The easiest way to complete a meal is with these Loaded Mashed Potatoes! This side dish is EASY to make because it cooks in the crock-pot! Topped with bacon and gooey cheese and mixed with sour cream and butter, this recipe will be your go-to when you need a comforting side dish that goes with everything!
Who doesn’t lurve some mashed potatoes! I know I do, and so does my family. It’s the perfect side dish and it goes with just about everything.
What can I eat with Loaded Mashed potatoes?
We love it alongside glazed ham, grilled chicken or steaks, and even burgers! It’s also delicious with bbq, brisket, pork chops, and the good ole’ standby–meatloaf!
Standard mashed potatoes really aren’t hard to make. But if you’re tired of waiting around for water to boil or sick of cleaning burnt potato water off the stove, then you will love making them in the crockpot.
How do I make loaded mashed potatoes in the crockpot?
This is the easiest question I’ve heard all day!
- Peel and cut your potatoes into quarters. Add broth of choice then let them cook (3 hours on high, 6 hours on low)
- Mash potatoes then stir in sour cream, butter, cheese, and half the bacon and green onions.
- Top with remaining bacon and green onions.
And here’s the finished product.
What potatoes are best for Loaded Mashed potatoes?
This recipe was made with russet potatoes, but I have also tried it with Yukon gold. Russets are lighter in texture while Yukons are bit more dense. I love using both and urge you to experiment to find your favorite! I haven’t tried this recipe with red potatoes, so if that’s your favorite, please leave a comment below and let everyone know how it turned out.
Any tips for making this Loaded Mashed Potato recipe?
- Three pounds is roughly 4 large russet potatoes.
- I used pre-cooked microwave bacon, but regular bacon fried in a pan or made in the oven can be substituted.
- If you don’t have sour cream, you can substitute milk. Start with 1/4 cup (warmed) and work up to 1/2 cup depending on your taste.
- If you don’t like “wet” mashed potatoes, then add the sour cream gradually until you reach your desired consistency. You can also drain off any liquid left in the crock pot before you mash the potatoes.
Loaded Mashed Potatoes
- 3 pounds potatoes russets
- 1 cups cup chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 cup sour cream
- 4 tablespoons melted butter
- 8 ounces sharp shredded cheddar cheese divided
- 8 slices chopped bacon pre-cooked microwave bacon, divided
- ¼ cup chopped green onion
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Heat crock-pot to desired temperature.
- Peel and dice potatoes into quarters.
- Add potatoes to crock-pot. Pour stock over, then sprinkle potatoes with salt and pepper.
- If cooking on high, potatoes will need about 3 hours to soften. If cooking on low, allow 6 hours.
- Potatoes are ready to mash when they are tender and can be easily pierced with a fork. If you prefer thicker mashed potatoes, remove them from the pot and drain the liquid. If you like more of a pureed style mashed potatoes, leave the liquid.
- Mash potatoes, then add butter, sour cream, half the cheese, and half the bacon. Stir well then top with remaining cheese, bacon, and green onions.
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