Crockpot Mashed Potatoes are one of the easiest and best side dishes for any dinner or holiday. These slow cooker mashed potatoes are the perfect easy Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter side dish. So much flavor and none of the fuss. Creamed potatoes for the win!
What’s in this Crockpot Mashed Potatoes Recipe?
This garlic mashed potatoes recipe is a special version of a classic and they are oh-so creamy! They are cooked with whole roasted garlic to soak up all the flavor possible. Just look at all that garlic and butter. Mmmm!! I’m in love with these crockpot mashed potatoes!
- Potatoes: I like Yukon Gold potatoes for their buttery flavor and texture. Russet or Idaho potatoes also work well!
- Garlic: Adds all that roasty, toasty, garlicky goodness!
- Chicken Broth: Adds moisture and flavor to the potatoes.
- Salt + Pepper: Enhances the natural flavor of the potatoes.
- Unsalted Butter: Adds richness and moisture to the potatoes.
- Milk: Adds richness to the potatoes and helps make them silky smooth.
Pro Tip: Bring the milk to room temperature (or slightly warm it) to help it combine more easily!
Variations on Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
- For dairy-free mashed potatoes, use dairy-free butter, milk, and cream! You can also use some of the starchy cooking liquid from the potatoes in place of the milk or cream.
- For cheesy mashed potatoes, add ½ cup of your favorite cheese!
- For loaded mashed potatoes, add cheese, chopped cooked bacon, and chives.
- For ranch mashed potatoes, add a packet of ranch seasoning.
- For herby potatoes, feel free to add some of your favorite chopped herbs.
Yes! Making slow cooker mashed potatoes is so easy because you can set everything up, let them cook, and forget about them for a while. Just throw the potatoes in and they’ll take a few hours to cook.
There’s no need to boil potatoes before cooking them in the crockpot!
If you add the butter first, it will infuse the potatoes with rich, buttery flavor. If you add it at the same time as the milk, the potatoes will absorb the milk and not the butter, leading to a less buttery tasting dish.
You can add cold, room temperature, or melted butter to the potatoes. It really doesn’t matter!
I prefer to use room temperature or slightly warmed milk, as this will help keep the potatoes nice and hot!
Yes! Add the milk a little at a time; otherwise, you may end up with runny or gummy potatoes!
The great thing about these potatoes is that once they’re done cooking, you can turn the heat down low to keep them warm until everyone is ready to eat. Even better if you made these ahead of time, you can let them warm in the crockpot while the rest of the food is being made.
How to Store and Reheat
Store leftover crockpot mashed potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in a Dutch oven over medium-low heat or in the microwave on high for 1 minute.
How to Freeze
Scoop 1-cup mounds of mashed potatoes onto a lined baking sheet and freeze uncovered until solid, about 1-2 hours. Transfer to an airtight container or Ziplock bag to store for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
Serve these slow cooker mashed potatoes with Thanksgiving turkey and classic Thanksgiving side dishes, Easter dinner, or Christmas dinner. Or add them to a simple weeknight meal, like crockpot chicken breasts, Swedish meatballs, smothered pork chops, pan seared salmon, spatchcock chicken, or beef tenderloin.
“Thanksgiving is way gone, but these mashed potatoes still sound delicious! genious idea making them on the crockpot, they look so creamy and tasty! love this” – Albert Bevia
More Mashed Potato Recipes We Love
- Creamy Mashed Potatoes
- “Cheesy” Vegan Mashed Potatoes
- Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
- Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes
- Cheesy Mashed Potatoes with Bacon
- Easy Mashed Potatoes
- Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole
- Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
- Fried Mashed Potato Balls