Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes with Bacon Recipe

by Tonya Staab
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These slow cooker mashed potatoes with bacon and cheese are the perfect side dish that will free up the oven and stove this holiday season.

Disclosure: This blog post has been sponsored by Collective Bias and it’s advertiser. All opinions are my own.

Thanksgiving falls on Jay’s 19th birthday this year. This means that not only will I be preparing my really big ‘elastic waist pants’ Thanksgiving feast, but there will also be cake and Jay’s favorite treats being served throughout the day too. I wonder if hiring someone to do the dishes is a thing because it needs to be.

You cannot have mashed potatoes without bacon and cheese, so I’m told. These mashed potatoes were delicious, but next time I will probably make them without the skin just because adding the skin isn’t my personal favorite way to enjoy them.

mashed potatoes topped with bacon and cheese
Slow cooker mashed potatoes topped with bacon and cheese.

Slow cooker mashed potatoes recipes

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes with Bacon and Cheese

Serves: 6 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 2 voted )


  • 2 1/2 lbs red potatoes
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup reduced-fat milk
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 rashes bacon
  • 1/2 cup mild cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1tsp dried chives
  • salt & pepper


  1. I'm not a skin in the mashed potato kind of person, but because some do I compromised and peeled half, leaving the other half with the skin on.
  2. Cut the potatoes into approximate two-inch pieces.

  3. Turn the slow cooker onto high and brush the sides and bottom with a little butter. Toss in the potatoes along with the garlic, chives, and chicken stock.

  4. Cook on high for 3 hours.

  5. Add in the sour cream, milk, salt, pepper, and the remainder of the stick of butter and blend using an immersion blender or hand mixer until thick and creamy.

  6. Transfer to a serving dish, or keep in the slow cooker on warm until ready to serve.

  7. Grill the bacon before serving time and then chop into small pieces.

  8. Once in a serving dish top with freshly grated cheese and bacon.

purple potatoes being peeled on a cutting board
potatoes cut up and placed in a slow cooker
First Street brand milk and sour cream for mashed potatoes
First Street brand mild cheddar cheese grated on a cutting board
slow cooker mashed potatoes in a white bowl

All ingredients used in this recipe are available at Smart & Final, and most were the First Street brand.

You can pick up everything you need this holiday season from Smart & Final. With a full range of produce, dairy, meats, and packaged foods they are your one-stop-shop.

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Carolyn West November 3, 2014 - 8:43 am

I’ve never made mashed potatoes in the crockpot but it makes so much sense. #client

Donna November 5, 2014 - 4:33 pm

I am totally in agreement — bacon goes with everything, especially mashed potatoes. My husband has his famous recipe he makes every Thanksgiving. People ask for it yearly and it has a load of bacon. Great recipe above, I really need to try to make it in the slow cooker! 🙂

[email protected] June 20, 2015 - 5:13 pm

What is a rash of bacon?

Joann November 2, 2016 - 1:10 am

Looks so refreshing and what a great flavor!


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