Easy Crockpot Mashed Potatoes

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Savor the creamy goodness of Crockpot Mashed Potatoes, an ideal side dish for any occasion. Whether you’re gearing up for a holiday feast or a straightforward weeknight meal, this recipe promises velvety, buttery mashed potatoes with minimal fuss.

Suitable for vegetarian and gluten free diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

crockpot mashed potatoes served in a ceramic bowl with a cloth napkin

It’s hard to imagine Thanksgiving dinner or any holiday without mashed potatoes. This classic comfort food is creamy and buttery, and pairs perfectly with virtually everything.

This easy recipe for Crockpot Mashed Potatoes is simple enough for weeknight dinners and a must-have for all your holiday meals, especially Christmas dinner.

Yeap, crockpot mashed potatoes are a true “set it and forget it” dish. Once you peel and chop the potatoes, it’s as easy as tossing the ingredients in the slow cooker and letting it do the rest of the work for you!

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Which is exactly what we all need when it comes to holiday meal prep.

And like these Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes, these creamy mashed potatoes travel well, so make them ahead and bring them along right in the slow cooker—just the thing for all those holiday potluck dinners.

slow cooker mashed potatoes inside the slow cooker with a wooden spoon stuck inside.

For a complete meal, you can serve this with Slow Cooker Whole Chicken and dump and start Crockpot Green Beans and Bacon.

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Why Make This Crockpot Mashed Potatoes

  • Comforting – It doesn’t get more comforting than silky smooth crockpot mashed potatoes mixed with butter and cream. These are the best mashed potatoes.
  • Pantry and Budget Friendly – By making mashed potatoes with only five ingredients, you likely have everything you need in your pantry, and most of these ingredients are inexpensive and readily available.
  • Time Saving – There’s no need to wait for water to boil. Let the crockpot do the work for you while you go about your day.
  • One less dish – One less pot and mixing bowl to wash. Simplify your cleanup and transport your side dish in the slow cooker insert.

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Ingredient Notes

  • Potatoes – Opt for either russet or Yukon gold potatoes, depending on your preference. Red potatoes are too firm and waxy.
  • Broth – Select a low-sodium broth of your choice, whether it’s vegetable or chicken broth.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter, allowing you to adjust the salt level to your desired taste.
  • Cream Cheese – Incorporate softened cream cheese into the mix for a rich and creamy texture. Cream cheese helps to stabilize the mashed potatoes, preventing them from becoming overly watery when reheated.
  • Heavy cream – For added silkiness and indulgence, include room-temperature heavy cream in your crockpot mashed potatoes.
  • Seasoning – Enhance the flavor with a sprinkle of seasoned salt and freshly ground black pepper, adjusting the additional salt to suit your personal palate.

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Ready to learn how to make these Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes? Grab those potatoes and the other ingredients, and I will show you…

How To Make Crockpot Mashed Potatoes

Get complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card further below.

  1. Make crockpot mashed potatoes by peeling and chopping the russet potatoes (or potatoes of choice) and placing the potatoes in the Crockpot insert.
  2. Add in chicken broth or vegetable broth.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours until the potatoes are fork-tender. Drain out the excess chicken broth from the cooked potatoes.
  4. Add in butter, cream cheese, cream, kosher salt and pepper, and then mash to your desired consistency. You can use a potato masher. Top with sliced green onions and serve.
the finished mashed potatoes inside the crockpot

Pro Tips

  • Cut potatoes smaller so they are about the same size, and everything will cook faster.
  • Mash the potatoes until just incorporated using a hand mixer, potato masher, or a ricer.
  • However, over-mixing mashed potatoes can make them gummy, so don’t overdo it.
  • If the potatoes are too thick, you can thin them with a bit of whole milk or cream.
  • Keep the lid on! Opening the lid too many times drops the internal temperature and can affect the cooking process.
  • This recipe is easily scalable. If you’re cooking for a larger group, feel free to double or triple the ingredients, provided your slow cooker has enough space.

Delicious Variations

  • Add seasonings – Herbs and spices can add a new flavor to these potatoes. Try oregano, thyme, and dill, or mix and match your favorite seasonings and spices.
  • Add garlic cloves – Stir in roasted garlic for a flavor that will knock your socks off.
  • Make loaded mashed potatoes – To make loaded mashed potatoes in your slow cooker, start by topping them with shredded cheddar cheese, bacon, chives, and a dollop of sour cream. Adding sour cream to your loaded mashed potatoes can create a tangy and rich taste profile. You can substitute sour cream for Greek yogurt.
  • Leave the skins on – Leaving the skins on the Yukon gold potatoes will save you more time during prep and give you a rustic-style mashed potatoes.
  • Change up the mashed potatoes – Russet potatoes or Yukon gold potatoes are delicious, but you can toss in any other potato or root vegetable into your slow cooker for added color and flavor. You can even use butternut squash in your slow cooker.
  • Use leftover mashed potatoes – Use leftover mashed potatoes to make Potato Pancakes. They’re absolutely delicious.
  • Use brown butter – Instead of plain butter, brown melted butter adds a nice nutty flavor to these creamy potatoes.
top down view of the finished mashed potatoes inside a bowl and ready to serve

Prep and Storage

This slow cooker mashed potatoes recipe is perfect for prepping ahead or for a delicious meal.

  • Make Ahead – Make this slow cooker mashed potatoes 2-3 days in advance. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.
  • Reheat – in the crockpot by setting it on low for about three hours.
  • Storage – Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Freeze – Alternatively, you can portion the slow cooker mash into ziplock freezer bags,  remove all the air, label them, and freeze for up to 3 months. Feel free to freeze this in smaller portions and defrost as needed. Thaw, reheat, and serve or use as a thickener for soups. These are the creamiest slow cooker mashed potatoes.
the completed mashed potatoes inside the crockpot and ready to be served


How To Keep Mashed Potatoes Warm In A Crock Pot?

The best way to keep mashed potatoes warm in a crock pot is by using the warm setting. I recommend that you stir them at least once an hour, and don’t keep them in the crockpot any longer than 3 – 4 hours.

How Can I Lighten Up This Recipe?

You can lighten up this recipe by eliminating the cream cheese, or use a light sour cream instead, and swap the heavy cream for half and half or add milk. I don’t recommend eliminating the butter.

Can I Double This Mashed Potatoes Recipe?

Yes, you can double this crockpot mashed potatoes recipe this recipe. It is easy to double (or even triple), provided you have room for the potatoes and the chicken broth in your crockpot.

Does Soaking Potatoes In Cold Water Make Better Mashed Potatoes?

Yes, soaking potatoes in cold water for 30 minutes to 1 hour before cooking can make better crockpot mashed potatoes. It removes excess starch, promotes even cooking, and results in a smoother, fluffier texture. It’s an optional step but can make a noticeable difference, especially with high-starch potatoes like russets.

Can You Make Mashed Potatoes And Put Them In A Crockpot To Keep Warm?

Yes, you can make mashed potatoes and put them in a crockpot to keep them warm.

After preparing your mashed potatoes, transfer them to a crockpot set on the “warm” setting. Make sure to cover the crockpot to retain moisture. This is a convenient method for serving hot and creamy crockpot mashed potatoes when you’re hosting a meal or want to keep them ready for guests without worrying about them getting cold.

Just remember to occasionally stir these crockpot mashed potatoes every hour to maintain their desired consistency and prevent sticking to the sides and no longer than 3-4 hours.

top down view of the crock pot mashed potatoes inside the crockpot

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Weight Watchers Points

There are 10 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

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Crockpot Mashed Potatoes

Crock pot mashed potatoes comforting side dish!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 10 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Western
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 12
Calories: 287kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy


  • 5 pounds (2.27kg) russet or Yukon gold potatoes peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 32 ounces (946ml) low sodium vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • cup (75g) unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces (225g) cream cheese softened and cut into cubes
  • cup (79ml) heavy cream at room temperature
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Lightly oil crockpot insert with olive oil, cooking spray, or butter.
  • Add the potato cubes and vegetable broth, cover and cook on high for about 4 hours.
  • Drain the excess broth, leaving the potatoes inside the crockpot.
  • Add in the butter, cream cheese, heavy cream, salt and pepper and then mash into your desired consistency. Tip: you can also pass it through a ricer for smoother mashed potatoes.
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  •  Cut potatoes smaller so they are about the same size, and everything will cook faster.
  • Mash the potatoes until just incorporated using a hand mixer, potato masher, or a ricer.
  • However, over-mixing mashed potatoes can make them gummy, so don’t overdo it.
  • If the potatoes are too thick, you can thin them with a bit of whole milk or cream.
  • Keep the lid on! Opening the lid too many times drops the internal temperature and can affect the cooking process.
  • This recipe is easily scalable. If you’re cooking for a larger group, feel free to double or triple the ingredients, provided your slow cooker has enough space.
  • Storage – keep leftovers in an airtight container inside the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • There are 10 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in a serving.


Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 819mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 509IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg

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  3. 5 stars
    What an incredibly easy recipe for gorgeously silky mashed potatoes! I love adding extra butter for added richness. Thanks for sharing!

  4. 5 stars
    I have everything I need for this dish, can’t wait to make it this weekend!

  5. 5 stars
    I’m such a sucker for mashed potatoes, and this recipe makes the cooking process so easy. Definitely one I’ll have to try out!