These crock pot baked potatoes are truly a set it and forget it kind of recipe, leaving precious space in your oven to bake other recipes you’re making.
The Easiest Crock Pot Baked Potatoes
The slow cooker is such a great place to cook baked potatoes especially if you have your oven filled with other delicious recipes you’re whipping up at the same time. We love crock pot potatoes because:
- Minimal ingredients: All you need is russet potatoes, olive oil, salt, and pepper for the most tender potatoes in all the land.
- Hands off: Once you’ve got your potatoes in the slow cooker, it’s 100% hands-off until they are done. Heck yes!
- Perfect every time: You really can’t mess these crockpot baked potatoes up. If you like them a little more firm, take them out earlier and if you like your potatoes on the softer side, let them keep cooking.
What Types of Potatoes Can I Use?
This particular crock pot baked potatoes recipe calls for large russet potatoes. You can also use Idaho because they are very similar.
Technically you can use any kind of potato when baking potatoes in crock pot. But, do note that size matters when it comes to the baking time. The bigger the potato, the longer you’ll have to cook it.
Here are some other potato options you can try:
- Sweet potatoes
- Yukon gold potatoes
- Red potatoes
- Fingerling potatoes
Are potatoes healthy?
While potatoes get a bad rap because of their high starch content, they actually pack in some great nutrition.
- High in fiber
- Packed with anti-oxidants
- Good source of potassium and magnesium
- Naturally gluten-free
- Low in sodium
How to Make Crock Pot Baked Potatoes
Follow these simple steps to perfect baked potatoes in crock pot every time:
Step 1: Prep Potatoes
- Prep the potatoes by running them under warm water. Using your fingers or a veggie brush, remove any dirt or residue. Scrubbing your potatoes is important to remove any dirt that may have gotten on your potatoes.
- Then, pat dry with a kitchen towel or paper towel.
- Use a fork to pierce potatoes on all sides around 8-10 times per potato.
- Next, rub each potato with olive oil, and generously season the outside of each potato with kosher salt and pepper.
Do I have to poke holes in my baked potatoes? Technically you do not have to poke holes in your potatoes, but we find they cook more evenly if you do.
Do I need to use aluminum foil? No aluminum foil is necessary for this recipe. Once you close your slow cooker, your potatoes will steam and there is no need for aluminum foil.
Step 2: Place in Crock Pot
Place potatoes on the bottom of your crock pot, and then place the lid on top. Seriously, that’s it.
You’ll see that we cooked 4 large russet potatoes at one time because that is what fit on the bottom of our slow cooker. The amount of potatoes you can cook at once depends on how big your taters are and how big your slow cooker is!
Why are my potatoes turning black in the crock pot? Your potatoes are probably turning black because you peeled them or cut them. When the flesh of a potato touches the air, the flesh can turn brown.
Step 3: Cook on High
Turn your crock pot to high, and let your potatoes cook on high for anywhere from 4-6 hours depending on how big they are and how firm you like your taters.
Cook time will vary depending on the size of your potatoes. Use a fork to test the doneness of your potatoes. They should be fork tender.
How long to cook potatoes in crock pot? Cook large russet potatoes in the slow cooker for 4-6 hours or until fork tender.
rule of thumb
You know your potatoes are done cooking when they are easily pierced with a fork, but still firm on the outside. If the flesh is still hard on the inside, cook those taters a little longer.
Step 4: Enjoy!
Let crock pot potatoes cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing and topping with your favorite tater toppings. Check out our recommendations below.
Serve as a side dish or as a loaded baked potato for your main dish.
Toppings for Baked Potatoes
There’s nothing better than topping your perfectly cooked baked potatoes (crock pot) with all your favorite toppings. Whether you’re putting together a full baked potato bar, or just using your baked tater as a side dish, we recommend any (or a combination!) of the following toppings:
- Sour cream (or Greek yogurt!) and chives
- Bacon bits
- BBQ sauce and cheddar cheese
- Green onions
- Leftover chili
- Butter, salt and pepper
- Vegan queso
What to do with your leftover slow cooker baked potato recipe?
Looking to use your potatoes in crock pot baked in a different recipe? Here are some ideas to repurpose your taters:
Potato Salad – Dice your cooked potatoes into bite-sized pieces and make potato salad! Add hard boiled eggs, cheddar cheese, bacon, Greek yogurt, and mayo! Try our Baked Potato Salad recipe.
Twice Baked Potatoes – twice-baked taters is probably our favorite way to repurpose baked potatoes. Scrape out the center and add all of your favorite fixings! Try our Easy Twice Baked Potatoes recipe.
Mashed Potatoes – that’s right, you can actually make mashed potatoes out of your baked potatoes. Simply use a potato masher and add milk, Greek yogurt, butter, salt, and pepper. Try our Healthy Mashed Potatoes recipe.
Chili baked Potatoes: one of my personal favorite ways to eat a leftover baked potato is by topping it with our homemade beef chili. It’s hearty, filling, and so yummy. Try our Chili Recipe.
What to Serve with Crock Pot Baked Potatoes
Baked potatoes make for a delicious and filling healthy side dish! We recommend pairing them with a protein, such as steak, and a non-starchy vegetable, such as asparagus or broccoli. Oh, and don’t forget about dessert 😀 Here are a few more ideas:
Crock Pot Baked Potatoes
- Begin by prepping russet potatoes. Run potatoes under warm water and use your fingers to remove any dirt or residue.
- Pat dry with a kitchen towel or paper towel.
- Use a fork to pierce potatoes on all sides (around 8-10 times per potato).
- Then, rub each potato with olive oil.
- Generously season the outside of each potato with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Place potatoes on the bottom of your slow cooker.
- Place the lid on slow cooker and then turn to high. Let cook on high for 4-6 hours. Cook time will depend on the size of the potatoes.
- You know your potatoes are done cooking when they are easily pierced with a fork, but still firm on the outside. If the flesh is still hard on the inside, cook them a little longer.
- Let baked potatoes cool for 10-15 minutes, and then slice and serve.