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Crock Pot Cheesy Potatoes

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Crockpot cheesy potatoes, made with hash browns, are a hassle-free and crowd-pleasing side dish, ideal for holiday menus.

This creamy, delicious, cheesy goodness is a hit at potlucks, often leaving the pot empty by the end!

large spoonful of cheesy potatoes.

Why You’ll Love Making Crock Pot Cheesy Potatoes

Making crock pot cheesy potatoes is a game-changer for potato recipes.

  1. Convenience: With a slow cooker, you can “set it and forget it.” You won’t need to stand over a hot stove.
  2. Perfect for Family Dinner: This cheesy potato dish is a hit at any family dinner, ensuring there’s something everyone will love on the table and finish out that complete meal.
  3. Saves Oven Space: Oven space is at a premium during the holidays. A crockpot takes the stress out of juggling different dishes.
  4. Great for Potlucks: Like the funeral potatoes recipe, the cheesy flavor is a crowd-pleaser. You might find an empty pot at the end!
super cheesy hashbrowns in a slow cooker is a great holiday dish.

Ingredients

  • Frozen diced potatoes, keep frozen; my package says “Southern Style Hash Browns. “
  • Cream of potato soup—you can substitute it with cream of chicken.
  • milk (or a whole soup can)
  • Sour cream
  • butter melted
  • Velveeta Cheese cut into 1/2″ cubes.
  • seasonings: garlic powder, kosher salt, black pepper
  • Non-stick cooking spray
all ingredients needed for a cheesy potatoes recipe.

How to Make Cheesy Crockpot Potatoes with Hashbrown Potatoes

  1. Preparation: Spray your cooker with cooking spray to prevent sticking. You could also use a slow cooker liner for a super-easy, no-cleaning solution.
  2. Potato Choice: Add frozen diced potatoes. Feel free to substitute shredded hashbrown potatoes for a twist.
making a side dish of potatoes with velveeta in a slow cooker.
  1. Mix Ingredients: Add cream of chicken soup, milk, sour cream, butter, Velveeta cheese, and seasonings. Stir the soup mixture thoroughly. As a side note, try this recipe with Gouda Cheese Sauce instead.
  2. Cooking Time: Set the slow cooker on high for 3–4 hours or low for 5–6 hours. Stir tender potatoes and cheesy sauce occasionally for even melting.
recipe for a potato side dish

When cooking on high, stir every hour for the first two hours.

When cooking on low, stir every 2 hours for the cheese to melt.

Cheesy Potato Recipe Questions

Can I use real raw potatoes?

Yes! I love working with fresh potatoes; one of my favorite things to eat is homemade diced skillet potatoes!

When working with real raw potatoes, you must remove the skin and then dice them into very tiny chunks. Leaving your potatoes too large will change the cooking time, or they will not cook evenly.

Can you oven-bake these Velveeta potatoes instead?

Yes. Just like in ham & hash brown casserole, add all ingredients, stir well, and put in the oven on 375 for approx. 45 minutes, stirring halfway through.

Can I reheat cheesy potatoes?

Yep! Just put it in the microwave for 25-30 seconds on high, stir, and continue until heated.

Can I use hash browns instead of diced potatoes?

Absolutely. Our recipe for Hashbrown Casserole also meets all the needs for cheese and potatoes.

Because hash browns are more slender and take much less time to cook, your cheesy potatoes may take less time overall, so check every hour of cooking time.

very simple potato recipe in a white serving bowl.

Variations and Suggestions for Crock Pot Cheesy Potatoes

Vegetable Add-ins:

  • Broccoli: Small florets can be added for a healthy touch.
  • Bell Peppers: Diced peppers for color and extra flavor.
  • Mushrooms: Sliced mushrooms provide an earthy flavor.

Meat Additions:

  • Crispy Cooked Bacon or Bacon Bits: For a smoky touch with texture.
  • Diced ham Adds a savory, meaty texture.

Spices & Seasonings:

  • Paprika or Smoked Paprika: For a smoky flavor.
  • Cayenne Pepper: If you like it spicy.
  • Fresh Herbs: Rosemary, thyme, or chives for added freshness.

Toppings:

  • Breadcrumbs: Add breadcrumbs in the last 30 minutes of cooking for a crispy topping.
  • Green Onions: Freshly chopped for a pop of color and flavor.
  • Sour Cream: Serve on the side or dollop on top for added creaminess.

Other Simple Slow Cooker Side Dishes to Dive Into

Black Eyed Peas Recipe

A Southern classic, black-eyed peas made in a slow cooker are hearty and flavorful. Infused with a smoky flavor, often from bacon or ham hocks, this dish is rich in protein and carries cultural significance, especially during New Year’s celebrations.

Serving Suggestion: It goes perfectly with cornbread and slow cooker collard greens.

Crockpot Refried Beans

Why buy canned beans when you can have homemade refried beans with a more authentic flavor? Using a slow cooker, beans get incredibly tender, and you can customize your flavors. Plus, it’s healthier than the store-bought version.

Serving Suggestion: Ideal as a burrito filling or as a side with your favorite Mexican casserole.

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Carrots

Transforming the humble carrot into a fancy vegetable side dish, slow cooker cinnamon carrots are both a treat and a great way to get kids to enjoy their veggies.

The slow cooking brings out the sweetness of the carrots and the sweet smell of cinnamon, making it perfect for a holiday dinner.

Serving Suggestion: Pairs well with roasted meats, especially during holiday meals.

Green Beans with Potatoes and Ham

A savory and salty side, this dish combines the meaty flavors of ham with the fresh snap of green beans. A hint of broth and a choice of seasonings make it a comforting dish, perfect for cold weather.

Serving Suggestion: Serve this green bean and potato recipe with a fresh dinner roll to soak up the tasty broth.

Easy Holiday Side Dish Solution – Crock Pots!

As the end of the year approaches, everyone’s mind turns to planning their festive meals, from appetizers to desserts. Deciding where to celebrate and who cooks is always a big family discussion.

A significant challenge during holiday cooking is using one oven for multiple dishes. That’s why I love using slow cookers. They make preparing dishes like vegetables or desserts so much easier.

Just prep, leave, and enjoy this cheesy potato casserole recipe later. Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or Mother’s Day, a slow cooker dish is a lifesaver.

  1. Crockpot 8 quart: A basic model with warm, low, and high settings.
  2. Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker: Features a timer with various hour settings, great for precise cooking.
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Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes (Velveeta)


Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Easy crockpot cheesy potatoes made with hash browns are a favorite side dish that is a perfect choice for a holiday menu. Delicious, creamy, and totally the best slow cooker potato side dish recipe, its so simple for your next potluck that will leave you with nothing but an empty pot to take home.

Ingredients
 

  • 32 oz. frozen diced potatoes Keep frozen – -my package says "Southern Style Hash Browns"
  • 10.75 oz. cream of potato soup You can substitute with cream of chicken if needed
  • 1-1/4 cup milk This is equivalent to the soup can full
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup melted butter equivalent to 4 tablespoons
  • 16 ounces Velveeta Cheese cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Prepare the Slow Cooker: Begin by lightly spraying the inner surface of the slow cooker crock with a nonstick cooking spray. This step helps the cheese not stick excessively to the sides during cooking.
  • Add Potatoes: Place the frozen home-style diced hash browns into the slow cooker. These hash browns are ideal as they maintain a firm texture and infuse the dish with a delightful rustic touch.
  • Incorporate Cream of Potato Soup: Pour in the entire can of cream of potato soup, distributing it evenly over the potatoes.
  • Add Milk: Using the emptied soup can as a measure, fill it with milk. Pour this milk into the slow cooker, covering the potatoes and soup mix.
  • Mix Ingredients: Stir the ingredients inside the slow cooker thoroughly.
  • Add 1/2 cup of sour cream and 1/4 cup of butter to the mixture, enhancing its creamy texture and rich flavor.
  • Add Velveeta cheese and all remaining spices to the mixture. Stir well to ensure that the cheese and spices are distributed uniformly throughout.

Set Cooking Temperature:

  • For a quicker cooking time, set the slow cooker on high and cook for 3-4 hours.
    For a more extended cooking period, set it on low and let it cook for 5-6 hours.

Stirring Guidance:

  • High Setting: If you're cooking on a high setting, remember to stir the mixture every hour, especially for the first two hours. This action prevents the ingredients from settling at the bottom and promotes even cooking.
    Low Setting: When using the low setting, a gentle stir every 2 hours is sufficient. Regular stirring helps the cheese melt seamlessly into the mixture.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 1248mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g

Nutritional Disclaimer: The nutritional data provided here is auto-calculated and intended for your convenience only. As it’s generated via automation, its accuracy may be compromised. For precise nutritional insight, please compute the values utilizing the actual ingredients in your recipe through your chosen nutrition calculator or application.

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2 Comments

  1. Easy and residents at the assisted living home I work at love them!

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      Wow, so happy that your residents enjoyed these potatoes! Was very kind of you to bring them in too.

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