Crock Pot Baked Potatoes
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When you need an easy, make ahead dinner idea, these Crock Pot Baked Potatoes are here to save the day. They cook up perfectly in the slow cooker, ready for you to pile on your favorite toppings and then dig in!
A perfect baked potato is one of my favorites for a satisfying side dish or easy dinner. These crock pot baked potatoes take just minutes to prep, and everyone can top their potato just how they like it.
I’ve now shared four methods for baking potatoes, and I love them all!
When you want to stick to the basics, a classic Baked Potato is what you need. When you’re craving the crispiest potato skins, these Air Fryer Baked Potatoes are undeniably crispy. If you’re looking to get your potatoes cooked fast, Instant Pot Baked Potatoes are the winner. And when you need a make ahead option for a busy day, these crock pot baked potatoes are here to make your life easier.
Perfect Crock Pot Baked Potatoes
These crock pot baked potatoes cook up perfectly fluffy and tender inside. If you’re a fan of crispy potato skins, you can pop these crock pot potatoes under the broiler for a few minutes to get the skins nice and crispy. This step is completely optional, but well worth it if you plan to eat the skins.
Before cooking, you can rub the potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper to add extra flavor. I like to use a coarse Kosher salt or flaky sea salt, but any salt will work.
Serve these potatoes as a side dish with steak or salmon, or make them a meal by loading on the toppings. However you decide to serve them, these baked potatoes are sure to become a repeat in your easy dinner rotation.
How to Cook Baked Potatoes in a Crock Pot
This recipe couldn’t be simpler!
- Start by scrubbing the potatoes under cool running water to clean off any dirt. Then dry them well using a clean kitchen towel or paper towels.
- Poke each potato a few times using a fork to allow steam to escape as the potatoes cook.
- Rub olive oil over the potatoes.
- Sprinkle them all over with salt and pepper. Then put them in the slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 8-10 hours, or until the potatoes are tender in the center when pierced with a fork.
That’s it! If you’d like to crisp up the skins, you can place the baked potatoes on a baking sheet and pop them under the broiler in the oven for a few minutes. Be sure to check on them often so that they don’t burn.
Crock Pot Baked Potatoes Recipe Tips
- Skip the foil. There’s no need to wrap the potatoes in foil before putting them in the crock pot. They cook just fine without foil.
- If you have a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker, you should be able to fit 6 medium-large russet potatoes. If you are using small potatoes, you’ll be able to fit a few more.
- How long to cook potatoes in a crock pot will depend on the size of your potatoes and can also vary between slow cookers. In my slow cooker, very large potatoes took 5 hours on high and medium potatoes were fully cooked by 4 hours on high. If your potatoes are small, they will be done in less than 4 hours. If they are very large, they may take longer than 5 hours on high to cook through.
- If you pop the potatoes under the broiler to crisp the skins, be sure to do so right before serving. The skins will soften over time after you take them out of the oven.
These crock pot baked potatoes are one of our favorite side dishes to serve with Smothered Pork Chops, Air Fryer Steak and Baked Pork Tenderloin. They’re also perfect for a baked potato bar, served with a variety of toppings. To make a baked potato a meal, try some of these potato topping ideas:
- Broccoli Cheese: Top potatoes with Roasted Broccoli or Steamed Broccoli and shredded cheddar cheese.
- Chili & Cheese: This is a great way to use up leftover Slow Cooker Chili or Turkey Chili!
- BBQ: Make a BBQ-style loaded baked potato with Crockpot BBQ Chicken or Slow Cooker Pulled Pork.
- Mexican: Taco Meat, black beans, shredded cheese, Salsa and Guacamole make delicious potato toppings.
- Classic: You can’t go wrong with butter, sour cream, green onions or chives, and Oven Bacon or Air Fryer Bacon.
More Potato Recipes
- Twice Baked Potato Casserole
- Potato Salad
- Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes
- Potato Soup
- Breakfast Potatoes
- All Potato Recipes
Crock Pot Baked Potatoes
- 4 russet potatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt, to taste
- black pepper, to taste
- Scrub the potatoes and dry them well. Poke each potato a few times with a fork.
- Rub olive oil over the potatoes and sprinkle all sides of potatoes with salt and pepper. Place potatoes in the slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8-10 hours, until potatoes are tender in the center when pierced with a fork.*
Optional, to crisp the skins:
- Place the baked potatoes on baking sheet (line with foil if desired, but not parchment since you cannot place parchment paper under the broiler).
- Place under the broiler in the oven for 3-7 minutes, until skins begin to get golden and crisp. Watch the potatoes closely so they don't burn.
- The cook time in this recipe is for medium or medium/large russet potatoes. Small potatoes will cook faster and extra large potatoes will need more time.
- About 6 medium-large russet potatoes will fit in a 5-6 quart slow cooker.