Loaded Baked Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

Loaded Baked Potatoes in the Slow Cooker from KatiesCucina.com

Get ready for a life changing recipe. Yes, I said it… some might wonder why “baking” potatoes in the slow cooker would be life changing, but it is. If you are a potato lover you will rejoice by learning how easy it is to bake potatoes. No need to turn on the oven and let it heat up your home for hours. Or zap the tatters in the microwave. Just wash the baking potatoes and place them in your slow cooker.

Loaded Baked Potatoes in the Slow Cooker from KatiesCucina.comIt is honestly that easy. I’ve spent the past month trying different methods of baking potatoes in the slow cooker. I’ve tried wrapping them in foil and letting them cook. Verdict: the potatoes on the bottom were brown. I’ve tried coating them in butter and then sprinkling salt on the baking potatoes and then covering them in foil. Verdict: the potatoes were a little soggy because the salt brought out more water.  I’ve tried cooking them as is “naked”. Verdict: I liked those the best. So that is what I’m teaching you how to do today. I used my KitchenAid 6 quart Slow Cooker. It can fit up to 12 Russet Burbank Potatoes or 6 of the XL baking potatoes. It’s a big slow cooker that is perfect for entertaining.

I don’t know about you, but there is nothing more that I love then a loaded baked potato. Bring on the toppings; butter, sour cream, shredded cheddar, freshly cooked diced bacon, and chives from the garden. That is a complete baked potato in my mind. I also like warming up some broccoli and cheese and making a loaded broccoli and cheese potato. The sky is honestly the limit when it comes to baked potato toppings.

Loaded Baked Potatoes in the Slow Cooker from KatiesCucina.com

Are you entertaining or need to bring something to a pot luck? Make a baked potato bar and you’ll wow everyone. I can not wait to make these baked potatoes in the slow cooker this holiday season when I entertain all my family for Thanksgiving. I have multiple to feed people–not just on Thanksgiving day and I totally plan to do a baked potato bar one of the days. I know everyone will love it. Plus, with any leftover baked potatoes I can turn them into breakfast potatoes the next day!

Katie Original Recipe

Loaded Baked Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: 12

Loaded Baked Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 12 Russet Burbank Potatoes or 4 XL Baking Potatoes
  • Slow Cooker
  • Toppings for Baked Potatoes:
  • Butter
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Bacon
  • Chives

Directions

  1. Rinse the baking potatoes really well and then prick with a fork a few times.
  2. Place the baking potatoes in the slow cooker (DO NOT ADD WATER) and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  3. Remove cooked baked potatoes from the slow cooker and prick with a fork to open. Fluff the inside of the potato with the tines of the fork, then place the toppings, one by one in the potato. Serve immediately and enjoy.

Notes

Making a baked potato bar for family and friends? Bring the baked potatoes cooked and placed all the toppings next to the slow cooker! *If you cook the baked potatoes for more than 10 hours the insides will begin to brown a little.

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16 Comments

  1. LOVE this idea Katie. So easy and they’ll stay warm and tasty till the rest of dinner is ready. Brilliant!

  2. Genius! I love a good baked potato and especially a loaded one. Trying this soonest!

  3. Love this! I hate heating up the house for potatoes, but you know…I need my potatoes. :)

  4. I love baked potatoes! Well really I love any type of potato! Never tried them this way, will have to give it a try. Love the potato bar idea!

    • Ha ha… me too–any way is fine by me. Try it the next time you have to entertain! So easy, Angie!!!

  5. serious YUM. i love crockpotting potatoes :-D

  6. I never thought to do baked potatoes in the slow cooker! Can’t wait to try this!

  7. One of my favorite quick and easy meals :) I’ve never tried it in the slow cooker though!

  8. These looks great!!! Can’t wait to try it!

  9. No way! I’m so doing this tomorrow…I love baked potatoes and *do not love* heating up the whole house! I’m pinning this too…in my (CarlaINHouston) Recipes to try and love board. Thanks for sharing!!

  10. Briley Armstrong

    I always slow cook them with all of my toppings it’s delicious either way!

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