Slow Cooker Garlic Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Garlic Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes for nights when dinner needs to be fast, easy and delicious!

Slow Cooker Garlic Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes for nights when dinner needs to be fast, easy and delicious! | #slowcooker #potatoes

Today I’m taking a break from my inner dessert blogger (down girl!) and sharing a recipe that everyone needs to have in their slow cooker arsenal:  Mashed Potatoes.

Mashed Potatoes have got me through many tough times in my life.  They are true comfort food and are amazing no matter what ingredients get thrown in.  Great for potlucks, Thanksgiving, Christmas, parties, nights where you didn’t realize you were running behind and soccer practice is in 15 minutes and no one has had dinner yet but that’s okay because dinner will stay nice and warm in the slow cooker.

Hey!  It happens even to the best of us :)  I’m just thankful it was a slow cooker night and there’s that nice little “warm” setting.  Here’s three reasons why you should give this recipe a try:

One.  Making mashed potatoes in the slow cooker allows the potatoes to cook evenly.  Every. Time.  No more chunks of under-cooked potatoes for you!

Two.  Garlic mashed potatoes have never tasted better than they do when cooked in a slow cooker.  The garlic flavor infuses into the potatoes as they slowly cook and the result – absolutely divine!

Three.  Once the potatoes are done, drain, mash, add yumminess and return to the slow cooker where those potatoes will stay beautifully warm and creamy until YOU’RE ready for them.

Slow Cooker Garlic Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes for nights when dinner needs to be fast, easy and delicious! | #slowcooker #potatoes

These potatoes go great with pretty much anything and are particularly delicious with fried chicken or meatloaf.  Bryce (a.k.a. Bryce Knight) was totally helping me out with these potatoes.  He likes to scrub the potatoes and pick out the small ones that can go straight into the slow cooker.  These potatoes are so easy a kid could make them ;)


Slow Cooker Garlic Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
  • 3 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 2-3 cups water
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 4 Tbls butter
  • ½-3/4 cup buttermilk
  • ½-3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 green onions, sliced (optional)
  1. Scrub potatoes and cut into 1 inch pieces. The smaller potatoes I just throw straight in.
  2. Combine potatoes, garlic, and salt in slow cooker. Add water just until covered.
  3. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours until potatoes are nice and tender.
  4. Drain potatoes and return to slow cooker.
  5. Mash potatoes and add butter, buttermilk, and sour cream. Continue mashing adding buttermilk or sour cream as necessary to achieve desired consistency.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with green onions if desired.

More slow cooker recipes that I heavily rely upon:


Apricot-Orange Slow Cooker Chicken


Spicy Pulled Pork Popper Sandwich

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

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  1. What a great idea, Trish! I love mashed potatoes and can’t think of an easier way to make them. This is getting pinned!
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  2. I have never thought to make mashed potatoes in the crock pot, what a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. I love sour cream in mashed potatoes. These sound amazing and I love your pic.
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  4. I love this idea, Trish! With the holidays sneaking up on us, I think I might just have to try these! Thanks for another fabulous recipe!
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  5. Trish! Great minds think alike! I just made mashed potatoes in my crock pot last weekend! They were so good! I’m trying your garlic version next time :) they sound amazing!
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  6. This is such a brilliant idea! I always use my slow cooker to keep the potatoes warm on Thanksgiving, but it never occurred to me to actually COOK the potatoes in there (duh!). That’s one less pot to clean on a very tiring day. Love this, totally pinning!
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  7. I love it! You have to tame your inner dessert blogger! #youandmeboth These look delish Trish! Making them this Thanksgiving, since I’m a novice and making everything come out at once = impossible. Pinning!

  8. LOVE this, Trish! I never thought about using the slow cooker to cook the potatoes, but I am absolutely doing this next time – brilliant!!
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  9. I am going to try this recipe … I hate it when potatoes boil over on the stove … never tried the crock pot!
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  10. We keep our mashed potatoes in a crock pot for family meals, but I have never actually made them in it. I’m thinking it’s time I tried.
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  11. This sounds fantastic but I was wondering if anyone knows if Idaho potatoes can be used instead of the Yukon Gold? Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  12. Can you peel the potatoes if you don’t want the skin before you cook the potatoes?

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  14. What a perfect recipe for Thanksgiving! I love how simple and delicious it looks! Definitely a crowd pleaser!
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  15. nothing is ever Fast in a slow cooker although its definitely easy. thanks.

  16. Christine W. Fadeley says:

    Sorry if I’m overlooking this, but approximately how many servings does this recipe make?

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