Next time you’re having any part or get-together and need a super easy to prepare recipe that everyone is going to love, I’d definitely recommend making this 5 ingredient slow cooker cheesy potatoes recipe!
Let’s say your oven is full of other things (like this oven baked pork roast) and you need oven space, or it’s 90+ degrees outside (and the last thing you want to do is spend time cooking, over a hot stove), these cheesy potatoes made in a slow cooker are the recipe for you!!
These 5 ingredient crockpot cheesy potatoes are THE answer. And all you need is 5 ingredients:
- Frozen diced potatoes
- Sour cream
- Cream of chicken soup
- Garlic salt
- Cheddar jack cheese
Simple mix a few ingredients and put them in a crockpot/slowcooker and set it and forget it.
If you’re feeling extra fancy you can stir it a time or two while cooking, but I’ve done it both with and without stirring lol, and they turn out great either way.
The key to making this dish is the cheese. You may have had cheesy potatoes in the past and noticed that there seems to be a greasy texture or layer at the bottom that pools up (kind gross, right?) … well that’s because the wrong type of cheese was used.
I like to use a blend of cheddar-montery jack cheese, called cheddar jack. It works like a charm and really is the best cheese to use for these cheesy potatoes!
We had a family get together and the menu was grilled burgers, a simple side salad, the balsamic grilled vegetables side dish recipe, and these cheesy potatoes…soooo yummy! I’ve also made these potatoes countless times for parties: baptism parties, birthdays, family dinners. They’re always a huge hit and everyone loves the cheesy potatoes (and I love how easy they are to make!) If you’re looking for another slow cooker potatoes recipe, these are also 5 ingredients and are a butter herb slow cooker potato recipe.
Other recipes you might enjoy:
- 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Glazed Carrot Side Dish
- Slow Cooker Greek Chicken and Vegetables
- 5 Ingredient Chicken Gnocchi Pesto Alfredo
- 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Pork and Potatoes
5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Cheesy Potatoes Recipe
- 1 bag frozen diced potatoes (32 oz.)
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 can cream of chicken soup (10.5oz. )
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 2 cups cheddar jack cheese shredded
- Spray slow cooker with cooking spray (this is optional, but I like to do it.)
- Put frozen potatoes in a slow cooker.
- In a bowl combine sour cream, cream of chicken soup and garlic salt and stir to combine. Pour mixture on top of the potatoes.
- Add cheese to the slow cooker and stir everything together.
- Turn slow cooker on high and cook for 4 hours, then serve and enjoy
I thawed the potatoes in fridge by accident. How long should I cook. Thanks
I meant thawed
Krystal almbach says
Hi Sweetness !!! Had to make potatoes
for company party. 28 people. Fried cat
fish. In Mo. Made coleslaw & baked beans. Did fritters, too for fillers, not to mention cheese & venison summer sausage. Tried your recipe. Doubled it & added a few roasted onion flakes. Made all but taters last night. Put in fridge. Put it together this am & in slow cooker @ 7a. Was ready by noon. They ate every little bit of it. 4#. Eschewed coleslaw & baked beans.
It’s gone. Wah!!! Thought may have left
overs. Nada Zip Zero. Most excellent. Can
only hope licked bowl. (Easier to wash)
Very Very Good!!! Crickie. Now have to
deal with beans & slaw. Thank you for
a great & easy recipe. Kudos Sweetphi.
Thank you so much Krystal! Sounds like you had quite the party, so glad you enjoyed my recipe 🙂
Hi! If I double the recipe how much more will that add to the cooking time? Thanks!
I would add an hour and you should be good to go (I’ve actually made a double batch and had them done in the same amount of time with a new crock pot, so it just depends, but definitely they should be good with an extra hour)!
Could I substitute fresh cubed potatoes for the frozen hash browns?
Yes! Just reduce the cooking time by an hour
Christine Brown says
Did you take off the skins also? I want to sub fresh potatoes as well
If making it with fresh potatoes, I would recommend taking the skins off 🙂
Erin Henninger says
HI could I double this recipe in a 6 qt. slow cooker?
Yes you can, your slow cooker will be very full though (I do this – double it – in my slow cooker)
Does the cooking time change much when you double?
Not a lot, honestly it depends on your slow cooker. Sometimes I increase it by half an hour, with another slow cooker I’ve increased it an hour. But it shouldn’t need more time than that, I’d just check them as it gets close to the end.
Will a 3 qt crockpot be big enough for the 5 ingredient cheesy potatoes?
Unfortunately I think that would be a little too small, sorry
I’ll find a bigger crockpot as I want to make these for Christmas dinner! Thx for your quick response!
You’re so welcome Patty, I think you’ll really love these!
Can I make the night before put in refrigerator and cook next day?
Do you think it would work to make it the night before and then put on low to heat through the next day? This sounds yummy and just the right side to take to our school staff lunch next week. I just don’t want to get up super early to arrive at school by 6 am to get it going to have it ready by first lunch.
Hi Linda, thank you so much for the comment. I definitely think this definitely could cook on low overnight. However, if it’s being made for a lunch, I really would suggest making it same day – I don’t know how long it would be ok in the crockpot cooking and staying warm without getting really overcooked if you know what I mean…like if you put it in before you went to bed at 10 and then woke up at 6, it would be done. Then from 6-12 that’s another 6 hours, so that just might be a little much and the potatoes might stick to the sides. OR – you could make these the night /day before, and then just warm them up in the microwave or put them on warm setting. Hope this helps!
Dominique Duprez-Yonemoto says
Would i be able to put this in the night before and have it ready by morning? Maybe cook it on low?
That’s an awesome idea! Yes, I think that would work (putting it in the slow cooker and cooking it through the night on low for 8 hours)
I want to thank you so very much for this recipe!! I made it for Thanksgiving, and everyone LOVED it!! I added freshly cooked bacon, & used “Mexican blend” shredded cheese, but those were the only alterations. So thankful for your page, much love from Oklahoma 🙂
Oh my goodness, thank you so much for coming back and commenting and leaving feedback, you made my day, and i’m so happy everyone loved them!
Patricia Brown says
Can you use sharp cheddar Colby and pepper jack cheese with this dish
Yes you can, it would still be delicious with that combination of cheeses.
Add already cooked diced or cubed ham if you want some meat. Since the meat is cooked no additional cooking time necessary. Mmmmmm.
That sounds like a delicious addition! Thanks for commenting.
Amy Osborne says
Anyone have an idea how to add the crispy cornflakes (not soggy)to top? Cook butter and cereal in oven? Or put the whole thing in oven at the end?
I realize this is not in the recipe but soooo good on the oven version!
Jean Ann Morris says
I just bought a new slow cooker and wanted to make cheesy potatoes for our school potluck. I was quite nervous, because I had seen so many unhappy comments on other online recipe sites. I finally decided your recipe would be my best bet. I am so happy! Everyone raved about the dish! I did have to add a small amount of coconut milk an hour before the cooking time was up, because it seemed like it was necessary. I think maybe I didn’t measure the cheese correctly. Anyway, thank you for this easy and delicious recipe. I had prayed the potatoes would turn out well, and your recipe was the answer!
I’m SO happy to hear your feedback, thank you for your wonderful comment, so happy to hear you loved this recipe. I’m making it for the millionth time for a family dinner I have tomorrow 🙂
Jennifer Narkun says
Hi! What about a pressure cooker? Could I use that or no? If I can use it, and im making a double batch, how long would I cook them for and on what setting?
Sorry i’ve never used a pressure cooker. If you’ve used one before to make potatoes then you can definitely use it, I just don’t know how the cook times would translate, sorry!
Mary Reck says
I would like to make these in the morning and have them ready when I get home from work. Can I put them on LOW for 8 hours, or would that be too long?
That would be fine, I’ve done them like that before 🙂
Hi I’ve noticed there is no mention of best size of crock pot? I’d def need to know at lrast what sz for single batch & what you’d need to be sure it’s not overfilled! I’ve’ always made the oven version & this looks delish & easy!
Thanks so much
I use a standard 6qt crockpot
In response to the person who said theirs were dry. The definitely left something out because it is impossible for these to be dry! If she doubled the recipe she possibly forgot to double all the ingredients. I doubled it and definitely was not dry. I did make a batch that was not as good by using a really cheap brand of hash browns–maybe that is what she did? I found an off brand but they are great compared to the others I used.
Thank you SO much for saying that Marilyn, I have no idea how they could be dry lol. Really appreciate you commenting!
Hi, Wondering if I can cook these in a electric turkey roaster? I need to triple or quadruple the recipe and that won’t fit in my slow cooker. If yes, what temperature and how long? Thanks,
Last weekend I used a nesco for the first time, is that what you’re referencing by an “electric turkey roaster?” If it is, I would suggest 5- 6 hours at 250. I would also suggest definitely making sure the vessel is greased very well so the potatoes don’t stick ok much 🙂
Please help! I have these in the crockpot as I type. One response you said to add 2hrs for a double batch and another said you’ve never cooked over 4 hrs for a double batch. I want them to cone out great.
Hi Glenn, you should be fine if they’re on high for 4 hours, if you want to be on the safe side you could always add a little time, it won’t hurt them to be in the slow cooker a little longer. Hope that helps, I think you’re going to love them 🙂 I just made them for my sons baptism and for two parties last weekend, each time doubling the batch 🙂
I followed the recipe and mine came out really dry. They have a great flavor though. Thank you for your speedy response. Genn.
Hmmm, that’s so odd that yours came out dry, I have never experienced that or heard that feedback, and this recipe has been made hundreds of times! Can I ask, did you double all the ingredients or just the potatoes? Did you make any changes to the recipe? These come out really creamy so I’d love to know what happened. Also could you tell me how long you cooked them for?
Mary Seggerman says
I am having major stress with the cheese potatoes ??! They have been in my 9×13 crock pot for 6 hours on HIGH, and they are still not done?, what am I doing wrong????
Oh my goodness, the only thing I can think of is that your crock pot is broken? I have made these dozens of times, and I’ve even doubled the batch and still it has never taken over 4 hours!!! I’d love to hear back to see what happened (I have on occasion forgotten to plug my crock pot in ?).
Mary Seggerman says
I am going to do the 5 step cheese potatoes for a tailgate party this weekend! Thanks for the quick easy recipe!!
You’re welcome, so glad you came across my site 🙂 I’m making these next weekend for my son’s baptism 🙂
Julie Jo Phillips says
was wondering if a different cream soup could be used…. cream of asparagus or celery or cream of mushroom?
For sure, it would just look a little less orange because other soups don’ have that yellow look like the cream of chicken does. But I did meet someone who says they make this with cream of mushroom and they love it that way 🙂
Josh Z says
I love to do these potatoes with cream of onion. I know that sometimes cream of onion can be hard to find at least where I am, but when I can use it I love them that way. Otherwise I have done them with cream of celery and cream of mushroom as well, both very good as well.
Making this for a work pot luck. Could I assemble the night before? Would I need to adjust the cooking time if the potatoes have thawed a bit?
You could totally assemble it the night before, and yes, I’d say that with the thawed potatoes I’d say it would cut the cooking time in half!
Do you think you could double this and it fit in one crock? Need to feed about 15 people. And would you double the whole recipe or only certain parts?
It would definitely work doubled, I just did that a few weeks ago. It will be very full, but it works. Also I’d recommend adding a little cooking time to it.
I plan on making this for my daughter’s baptism reception next weekend. I’m going to double the recipe, but used thawed potatoes. Any suggestions on how much longer I should cook it? Thanks so much!!
I would add an hour to be safe 🙂 I double this recipe and use frozen potatoes, and for that I add 2 hours. Hope that helps 🙂
Can I use fresh potatoes? Would I need to adjust anything else?
I think using fresh potatoes would work, I’d just make sure to cut them small. I’ve never tried it, but would love to hear how it turns out for you 🙂
I am going to try this tomorrow with fresh potatoes. I’m going to leave skins on, cut up small, then boil for a little while, then drain and put into the crockpot.
If you cook them in the crockpot, you probably don’t need to boil them ahead of time 🙂
Diana Lopes says
WOW these looks incredible! :O and I have all the ingredients right here… I see where this is going.
I hope you enjoy these potatoes 🙂
Love that I could just make these and leave them! They look delicious:)
These are truly amazing for get together or whenever you need an easy set-it-forget-it side dish!!
Carol A Pillion says
Can’t wait to try these!
Anxiously awaiting your baby arrival!
Thank you SO much for the comment and kind thoughts- baby arrived and I just posted 🙂 🙂 🙂
Shawnna Griffin says
hey girl- this looks so good! Y’all have a great weekend! Baby yet?
Hi Shawnna!!! Thank you SO much for your comment and kind question- baby arrived!!!!!! I just did a little post on it and cannot wait for you to read about our newest family member
I’ve never made anything like this, but it’s totally the kind of side dish that I’d be eating out of the slowcooker as a meal 🙂
These potatoes are sooooo cheesy and delicious – it’s so hard to resist eating them straight out of the crockpot for every meal lol.
Can you use Shredded Hasbrowns instead of Diced Potatoes?
You certainly can!