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The BEST slow cooker mashed potatoes! So creamy rich and flavorful, they will be your favorite mashed potatoes recipe.

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Making Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Crockpot mashed potatoes are the easiest recipe to make when you have the oven full of holiday recipes, or when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen and have a hankering for velvety creamy mashed potatoes. Just cut up the potatoes and add them to the crockpot. Just mash them up with the rest of the ingredients and your favorite side dish is ready! I never make mashed potatoes any other way now.

This simple Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes recipe requires no boiling, just cut the potatoes into chunks & season and let the slow cooker do the rest!

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The Best Potatoes To Use For Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Russet potatoes and Yukon Gold are the best potatoes to use for this recipe. Make sure to peel the potatoes for the best results. A really starchy potato makes the best-mashed potatoes. You can always use half and half of each potato. 

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Why Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes Are The Best

The result is creamy and flavorful potatoes which are the perfect side to any dinner. These potatoes can easily be prepped ahead of time and kept warm in the crock pot until serving. These are the easiest, most delicious mashed potatoes, you will never go back to boiling potatoes again.

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Tips for The Best Mashed Potatoes

To get the best result for mashed potatoes cooked in the slow cooker, make sure to follow these tips. 

  • Potatoes should be hot: When ready to mash the potatoes, the potatoes should be very hot. The butter will melt easily as well as the rest of the ingredients will be easily incorporated into the crockpot. As soon as the mashed potatoes are ready to be served, cover and set the slow cooker on the WARM Setting.
  • Don’t over-mix all of the ingredients in the slow cooker. This is the key to any mashed potatoes recipe, especially for slow cooker mashed potatoes. Once the ingredients are mixed in, that’s it. No more mixing, or else your mashed potatoes will be the texture of gummy glue. Make sure the lumps have been mixed out, then you are ready to serve these delicious slow cooker mashed potatoes.
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Ingredients For The Best Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

  • Potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Chicken Broth
  • Butter
  • Cream Cheese
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Half and Half or Milk

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To Make Ahead

Follow the recipe below and allow the slow cooker mashed potatoes to cool completely. Once they are cooled, simply store them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator until ready to eat. These slow cooker mashed potatoes can last up to three days.

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Tips For Making Ahead

Prep the potatoes ahead: You can peel, chop, and soak your potatoes in water in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours in advance.

To Prepare the mashed potatoes 1-2 days ahead and reheat: Along with the milk, mix in cream cheese (this maintains a good texture when reheated).

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the best slow cooker mashed potaoes recipe in a slow cooker with white spoon
Yield: 20 servings

Best Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes

The BEST slow cooker mashed potatoes! So creamy rich and flavorful, they will be your favorite mashed potatoes recipe.


  • 5 lbs baking potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1½ cups chicken broth
  • ¼ cup butter, cut into chunks
  • 1 block of cream cheese, 8 ounces
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ to 1 cup milk or half and half, warmed


  1. Place potatoes, chicken broth, and butter in a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker add potatoes and chicken broth to slow cooker
  2. Cover; cook on High heat setting for 4 hours to 4 hours 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients except for the milk.
  4. Mash, crush or smash potatoes using a potato masher, or beat with an electric mixer on low speed until well blended. mash potatoes in slow cooker
  5. Do not overmix, just enough to mix the lumps out. ( If overmixed will turn into a paste)
  6. Stir in enough milk for the desired creamy consistency. potatoes and cream cheese in slow cooker mix
  7. Cover and keep warm on Low or Warm heat setting until serving time, up to 2 hours. the best slow cooker mashed potaoes recipe in a slow cooker with white spoon
  8. Stir before serving. slow cooker mashed potatoes in crock pot ready to serve with white spoon


To make this recipe vegetarian, substitute Vegetable Broth for Chicken Broth.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 176Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 19mgSodium 195mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 3gSugar 2gProtein 4g

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The easiest, most flavorful slow cooker mashed potatoes that you will ever make! My kids always request mashed potatoes for special occasions and holiday events. I wanted to have the mashed potatoes all done and ready while my other side dishes were cooking. via @Mooreorlesscook

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Friday 5th of November 2021

This is my go to for mashed potatoes. My family and guests say they taste like restaurant food. Love them with any meat and potato dish. Great recipe.


Monday 25th of October 2021

These sound great. I'd like to try them for a church event. If I double the recipe, would I cook it for the same amount of time or should I cook it longer?


Tuesday 26th of October 2021

Hello Cecile,

It should be the same amount of time.


Shannon V Holmes

Friday 13th of December 2019

These sound lovely and can be vegetarian with veggie broth.


Saturday 30th of November 2019

This is such a great idea. Thanks for the recipe!

Rita T. Pickles

Saturday 19th of October 2019

About how many servings does this recipe yield?

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