken mixture while it cooks. It’s become one of our go-to dinners. Your recipes are so appreciated!!

  31. Inspired!! Love the crock pot idea :)

  32. Do you think that the recipe can be doubled? If so, how long would it take?

    • Hi Jen, I’ve never tried doubling the recipe, so it would be an experiment, but I’d say that a second layer in the crock pot 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.

  33. hey girl- these potatoes look so yummy! I’ll have to try it!

  34. I have yet to try baked potatoes in the crop pot, this must change! YES!

  35. Nothing better than a baked potato with ALL the goodies!

  36. Please send me your chicken and yam recipe. Deeply appreciate it!!

  37. I love crockpot anything!! Thinking I need to give these a try…also, I love your new pictures!

  38. This looks amazing! I love making crock pot recipes, they’re just so practical!

    Rating: 5
  39. Has anyone ever had a problem with putting the “foil” potatoes in the crock pot? Any water?

  40. These potatoes were great! I made them on a night when the oven was in use for another dish and not a good temperature for baked potatoes. I made 6 large potatoes, which necessitated 2 layers, and it worked out fine. Thanks for a great recipe!

    Rating: 5
    • Vivian, thanks for reporting back how it went with 2 layers of potatoes! I’m so glad the method is a winner for you!

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