Crock Pot Candied Sweet Potato Casserole

Our classic candied sweet potatoes are so easy to make in a crock pot! This Crock Pot Sweet Potato Casserole is an easy side dish recipe that people always ask for!

Making sweet potato casserole it in the slow cooker saves space in the oven making Thanksgiving meal prep easier!

Close up silver serving spoon loaded with candied sweet potato casserole over top of a slow cooker

Crock Pot Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

The sweet and creamy sweet potatoes couldn’t get any better until you add this delectable, crumbly butter, brown sugar, and pecan topping that tastes like candy when it’s baked. This is one of the best Thanksgiving side dish potato recipes.

A big Thanksgiving or Christmas meal just isn’t complete without special treats like this loaded sweet potato casserole.  I wasn’t even a fan of sweet potatoes until I tried this recipe.  It’s that good!

Some co-workers shared this recipe with me years ago and I’ve taken it to many family gatherings since.

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Our family is split on whether to use the pecans in the crumbly, candy topping or leave them out.  Whatever your preference, that’s a pretty easy change to make and it won’t affect the overall taste of the dish.  

My husband’s family has a similar Sweet Potato Souffle recipe where they use walnuts on top.  My mom prefers to use a glaze in her Citrus Glazed Sweet Potato Casserole.  All of these recipes are super delicious and make sweet potatoes taste even better!

Layer of brown sugar, butter and pecan candy topping on the best mashed sweet potato casserole in a crock pot

We also like this recipe because we mashed some extra potatoes to keep aside and feed the baby.  She is just starting to eat food and it is messy and fun!  Feeding her these sweet potatoes reminded me that it might be time to pick up a mat to protect our rug and wood floor.

The pictures don’t do this recipe justice.  You’ve really got to try it for yourself!

Can Loaded Sweet Potatoes be Made in the Crock Pot?

Loaded sweet potato casserole can be made in a crock pot, however the topping will be a bit softer than when baked in the oven. The delicious taste is the same!

How to Make Loaded Sweet Potato Casserole

  1.  Boil and mash peeled and chunked sweet potatoes
  2. Grease a 9×13 baking dish and preheat oven to 350°F
  3. Mix sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and milk into potatoes and spread in an even layer in the baking dish
  4. Mix the crumbly topping ingredients together: melted butter, sugar, flour and chopped pecans.  The mixture should be crumbly.  Sprinkle as evenly as possible over potatoes.
  5. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes until the topping is lightly browned.  Cover with foil and keep in warming drawer on medium or low for up to two hours if needed.

Recipe Tips

  • Pots with boiling water and potatoes create foam and easily boil over, so don’t fill over 2/3 full. It’s better to use a large pot or two medium pots than have a big mess on the stove to clean up.
  • Sugar can be reduced by up to half if desired, but of course the recipe won’t be quite as decadent.
  • Food safety is very important to keep in mind – adding a little extra milk and butter will help the potatoes hold at a warm temperature and stay moist if needed.
  • Can be held on keep warm for up to two hours, but keep thick paper towels or thin tea towel under the lid to help absorb moisture.

Detailed Step-By-Step Instructions

Wash sweet potatoes, then peel and cut into large chunks. Boil for 15 – 25 minutes until fork tender. Drain and pour into a large mixing bowl to mash.

Freshly mashed warm sweet potatoes in a silver mixing bowl

Once potatoes are mashed well sprinkle granulated sugar. Then slice softened butter over warm potatoes so it begins to melt and is easier to mix in. Beat until mixture is smooth.

Pats of butter and sugar spread out over freshly mashed sweet potatoes in a mixing bowl

Then add milk, vanilla and eggs. It’s preferable to lightly beat eggs, but not an absolute requirement. Beat again for a few minutes until well mixed.

Eggs and vanilla added to mashed sweet potatoes

Pour into a lined 5 or 6 quart slow cooker. Cover and set to low for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Loaded sweet potato casserole smoothed out in a large black crock pot with a liner

Stir every hour to help warm evenly and prevent burning.

Mix together crumbly topping ingredients.

Once the potatoes are warmed through stir well and then sprinkle brown sugar and pecan topping mixture over the top. Add a thin towel to the top of the crock pot underneath the lid to help absorb moisture and cook on low for another hour. Once the potatoes are hot through to the center and the topping has baked on the casserole is ready to enjoy!

Can This Casserole Be Made Ahead of Time?

The mashed sweet potato layer may be prepared ahead of time and poured into a lined crock pot. Then tie the crock pot liner up with a twist tie or rubber band and store the liner in the refrigerator. Leave the crock out at room temperature to save heating time, save room in the fridge and to prevent cracking.

Add 1 to 1 1/2 hours of cook time on low to warm the potatoes through. Stir a couple times to ensure a consistent temperature before adding the crumbly candy topping. Be sure to add a tea towel under the lid to help absorb moisture during this step.

There are more tips on a similar recipe in our Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes.

Oven Baked Casserole Option

Mix casserole ingredients and pour into a 9×13 baking dish. Mix up crumbly topping ingredients and sprinkle over the potatoes. Bake in a 350°F oven until the topping is lightly browned.

9 x 13 baking dish of loaded sweet potato casserole with sweet topping and text

FARMHOUSE SIDE DISHES FOR THANKSGIVING

Here are a few other classic recipes that we enjoy at Thanksgiving.  We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

We hope you enjoy these meals as much as we do!

Printable Loaded Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Spoonful of pecan and brown sugar crusted sweet potato casserole over top of a crock pot full

Sweet Potato Casserole

Servings 15 people
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
Our classic candied sweet potatoes are so easy to make in a crock pot! This Crock Pot Candied Sweet Potato Casserole a recipe that people always ask for!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients
  

Loaded Sweet Potato Casserole

  • 4 medium sized sweet potatoes 3 c. mashed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup milk

Crumbly Topping

  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Instructions
 

  • Peel and boil sweet potatoes until fork tender. Drain; mash potatoes in a large mixing bowl.    
  • Add granulated sugar, the slice butter over top of potatoes and beat well.
  • Beat eggs and add along with vanilla and milk to potato mixture. Mix well.
  • Pour into a lined or greased 5 or 6 quart crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Stir every hour and be sure to stir just before adding topping.

Crumbly Topping

  • Mix remaining ingredients, melted butter, brown sugar, flour and chopped pecans.
  • Sprinkle over potato mixture and add a thin tea towel that covers the top of the crock pot to help absorb excess moisture. Put lid over potatoes to hold lid in place. Cook on low another 1 – 2 hours.

Notes

-Stir every hour for best results and even cooking
-Cooking times are based on beginning with a warm potato mixture. See notes in post for details on prepping potatoes a day ahead.
-Note that cooking times will vary based on your own appliance.

Nutrition

Calories: 341kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 6gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 148mgSodium: 176mgPotassium: 313mgFiber: 3gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 9053IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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Originally published on November 15, 2017 with photos and updates made on January 25, 2022.

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