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Make Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe to easily feed a crowd. This effortless way to make mashed potatoes is perfect for holiday cooking. Everyone will love these creamy mashed potatoes.

Mashed Potatoes in the crock pot with a wooden spoon and topped with melted butter and chives
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This recipe is a game changer and makes mashed potatoes so simple. No need for separate pans and boiling potatoes. This easy side dish recipe does not require any boiling or draining.

Slow Cooker mashed potatoes go with many different meals. Being a mom of 8, I love making our side dishes in the crock pot. It saves me so much time and they always taste amazing.

We love to make these for holidays. It is so easy to make a big batch of potatoes and keep them warm thanks to the crock pot. You might also like Au Gratin Potatoes Crock Pot Recipe or any of our easy crock pot potato recipes.

This Brown Gravy Recipe is also great topped on these mashed potatoes.

Why Make Mashed Potatoes in the Crock pot:

  • Easy to Make – The potatoes cook fork tender and easily in the slow cooker. There is no need to worry about the pot boiling over when making in the crockpot.
  • Simple Ingredients – All the ingredients gets added to the slow cooker to cook together. There is no waiting for the potatoes to be done.
  • Mash in the Slow Cooker – We like to mash right in the slow cooker to keep cleanup a breeze.
Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes Ingredients - potatoes, milk, butter, minced garlic, salt and pepper

Ingredients:

  • Russet Potatoes
  • Milk
  • Butter, Cut into pieces
  • Minced Garlic
  • Salt and pepper

Scroll to the bottom for a full list of ingredients and recipe.

Variations Ideas:

  • Potatoes – Feel free to change the potatoes in this recipe. You can use red potatoes or Yukon Gold Potatoes. Cooking time may change.
  • Milk – We used whole milk in the recipe, but you can also add in vegetable broth, chicken stock or chicken broth. If you substitute for the milk, it may not be as creamy.
  • Spices – You may want to add in fresh herbs or spices in this recipe. You can substitute the minced garlic with garlic cloves if your prefer.
  • Loaded Mashed Potatoes – For a twist on a classic recipe, make this recipe with loaded mashed potatoes. Top with cheddar cheese, chopped bacon, chives, and sour cream. I even garnish with green onions, kosher salt and black pepper for amazing flavor.

How to Slow Cook Mashed Potatoes:

  • Step 1 – Peel and cut your potatoes into chunks.
Peeled potatoes being cut on a cutting board
  • Step 2 – Place the potatoes in the crock pot with 1 cup of the milk, salt, pepper, garlic and butter.
Placing cut potatoes in the slow cooker and topping with butter and seasoning
  • Step 2 – Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours until the potatoes are slightly soft.
  • Step 3 – Then either remove the potatoes to a mixing bowl or mix in your crock pot. Mix well with an electric hand mixer. 
Mash potatoes in the slow cooker with a hand mixer
  • Step 4 – Slightly add in the last 1 cup of milk until the mashed potatoes are the consistency that you desire.
  • Step 5 – Serve and enjoy.

What to Serve with Crockpot Mashed Potatoes?

Another favorite around here is this easy white gravy that only takes 10 minutes to make. This gravy is amazing with these crock pot mashed potatoes and ready in just minutes.

Serve it with crockpot turkey breast or Fried Chicken Breasts for a delicious weeknight dinner or holiday meal. You can even make this Copycat KFC Bowl Recipe.

If you have a pressure cooker, you might want to try Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes. If you want a traditional recipe, try our traditional stove top mashed potatoes or Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

We love mashed potatoes so the more options the better.

Close up image of mashed potatoes in a bowl topped with butter and chives

Recipe Tips:

  • Mashing Potatoes – Mash with a hand mixer, stand mixer or a potato masher. We like to mash in the crock pot but you can also combine in a mixing bowl.
  • Potatoes – We recommend dicing the potatoes in about the same size so they cook evenly.
  • Warm Setting – If serving for the holidays, place your slow cooker on the warm setting to keep the potatoes warm.
Mashed potatoes in a crock pot topped with butter and a wooden spoon

How to Store Leftovers:

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I prepare ahead of time?

Yes, you can! Feel free to make these ahead of time and keep in the fridge. When you are ready to eat, just reheat and keep on warm to serve. I like to place back in the slow cooker to reheat.

Can I freeze Mashed Potatoes?

Yes, mashed potatoes do freeze well. Check out our Can you Freeze Mashed Potatoes post.

How to Fix Runny Mashed Potatoes:

If you find that your mashed potatoes are too runny you can easily thicken them. Check out How to Thicken Mashed Potatoes to learn how easy it is.

Try out these other Easy Potato Recipes:

Make sure to leave a star review and a comment, if you tried this Slow Cooker Mashed Potato Recipe! We love to hear from you!

Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe

4.90 from 29 votes
Make Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe to feed a crowd. This easy way to make mashed potatoes is perfect for holiday cooking and so delicious and creamy.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 367

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Peel and cut your potatoes into chunks.
  • Place the potatoes in the crock pot with 1 cup of the milk, salt, pepper, garlic and butter.
  • Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours until the potatoes are slightly soft.
  • Then either remove the potatoes to a mixing bowl or mix in your crock pot if it has a ceramic liner (do not mix in a non-stick liner as it will scratch it).
  • Mix well with an electric hand mixer. Slightly add in the last 1 cup of milk until the mashed potatoes are the consistency that you desire.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts

Calories 367kcal, Carbohydrates 45g, Protein 8g, Fat 18g, Saturated Fat 11g, Cholesterol 49mg, Sodium 570mg, Potassium 1053mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 6g, Vitamin A 604IU, Vitamin C 13mg, Calcium 126mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. Lizzy Negrini says:

    5 stars
    this recipe made it easy for me to make a meal for Christmas with less stress…throw these in the crockpot and get other dishes done while they cooked. They were also very tasty!!