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Slow Cooker Cheesy Potatoes in a red bowl with a white and gray checkered napkin

Slow Cooker Cheesy Potatoes with Caramelized Onion and Bacon

Slow Cooker Cheesy Potatoes with Caramelized Onion and Bacon are quick, easy and absolutely delicious. These are perfect for holiday dinners and anytime you need to serve a crowd!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 281kcal


  • 32 oz bag diced hash brown potatoes
  • 2 slices bacon
  • ½ onion sliced thin
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup cream
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • pinch pepper
  • 3 cups shredded cheese (I used sharp cheddar)
  • 3 tablespoons butter


  • Spray slow cooker with nonstick spray
  • Add bag of potatoes
  • Heat a skillet over medium high heat
  • Dice bacon into small pieces and add to pan
  • Let cook until it just starts to brown and adds some fat to the pan
  • Thinly slice onions and add to pan
  • Cook, stirring occasionally until bacon is crisp and onions are light brown
  • Sprinkle in flour and stir to coat evenly over bacon and onions
  • Slowly stir in broth and bring to a low boil for about 4-5 minutes until it starts to reduce and thicken
  • Add in cream and seasonings and let simmer for about 2-3 additional minutes
  • Remove from heat and stir in 2 cups of the shredded cheese
  • When well mixed carefully pour the cheese mixture over the potatoes and toss to coat evenly
  • Chop up butter into several pieces and place on top
  • Top with cheese and cover and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 5-7 hours on low


You will need a 4-6 quart slow cooker for this recipe.
If you don't enjoy onions then you can simply leave them out of this recipe and it will still be delicious! I make this either way depending on our current mood.


Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 582mg | Potassium: 347mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 505IU | Vitamin C: 11.1mg | Calcium: 192mg | Iron: 1.3mg