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These Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes are made easy with your crockpot! Come home to perfectly baked potatoes for a ready-made side dish, or top them with meat, cheese, various dressings, or hey – all of the above! These are also great for summer because there’s no oven heat!

slow cooker baked potatoes with sour cream and cheese in foil

Why You’ll Love Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes

My slow cooker has totally changed the way I make baked potatoes! I honestly don’t know why it has taken me this long to try this method. Well, actually, the biggest reason was that I really didn’t think I could get a fluffy baked potato from a slow cooker. Boy was I wrong!

I was always afraid it would turn out gummy and dense, but I was pleasantly surprised! The first time I made these potatoes they had soft and fluffy interiors and were oh so tender (that’s right, the first time was a charm). If you’re looking for crispy skins, you should go the oven route, but if you’re looking for a foolproof way to have baked potatoes ready when you come home from work – this is it!

If you have two crock pots you can make it even easier by putting your protein in one and these potatoes in the other. Then, all you have to do to finish out your meal is add a simple side salad! BAM – dinner is done in 10 minutes! You can also make a meal out of the potatoes themselves by making Buffalo Chicken Baked Potatoes or Taco Baked Potatoes

Oh and I can’t forget one of the biggest benefits of this slow cooker method: it won’t heat up your house! You don’t have to worry about the oven being on so long and heating up your house when the summer heat is already working overtime. Use a slow cooker year-round!

potatoes being prepared for the slow cooker

Ingredients

The ingredients for this recipe are my favorite kind of ingredients: super simple. All you’ll need are 4-5 medium russet potatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper, and water. Wrap those babies up in foil and you’re in business!

Of course, things can get more involved when it comes to topping your potatoes. You could go for a simple baked potato with butter, sour cream, and a little cheese. You could also make twice-baked potatoes like this breakfast version, and add things like broccoli and/or mushrooms to your mixture. 

Potatoes are such a fantastic base for so many different kinds of flavors, so go crazy and get creative. Think of your favorite meal…you could probably make a baked potato-inspired version of it!

baked potato smothered in olive oil and sprinkled with salt

Step-By-Step Instructions

Start by washing the potatoes, taking care to scrub off any dirt or grime. Pat them dry and lay them on a piece of foil where you’ll rub each potato with olive oil before sprinkling them with salt and pepper. 

Then, wrap each potato up tightly and place them in the crockpot. Pour the water into the bottom of the crockpot and then cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours, or on low for 7-8 hours. 

Enjoy!

baked potato split open and dressed with sour cream and colby jack cheese

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Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 10 mins
 

These Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes are made easy with your crockpot! Come home to perfectly baked potatoes for a ready-made side dish, or top them with meat, cheese, various dressings, or hey – all of the above! These are also great for summer because there’s no oven heat!

Course: Side Dish
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Countryside Cravings
Ingredients
  • 4-6 medium russet potatoes
  • 4-6 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • foil
Instructions
  1. Wash and scrub potatoes. Pat dry and lay on a piece of foil. Rub each potato with 1 teaspoon olive oil then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap each potato up tightly and place in crockpot. Pour the water into the bottom of the crockpot. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
Recipe Notes

*Smaller potatoes will cook faster.

*Recipe adapted from Cooks Illustrated

Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes - an easy way to come home to baked potatoes! | www.countrysidecravings.com

2 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes”

  1. Do you put the potatoes on a rack in the slow cooker? Wondering about the water & whether or not it may infiltrate the foil.

    Reply
    • Nope no rack needed. It is a small amount of water and won’t cover the potatoes. Thanks for asking and I hope you enjoy!!

      Reply

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