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Slow Cooker 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.

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 along with steaks, seafood, or your favorite holiday dinner.

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

📖 Here’s the recipe

close up of potatoes with cheese and bacon
5 from 1 vote

Crockpot Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes

Print Recipe
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 mins
Cook Time:4 hrs
Total Time:4 hrs 20 mins
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Equipment

  • Slow cooker
  • small mixing bowl

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • Prep the potatoes. Wash the potatoes and cut into halves or quarters, depending on their size.
  • Make the seasoning oil. Combine the oil, ranch dressing mix, salt, and pepper in a small mixing bowl.
  • Cook in slow cooker. Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray and place potatoes inside. Add seasoning oil and stir well to combine. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours. Potatoes are done with 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.

Notes

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

Nutrition

Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 863mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesy bacon ranch potatoes, loaded slow cooker potatoes, slow cooker ranch potatoes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 102kcal
Author: Katie Shaw
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