These are the Best Ever Crock Pot Baked Potatoes. They’re super easy to make – load them up with your favourite toppings for a yummy dinner!
Ingredients and substitutions
- Russet potatoes – russet potatoes are best for baked potatoes but feel free to use another variety like Idaho potatoes.
- Shredded cheddar cheese – or another kind of cheese of your choice like Monterey Jack.
- Bacon – turkey bacon would be a healthier option.
- Green onions – chives are a great baked potato topping as well.
- Sour cream – plain Greek yogurt or low-fat sour cream would also work.
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How to make baked potatoes in the crockpot
Step 1: Prick the potatoes.
Prick potatoes with a fork.
Step 2: Wrap them in foil.
Wrap in foil, then add to crockpot.
Step 3: Cook in the crockpot.
Cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 8 hours.
Step 4: Slice them in half.
In the last 15 minutes of cooking time, slice the potatoes in half lengthwise.
Step 5: Add the cheese.
Add the cheese after slicing the potatoes in half.
Step 6: Load up with toppings and enjoy!
Remove potatoes from crockpot, then garnish with cooked bacon, green onions/chives and serve with sour cream. Enjoy!
More topping ideas
One of the best parts of baked potatoes is all the delicious toppings you can add on! Go with the classics like cheddar cheese, sour cream and bacon, or mix things up and try out something different.
Here are some more tasty topping options for your baked potatoes:
- Pulled pork
- BBQ chicken
- Blue cheese
- Black beans
- Buffalo sauce
- Sliced jalapenos
If you’re hosting a party, set up a potato bar by laying out all the toppings in individual containers. That way, your guests can load up their potatoes with whatever toppings they want.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! All you have to do for this recipe is prick the uncooked potatoes with a fork, wrap them in foil, then stick them in the crockpot and cook.
Wrapping the potatoes in foil actually doesn’t do anything in terms of speeding up the cooking process, but it does help lock in moisture so your baked potatoes don’t dry out while they’re cooking.
If you need to feed a crowd, you may want to use more than four potatoes. You can double this recipe, but you need to keep the size of your crockpot in mind compared to the size of the potatoes. If you have extra-large potatoes or the crockpot is very full, it will take more time for the potatoes to cook completely. You can always add 2 hours to the cook time if you're unsure.
Surprisingly, you do not need to add water to the bottom of the crockpot to cook potatoes. Any liquid added or steam produced in the crockpot does not boil off like it would in an open pot and all moisture you start with stays in the crockpot. If you have an older model crockpot, it may recommend using some liquid, so make sure to follow those instructions; but generally, you don’t need to add much water to any dish you cook in the crockpot.
Storing and reheating
If you have leftover potatoes, they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
To reheat, you can put your potato in the oven or a toaster oven for a few minutes or reheat it in the microwave. If you reheat it in the microwave, you can put a damp paper towel over the cut portion of the potato to keep it from drying out.
This means that you can also meal prep with these potatoes. Make them when you have time on the weekend and store them in the refrigerator for the week. They would make a great side dish for dinner or a filling lunch.
Can you freeze baked potatoes?
If you want to extend the life of your baked potatoes, you can freeze them for up to 3 months. Once they have completely cooled, place them on a tray in the freezer. After they have frozen, put them in a freezer bag to keep them from sticking together in the freezer.
You can put a baked potato into the oven directly from the freezer. It will take about 35 minutes to warm up completely in the oven at 400° Fahrenheit.
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Best Ever Crock Pot Baked Potatoes
- 4 medium-sized russet potatoes
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 4 strips bacon
- 2 green onions, sliced (or use chives)
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- Prick potatoes with a fork, wrap in foil, then add to crockpot. Cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 8 hours.
If loading potatoes with toppings
- Cook bacon at some point while potatoes are cooking.
- In the last 15 minutes of cooking time, slice the potatoes in half lengthwise, then add cheese.
- Remove potatoes from crockpot, then garnish with cooked bacon, green onions/chives and serve with sour cream. Enjoy!
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Comments & Reviews
I wonder why all your photos show the potatoes wrapped in foil? There is no mention of foil anywhere in your writing.
Taylor Stinson says
Sorry about that, it looks like I neglected to add the foil instructions in the recipe card! It’s been fixed now 🙂