Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar

This Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar is a delicious and fun DIY meal that is totally customizable. Nothing beats a baked potato, with a creamy interior, and a crispy exterior. But make it easier, by throwing them into the crockpot and laying out a bunch of delicious toppings so everyone can choose their own adventure. This meal is an easy dinner win!

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We are all about easy and fun meal ideas, and this Baked Potato Bar dinner idea is just about the best there is! Not only is it super easy to make, thanks to making the “baked” potatoes in the slow cooker, but it’s also super delicious and fun for the whole family. Make the perfect baked potatoes right in your slow cooker, grab those toppings and off you go!

We love making classic baked potatoes and Instant Pot Baked Potatoes, so why not the crock pot, too? Plus, this slow cooker baked potato bar is perfect for game-day! Such a perfect and simple dish! Get creative with this, and top with all of your favorite toppings!

baked potatoes in the slow cooker ready to cook

What Type of Potatoes are Best

Russett potatoes are our top choice because they have a high starch and low moisture content, which means really fluffy insides.

When buying potatoes, steer clear of any potatoes with soft or dark spots on the outside. This can indicate that there is a rotten or spoiled part inside of the potato, and we obviously want to try to avoid this since you won’t know it until after it’s been cooked. And of course, avoid potatoes with any sprouted eyes.

Tips for Setting up a Baked Potato Bar

When you are thinking about your baked potato bar menu first start with the number of people you’ll be serving, and then scale up. Here are some suggestions for amounts. Scroll down for specific suggestions on options to serve.

For a couple or small family:

  • 1 baked potato per person
  • side salad
  • 1-2 main options (shredded meat, homemade chili, crisp bacon, roasted veggies, etc)
  • 1-2 garnish options (shredded cheese, sauces, herbs, etc)

For a large family or small party:

  • 1 baked potato per person, plus a few extra
  • side salad
  • 2-3 main options (shredded meat, homemade chili, crisp bacon, roasted veggies, etc)
  • 3-6 garnish options (shredded cheese, sauces, herbs, etc)

How to Set up the Baked Potato Bar

Make it a buffet! Set out your plates, baked potatoes, the bowls full of the topping options, and let everyone serve themselves!

Baked Potato Bar with topping ideas

Baked Potato Bar Toppings

The key to setting up a good baked potato bar is to have variety of toppings! And to lighten it up, make a big giant salad to serve alongside the made-up baked potato.

Slow cooker baked potatoes finished and ready to eat with cheese and bacon

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Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar

This Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar is a delicious and fun DIY meal that is totally customizable. Everyone will love this meal, and it’s simple to put together!

  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours and 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Crockpot
  • Cuisine: Gluten-free
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Ingredients

  • 4 large russet potatoes (or sweet potatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter melted, or avocado oil
  • Coarse sea salt, to taste

Topping ideas:

Instructions

  1. Rub potatoes with melted butter on all sides.
  2. Prick with a fork then place into your slow cooker.
  3. Sprinkle generously with sea salt and set on high for 4 hours.
  4. At 2 hours, flip the potatoes.
  5. When potatoes are done, slice them in half lengthwise, and squeeze inward, from the ends, so the soft mashed potatoes fill the center.
  6. Serve with toppings of choice!

Notes

If not using right away, store in the slow cooker on warm until ready to use.

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February 28, 2021

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  1. Great slow cooker tips, thanks. I’ve never thought if cooking baked potatoes in the slowcooker before but now my oven takes an age to heat up I will try this today.

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