Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

The Best Ever Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

  • Author: Cassie Johnston
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x


Give yourself a break on Thanksgiving Day, and use your Crock-Pot® to make the Best Ever Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes!



  • 5 pounds Yukon Gold or Russet potatoes (or a mixture), peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup–1 cup whole milk
  • Fresh chopped chives, for garnish


  1. Combine the potatoes, broth, butter, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and garlic in the basin of a slow cooker. Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or low for 4-6, or until the potatoes are very tender. Stir occasionally throughout the cooking time to make sure all the potatoes touch the broth at some point.
  2. Mash the potatoes using a hand-held potato masher until no lumps remain. Then, mash in additional salt to taste, sour cream, and whole milk, starting with 1/2 cup, and adding more until the potatoes reach your desired consistency.
  3. Optional: Using an electric hand mixer, fluff the potatoes just for about 20-30 seconds to get that whipped potato texture. Do NOT overmix or you risk your potatoes turning gummy.
  4. Sprinkle on chopped chives, cover the potatoes, put the slow cooker to warm, and then serve.

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