Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

These cheesy garlic Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes are the perfect accompaniment to any meal, and so incredibly easy to make. They’re creamy, smooth and savory, and the cheese adds so much delicious flavor.

A slow cooker version of everyone’s favorite version of potatoes – mashed potatoes!! If you’re a fan of these, you’ll also love our mashed sweet potatoes and loaded mashed potatoes!

Slow Cooker Potatoes in dish topped with cheese

potatoes made in the slow cooker

Hello again, Lil’ Luna readers! It’s Alicia from The Baker Upstairs, and I have the most delicious fall recipe to share with you today!

Now that the days are getting colder, I love coming home from work to something warm and delicious in the slow cooker, and what could be better than homemade mashed potatoes?

These cheesy garlic Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes are the perfect accompaniment to any fall meal, and so incredibly easy to make. These are without a doubt the very best mashed potatoes I’ve ever made! They’re creamy and smooth and savory, and the cheese adds so much delicious flavor.

The garlic adds a great depth of flavor without being overpowering at all. Because it cooks so long with the potatoes, it gets nice and mellow and so delicious. My kids normally hate garlic but they loved these potatoes and could not get enough! These potatoes would be super fun for a Thanksgiving side dish, but they’re easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner. Cheesy garlic mashed potatoes for the win!

How to Make crockpot mashed Potatoes

The beauty of most slow cooker recipes is that the prep work is minimal!

You just throw everything into the crockpot and then wait patiently for a few hours until everything is thoroughly cooked. Sometimes this is the hardest part of the recipe. 😉 It makes your house smell incredible all day, which is great, but also pure torture. Well (like it or not), this recipe is no different.

The most prep work is cutting up the potatoes which only takes a few minutes, and then everything goes in the crockpot, making your house smell like savory garlic heaven. You’re welcome/I’m sorry. 😉

  1. Peel and chop the potatoes into one inch pieces. Add the potatoes and garlic to a slow cooker and pour the chicken broth over the top. Add the bay leaf and cook on low 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  2. Drain the potatoes, reserving the cooking liquid. Mash the potatoes with the milk and butter until mostly smooth. Add cooking liquid as needed to achieve desired consistency. Stir in the sour cream, salt, pepper, and cheese. Serve warm and enjoy!

So simple!!

Mashed potatoes in slow cooker

Storing Tips, Tricks + more sides

If you want to STORE these potatoes, just place in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also FREEZE these mashed potatoes because they have some fat (butter and sour cream) which helps them keep that creamy consistency.

Just let the potatoes thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.

Mashed potatoes go great with everything, but here are some of our favorite main dishes we like to serve them with:

Crockpot Mashed Potatoes Recipe

I don’t know about you, but I’m a firm believer that pretty much everything is better with garlic. These cheesy garlic mashed potatoes only confirm that belief! They are so tasty and creamy, I have no doubt you will love them just as much!

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Crockpot Mashed Potatoes Recipe

5 from 3 votes
These cheesy garlic Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes are the perfect accompaniment to any meal, and so incredibly easy to make. They're creamy, smooth and savory, and the cheese adds so much delicious flavor.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 278 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs russet potatoes
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 4 c chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3/4 c milk
  • 3 TB butter
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Instructions
 

  • Peel and chop the potatoes into one inch pieces. Add the potatoes and garlic to a slow cooker and pour the chicken broth over the top. Add the bay leaf and cook on low 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  • Drain the potatoes, reserving the cooking liquid. Mash the potatoes with the milk and butter until mostly smooth. Add cooking liquid as needed to achieve desired consistency. Stir in the sour cream, salt, pepper, and cheese. Serve warm and enjoy!

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Alicia, I am DROOLING just looking at this recipe. Definitely not waiting until Thanksgiving to try this one out! Thanks so much for sharing these Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes!! Head over to The Baker Upstairs to see more delicious recipes from her!

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About the Author

Alicia Skousen

Hi! I’m Alicia and I blog at The Baker Upstairs. I am in love with all things food! I love to bake bread, cupcakes, cookies… you name it! When I’m not baking, I am running after my two adorable little girls, working as an RN, knitting, reading, and trying to squeeze in time with my husband every day.

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Comments:

  1. I’m just going to go ahead a put my crock pot on the counter for the season. So many great ways to use it.

  2. I can’t wait to try this recipe out. I always throw a large Thanksgiving party and the mashed potatoes take so much time right before the party starts {when I am usually flipping out, so having them slow cooking would be a huge help.

  3. How have I never made mashed potatoes in the crock pot? I just may need to make this happen tonight!

  4. My daughter looooooves mashed potatoes … and I love how easy this recipe is in the slow cooker! Even better, cooking side dishes like this in the slow cooker really frees up stovetop and oven space when you’re pulling together big holiday meals – total lifesaver!

  5. Hi there!…

    I have little, to NO skills in the kitchen, which is why I decided to choose mashed potatoes for an upcoming thanksgiving potluck I’ll be attending… Figured I can’t mess up mashed potatoes, right?!… :::crosses fingers::: Anyway, Just curious as to how many people this recipe (3lbs of potatoes) should feed?

    And if I were to bump that up to say 5lbs of potatoes, how much should I adjust the recipe? Any help will be GREATLY appreciated!… Thanks!

  6. 5 stars
    I love any recipe that uses a crockpot. It feels like its doing all the work for me. These mashed potatoes are cheesy and creamy. WHat could be better?