Slow Cooker Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

11.03.2015

With slow cooker season in full swing, what better to serve on a cold day than these Slow Cooker Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes? These are comfort food not only at it’s best but they’re also incredibly easy to make! They’re perfect for a weeknight dinner yet delicious enough to serve at a holiday party!

Overhead image of mashed potatoes in a slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

My whole family loved them and I couldn’t get over their delicious garlic flavor. The garlic flavor resembles that of roasted garlic, you’ll notice in the photos below it appears as though it’s become roasted after so many hours of slow cooking.

These potatoes are perfectly hearty and creamy and it’s a forgiving recipe so you can make them just as your prefer.

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Showing how to make mashed potatoes in a slow cooker. Diced potatoes and garlic are being added.

How to Make Mashed Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

  • Spray a 6 – 7 quart slow cooker with non-stick spray. Place potatoes in slow cooker then pour water evenly over top.
  • Toss with salt and pepper then add garlic and pour butter evenly over potatoes and garlic.
Potatoes and garlic after cooking in slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on high heat 4 – 4 1/2 hours until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork (don’t drain!).
  • Mash potatoes with a potato masher then add sour cream, heavy cream. Whip with an electric hand mixer until desired texture is reached, while adding in milk to reach desired consistency.
  • Serve warm with more butter if desired and minced chives.
Mixing milk and sour cream in to mashed potatoes with an electric hand mixer.

Can I Make Them Lighter?

If you want to make them a little lighter you can use mostly milk and light sour cream.

Can I Omit the Garlic?

Not a fan of garlic? You can just omit it for regular mashed potatoes.

Finished mashed potatoes in a slow cooker.

Can I Peel the Potatoes?

If you don’t like peels just peel the potatoes first or if you like some peels then peel half or use larger potatoes so there’s less peel to potato.

Like Them Smooth or Chunky?

And if you prefer your potatoes slightly chunky just don’t whip them very long. You can also adjust the garlic to suit your taste, a little more or less won’t hurt.

Then of course, as with all mashed potatoes I recommend starting with less liquid then add more as you go until they are the consistency you prefer.

Now pass me a heaping bowl of these for dinner and that’s all I need, yum yum YUM. Try them soon! They’re the perfect easy side dish that everyone will love!

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Slow Cooker Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

5 from 2 votes

Super easy mashed potatoes! Potatoes are diced into chunks and added to a slow cooker along with garlic and water then cooked. Then you'll mash, and mix in milk and sour cream. Perfect for a lazy weeknight side dish yet delicious enough for a holiday meal.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 246 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs red potatoes, cleaned and rinsed (peeled or unpeeled), cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic* (4 cloves)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup cream, warmed in the microwave
  • 1/2 cup milk, warmed in the microwave, or as desired
  • Minced chives and butter, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Spray a 6 - 7 quart slow cooker with non-stick spray. Place potatoes in slow cooker then pour water evenly over top**. 

  2. Toss with salt and pepper then add garlic and pour butter evenly over potatoes and garlic. Cover and cook on high heat 4 - 4 1/2 hours until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork (don't drain!). 
  3. Mash potatoes with a potato masher then add sour cream, heavy cream. 
  4. Whip with an electric hand mixer until desired texture is reached, while adding in milk to reach desired consistency. 
  5. Serve warm with more butter if desired and minced chives.

Recipe Notes

  • *Run out of garlic or you simply don't like it? Just omit it for regular mashed potatoes.
  • ** If your slow cooker allows excess moisture to evaporate from the slow cooker I'd recommend adding in an extra 1/4 cup of water.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 246 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 328mg 14%
Potassium 877mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 8.7%
Vitamin C 19.5%
Calcium 6%
Iron 7.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

33 comments

  • Blessed: The best mash I’ve ever served .thanks for a beautiful recipe I served it with the green beans casserole and they worked out well . November 25, 2018 at 8:21am Reply

  • DeAnn: OMG!!!!!! I made these for thanksgiving & everyone loved them. All you could hear where yummy noises while my family dove in. I wowon’t change a thing in this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing. November 24, 2017 at 6:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you like these Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes DeAnn! Thanks for your review! November 25, 2017 at 1:00am Reply

  • Christie: Can I use Russert potatoes? November 17, 2017 at 12:54pm Reply

  • Michelle: These were amazing! I fell in love with the garlic mashed potatoes that come in a box but have eliminated processed foods from my pantry. I was missing my garlic mashed until I saw this. Just as convenient to finish at the last minute, too! Thank you for posting this recipe. September 24, 2017 at 11:28am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked them Michelle! September 25, 2017 at 1:21pm Reply

  • Leslie: Has anyone made this ahead of time and rewarmed the day of the event? If so how long did it take to rewarm and did you have to do anything special? November 21, 2016 at 9:22am Reply

  • Grace: Could you cook these on low for 8 hours? January 13, 2016 at 10:56am Reply

  • Juliedale: This recipe was a must for me on Thanksgiving since only had one oven working! It was also easy and delicious! Will also use for large gatherings or potlucks since it is time friendly. January 8, 2016 at 4:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe Julie! Thanks for your feedback! January 8, 2016 at 4:45pm Reply

      • Hayley: Hello! If I need more servings can I just double everything? November 15, 2016 at 4:06pm Reply

  • Tami: Hi, just wondering about doubling this recipe? What do you think? November 20, 2015 at 7:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I might recommend using two slow cookers (just borrowing one from a neighbor or friend) instead. I think a batch that large might cook unevenly. November 21, 2015 at 4:47pm Reply

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