You love red potatoes but you don't have time to make them the traditional way. Did you know that you can cook your red potatoes in a slow cooker? It's so easy and it tastes great! Follow these step-by-step instructions to make the perfect slow cooker red potatoes!
Health Benefits of Red Potatoes
Red potatoes are actually pretty healthy for you! They contain potassium, fiber, and iron.
The nutrients in the skin of this potato can help to keep your blood pressure down so if you're looking for a way to eat heart-healthy don't peel these babies before cooking them! Plus not peeling makes quick work of prepping this recipe!
Ingredients Needed for Slow Cooker Red Potatoes
- Red Potatoes
- Olive Oil - use a high quality olive oil for best results, remember olive oil has many health benefits
- Homemade Ranch Seasoning - I made this myself but feel free to the packaged ranch dressing mix instead. Two tablespoons are called for but feel free to just eyeball it!
How to make Slow Cooker Red Potatoes
1. Wash and cut the potatoes in half
2. Toss with olive oil and seasoning using a large bowl
3. Place in slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3
4. Serve with favorite veggie/meat dish enjoy!
FAQ's for making red potatoes in the slow cooker
Can I use a different type of potato?
Red potatoes are typically the best option for use in slow cooker recipes as they don't fall apart into mush. If you're using a different type of potato make sure to wash and cut them into uniform pieces.
Can I add other ingredients?
Yes! You could swap out the ranch dressing for other herbs like rosemary and thyme for a different flavor. You can also add beef broth instead of water to give it more flavor!
Can I cook this recipe without a slow cooker?
The slow cooker is key to achieving tender potatoes in this dish as they simmer away for four hours. There are other ways to cook them but the slow cooker is my favorite option.
How long do I cook red potatoes?
If you will be using your slow cooker on high heat, these Potatoes will take about 2-3 hours to cook. Slow cooking them on low heat takes 4-6 hours
How to Serve Red Potatoes
This recipe for red potatoes can be a great side dish for any dinner meal. You can also try it when you're in the mood of having soups and casseroles with creamy goodness. Consider adding bacon to your slow cooker red potatoes, or crumble it up on top as a bonus treat.
Slow Cooker Red Potatoes are a tasty, convenient way to prepare one of your favorite side dishes. It's simple and easy to make! You can also add your own seasonings if you want a little more flavor.
The first step to making this crock pot recipe is gathering all of the ingredients. It's important that you make sure you have everything (and know how much).
As far as tools go, you'll need a large sized bowl for tossing the potatoes in oil and spices. A set of tongs will be helpful as well.
If you want to keep this recipe gluten-free, make sure you use a gluten free or homemade Ranch seasoning mix. The homemade ranch mix is also dairy-free, but a store bought version likely won't be so keep that in mind.
Potatoes are inexpensive and versatile. This recipe is not only budget-friendly but also easy to make while allowing you more time to prepare other dishes for your family.
If you're looking for something on the heartier side, try these delicious Slow Cooker Red Potatoes. This classic dish is so easy to throw together using the crock pot. The potatoes are simply cleaned, cut up, and then placed into the slow cooker after tossing with seasonings. Then four hours later you will have perfectly tender red potatoes that can be served with anything! Be sure to Pin this recipe for later if it sounds like a family favorite
Slow Cooker Red Potatoes
- 1 ½ pounds red baby potatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon homemade ranch seasoning
- Wash and cut potatoes in half
- Toss with olive oil and seasoning
- Place in slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3
- I used a 2.5 quart slow cooker for this recipe
- You can use store bought ranch dressing mix (powdered) in place of the homemade if you wish)
- You can use other seasoning blends for a variety of flavors to go with many dishes
- You could also use Yukon gold potatoes. I don't recommend russet as they will get mushy.