A Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes recipe is a recipe that everyone needs in their back pocket. They’re the perfect side to serve at any holiday or gathering because EVERYONE likes them.
Growing up in Wisconsin, Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes were served at every event and function. Why? Because literally everyone likes them. I mean, what’s better than cheesy hashbrown potatoes crockpot?
5 Ingredient Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes
- Frozen hashbrowns – the beauty of this recipe is that it calls for frozen shredded potatoes or hashbrowns, so there is no need to shred them yourself!
- Cream cheese – cream cheese helps smooth things out a bit and adds a tangy flavor. And, what is a cheesy potato without some cream cheese?
- Shredded cheddar cheese – the cheese star of the show for this crockpot cheesy potatoes recipe is shredded cheddar cheese. You can use any kind of cheddar you wish- yellow, sharp, mild, white, etc.
- Lawry’s – Lawry’s seasoning salt is our secret flavor weapon for this recipe. 2 teaspoons is all you need!
- Chicken broth: chicken broth is used to the cheesy sauce extra saucy.
How to Make Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes
I hate you break it to you, but this might be the easiest recipe you’ve ever put together. The hardest part is making sure you can stir it every half an hour so that it doesn’t burn/stick to your crockpot.
Step 1: Add Ingredients
The first step in making crockpot cheesy potatoes with real potatoes is spraying your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Alternatively, you can line it with a slow cooker liner.
Next, add all of the ingredients into the crockpot and use a wooden utensil to mix.
Step 2: Cook
Set your crockpot to low and cook for around 4 hours, or until the cheese is melted and smooth.
Make sure that you mix your crockpot cheesy potatoes every 30 minutes so that nothing sticks or burns. Yes, this is a bit of a hassle, but you will thank me later!
How do I know my crockpot cheesy potatoes are done? Once the cheese is nice and creamy and melted, your cheesy potatoes are done! If you’re finding that your cheese isn’t smoothing out, add a little bit more broth and continue cooking.
Your Questions Answered
How long do potatoes take to soften in the slow cooker?
If you are cooking a baked potato in the crockpot, that is going to take much longer than shredded hash browns. Baked potatoes take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours on high, where hashbrowns take 3-4 hours on low.
Can you put raw potatoes in the slow cooker?
Cooking raw potatoes in the slow cooker is one of the best things you can do because they come out super tender and perfectly cooked.
Why are my potatoes hard in the slow cooker?
If your potatoes are still hard in the slow cooker, that just means they need to continue cooking. If you add a little water to the bottom and cover your slow cooker, that should speed things up.
Do you boil potatoes before putting in slow cooker?
No need to boil your potatoes before adding them to the slow cooker.
Can I use a different kind of shredded cheese?
Any kind of shredded cheddar cheese will work for this. Try using a Mexican blend or even Colby Jack!
Store leftover cheesy potatoes in an airtight container for up to 3-5 days in the refrigerator.
Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes
- 2 lbs. frozen hashbrowns
- 1 1/4 cups chicken broth
- 4 oz. cream cheese
- 3 cups shredded yellow cheddar cheese
- 2 teaspoons Lawry's seasoning salt
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Begin by spraying the slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
- Next, add all ingredients to the slow cooker and mix until all ingredients are combined.
- Cook the cheesy potatoes on low for 3-4 hours, stirring every 30 minutes.
- The cheesy potatoes are done when the shredded potatoes are soft and cheesy.
- If after 3 hours the cheesy potatoes are still not done, add an additional 1/4 cup of broth and cook the potatoes for an additional 20 minutes.
- Turn off slow cooker and enjoy.