Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Easy and flavorful slow cooker mashed potatoes, a perfect side dish for any holiday or large event.

Slow Cooker Mashed Potato Recipe from

Now that Halloween is over, even if there is still plenty of candy to eat, we can move on to all things Thanksgiving! When it comes to food and holidays, Thanksgiving is hands down the best. Carbs, pie, meat. All good. You know that question about what you’d eat for your last meal? Mine would totally be Thanksgiving. Pile my plate high with white meat, stuffing, corn, rolls and creamy mashed potatoes. And I’ll do my absolute best to of course save room for pie, because that’s just necessary… apple pie of course. Not that I don’t like pumpkin food, I do. But you know apple pie holds the key to my heart.

As much as I love Thanksgiving, it takes a lot of work to pull off. There’s SO much timing involved. If you’re a list maker like I am, it’s not quite as bad but can still get pretty hectic at times. In the oven, out of the oven and what’s on the stovetop next? Let’s make one thing a ton easier… the potatoes!

Slow Cooker Mashed Potato Recipe from

Instead of taking up a whole burner for your potatoes, instead use your slow cooker. Not only will your slow cooker do most of the work for you, if you so choose, you can serve the potatoes in the slow cooker too! It’ll keep your potatoes warm for hours, which means you don’t have to worry about timing and reheating them just before dinner is served.

This large batch recipe for slow cooker mashed potatoes is creamy and flavorful. If you’re like me and want them extra smooth and lump free, be sure to use a potato ricer to remove all of those pesky lumps. If you like some lumps, forego the ricer or only rice part of the potatoes.

This slow cooker recipe for mashed potatoes is a must make for your Thanksgiving dinner. Stress less, enjoy your family and food more.

Slow Cooker Mashed Potato Recipe from

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Easy and flavorful slow cooker mashed potatoes, a perfect side dish for any holiday or large event.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Slow cooker
Servings: 10 plus


  • 5 lb russet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 C vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 C water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 C unsalted butter melted
  • 3/4 C milk warm
  • 1/4-1/2 C sour cream
  • Chives for topping optional


  • Peel and cube potatoes into 1-inch pieces. Place in a large stockpot and cover with water. Allow potatoes to sit for at least 30 minutes, may be prepped and allowed to sit overnight.
  • Drain and rinse potatoes. Add potatoes to a 6 quart slow cooker with broth and water. Cook on high for 4 hours or until potatoes are fork tender.
  • Drain potatoes. Depending on the consistency desired, potatoes may be returned to slow cooker immediately and mashed or for a smooth consistency, press potatoes through a potato ricer. Season with salt and pepper. Add butter and milk. Mix well with the whisk attachment of an immersion hand blender. Add sour cream until desired consistency is reached.
  • Serve immediately or utilize the warm setting on your slow cooker, cover and keep warm for up to 2 hours. Stir prior to serving. Potatoes may be transferred to another serving dish or served from the bowl of the slow cooker.


Serves roughly 10-12.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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