Slow Cooker Beyond Easy Baked Potatoes

I want to make a few posts on super easy things to make in the slow cooker. This is one that when I have friends over, they always tell me they never thought about cooking baked potatoes in the slow cooker. So I’m posting it here just in case you don’t already know.

You can still toss them in a microwave, but I prefer the texture when they’re baked in the oven or the Crockpot.

I love making a meal out of a baked potato by topping it with black bean chili and serving a big salad with it. Yum!

Slow Cooker Beyond Easy Baked Potatoes

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 6- 8 hours  (can cook longer if you are working late)

  • 4 large russet potatoes (use organic so you can eat the skin too)
  • a fork

In the morning: Wash the potatoes and scrub off any dirt. Make a few holes in each potato with the fork. Put them in the slow cooker. Cook on low for about 8 hours and enjoy your perfectly baked potato.

It’s true –  no water in the slow cooker and  no oil is needed to coat the potato. It really is as easy as it seems. You can also cook 1 or 2 potatoes in a 1 – 1.5 quart slow cooker.

Comments

  1. Frugal Trenches says:

    OOooh thank you! This looks too easy to be true! LOL

  2. Simple and slow cooker are the best combination! Thanks for your comment on Habits for a Happy Home. Looking forward to browsing your recipes.

  3. I enjoyed checking out your blog and recipes. Thanks for stopping by my place. I love potatoes cooked in the crockpot, too.

  4. It looks like I found the right place… I’ll be sure to let you know how anything I try turns out. I doubt it would look as good as yours but with some trial and error…

  5. Already saw some recipes I will have to try! I love making baked potatoes in the crock pot as well. Thanks for leaving me a comment on my blog.

    Anita@ busyhandsbusyminds.blogspot.com

  6. I haven’t ever tried cooking potatoes in a crockpot. Sounds super easy. I will have to give it a try.

  7. Can you put more than 4? As in 8? do they need space or can they be stacked?? I have a large family and 4 wouldn’t be nearly enough! I never thought to use the slow cooker.

  8. Kathy Hester (geekypoet) says:

    Christy,

    I have never cooked more than 4 at a time, but i have cooked 3 sweet potatoes in a little dipper and being on top of each other didn’t seem to hurt anything. In a large crockpot I would try a second layer of them at least.

    The only thing I can think of is they may take a little longer to cook, so you might want to make them earlier the first time just in case.

    Please let me know how they turns out.

  9. Heh. Whodda thunk it?!

  10. Wow! I knew it could be done. Thanks for this. I LOVE simple and slowcooking. Thanks for visiting my blog. I’ll post a link to yours, because I keep harping on slow cooking.

  11. I just cooked 5 spring yellow potatoes for 7 hours on low and they were great! (I then scooped the insides, added shredded cheese and some pats of butter and filled them again and baked in a toaster oven for 15 min on 400F.) I only put in 5 potatoes so I wouldn’t have to stack them. I was a bit surprised to find water at the bottom of the crock which was moisture from the potatoes cooking. This made the skins a bit damp and maybe cooking them for another hour would have dried up the liquid.

    It’s great to get the potatoes ready in the morning and have them baked by supper time and not have to be there for the baking.

    This is definitely something I will do more often.

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