Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes

Back from Hawaii and back to reality! It was the most amazing perfect vacation I have ever been on. More details to come on that next week since I am going to dedicate that week to recipes that I was inspired by while in Hawaii. Right before I left to Hawaii, I made these cheesy bacon ranch potatoes. Slow cooked all day to be the most delicious and flavorful potatoes that you will want to have as side to every meal!Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes in decorative white dishThis was my first time cooking potatoes in a slow cooker. Boy have I been missing out! They reminded me of tin foil dinner potatoes. Perfectly tender and packed with flavor. I can’t even describe how amazing these turned out! 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!


Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 6 Servings

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

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 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 T butter
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions


  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.
  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.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 486 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 17g85%
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 942mg39%
Potassium 757mg22%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 685IU14%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 394mg39%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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 or 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
      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. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

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