Baked Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

We’ve already had one massive heat wave this summer. Thankfully, we survived, although my electric bill this month is pretty ugly. Since I was sure not going to turn the oven on during the triple digit heat, I poked around the internet and discovered some new crock pot recipes. Cooking potatoes in the slow cooker was one of my experiments during the heat wave, and I’m converted. It always seemed a bit wasteful to keep the oven on for an hour just to cook some potatoes. David loves baked potatoes but I don’t make them very regularly, mostly because it takes up the oven for so long. With this new method he’s sure to get his potatoes a lot more frequently!

In case it snuck up on you like it has me, it’s almost AUGUST! That means we’re in for more heat – perfect weather to try out baked potatoes in the crock pot.

Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes



1. Wash potatoes. Prick a few times to make sure they don’t explode. I’m told this is not necessary, but it makes me feel better. Exploding potatoes are terrifying, in case you’ve not experienced this before.

2. Place potatoes in crock pot.

Potatoes in crock pot
Potatoes in crock pot

3. Place lid on crock pot, then cook on low for 10 hours or high for 6 if your crock is full. Mine wasn’t quite half full and the potatoes were done after 4 hours.


Taco potatoes
Taco potatoes

Taco potatoes – recipe coming soon!

Notes: I know you’re always supposed to fill the crock pot at least 2/3 full (or something like that), but I didn’t. It wasn’t even half full and the potatoes cooked just fine.

You do not need to add any water. Just plain old potatoes. How neat is that?

Have you ever cooked potatoes this way before?

This post is shared at Kitchen Tip Tuesday at Tammy's Recipes.