Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Learn how to make delicious and creamy mashed potatoes in the crock pot with this delicious Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes recipe.  It only takes a few minutes to prep, and it’s always a crowd favorite. :) 

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Sometimes I wonder if I love my slow cooker a little too much.

Well, actually I have three of them, since I seem to have developed a love of slow cooker entertaining with all three going at once.  And I love all of them equally very very much, just as you do with children, ahem, slow cookers.

Seriously, though, I am totally that sentimental cook who often has a little “moment” with my slow cooker.  Especially when I come home to a house that smells so yummy after being gone all day, and then I peer through the glass lid past the condensation, and see that my food has somehow already been prepared for me?!  I know the technology is nothing new, but I have to say, it feels just a tiny bit like magic.  And if I think about all of the past generations — or more importantly, the millions of people around the world today — who don’t have access to this little modern miracle?  Well, it actually very genuinely makes me thankful for the gift of slow cooked food.  And it makes me want to slow down and make the most of those extra moments I don’t have to stand in front of a stove cooking my food (like, you know, that big holiday that’s just around the corner).

And when delicious, creamy, couldn’t-be-easier-to-make slow cooker mashed potatoes like these ones are involved, it makes me want to dive IN.

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Oh man, slow cooker mashed potatoes seem to be “the thing” this year.  Just in the past few weeks since I photographed these, I have seen no less than five more recipes for them pop up on Pinterest!  There’s a good reason for the buzz, though.  These slow cooker mashed potatoes are perfection!!!

You can customize them just about however you’d like.  But leave the basics to your slow cooker, and I promise it won’t let you down.  Here’s how to make ’em:

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Begin by chopping up your potatoes and tossing them in the slow cooker.  I’m a big fan of using Yukon gold potatoes for the ultimate in buttery, creamy, mashed potato deliciousness.  Add some chicken or vegetable broth, about 4 tablespoons of butter (cut into small pieces), and a few cloves of minced garlic on top.  Then cover it and let your slow cooker work its magic for about 4 hours on high heat.

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Then mash it all up.  You can either do this by hand with a potato mixer, or use a handheld electric mixer.  I prefer mine to be slightly chunky, so I do it by hand.  (Also, heads up, if you use the electric mixer be very careful not to over-beat the potatoes.)

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Stir in some Greek yogurt (or sour cream), salt and pepper.

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And voila!  Your perfect mashed potatoes are ready to go!Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes Recipe | #slowcooker #crockpot

Feel free to stir in or top them with any of your other favorite mix-ins.  For example, you could go the classic shredded sharp cheddar cheese and bacon route.  Or go simple with chopped chives or green onions.  Or one of my favs — oodles of gorgonzola cheese.

Actually, though, I have to admit that I actually love these best just plain.  But however you make them, I guarantee you will love the creamy, buttery, slow cooked, deliciousness.

Happy mashing!
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Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

This slow cooker mashed potatoes recipe is unbelievably easy to make, and it's perfectly creamy and delicious!


  • 3 pounds Yukon Gold or Red potatoes, roughly chopped into 1-inch pieces and peeled if desired (*edited: Russett potatoes tend to oxidize more quickly and turn a bit gray while cooking, so I don't recommend them)
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut into small cubes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup milk, warmed
  • (optional add-ins: crumbled bacon bits, shredded cheddar cheese, crumbled blue cheese, chopped green onions or chives, etc.)


Add potatoes and stock to the bowl of a slow cooker, and place butter cubes and minced garlic on top.  Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours, or until the potatoes are cooked and soft.

Use a potato masher or an electric mixer to mash the potatoes to your desired consistency.  Stir in the Greek yogurt (or sour cream), salt, and black pepper.  And add your desired amount of warm milk, until the potatoes reach your desired level of creamy-ness.  Stir in any other add-ins if desired.

Serve warm.

*You're also welcome to cook these in the slow cooker for 6-8 hours on low, however sometimes potatoes will get a little brown if they cook that long depending on the heat of your slow cooker.  I recommend cooking for 3-4 hours on high.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Sune Moolman — November 17, 2014 @ 4:37 am (#)

    I love my slow cooker too! These look nice and fluffy, and creamy! I like my mashed potatoes with some feta cheese and chives.

  2. Kelley — November 17, 2014 @ 5:08 am (#)

    Well now I want mashed potatoes for breakfast, haha! These look soooo yummy. Thanks for the easy peasy Thanksgiving tater recipe ;) 


  3. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — November 17, 2014 @ 6:50 am (#)

    I don’t think it’s possible to love your slow cooker too much! It makes life so much easier! And these potatoes look MEGA CREAMY, and I want to face plant right into them. Pinned!

  4. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — November 17, 2014 @ 7:23 am (#)

    Love that we’re on the same potato page today! And I’m totally down with 3 slow cookers going at once – we had 3 going for Jacob’s birthday party this weekend. No shame. ;)

  5. Chicago Jogger — November 17, 2014 @ 7:38 am (#)

    This is so smart – I never would have thought to make mashed potatoes in the slow cooker. My favorite holiday meal side ;)

  6. Cookbook Queen — November 17, 2014 @ 8:05 am (#)

    IN. LOVE. These are perfection!!!! Nice for Thanksgiving when you have a zillion things going on at once :)

  7. Michele {Delish Dishes From Michele} — November 17, 2014 @ 9:07 am (#)

    I know what you mean on the overload of love for slow cookers! I use mine AT LEAST twice a week to make dinner. They are just awesome!

    I’ve also seen the multitude of pins for slow cooked mashed potatoes, and I am so loving the idea! I think that’s one of the Thanksgiving dishes that I feel is such a time consumer. But this method has my name written all over it!

  8. Kevin | keviniscooking — November 17, 2014 @ 11:02 am (#)

    Great idea for when there is a lack of cook top real estate! These look great and all too easy. Thanks!

  9. Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy — November 17, 2014 @ 11:38 am (#)

    Is it Thanksgiving time yet?? I don’t think I can wait! I need these mashed taters now!

  10. DelicateFlowah — November 17, 2014 @ 11:40 am (#)

    I’ve used my slow cooker in the past to transport mashed potatoes to various events but never thought of doing it this way.  Let’s face it, mashed potatoes are kind of a pain in the butt to make because of the boiling and draining, etc…  So this is pretty genius.  I will be testing this out later this week. Thanks for the great idea.    

  11. Annie @ Annie's Noms — November 17, 2014 @ 12:19 pm (#)

    I’m so in love with my slow cooker this year – it’s barely been away in the cupboard at all! I have GOT to try these, mash in the slow cooker?!? You’re a genius!

  12. Krystle — November 17, 2014 @ 12:23 pm (#)

    OMG!! I will be trying these! Can I just say I LOVE your blog. Everything I have made is always so delicious! You have the best recipes! 

  13. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy — November 17, 2014 @ 1:36 pm (#)

    This post made my mouth water and have a strong desire for mashed potatoes. Luckily, I have some waiting in my fridge for me! ;)

  14. EmilyAnne — November 17, 2014 @ 2:32 pm (#)

    Wow!  Mashed Potatoes are my biggest weakness.  Those look amazing!

  15. Christina @ The Beautiful Balanceri — November 17, 2014 @ 2:39 pm (#)

    So perfect.  My favorite is mashed potatoes with chives.

  16. Jessica @ Golden Brown and Delicious — November 17, 2014 @ 10:39 pm (#)

    I loved mashed potatoes on any day, but getting them out of the oven and into the slow cooker on Thanksgiving sounds like a perfect plan!

  17. Allison — November 19, 2014 @ 1:02 am (#)

    So many questions Ali-so intriguing!
    1) if I half the recipe, do I modify cook time?
    2) if potatoes are ready but turkey not-do potatoes seize up while sitting in pot?
    3) if not fan of sour cream or yogurt in potatoes, leave out or add more of something else instead?

  18. LUZ CASTELLO — November 22, 2014 @ 5:48 pm (#)


  19. LaraAnn — November 23, 2014 @ 6:15 pm (#)

    THANK YOU!!! I will try this because I need to make potatoes for home for 3 and then at a 2nd dinner for 5. When we all get together and I need to make a TON of potatoes I cook & mash them on the stove and then put them in the slow cooker to keep them warm for travel and not taking up stove-top space. This will save me a ton of time on Thanksgiving.

  20. Lisa rudolph — November 26, 2014 @ 7:28 pm (#)

    Did you rinse your potatoes first?

    • Ali — November 27th, 2014 @ 8:38 am

      Yes, just to be sure that they’re clean.

  21. Kat — January 25, 2015 @ 10:44 pm (#)

    do you use electric mixer right in the crock pot?  Would hate to damage the sides.  Would also hate to have to wash additional dishes, lol.

  22. Sharlee — May 14, 2015 @ 8:59 pm (#)

    Just made this, followed exactly except I drained most of the cooking liquid off before I added the milk & sour cream. It was so easy & it was just as good, if not better than traditional mashed potatoes. I will never make mashed potatoes the old way ever again! Thank you!

    • Ali — May 15th, 2015 @ 7:54 am

      Thanks Sharlee! I’m happy you liked them!

  23. Sarah — November 1, 2015 @ 10:42 am (#)

    Would this freeze well? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 2nd, 2015 @ 8:21 am

      Yes, definitely! We hope you enjoy the recipe!

  24. Micki — November 1, 2015 @ 12:02 pm (#)

    What a great idea! This recipe will be very helpful as I plan my first Thanksgiving 😀. What size slow cooker do you use for the 3lbs of potatoes?

    • Ali — November 4th, 2015 @ 5:13 pm

      I just used a small slow cooker, but a larger one would also work! Enjoy!

  25. C.C. — November 15, 2015 @ 1:15 pm (#)

    Can you please tell us how much broth to use? Also, what size and wattage is your slow cooker? Using the wrong size can really make a difference. Thank you! :)

    • Ali — November 26th, 2015 @ 9:13 am

      Yep, you’ll need 1 cup of chicken or vegetable stock for this recipe. And I used 3-quart slow cooker for this recipe. Enjoy! :)

  26. Linda — November 19, 2015 @ 2:50 pm (#)

    If I double the recipe (I have a large crock pot) should I allow for extra cook time?  

    • Ali — November 26th, 2015 @ 9:11 am

      Yes, I would allow for a little extra cooking time. All crock pots perform differently, but I would guess it would at least require another hour.

  27. Janice — November 20, 2015 @ 5:16 pm (#)

    I did a test run of these today to see if they were good enough for the Thanksgiving table.  They certainly are EASY…love that I can do the peeling and cutting ahead of time and then stick the crock pot in a corner and let it do its thing.  I followed the recipe exactly as written.  In the end, the taste was very mellow which is good for a crowd although I’ll definitely salt and butter mine a bit more!  So yes, I’ll definitely be making this on Thursday!  Until then, I’ll enjoy my test batch….

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 20th, 2015 @ 8:11 pm

      Thanks for sharing Janice, we’re glad you liked the recipe! We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that your friends and family enjoy these as well!

  28. Michelle Peifer — November 22, 2015 @ 8:06 am (#)

    Do you think I could make these ahead of time forThanksgiving and just refridgerate till the big day and then heat in slow cooker? It sure would be one less thing to do.  It looks fantastic.  Thanks for sharing.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 23rd, 2015 @ 10:45 am

      We think you could definitely make these in advance and refrigerate, we’re just not entirely sure how well they’d reheat in the slow cooker. We think if you did them on low for not too long, they might be okay. Or you could heat them up in the oven at a fairly low temperature, with foil or a lid on top. We hope you enjoy!

  29. LB — November 22, 2015 @ 2:13 pm (#)

    I need to do 10 lbs of potatoes. will they fit in my slow cooker and do I modify the recipe?

    • Ali — November 26th, 2015 @ 9:11 am

      Depends on the size of your slow cooker. I doubt that many would fit even in a large cooker. But yes, if you cook more, it will probably require at least another hour (or two) of cooking time.

  30. Nikki — November 23, 2015 @ 1:03 am (#)

    do you think this recipe can be doubled?  We like having left overs after Thanksgiving.  How much longer would they have to cook?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 23rd, 2015 @ 12:01 pm

      Yes, we think this could be doubled if you have a large enough slow cooker. We’re not sure how much longer they’d need to cook though, since we haven’t tried that. Sorry we can’t be more helpful! We would just advise checking them after the regular amount of cooking time (whether you cook them on low, or on high), and just evaluating from there. We hope you enjoy these!

  31. Pat Serafy — November 24, 2015 @ 7:43 am (#)

    Perfect answer to us that are the old fashioned way with one oven.  Great Idea  Thanks

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 24th, 2015 @ 10:55 am

      You’re welcome Pat, we hope you enjoy these!

  32. Juli — November 25, 2015 @ 8:37 am (#)

    Can you use water instead of stock for the cooking liquid?

    • Ali — November 26th, 2015 @ 9:10 am

      Sure, it just won’t be quite as flavorful, but water will definitely work!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 29th, 2015 @ 9:27 am

      Yes, it sure can, the mashed potatoes just won’t be as flavorful. If using water, you should most likely add more salt and seasonings. We hope you enjoy these! :)

  33. Amanda @Glitter It Gold — November 25, 2015 @ 2:59 pm (#)

    I LOVE this recipe for entertaining. I have shared it on my blog as a part of a fully planned dinner party menu (the same one that is my go to menu for entertaining). I love that I can prep it and clean before guests arrive and actually enjoy time with them instead of cook. Thanks for an awesome recipe (as your recipes always are incredible). 

    • Ali — November 26th, 2015 @ 9:10 am

      Awesome!! I’m so glad that you love it! :D

  34. Elizabeth — November 26, 2015 @ 1:30 am (#)

    Do you peel the potatoes first?

    • Ali — November 26th, 2015 @ 9:10 am

      Up to you! I did not, but you’re welcome to if you would like to nix the potato skins.

  35. Melissa — November 26, 2015 @ 7:32 am (#)

    Can you peel the potatoes? 

    • Ali — November 26th, 2015 @ 9:10 am

      Yes, you definitely can if you’d like! :)

  36. Kimberly — November 27, 2015 @ 6:31 am (#)

    We prepared this recipe yesterday, for Thanksgiving.  My family LOVED it! 
    I look forward to using this recipe again on future occasions.
    Thank you! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 29th, 2015 @ 9:52 pm

      Yay, we’re happy to hear that Kimberly, thanks for giving the recipe a try! :)

  37. Jenny — December 1, 2015 @ 12:29 am (#)

    I have done my mash potatoes this way for the last 6 or 7 years, have big family so I am the house they all come to ( which I love )  Before crockpots on holidays I used up all my pans in the house , but now for the last 6 or 7 years I use all my crock pots, which is not easy for clean up always but easier for serveing , it keeps the food hot, I have a long fold out table that I put all my crock pots on and I make most of my holiday  foods in them, mash potatoess, sweet potatoes casserole, green beans, corn and my Christmas mix which is a corn check mixs  for family to nibble on while they wait for supper to be served, family goes down the long table with all the crock pot foods on it and they get what they want and sits down to a table with no bowls on the table which always use to take up all the table space but now with the crock pot ideal they eat and visit without all that food being in bowls and taking up all the table space,  now if they want more they get up and serve themselves and eats then gets up  and goes to the desert table, it really is a nice way to me to set it up this way, so I love my crock pots!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 1st, 2015 @ 10:35 am

      Very cool Jenny, thanks for sharing with us!

  38. Kaywalsh — December 2, 2015 @ 12:56 pm (#)

    I had them for dinner to day .They were great .

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 2nd, 2015 @ 2:50 pm

      Thanks, we’re glad you enjoyed them!

  39. Cass — December 9, 2015 @ 9:20 am (#)

    These look so yummy! I’m not sure why but for some reason, for the life of me, I cannot master the perfect mashed potatoes. I think maybe I whip them too much?? They seem to be gummy and just not good. Attempting these today! 

    Do they come out better when you cook on low for longer or shouldn’t really matter?

  40. rahana — January 12, 2016 @ 1:26 am (#)

    Sometimes I wonder if I love my slow cooker a little too much.

  41. Misty R — February 22, 2016 @ 9:24 pm (#)

    I tried this for dinner using Yukon Gold potatoes and it was so nice to let the crock pot do the work.  I will be using it again! Thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 23rd, 2016 @ 10:08 am

      That’s great to hear Misty — thanks for giving this a try! :)

  42. Jill — February 23, 2016 @ 8:44 pm (#)

    What size is your crockpot?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 23rd, 2016 @ 9:33 pm

      Hi Jill, we used a 4 qt slow cooker. We hope you enjoy these! :)

  43. Kristin — March 1, 2016 @ 8:12 am (#)

    I have an 8 hour workday and my small crock-pot is not programmable. Would 8 hours on low work as well?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 1st, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

      Hi Kristin, yes, 7-8 hours on low will also work! We hope you enjoy!

  44. Deb Kohl — April 11, 2016 @ 6:56 pm (#)

    Awesome recipe! My daughter and stepson ask me to make it for them. I made it for Easter and it was a big hit. I’m not a fan of mashed potatoes but that doesn’t mean my kids don’t try it ;-)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 12th, 2016 @ 10:10 pm

      Thank you Deb — we’re so glad to hear that! :)