Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

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 These mashed potatoes will change your life. Creamy, tons of flavor, and seriously the easiest slow cooker mashed  potatoes you will ever make – you’ll never go back to boiling and smashing!


Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

 This recipe is life changing! At least for me it was. For a long time I avoided making mashed potatoes as a side dish in our house because I hated the peeling and boiling and smashing process. It was too time consuming for me for a side dish and I’d rather spend that time working on my main entree to be honest. Or hanging out with my husband… or reading a book… or eating chocolate…..    There are quite a few things I could think of doing with the time that might be spent laboring over mashed potatoes.

But this recipe? Literally changed my life. So thank you, slow cooker mashed potatoes, I owe you big time.

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Of course my husband is probably not all that grateful that this recipe changed our lives. For some reason he isn’t head over heels in love with the idea of having mashed potatoes as a side to every. single. meal.   What?? You don’t want mashed potatoes with pizza? Who are you??

Try a normal human being. That’s who he is. But it’s okay, because after the initial oh-my-gosh-this-is-amazing-I-can’t-stop-making-mashed-potatoes phase, you will then enter the I’ve-got-an-ace-up-my-sleeve-and-I-call-it-slow-cooker-mashed-potatoes phase. And that my friends, is a very good phase to be in.

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

These slow cooker mashed potatoes require, seriously, 7 minutes of preparation. All you have to do is cut up your potatoes – you don’t even have to peel them if you don’t want to – and then let them cook for a few hours. When they’re done, you come back, dump the last few ingredients in, and whip those babies up in a matter of about 1 minute. The end. Perfect mashed potatoes every single time. No peeling, no boiling, no mashing. Just a whole lot of amazing mashed potato eating going on. Once you try these, you will never need another mashed potato recipe for as long as you live.

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

What people are saying about these Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

“Wow! Just made this tonight and it was so very easy and fabulous. Thank you so much.” – Rowena

“O M G…..easiest way to make mashed potatoes EVER!!! They are delicious and I can’t wait to make them again!!!” – Dawn

“Oh my goodness – I tried this today (Thanksgiving!), just so we could open up some stove top space… and they are WONDERFUL! SO tasty. And beyond easy! Thanks for sharing this!” – Laura

“Genius! Tried this out last night to go along with my slow cooker Salisbury steaks and they were fantastic! I’d love to link to your recipe with my next blog post! So yummy, thanks for sharing!” – Sarah

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

These mashed potatoes will change your life. Creamy, tons of flavor, and seriously the easiest mashed potatoes you will ever make - you'll never go back to boiling and smashing!
4.91 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 pounds red potatoes, cut into 2 inch pieces (you can peel them but I never do - I love red potato skins in my mashed potatoes!)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (or plain greek yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • Spray the inside of a slow cooker with cooking spray. Add chopped potatoes. Cover and cook 2-3 hours on high or 5-6 hours on low.
  • Add sour cream, milk, garlic, salt, and pepper to potatoes. Use a hand mixer to blend together all ingredients. (Please see note below recipe!) Give them a taste and add more salt if desired. Serve plain, or with any favorite toppings such as gravy, or cheese and bacon. OR - check out my brand new variation - [url:1]Slow Cooker Buttery Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes[/url]!
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***RECIPE UPDATE*** A few readers have written in with a question about their potatoes tasting great but the consistency turning out “like glue” – I’ve never had this happen to my mashed potatoes but I did a little bit of research and found some information about how to avoid “gluey” potatoes. Click HERE for some of my tips!

***RECIPE UPDATE*** Some readers have reported that their potatoes were not nearly done cooking after 3-4 hours and not soft enough to mash at this point. After asking around and doing some digging, I’ve concluded that in most if not all of these instances, an older crockpot was being used (older than 3-5 years). Newer crockpots should have no issue cooking the potatoes fully in about 3 hours. 

Try these other holiday side dishes…

Slow Cooker Buttery Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Buttery Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

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Garlic Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

Candied Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

Candied Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole 

Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

And don’t forget the turkey leftovers!

Leftover Turkey Corn Chowder |

Turkey Corn Chowder

Leftover Turkey Taco Salad

Turkey Taco Salad

Turkey Enchiladas

Turkey Enchiladas

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Can the recipe be doubled by just cooking twice as long?

    Nancy- because it’s a slow cooker, you shouldn’t have the double the cooking time! Just a little bit extra. Think of it as a pot of water.. depending on the amount in the pot will be how long it takes to get to boil. Less time if it’s shallow, more time if it’s a lot water. But once the water boils, it’s the same! Same with a slow cooker. Tack on a little extra for it to reach the appropriate temp, then the rest will be the same!

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A word about the “gluey” potatoes…this usually happens when your cooked potatoes (mashed or not) are allowed to cool. You cannot do this. The complex starches will basically congeal and give you that “gluey” texture! You must keep them at a constant TEMPERATURE! For slow-cooker mashed potatoes, count back from when dinner will be served and make sure the crock-pot of potatoes is started.

what do you think about cooking the potatoes and roast together in the slow cooker?
Then, remove the potatoes to another pot for the finishing touches.

    For sure! You should check out my new pressure cooker version where this is done!

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Great recipe!!! I love this blog and I am a regular viewer of the site. When I like any recipe I try to make it myself. Please keep it up to posting such great RECOPIES!

    You are so kind! Thank you!! 🙂

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Meshed potatoes are my favorite!

    Awesome! I hope you enjoy this recipe 🙂

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