Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes

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.

Potatoes are a favorite year round side dish! Try these Parmesan Garlic Roasted Potatoes, Crispy Potatoes with Pesto and Parmesan or Parmesan Garlic Potato Foil Packets for more delicious ways to enjoy potatoes.

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

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 8 Servings

Description

A delicious side for any meal! Easy clean up and tender delicious potatoes that are packed with flavor!


Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cheesy bacon ranch potatoes, cheesy potatoes

Ingredients

  • 4 Medium sized potatoes or 6-8 small red or yellow potatoes
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound bacon 1 pound makes it that much better
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 package dry ranch seasoning packet
  • 2 Tablespoon butter melted
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions

Instructions

  1. 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. 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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Garnish with fresh green onions if desired.

Recipe Notes

Updated on October 5, 2020

Originally Posted on September 3, 2013


Nutrition Facts

Serves: 8

Calories305kcal (15%)Carbohydrates5g (2%)Protein13g (26%)Fat26g (40%)Saturated Fat13g (65%)Cholesterol63mg (21%)Sodium696mg (29%)Potassium135mg (4%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A514IU (10%)Vitamin C3mg (4%)Calcium265mg (27%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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    1. I like to use skinnytaste.com or myfitnesspal.com for any nutritional questions. Hope that helps you find what you are looking for. Thanks so much for following along with me! XOXO

    1. I use the crockpot all the time, and I Usually use the slow cooker liners sold in most grocery stores. I will occasionally open the crockpot and stir the potatoes, so they all get to cook evenly.
      If you can stick a fork in the potatoes and they are soft a tender, they are done!,
      I never met a potato I didn’t like!! You can leave this in the slow cooker and stir it when you get home. You will know when it is done to your own liking!

  1. I am new to your site … but I have found some great yummy resipes to try. Never old to learn new tricks and yummy recipes ! Keep up those recipes coming … enjoying them immensely,

        1. Dry Ranch Seasoning:
          1/2 cup Dry Buttermilk Powder
          1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley.
          2 teaspoons Dried Dill Weed.
          1 teaspoon Freeze Dried Chives.
          1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder.
          1 Tablespoon Onion Powder.
          1 teaspoon Sea Salt.
          1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper.

  2. Hi Alyssa, I am in Australia so we don’t have the “Dry Ranch Seasoning” so I would like to know what the ingredients are to try and mix my own. Thanks, Angie

    1. I found this recipe that has the dry ranch seasoning packet ingredients that you could make in replace of it. Hope that helps! XOXO
      Ingredients:
      1/2 cup dry buttermilk.
      2 tablespoons dried parsley.
      1 tablespoon dried chives.
      2 teaspoons garlic powder.
      2 teaspoons onion powder.
      1 teaspoon dried dill.
      1 teaspoon kosher salt.
      1 teaspoon ground black pepper.

      1. Yor recipe doesn’t say if the potatoes are supposed to be cut or left whole. I assume by the pictures that they are cut in quarters or small chunks? Also the ingredients include 2 Tbs butter but there are no directions about how to add it? Is it melted and drizzled over or just put one clump in on top? Thanks.

        1. Yes, cut them in half or quarters depending on how long you have to cook. The bigger they are the longer they will be in the oven. The butter is melted on top with the cheese at the end.

  3. I made these tonight right after seeing them on FB. I made 5 individual foil packets though, and then put the packets in the slow cooker. I have one little vegetarian and just left the bacon out of his packet. Followed the rest of the recipe exactly. They are absolutely amazing!!! Rave reviews after a hard-fought soccer game in the rain! Thank you!!!

  4. I absolutely LOVE this ! It is so simple (not to mention pretty cheap) ! My 7 and 3 year old helped make it, and had so much fun ! Thank you for sharing !!

  5. Added cut up chicken and cooked for 7 hours on high was really good and it can also be done in the instant pot at 45 minuets

  6. Recipe for slow cooker bacon ranch potatoes calls for 2T butter, but butter isn’t mentioned in the ingredients. Just wondering when to add it.

  7. What/when do you use the 2T butter in the slow cooker cheesy bacon ranch potatoes? I’ve read through the recipe several times and only see it mentioned in the ingredients list.

  8. Is there a way to cut the grease? I’ve made this twice exactly to the recipe except the butter and it still comes out extremely greasy and just wet. It didn’t look like the picture. Maybe is it the cheese I’m using?

    1. You can use a bottle of ranch but it will come out moist rather than crispy. It is a preference and a great idea too to add that extra flavor. If you try it let me know how it turns out!

  9. Hi! I just made this today. Super simplified it by using frozen red skin potatoes already diced, frozen diced onions and real bacon crumbles. It took like 2 minutes to throw in the crockpot and it was so good! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. this looks delicious 😋 I am going to try it next week 🙂But for tonight I will be using the cheesy bread recipe with French bread. Thats how I stumbled upon here haha. Your recipes look very 👍

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