Loaded Slow Cooker Potatoes

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 10 reviews

Loaded Slow Cooker Potatoes just melt in your mouth! They are cheesy and bursting with bacon, garlic, and Italian seasonings. Takes almost no effort to make, but guaranteed to be your new favorite side dish.

Can’t get enough potatoes? Try these crispy, golden Hash Browns recipe from scratch! If you’ve got kids, learning How to Make Homemade Tater Tots is a must. You can also switch up your usual fries with my Taco Fries and Fire Grilled Chicken!

slow cooker loaded potatoes

Loaded Slow Cooker Potatoes with Bacon

Loaded Slow Cooker Potatoes are one of those dishes everyone instantly loves. It has all the elements of the ultimate comfort food – it’s cheesy, topped with crunchy bacon, and has fluffy taters! The seasoning is flavorful with a hint of herbs, and the topping is cheesy and creamy.

The shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream make this dish the ultimate comfort food. So creamy, cheesy, and delicious, that you cannot get enough of it. 

We’re using the slow cooker for this one so you won’t have a mountain of dishes to wash. If you’re making it for a party or the holidays, just set the timer and forget about it! You can do other things while the crockpot takes care of the side dish. This is also a beginner-friendly recipe and such a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen.

What are loaded potatoes?

These are usually seasoned and baked until the taters are tender. The “loaded” part refers to all the toppings you put on top of the baked potato. Classic toppings are cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, and chives.

slow cooker loaded potatoes ingredients

How to make Loaded Slow Cooker Potatoes?

Once you’ve got your ingredients prepped, it only takes a few minutes to put this recipe together:

  1. Use foil to cover the pot, then coat with a non-stick spray.
  2. Next, add half of the taters, bacon, and cheese. Then, add the spices, garlic, and seasonings.
  3. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
  4. Fold the foil firmly around the ingredients.
  5. Set it on low. Slow cook for around three hours.
  6. Top with sour cream, chopped green onions, and serve.

Recipe substitutions and variations:

  • Add cream of mushroom: Pour in some cream of mushroom or cream of potato.
  • Use other seasonings: Instead of Italian seasoning, go with ranch seasoning, or cajun seasoning
  • Make it spicier: Top with sliced jalapenos for a spicier kick. Also, you can increase the cayenne pepper. 
  • To make it vegan: Use vegan bacon and vegan cheese, and omit the sour cream.
  • Make it healthier: Use plain Greek yogurt for a lighter alternative to sour cream.
  • More toppings: Top with grilled chicken, shredded chicken, or corn
  • Tex Mex version: Use taco seasoning and shredded Mexican cheese mix, then top with taco-seasoned beef.
  • Swap the cheeses: Experiment with cheese combinations – try pepper jack, Monterey jack, sharp or smoked cheddar, and mozzarella.
  • Instant Pot: If you want to try making this side dish in the pressure cooker, try my Instant Pot version of it. 

slow cooker loaded potatoes ingredients in the slow cooker

How long do I slow cook loaded potatoes?

On low, it usually takes around 2-3 hours. Note that every slow cooker works differently. Therefore, check it around the 2-hour mark to see if it’s done to your liking. Then, adjust accordingly.

Should I smash the potatoes or use a handheld mixer?

No need! Just cut the little taters into quarters or half and they’re ready. But if you prefer that texture, go ahead.

If you want to make a mashed version with similar flavors, my Crack Mashed Potatoes are the way to go!

Best potatoes to use:

Use baby potatoes because they cook evenly and give you bite-sized pieces of goodness. As for the specific variety, any type will do.

I also like using red baby potatoes because they add such a nice color to the dish. Their high starch content also means you’ll end up with fluffy results, not mushy.

slow cooker loaded potatoes on a plate

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How to store leftovers?

First, make sure the dish is completely cool before storing. Then, use an airtight container to refrigerate. Keep leftovers in the fridge for up to two days, and in the freezer for up to a month.

To reheat, use a microwave or bake them for a few minutes to crisp them up, or until the cheese on top is melting. 

bacon loaded potatoes

Recipe Tips:

  • No foil? Use a slow cooker liner.
  • Cut your taters into larger chunks around 1 ¼ inch so they hold up to slow cooking.
  • Also, if you’re in a hurry, feel free to use those ready-made bacon pieces used for salad toppings.
  • Try my method on how to cook bacon in the oven for a mess-free alternative to frying them.
  • Don’t use any water in the recipe.
  • To cut down the cooking time, you may microwave the taters for 5 minutes before slow cooking.
  • In addition, try slicing the potatoes into similar sizes so they cook evenly.
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5 from 10 reviews

Loaded Slow Cooker Potatoes

Loaded Slow Cooker Potatoes just melt in your mouth! They are cheesy and bursting with bacon, garlic, and Italian seasonings. Takes almost no effort to make, but guaranteed to be your new favorite side dish.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 3 hours Total time: 3 hrs 20 mins



Nutrition information

Calories: 534 Carbohydrates: 28 Protein: 27 Fat: 35 Saturated Fat: 13 Cholesterol: 62 Sodium: 876 Potassium: 925 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 3 Vitamin A: 789 Vitamin C: 14 Calcium: 269 Iron: 2
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Amber Myers

These look incredible. I LOVE potatoes, so I know I will love these. I love using my slow cooker!


melissa chapman

Potatoes loaded or plain cook so well in the slow cooker. I know your recipe will be a big hit around the holidays.


Sarah Bailey

For some reason, I think slow cookers come into their own in autumn and this sounds like a delicious recipe to pop in and cook away while you enjoy the day.


Terri A Steffes

I think my husband would love to have these at his next football party. Whenever that might be. They look divine.


Brandy Ellen Writes

I love the idea of making these loaded slow cooker potatoes in my slow cooker! What a brilliant idea to whip up on a cold fall weekend. My whole family, well minus the picky eater, will surely enjoy this delicious recipe.


Nikki Wayne

This is delicious for sure. Bacon and cheese and potatoes are just heaven together.


Jennifer Van Haitsma

These look amazing! I'm in a major potato phase lately thanks to this pregnancy, so we'll have to try these.


Heather Seeley

Love that you can make these in the slow cooker. Family favorite!



Once again another recipe I can sink my teeth into. I love potatoes and am always looking for a new way to serve them. Thanks for this recipe.



This looks amazing! This is something I could go for right now. My family loves potatoes too. I'm always looking for new ways to cook potatoes. I'll be saving this recipe so I can try it later.


Nathalie Vorche

I saw potatoes again and I really love it! I wanna try these cooking style too. Will surely try your recipe! Thanks for sharing



Potato is infused with spices and fluffy. Before I don't understand why need to cook potato a long time while we can cook potato done fast. But when I follow this recipe I known that potato melts when we taste smoothly likes chocolate melting.


Ruth I

Oh how delicious this looks! We always have a stock of potato and I love to see new recipes for it!



These sound so delicious! We love potatoes and I haven't used the slow cooker lately. Sounds like the perfect fall recipe.



Looks really delicious. So easy to make too. My family will love this. I must make this soon.



Any recipe with potatoes and the slow cooker and you have me! Thanks for this yummy looking recipe.



Has anyone tried to make this recipe in the oven? I do not have a slow cooker but I really would like to try this recipe. Thanks.


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