Crockpot Mashed Potatoes take a classic recipe and make it even easier. Perfectly seasoned and super creamy, this easy mashed potato recipe is perfect for any occasion, from the holidays to a casual weeknight dinner.
Easy Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
This crockpot mashed potato recipe is the BEST and only mashed potato recipe you’ll ever need. The flavor is phenomenal, with the perfect mix of herbs and spices, while sour cream and half-and-half ensure they’re extra creamy.
Mashed potatoes are a must for every holiday meal and this recipe has become my go-to. Not just because they’re so creamy and flavorful but because it frees up stovetop space for the fifty other things I need to cook and I can just start them in the morning and forget them until mealtime.
But don’t reserve this recipe just for the holidays – I often make these to serve with my Mississippi pot roast for an easy comfort food dinner during the week.
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What You’ll Need
Besides potatoes, you’ll need just a few ingredients for these easy, creamy mashed potatoes. Be sure to check the recipe card below for measurements.
- Potatoes- See notes below.
- Broth– Cooking the potatoes in broth adds more flavor to the recipe. While I used chicken broth, if you need this to be fully vegetarian, you can use vegetable broth.
- Seasonings – For the best flavor, I used a combination of salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder to season the potatoes.
- Cream cheese- The secret to ultra creamy mashed potatoes! It should be softened or at room temperature so that it mixes easily into the potatoes.
- Butter- Use unsalted butter to control the amount of salt in a recipe.
- Half-and-half or milk– If using milk, you will want to use whole or 2%. Skim milk is too thin and won’t provide the creamy texture.
What Are The Best Potatoes for Mashed Potatoes?
The key to fluffy mashed potatoes is to begin with starchy potatoes. For these slow cooker mashed potatoes, I recommend using russet potatoes. They absorb liquid easily and can become very light and fluffy. They also don’t have their own rich flavor like other potatoes such as Yukon gold, which makes them ideal for seasoning as we do in this recipe.
Mashed Potato Topping Ideas
Want to get a little fancy with your potatoes? Try adding one of these fun (and tasty) toppings.
- Chives– This will give a pronounced onion-like flavor as a garnish.
- Parsley– This will give a mildly bitter and peppery taste.
- Shredded cheese- This can be sprinkled on top of your potatoes. Cheddar is great, as is freshly grated parmesan.
- Bacon bits- This will add a crispy and meaty flavor to the top of your potatoes. You can even combine it with shredded cheddar and chives for “loaded mashed potatoes”.
How to Make Crockpot Mashed Potatoes
Here’s how to make these easy mashed potatoes in just a few steps.
- Cook the potatoes. Cut the potatoes into equal-sized pieces. Place in the crockpot and top with the broth. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
- Mash. Drain the potatoes, reserving the chicken broth. Mash with a potato masher.
- Season. Add the seasonings, cream cheese, and butter. Stir until completely combined, then gradually add in the half-and-half until you reach your desired consistency. You may also want to add in some of the reserved chicken broth. Enjoy!
How Long Do You Cook Potatoes In The Crockpot?
For these slow cooker mashed potatoes, I’ve found 6 to 7 hours on low or 3 to 4 hours on high to be the sweet spot. Just like when you make mashed potatoes on the stovetop, you want to ensure that they are fork-tender. This will partially depend on the size you cut the potatoes into as well as your slow cooker, so always poke a few with a fork first.
Can Crockpot Mashed Potatoes Be Made In Advance?
If desired, you can cook the potatoes the day before serving. Then, when you’re ready to serve, reheat them on the stovetop, add in the cream cheese and seasonings, and continue from there.
The wonderful thing about these crockpot mashed potatoes is that they’re an easy side dish for any occasion. Since they’re pretty much hands-off, they’re ideal for the holidays since they free up the oven and stove space for all of your other dishes, like green bean casserole, corn casserole, and (my favorite) Fireball whiskey pumpkin pie.
How to Store Leftovers
Leftover creamy mashed potatoes can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat individual servings in the microwave or larger portions on the stovetop. You may want to add a splash of milk to achieve the desired consistency.
Can I Freeze Mashed Potatoes?
Yes. you can freeze your crockpot mashed potatoes. They’ll keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge then reheat slowly on the stovetop, stirring frequently. Note that due to the dairy content and the fact that the potatoes hold a lot of moisture, the texture may change slightly.
More Easy Slow Cooker Side Dishes:
Crockpot Mashed Potatoes
- Shredded cheese
- Bacon bits
- Clean and cut potatoes, add to crockpot
- Pour chicken broth over potatoes
- Cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours, or until potatoes are fork tender
- Remove from crockpot and drain, reserve chicken broth
- Return to pot and mash with a potato masher
- Add seasonings, cream cheese and butter
- Mix until completely combined
- Gradually add half-and-half and stir until desired consistency, add back in reserved chicken broth as needed
- Serve immediately
- Store leftovers in refrigerator