Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes + Video

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Crock pot mashed potatoes are rich, creamy, and full of flavor. Prep everything in minutes, then let your slow cooker do the work for you!

This decadent side dish is fit for any special occasion, yet simple enough to make any night of the week.

Whether you are preparing a feast and could use the extra space on the stove or you’re bringing a dish to a potluck-style dinner, this recipe is absolutely perfect.

Love these make ahead mashed potatoes? I’ve got recipes for sweet potato casserole and a sausage and herb stuffing that can be prepped in advance and warmed the day of any holiday meal.

Plus, dishes like cranberry sauce or homemade rolls can be ready to go, leaving you more time to spend with your guests!

crock pot mashed potatoes in a bowl with butter on top

How To Make Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes

Once you try this recipe, you’ll never want to go back to the stovetop method again!

  • Wash a bag of Yukon Gold potatoes and chop them into small pieces, about ½-inch in width.
  • Rub the inside of the crockpot with a softened stick of butter, leaving any that’s left in the bottom.
  • Add the spuds and cook until fork tender – about 3 hours on High or 5 to 6 hours on Low.
  • Uncover and pour in the milk and cream. Mash until it reaches your desired consistency.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients until cream cheese is fully melted and incorporated.
ingredients for make ahead mashed potatoes


Watch the video below to see how easy it is to make this recipe!

diced potatoes in slow cooker

Tips and Tricks

  • Rinse after chopping. This removes excess starch which can cause your finished dish to feel gummy. Run cold water over the pieces, then drain well before pouring them into the crockpot. 
  • Don’t overmix! Otherwise, the texture will end up like glue. Stir just until everything is incorporated and evenly distributed.
  • Time-saving tip: You can keep slow cooker mashed potatoes on Warm throughout the day. Give them a good stir every so often and add more milk as needed for moisture.
  • Like yours extra fluffy? Whip them with an electric mixer at half power for about 2 minutes. Stir, scrape down the sides, then mix again for another minute. 
crock pot mashed potatoes being mashed in the slow cooker

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FAQ – Common Recipe Questions

Can I make crock pot mashed potatoes the day before?

You sure can! Prepare the recipe as directed, then cover and transfer to the refrigerator overnight.

Transfer them back to the crockpot 2 to 4 hours before you plan on serving. Stir in ½ cup of milk and cook on low, stirring occasionally, until warmed through.

Do you need to peel Yukon Golds?

You can if you prefer, but the skins are so thin you shouldn’t be able to notice the difference. Plus, peel adds extra buttery flavor to the overall dish.

How many do these slow cooker mashed potatotes serve?

This recipe yields 10 to 12 servings, plenty for any holiday crowd. Feel free to reduce the recipe by half if needed, or use leftover in this cheesy chili casserole!

make ahead mashed potatoes in slow cooker


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crock pot mashed potatoes in a bowl

crock pot mashed potatoes in bowl

Crockpot Mashed Potatoes Recipe + Video

Donna Elick
This Crockpot Mashed Potatoes Recipe is the make ahead side you need! Prep everything in minutes, then let your slow cooker do the rest!
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Method Slow Cooker
Servings 12


  • slow cooker Great for soups, roasts, shredded chicken, and more!
  • potato masher This one doesn’t get clogged like the kind with holes, and one tap releases anything stuck to the wires.
  • quality knives and a big solid Cutting Board make prepping a breeze and are well worth the investment.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1 stick, softened
  • 5 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, washed and cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  • Butter inside of crock with butter and leave remaining butter on the bottom of the dish. Add potatoes and cover. Cook on high 3 hours or 5-6 hours on low.
  • Remove cover, once potatoes are fork tender (meaning they break apart when you put a fork into a potato), add milk and cream. Mash with potato masher until desired consistency is reached. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Donna’s Notes

I prefer my potatoes a little chunky, but mash until you like them. If you prefer them extra fluffy you can use an electric mixer on about half power for about 2 minutes. Then stir and scrape down side and them mix for another minute.
To make ahead. Prepare ahead and refrigerate. Place in slow cooker, on low, the day you wish to serve 2-4 hours before hand. Add 1/2 cup milk and stir. Cover and stir occasionally. Add more milk as needed.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 379cal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 475mg | Sugar: 4g | Fiber: 4g | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published November 2014, updated and republished October 2021

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  1. I can't wait to make these. As much as I love sour cream and cream cheese, it never occurred to me to put them in potatoes. I've been scouring my recipe books and looking at recipes on line and these sound by far the best. Thanks for the recipe; wish me luck!

  2. Terrible taste. Bland and grey color. Will not make these again. I am surprised as other recipes by Slow roasted Ital have been wonderful! I wrote as anonymous only because it wouldn't accept my email id.

  3. 5 stars
    Such an easy way to make mashed potatoes, and they’re so creamy and flavorful every time! I like to make this with your kfc gravy recipe.

  4. This is how I make mine all the time minus the heavy cream but I will use that now. Also I just boil my potatoes and this is very flavorful and creamy. Love it

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