Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes

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If you’re looking for a delicious and easy side dish, look no further than this recipe. It’s packed with flavor and so easy to make.

Perfect alongside steaks, seafood, or your favorite holiday dinner.

crockpot with cheesy bacon ranch potatoes

Crockpot Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes

An easy and delicious side dish with all your favorite flavors. This recipe is special enough for holidays and easy enough for every day.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Serving Size 6 servings

Equipment

  • Slow cooker
  • small mixing bowl

Ingredients 

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 packet dry ranch dressing mix
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 pounds baby red potatoes
  • 8 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions

Instructions 

  • Prep potatoes. Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Wash the potatoes and cut into halves or quarters, depending on their size. Place potatoes inside slow cooker
    cut small red potatoes
  • Make the seasoning oil. Combine the oil, ranch dressing mix, salt, and pepper in a small mixing bowl.
    bowl seasoning mixed with vegetable oil.
  • Cook in slow cooker. Add seasoning oil to potatoes and stir well to combine. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours. Potatoes are done when they are easily pierced with a fork and slightly browned on the outside.
  • Add the bacon and cheese. Sprinkle the cheese evenly on top of the cooker potatoes, followed by the bacon and green onions. Allow to melt for 1-2 minutes before serving.
    cheese and bacon on top of potatoes.

Notes

These are also delicious with white cheddar and diced cooked ham.
Don’t stir before serving. 
finished potatoes

❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe

  • They’re so easy to make: just mix everything in the slow cooker and let it do its thing!
  • They’re packed with flavor: the ranch dressing mix, bacon, and cheese all work together to create a delicious dish.
  • They’re perfect for any occasion: whether you’re looking for a holiday side dish or an easy weeknight meal, this recipe is perfect.

This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of the page.

ingredients on white wood counter

You’ll need the following for this yummy make-ahead side dish:

  • dry ranch dressing mix
  • black pepper
  • salt
  • vegetable oil
  • baby red potatoes
  • bacon 
  • shredded cheddar cheese (Monterey Jack cheese, or a blend, also works great)
  • chopped green onions
  • Slow cooker
  • Small Mixing Bowl

🍴Instructions

Step One: Prep potatoes

bowl of ranch seasoning and red potatoes in crockpot

Wash the potatoes and then cut them into halves or quarters, depending on their size.

Make seasoning To make the seasoning oil, combine the oil, ranch dressing mix, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.

Step Two: Cook in slow cooker

slow cooker with fully cooked red potatoes

Spray your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray and fill it halfway with potatoes. Stir in the seasoning oil until well combined. Set to low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours, stirring every now and then. The potatoes should be easily pierced with a fork and have slightly browned edges after 6 hours on low or 4 hours on high.

Step three: Add the bacon and cheese

cheese on top of potatoes and finished dish

Sprinkle the cheese on top of the potatoes. Then add the bacon and green onions. Let it all melt for 1-2 minutes before serving.

🥫 Storage instructions

First, let the potatoes cool completely before storing them.

Once they’ve cooled, place the potatoes in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to four days.

When you’re ready to reheat, simply place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees until heated through. You can also reheat them in the microwave.

🔍 FAQs

Can I put raw potatoes in a slow cooker?

Yes, absolutely. This recipe uses raw potatoes and they come out perfectly.

Will the potatoes get crispy in the slow cooker?

No, they will not get crispy. They will be cooked through and have slightly browned edges, but will not be crispy. You could finish them in the broiler but then you’ve sort of defeated the purpose of easy slow cooker recipes.

Do I need to peel the potatoes?

Nope! There’s no need to peel the potatoes for this recipe.

What type of potatoes can I use in this recipe?

I prefer petite red potatoes because they’re easy to cut and they’re cute. But you can use any kind. Yukon Gold will work well too.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Cut potatoes to approximately the same size so they cook evenly
  • Make sure you don’t stir before serving so the cheese stays nice and melty
  • Use any type of cheese you like. Cheddar, Monterey Jack, and a cheese blend all work great in this recipe.
  • Try adding diced cooked ham for a different twist on this dish.

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finished dish with cheese and green onion
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