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 dish 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.

loaded baked potato made in a slow cooker

Crock Pot Baked Potatoes – A Better Cooking Method

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.

foil wrapped baking potatoes in a crock pot

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.

popular toppings for baked potatoes - sour cream, yogurt, cheddar cheese, bacon, and chives

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

How to Make a Crock Pot Baked Potatoes Bar

For a full-on baked potatoes bar, I’d suggest adding heartier toppings too:

crock pot baked potatoes topped with sour cream, bacon and chives, sitting on aluminum foil

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.

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crock pot baked potatoes topped with sour cream, bacon and chives, sitting on aluminum foil

Crock Pot Baked Potatoes

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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.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 8 hrs
Total: 8 hrs 10 mins

Servings: 4 –6 servings

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

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • 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.

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1medium/large (6 ounce) potato without toppingsCalories: 177kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 6gFat: 2gFiber: 4gSugar: 2g

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  1. 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…..

     

    1. Funny you mention the skins, because they do come out darker! I didn’t notice any difference in taste though. Love your idea of the onions and that baked/fried business must be fantastic too :)

    2. Can’t believe I haven’t yet tried frying leftover baked potatoes in butter — that sounds delicious, and a perfect accompaniment for bacon & eggs! Thanks for the idea! 

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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 ??

    1. HOORAY Joanna! Welcome to the slow cooked potato revolution ;-) I’m so happy to hear this method was successful for you. Thanks for sharing your review!

  5. 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?

    1. 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.

  6. 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! 

    1. 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.

  7. 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!

    1. 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!

      1. 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)

  8. 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!

  9. 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????

    1. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

    1. 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.

  12. 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 tater4 stars

    1. 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!

    1. 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.

  13. 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. :) 5 stars

    1. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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. 

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

  16. I was just looking for meals that are hands off and I found this! great idea, I’ll be trying it this weekend!5 stars

  17. 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! ?5 stars

    1. 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.

  18. 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.4 stars

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

          1. Yes, they turned out pretty good. It came in handy since I was gone this afternoon. It will be great in the summer not to turn on the oven. Thanks!

  20. 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!

  21. 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!!

    1. 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.

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

  23. 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!5 stars

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

  24. Trying this right now.  I rolled up a couple of foil sheets so the potatoes would not sit on the bottom and harden in that position.  Hope it works.  

  25. Could I cook the potatoes this way and then scrape them out and make mashed potatoes? You know add butter and milk and beat them? I’m no cook, so wasn’t sure if it would work?

    1. Hello! Yes, you could make mashed potatoes that way, but if you do an internet search for crock pot mashed potatoes recipes, you’ll find some that might be a little easier and faster that won’t involve wrapping the potatoes in foil first!

    1. Hi Tawni, I haven’t tried that but it’d be an experiment, and would possibly take less time if the potatoes are smaller than the ones I used. Another great crock pot red potato recipe are these breakfast potatoes! You could leave out the peppers, etc., if you’re looking for a more straightforward potato flavor.

    1. Hi Patsy, I believe other readers have tried the recipe without foil and had success. I haven’t tried them this way myself, but you’re welcome to experiment.

  26. Could you wrap the potatoes in parchment paper insteadof foil?  I don’t use foil anymore since learning of the aluminum leaching into the food when heated.  Do you think the cooking time would be the same?

    1. Hi Sherry, I haven’t tried that myself, but it looks like other recipes on the internet suggest parchment paper, so you could probably give it a try! A few commenters have also mentioned that the recipe came out without wrapping the potatoes at all. If you do experiment, I’d love to hear how it comes out!

  27. Glad I found this recipe! I followed the directions but was wondering if only cooking 2 potatoes does that make a less cooking time?

    1. Hi Kim, I haven’t experimented with fewer potatoes, but you could check them a little earlier to see. I’m glad you found the recipe too!

  28. I’m going to try this tomorrow. I was planning on making potato soup on Sunday so I’ll try adding the chopped potatoes after the other veggies are cooked and maybe mash one up to thicken the soup. Years ago we had family living with us after they relocated to our area. It seemed like there was always a little bit of this and that left over after meals (I was cooking three meals a day for 7 people for 5 months). One night, after running out of ideas for dinner, I baked a bunch of potatoes and put all of the leftovers out for toppings. Taco meat, bacon, bbq chicken, a couple of kinds of shredded cheese, broccoli, chili, hard boiled eggs, sour cream – I had a PILE of dishes that night but the fridge was empty :) Everybody agreed it was a great meal idea!5 stars

  29. You could try putting foil balls on the bottom of the pot. This keeps the potatoes from touching the bottom which does make them hard.5 stars

  30. Love this recipe and your website.  Perfect amount of commentary, easy to understand recipe and a nice short and sweet video for those of us who appreciate seeing the process!  Appreciate your hard work!  5 stars

  31. I found this recipe a few years ago and have been making them this way since. I have a extra large crockpot and I can do 10 easy. So great for summer meals too. I just put the crockpot outside on the patio so I don’t heat up the house. My kids eat the skin too because it’s so soft. I know potatoes covered in butter and cheese aren’t the healthiest but as a family of 6 dishes like this really help stretch our grocery budget. 5 stars

  32. I do not recommend this recipe. I have a new crockpot, and it cracked the crock. I had read other comments stating that this cracked older crocks, and assumed it would not do the same to a new one. I believe the lack of liquid is what causes this. Beware before making.1 star

    1. Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that this happened, Laurel. I have not been able to duplicate this issue and am not sure what might’ve gone wrong. I’m very sorry you had trouble with this, and I know it can be frustrating, so I really wish you would’ve enjoyed it!

  33. This is how we’ve done baked potatos for a while, and they turn out fantastic. One other secondary use for extra potatoes I didn’t see in the comments, and again breakfast… freeze them, and then shred them with a course box grater. Fry that up in some oil and this is how your local greasy spoon (or Dennys’) makes hashbrowns.5 stars

  34. I used this recipe for an office party and I did not feel that the potatoes were as good as they are when baked in the oven, but worse than that, the high temperature coupled with only dry ingredients and no fluid in the crock pot caused my pot to crack. 1 star

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that this happened, Tyson. I have not been able to duplicate this issue and am not sure what might’ve gone wrong. I’m very sorry you had trouble with this, and I know it can be frustrating, so I really wish you would’ve enjoyed it!

  35. so happy I found this and it works! I had a slab of leftover short ribs done on the gril and didn’t get to the falling of the bone done. so I wanted to put them in my slow cooker to see if I could Finnish them last night but I didn’t want to just add them in water.. (i have never been a great cook). anyway I remembered seeing something on internet about doing potatoes in a slow cooker so I googled and found you.. only thing I forgot was to wipe the potatoes with the oil. but no matter they turned out great and by just laying my ribs on top of the potatoes works awesome. I did the 4 to 5 hrs on high and bones pulled right out!!
    SUPPER DONE!! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe…..I am liking some of your other recipes as well.5 stars

  36. These are nice recipes. I just bought a crock pot slow cooker . I am new at cooking meals but i am raring to go. I can follow instructions so i am ready to try your recipes.5 stars

  37. Did this for party. Cooked 12, stood them “up” in crock pot. Forgot to poke, no issues. Used vegetable oil, then sprinkled with garlic salt before wrapping. So good, so easy! 5 stars

      1. Hi Becky! 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.