We eat a lot of hamburgers and lunch meat sandwiches in our family and these crockpot loaded red potatoes are the perfect easy potato dish to go with several meals.  We love using our slow cooker for easy potato side dishes like this.  While we often enjoy this as an easy recipe for casual family meals, it would be great to take to big family meals as well!

easy crock pot red potatoes loaded with bacon and cheese

Bacon Loaded Potatoes

Sometimes I like to eat potatoes with my bacon and sometimes I just like to eat the bacon!  Regardless of your chosen bacon to potato ratio don’t forget the cheese!  Our favorite cheese to go on potatoes is cheddar cheese.  And I love sharp cheddar.  There’s so much more rich, full flavor in sharp cheeses when mixing them in a dish like this.  The ranch seasoning mix was a great touch too.  We love making a few pounds of bacon at a time to have on hand just for recipes like this!

We also enjoy adding chives or green onions.  My mother-in-law gave me this recipe and it calls for chives, but the grocery store was out, so I substituted chives for green onions.

Easiest potatoes in the slow cooker and they taste delicious!

We made these potatoes to take to a summer cookout.  They were the perfect easy side dish to bring along because we never know exactly what time we will eat.  The kids love playing and swimming, so the crock pot holds these potatoes perfectly on the keep warm setting for a couple hours if needed.  We made the full-size batch in our 5-quart slow cooker, but if we had a 6 quart I would’ve added more of each ingredient because the leftovers were great to go with lunches throughout the week!

simple red potatoes in crock pot loaded with bacon, ranch seasoning, cheese and chives

Here are other tried and true potato recipes that our family loves:  Farmhouse Loaded Baked Potatoes and Easy Creamy Mashed Potatoes.  We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Printable Crock Pot Loaded Red Potatoes Recipe

Crock Pot Loaded Red Potatoes

This quick and easy crockpot potato recipe makes a great side dish to go along with sandwiches for a casual meal or a great easy recipe to take to a big family meal or carry-in.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 people


  • 6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 3 pounds red potatoes cubed
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese divided
  • 1 tablespoon ranch seasoning & salad dressing mix
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives


  1. Line crock pot with foil or liner for easy clean up.  Coat with nonstick spray.  

  2. Place layer of potatoes in crock, top with 1/3 cheese, 1/3 ranch and 1/3 bacon.  Repeat 2 times.

  3. Cook on high 3-4 hours or low 7-8 hours.  Sprinkle with cheese when done and garnish with chives.

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