Crock Pot Baked Potatoes

by | Oct 16, 2017 | All, Side Dishes

Dinner for a crowd doesn’t get much easier than these Crock Pot Baked Potatoes! 

A baked potato bar is an easy way to serve a houseful of guests, especially when you follow this recipe for Crock Pot Baked Potatoes! Need a quick and low effort meal for serving a group of people? I’ve got just the thing. Set up a baked potato bar with these Crock Pot Baked Potatoes. Spread out everyone’s favorite fixings, and let your friends and family loose to load up their spuds just they way they like them. 

How to make Crock Pot Baked Potatoes

I don’t know why I hadn’t thought to make baked potatoes in the crock pot before, but it’s pure genius. A quick rub with olive oil in the morning will ensure a soft, flavorful potato at day’s end. But for all you baked potato purists out there, I want to clarify a few things: 

  1. Expect to see a slightly darker spud than your average baked-in-the-oven potato. It’s because the olive oil permeates the skin during cooking in the crock pot. You’ll still have super yummy potatoes, but they’ll have a little different hue. 
  2. These potatoes have more of a steamed rather than fluffy texture due to the slow cooking method. Again, this is a matter of preference, but I’m betting you won’t notice much difference when they are piled high with your favorite baked potato toppings. 

Speaking of potato toppings, are you a chili fan? BBQ beef? Broccoli & cheese? Perhaps you’re old-school butter and sour cream? When I studied in London during college (ages ago, people), I remember little fast-food restaurants that served baked potatoes with baked beans on top! Hey, I’m not here to judge. Whatever floats your proverbial baked potato boat…

Create an easy baked potato bar with these Crock Pot Baked Potatoes - the perfect way to serve a large group of guests. Just set out a variety of toppings so they can serve themselves!

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Top down image of baked potato with garnishes on side for a baked potato bar.

These Crock Pot Baked Potatoes make serving a houseful of guests easy. Just set out a variety of toppings and let everyone load up their spuds family-style!

 

Yield: 6 servings

Crock Pot Baked Potatoes

Crock Pot Baked Potatoes

Learn how to make baked potatoes in the slow cooker with these easy tips!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 large russet potatoes
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. Scrub potatoes and allow to dry completely. Generously rub potatoes with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and wrap individually in foil.
  2. Place in large crock pot and cook on low for up to 8 hours.

Notes

Since crock pot times can vary, you may want to check your potatoes after 6 or 7 hours to see if they are cooked through.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 310Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 139mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 7gSugar: 3gProtein: 8g

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42 Comments

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    Mm, that baked potato looks awesome! I’ve never made baked potatoes in a slow cooker before, but it’s kind of genius. I’ll have to try that in the summer when I don’t want to heat up the house with the oven! As for toppings, I like it all. I love sour cream, bacon, and chives, but chili or BBQ is what I crave when the weather gets cold. Never tried a baked potato with baked beans, but hey, I bet it would be good! 🙂

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      It’s definitely one of those “why haven’t I thought of this before?” moments, Willow!

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    Are you kidding me????? IN THE CROCKPOT!!!??? Doing this for dinner tomorrow. 🙂

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      Hope you like it, Shelly!

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    What a great idea! Wish I had known about this sooner – what a great weeknight meal! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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      Enjoy, Rachel!

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      I know what you mean, Nicole; it never crossed my mind, either. But definitely worth doing!

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    I love this idea–I have never tried crockpot baked potatoes! Especially good with a family to feed and little time!

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    What a great idea!

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    Will you get the same results if you cook on high for 2-3 hours?

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      Hi Meredith, I haven’t personally cooked these potatoes on high. In fact, I’ve read comments by others who have tried, and some of their ceramic pots cracked from the heat/lack of liquid at the higher temps. If you give it a try, please let me know how it works!

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    Totally doing this for Halloween. I am pretty sick of pizza, so this is a great alternative. My kids have potato bar at school (and they love it), but I’ve never done it at home. It’s time to start – esp. since I can put those potatoes in the crockpot! Excellent!

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      Sometimes it’s just nice to have another option besides pizza. 🙂 Happy Halloween to the Lochners!

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    I just recently discovered my kids actually like baked potatoes!! This changes everything! I cannot wait to serve up these crock pot potatoes!

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      Isn’t it funny how they can surprise us with their taste (and distaste) for food sometimes? Happy potato topping!

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    I made them the other night. I had some leftover roast beef and gravy. I poured this over the top of the baked potato. it was a easy meal for one.

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      Perfect! Love the creative variation, Karen!

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    I totally love this idea. What a great way to make busy nights less stressful. I am going to try with sweet potatoes. Yum!

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      Love the idea of using sweet potatoes!

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    I never would of thought of using a slower cooker, and that baked potato looks awesome! Perfect for Sunday games.

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      Isn’t finding a new tip or trick the best? Love that!

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      Anything to get something remotely healthy in their bellies before the sugar rush, right? 😉

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    Can you layer the potatoes in the crockpot, in other words, cook more than 6?

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      Hi Judy, Anytime you double a recipe, it can impact the cooking time. If you layer the potatoes, I’d suggest rotating them halfway through cooking so they cook evenly. Check for doneness before removing and tack on a bit of cooking time if needed. Hope that helps!

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    Since I am a novice when it comes to cooking, how would I go about checking to see if they were done?

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      Hi Paul, Thanks for your question. Just stick a fork in the potatoes and when it goes in easily and the inside is soft, they are done. Good luck!

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      Thanks, Holly. Gotta love a good shortcut!

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    We do this while camping. Throw them in the crockpot before we go fishing for the day. Works great.

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      So glad this works for you, Lori!

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    This is a great idea. We like to have baked potatoes when we cookout on the grill. So I could put the potatoes in the crockpot early in the morning and they would be ready in time for when the food from the grill is done. My husband is a big sourcream and butter fan, but my son loves to use Italian dressing in place of the sourcream and butter. As for myself, I just like baked potatoes period. Thanks for the wonderful idea Lisa and Anna!!

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      Exactly! No need to heat up the house, either. Enjoy them this summer, Judy!

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    I love baked potatoes-russet, idaho, sweet potatoes-but I love the skin nice and crispy so when I bake them I don’t wrap them in foil. Will the olive oil help make them crispy even if they are wrapped in the foil?

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      No, these do not get crispy skin like they would in the oven without foil. If you’re a stickler for that texture, you’ll have to continue with the oven baked method. Hope that helps!

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    I am a great fan of pressure cookers and will give this a try in a pressure cooker with water under the tray holding the wrapped potato. For a crisp skin place in toaster oven and broil rotating potato till crisp.

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    Will corn oil work rather than olive oil. And. Bake potatoes w/o water in the crock-pot?

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      Hi Tom, feel free to use corn oil instead of olive oil. And no, there is no need to use any water in the crock pot during the baking. (Similar to how you don’t bake potatoes in the oven with water, either.)

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    My favorite meal is a baked russet with butter and hot stewed tomatoes on top. Delicious!

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    Hi Anna…….
    What a great idea! My husband and I love baked potatoes, and I bake only two at a time. How does this affect the cooking time? Am anxious to try this. Thanks so much, Linda

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      Hi Linda, I usually make these in larger quantities, so I’m not much help when it comes to only making two. If it were me, I’d check them between 5-6 hours and see how they are doing. Let us know how they turn out!

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