The best potato recipe is now made in your slow cooker! This Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Casserole is creamy and cheesy and my all time favorite side dish recipe. It's one of the best easy recipes that you and your family will love!
(Pictures updated 6/21/2018) Cheesy Potato Casserole has been a family favorite for years. Since I can remember by mom has been making it for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. It was always my favorite part of the meal, and the casserole I was in charge of making. I called my mom up and told her I was making it in the slow cooker for dinner and she couldn't wait to hear how it turned out. It was just as yummy and cheesy, but with less work!
How to make Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Casserole:
This recipe is so simple. All you need to do is place all ingredients except for 1 cup of cheese into your slow cooker and mix together well then place the lid on. Cook on low for 4 hours. Top with remaining cheese and place the lid back on then allow to cook for 20 more minutes.
Do you really just use 2 tablespoons of onion?
Yes, that is not a typo. I know it may not seem like a lot but for this recipe, a little goes a long way. I have tried the recipe without onions at all and it really changes the taste.
Can I make this casserole in the over?
Yes this recipe started as a casserole I make in the oven but I tried it in the slow cooker and loved it. If you want that recipe check it out here, Cheesy Potato Casserole.
More Potato Recipes:
- Roasted Ranch Potatoes
- Loaded Smashed Potatoes
- Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
- Loaded Mashed Potatoes
- Baked Cheesy Ranch Potatoes
- Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes
- Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
More Slow Cooker side dish to try:
Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese: Nothing better than comfort food in your slow cooker! I love this recipe for Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese it’s my favorite way to make mac and cheese and comes out perfect every time!
Slow Cooker Cheesy Ranch Potatoes: These Slow Cooker Cheesy Ranch Potatoes are tossed in ranch seasoning then covered with cheese and bacon. All made in the slow cooker and ready to pair with any dinner.
Slow Cooker Creamed Corn: Side dishes in the slow cooker make for an easy dinner, try this Slow Cooker Cheesy Creamed Corn. Creamy and cheesy this is one you have to try.
Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Casserole
- 32 oz Frozen Southern Style Hash Brown Potatoes
- 2 tablespoons Frozen Minced Onions
- 2 cups Sour Cream
- 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
- 4 tablespoons Butter (melted)
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- 3 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese (divided)
- Place all ingredients except for 1 cup of cheese into your slow cooker and mix together well then place the lid on.
- Cook on low for 4 hours. Top with remaining cheese and place the lid back on then allow to cook for 20 more minutes.
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Can I double this recipe? Should I cook it for the same amount of time?
Yes you can! It could need more cooking time but not much. I would cook it according to dictions then add more time as needed.
Can you use frozen shredded potatoes?
Yes that would work
Can I use fresh potatoes? I have some I need to use up. What would happen to the cooking time and would I need more liquid?
I've honestly never tried fresh potatoes. The reason I use frozen hash brown potatoes is also due to the small size the potatoes are cubed in as well.
I made it last night with fresh potatoes, 5 hours on high I would check them ever 15 minutes after the first four hours, I did add more seasonings, and cheese as well only had about a cups worth of leftovers out of a 8 quart slow cooker. I would use a liner next time for sure cooked cheese is hard to get out of the crock!
A liner is definitely good advice for this recipe. I need to use them more often.
Hi Jennie, If I double the recipe, would I have to cook them longer in the crock pot? And can you really add the hash browns in frozen?
Hi Kim, yes I add them in frozen. If you are doubling the recipe I would add an hour on to the cooking time. Mix and check on it from there.
Could you prep these ahead of time and cook the next day?
Yes! I usually mix it all up the day before Christmas! =)
Can you substitute fresh onion for the frozen onion? If so, how much and which type of onion? Would it have to be sauteed first? I think any of the cream of ( ) soups would work, perhaps not the mushroom, but even that might create an interesting new taste.
Yes fresh onions work and since it is such a small amount and they are cooked for a while you can just diced them and add them like you would the frozen. It would taste different then the original but yes I agree something new to try and any cream of soup would work!
I have been making this recipe for years. We call them holiday potatoes. The only difference is I use cream of celery and no melted butter. It’s a wonderful dish. Also never tried it in a crockpot will try that next.
Making them in the slow cooker was a game changer! Hope you love it!!
Do you need to thaw the hashbrowns first?
I do not!
Have you ever doubled the recipe in your crockpot?
I have not but as long as your crockpot is big enough then it should work well!
Could you make this in an instant pot?
Hi Sherry, I have not made this in the instant pot. I actually do not own an instant pot so I could not tell you. We love it in the slow cooker and it taste amazing. Let me know if you do it in the instant pot I would love to hear about it.
I'm doing these for a potluck tomorrow. I've made your recipe before and love it. I wondered if you think cooking on HIGH in half the time would still make these good? Or if you thing these could be prepped the night before and put back on keep warm the next day?
I have cooked them on high before and they taste great but you will have the potatoes that are touching the slow cooker insert a little over cooked which is why I suggested low. So it can be done but harder to clean up and possibly having some waste from those overcooked pieces. I think cooking it the night before then allowing it to cool and placing on warn in the morning would be the best option. I eat them leftover all the time and they are great still.
Could cauliflower be used instead of potatoes?
Hi Haley! I have not tried the recipe that way before but it sounds good! You may need to adjust cooking time or steam it before hand. Let me know how it turns out!!
My son’s girlfriend is a vegetarian, I substituted cream of chicken with cream of potato and cream of celery. She loved it!
That's a great idea! So glad you all liked the recipe =)
Jennie, thanks a lot for the article post.Much thanks again. Fantastic.
Can this be made with fresh cubed potatoes? Thanks 🙂
Hi Hope, I have not tried that but a cubed potato would would take longer to cook and would retain more water. I did find a recipe on how to shred a potato and get the water out that I thin would work perfectly for this recipe if you want to try it out! http://thepioneerwoman.com/food-and-friends/how-to-make-hash-browns/ I hope that helps!!
When you double it, how long do you cook in slow cooker?
I have not doubled this one yet but my suggestion would be to add about 2 hours more when doubling. I hope you enjoy the recipe Stephanie!
Well, I made some delicious soup. I thought I was doubling it, thinking it was calling for 12 oz of potatoes total. I used a 28 oz bag of potatoes thinking that was double, plus some. I like the new potato soup though!!!
Oh no! I am going to update that to make it clearer! I bet it would make a good potato soup, I think you just created my next recipe 😉
Can this be doubled using a 5 qt crockpot?
Yes! This recipe can be easily doubled. We usually double is when making it for Thanksgiving, it goes fast! Hope you enjoy!
I love potatoes and I'm super excited that I can make this dish in the crockpot! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe.
I have a love for potatoes also! It's pretty deep =) Hope you enjoy the recipe!
This looks so delicious! I'm taking it to my next potluck!
It is SO good! My absolute favorite!