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Perfectly tender and packed with flavor Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes. All of the flavors combined with cheese and bacon to create these perfectly tender and delicious potatoes.

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Slow cooker cheesy potatoes in a white bowl.

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes

This was my first time cooking potatoes in a slow cooker. They reminded me of tin foil dinner potatoes. Perfectly tender and packed with flavor. I can’t even describe how amazing these turned out! A delicious side for any meal! Easy clean up and tender delicious potatoes that are packed with flavor.

All of the flavors combined with cheese and bacon to create these delicious potatoes. While cooking in the slow cooker, they create the best aroma in your house all day. And when it is time for dinner, you just scoop them up and they really make the perfect side!

Cheesy Potato Ingredients

These cheesy bacon ranch potatoes are always a hit. Slow cooked all day to be the most delicious and flavorful potatoes that you will want to have as side to every meal!

  • Potatoes: Red or yellow small potatoes work the best.
  • Onion: Thinly sliced to cook quickly.
  • Bacon: The more the better but I do recommend around 1 pound of bacon.
  • Cheddar Cheese: Shredded and ready to add over top of the raw potatoes.
  • Dry Ranch Seasoning Packet: A simple packet is perfect for sprinkling over top.
  • Butter: Melt the butter to get a crispy outside with a buttery flavor.
  • Green Onions: Garnish over top when ready to serve.

How to Make Slow Cooker Potatoes

Let the slow cooker do the work! Make this into a complete meal with Creamy Garlic Steak Bites with Mushrooms or Juicy Grilled Garlic Turkey Burgers.

  1. Sauté Bacon: Cook the bacon until it is just done but not too crisp. I lined a cookie sheet with foil and baked it at 350 degrees for 16 minutes while I was prepping everything.
  2. Prepare Slow Cooker: Line your slow cooker with aluminum foil. Leave enough to over hang so that you can wrap the potatoes on the top once in the slow cooker.
  3. Layer Potatoes: Spray the inside of the foil with cooking spray and layer half of the potatoes along the bottom. Next layer with half of the bacon, green onions, onion, ranch packet and top with cheese. Repeat the layers and top with cheese reserving 1/2 cup.
  4. Cook on Low: Cover the potatoes with remaining foil. This helps them to steam and cook perfectly. Cook on low for 4-6 hours in your slow cooker. Once finished, top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and let melt on the top.

Photos of the process of making slow cooker cheesy bacon ranch potatoes.

Tips to Making the Best Slow Cooker Ranch Potatoes

These potatoes are spot on and so simple to make! It is a quick and easy side dish that takes little effort for big flavor.

  • Bacon: Cook the bacon in a skillet on medium-high heat before adding them into the slow cooker. This will give them a crispy and tender flavor. Add in butter or oil for more flavoring.
  • Foil: It is best to use foil in and around the slow cooker. This will help for easy clean up but also for cooking the potatoes evenly.
  • Spray: Make sure to spray the foil before layering the bacon ranch potatoes and cheese. This will prevent the cheese from sticking to the edges.
  • Cutting: When cutting and slicing the potatoes, onions and bacon, cut them evenly and the same size to ensure they all cook at the same level.

Up close photo of the cheesy ranch bacon potatoes in a slow cooker with foil.

 

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Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes

4 from 4 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
A delicious side for any meal! Easy clean up and tender delicious potatoes that are packed with flavor!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Cook the bacon until it is just done but not too crisp. I lined a cookie sheet with foil and baked it at 350 degrees for 16 minutes while I was prepping everything.
  • Line your slow cooker with aluminum foil. Leave enough to over hang so that you can wrap the potatoes on the top once in the slow cooker.
  • Spray the inside of the foil with cooking spray and layer half of the potatoes along the bottom. Next layer with half of the bacon, green onions, onion, ranch packet and top with cheese. Repeat the layers and top with cheese reserving 1/2 cup. Pour melted butter over top.
  • Cover the potatoes with remaining foil. This helps them to steam and cook perfectly. Cook on low for 4-6 hours in your slow cooker. Once finished, top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and let melt on the top.
  • Garnish with fresh green onions if desired.

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Notes

Updated on October 5, 2020
Originally Posted on September 3, 2013

Nutrition

Calories: 305kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 13gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 696mgPotassium: 135mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 514IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 265mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    this dish is good but no where in the recipe does it say how to cut the potatoes (i.e. diced, sliced, cubed, etc.)

    1. If you use small potatoes, they are cut in half. If you use bigger potatoes then they will be cubed. Hopefully that helps!

  2. Is this something, like a cook book that you could email me or post somewhere where I could print it out for myself? A lot of these recipes are my speed. I don’t cook much because of a disability so I can’t stand long. But I love my crockpot and am always looking for recipes. With my husband helping to prep we can usually guarantee a good meal.
    Thanks for your help.
    Olivia Edgil

    1. If you scroll to the bottom of the post, the recipe card has a “print” button. This will print out all of the ingredients and instructions for you!

  3. 1 star
    The potatoes were nice and tender, but the ranch taste was overwhelming. Some bites had way too much seasoning.

  4. We are going camping and this sounds like a perfect recipe except I won’t have a crock-pot. Can I do this in the oven? If so how long at what temp?

  5. Can I use a cheese other than cheddar, specifically white-colored cheese? My son has an allergy to the ingredient used to make it yellow in color.

    Thanks

    1. Yes, that will work great! Choose his favorite kind and he will love these cheesy ranch potatoes!