Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes

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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.

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 ½ 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 ½ 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.

 

More Quick and Easy Potato Recipes

Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes

5 from 2 votes
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
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 8 Servings

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
 

  • 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 ½ 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 ½ 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

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.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cheesy bacon ranch potatoes, cheesy potatoes
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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. Can this be doubled in 1 crock pot for a larger family? This looks really good, and excited to try it.

    1. Dry Ranch Seasoning can be found near the dressing isle. It is a mix that you can make your own personal ranch dressing at home. Hope you are able to find it! XOXO

      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. 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. 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 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

  3. Can you make this without the white onions or does it need the onions for moisture? If it does need them for moisture can vegetable stock be used?

  4. I doubled this recipe and cooked it on low for 7 hours. Came out perfect. I especially like this recipe because I don’t have to peel the potatoes. I omitted the butter (I actually forgot it), but it didn’t seem to make much difference.

  5. For the chesse ranch potatoes how do you slice potatoes do you leave skins on and what is the 2tablespoons of butter for?

    1. These potatoes are cut into fourths. I left the skins on for this recipe. The 2 T is added, if wanted, on the potatoes as they cook. Thanks so much for your questions! Hope that helps! XOXO

  6. Questions: what did you do with the 2Tbs butter?
    How did you prep the potatoes? Slices ? Cubes?
    Thanks

  7. I can not WAIT to try these-using a slow cooker is so handy! Especially the fact I am disabled and alone. I will be able to freeze the leftovers, and pull it out anytime. And not have to be on my feet! ?

  8. I have done this recipe many times but used Italian dressing and added red, yellow and green peppers, parsley and oregano and garlic and it turned out wonderful. I let it cook on high for 2 hours and then low for 3 hours. I don’t have a new crock pot it is about 8 yrs old and it does cook great. You may have to adjust the cooking time but I used yellow potatoes cut into eights.

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