These easy cheesy potatoes with provolone and gouda are made even easier by placing all ingredients in a slow cooker, setting and forgetting! You won’t believe how cheesy the combination of cream cheese, provolone and Gouda makes this potato side dish and with diced hash browns as the base, prep is a breeze.
Now typically when slow cooked potatoes are served, they are for a holiday or potluck. If you are looking for the perfect potluck potato, this is it!
Second to only funeral potatoes (cant beat that topping), these slow cooked cheesy potatoes are full of flavor. And while this simple side dish is just that – simple to make – adding fresh chives and bacon make this side dish taste anything but.
If you are a potato lover, this one is for you!
Easy Cream Cheese Cheesy Potatoes
Unlike in our slow cooker cheesy potatoes, this potato side dish does not use Velveeta. Rich smoky gouda and provolone make this dish unique and able to produce incredible “cheese pulls” that delight everyone when taking a scoop!
Alongside gouda cheese, this slow cooker side dish also includes a full block of cream cheese for a really smooth taste!
- Potatoes – use diced potatoes for even round cooking without any peeling and slicing work! A huge 28 oz. bag of diced has browns that already have onions and peppers add some color and lots of flavor.
- Canned Soup – Can of condensed cream of chicken soup or cream of chicken with herbs
- Gouda – 8 oz. package of sliced gouda cheese. Stack and chop down into bite sized pieces for easy melt. Shredded cheese can also be used, which is usually 2 cups shredded Gouda.
- Provolone – 8 oz. package of Provolone cheese slices. Stack and chop down to bite size pieces. Shredded provolone can be used, which is equal to about 2 cups.
- Seasonings – Fresh herbs not only provide color but flavor as well! Green onions, fresh chives, salt, pepper
- Milk – This for part of the cheesy goodness of this dish. Heavy whipping cream can be substituted.
Are Slow Cooker Gouda Potatoes Keto?
If nutritional value is of importance to you, its important to note that pretty much all potatoes (yes, even sweet potatoes) are not really keto friendly. Potatoes are starchy by nature and are not considered a no carb or low carb vegetable.
- Cheese – Yes, Cheese is Keto
- Cream of Chicken – Typically no
- Hash Browns – Absolutely not. Sorry! If you want a keto friendly side dish, try keto broccoli slaw or a potato substitute like loaded cauliflower rice.
- Bacon – Yes, bacon can be eaten on a Keto diet.
- Cream Cheese – Yes, cream cheese is Keto
- Milk or Heavy Whipping Cream – Milk can include too many carbs and most opt for heavy whipping cream instead for Keto needs
How to Slow Cook the Cheesiest potatoes
In at least a 4 quart slow cooker (but I like a larger one like 6-8 quart to make stirring easy), combine frozen diced hash brown potatoes, cheese, cream cheese, milk green onions, salt and pepper and cream of chicken soup.
Stir to combine and turn slow cooker on LOW for 4-5 hours, stirring occasionally to mix up the cheese.
Prior to serving, add a bit of cooked crunchy bacon and fresh chives for color.
Like all potatoes, this dish is great for indulgent holidays and just flawless for a potluck or picnic. Because its cooked in a slow cooker, make sure you have an outlet available for the crock pot or the cheese will slowly stiffen back up from its gooey state.
Because of the huge bag of hash browns, this dish also serves quite a few, about 12-14 as a side dish.
The full recipe, measurements and instructions are in the free printable download at the bottom of the post.
More Potato Side Dishes
If you are a huge fan of potatoes (like I am!) here are a few more potato side dishes to dive into! Potatoes are probably one of the most served side dishes ever and make appearances in nearly every get together and family dinners weekly. While I do have love for boxed mashed potatoes, there really are many other ways to enjoy the potato – from mini reds and blush potatoes to creamer and Russets.
- Creamer Potatoes
- Skillet Potatoes and Onions
- Cheesy Funeral Potatoes
- Fouchy Potatoes
- Herb Roasted Parmesan Potatoes
- Smashed Red Potatoes
Slow Cooker Cheesy Gouda Potatoes
- 8 oz. Gouda Cheese
- 8 oz. Provolone Cheese
- 8 oz. package Creamed Cheese
- 3/4 cup milk or heavy whipping cream
- 10 oz. can of Condensed Cream of Chicken
- 28 oz. bag of Frozen Diced Hash Browns with Onions and Peppers
- 1/3 cup sliced green onions
- optional topping: cooked bacon - chives
- Dump entire bag of frozen diced hash browns and peppers into a large 6 quart slow cooker.
- Stack up sliced gouda and cut through into smaller bit sized pieces, separate and place on hash browns. Repeat with Provolone cheese.
- Cup up cream cheese into squares and spread around hash brown mixture.
- Add in 1/3 cup sliced green onions, 1 can of condensed cream of chicken soup, a bit of black pepper and milk
- Stir all ingredients slowly to combine and distribute cheese through hash browns.
- Place slow cooker lid on top.
- Slow cook on low for 4- 5 hours, stirring occasionally to blend cheese.
- Prior to serving, sprinkle cooked bacon, cracked pepper, and fresh chives on top.
- Any time a cheesy dish is made in the slow cooker, cheese that is left on the sides of the slow cooker pan when stirred will cook and maybe even burn on the edges. This does not mean your dish is overcooked but is just cheese left around the pan.
- This dish is best left on LOW to prevent cheese from burning IN the dish. If need to cook on high, monitor and stir more often.
- Hash browns do not need to be thawed if you are using a fresh bag. However. f you have an old bag with chunks of ice that is frozen, that will melt in slow cooker and its best to thaw hash browns and drain any excess moisture.
- I use sliced cheese that I dice down, but if you want to use shredded cheese, 8 oz. is about 2 cups of shredded cheese loosely packed.