Slow Cooker Loaded Mashed Potatoes with Ranch

These fluffy mashed potatoes loaded with bacon, cheddar and chives topped with a creamy ranch dressing are pretty much a comfort food dream-come-true.

Prep: 20 minsCook: 4 hoursTotal: 4 hours 20 mins
Servings: Serves 12 1x


  • 4 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup chicken broth (or water)
  • ¼ cup ghee or butter (use ghee for Whole30-friendly)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 4 strips crisp cooked bacon, chopped
  • ½ cup homemade ranch or store-purchased
  • 6 oz. shredded cheddar cheese + additional for topping (11 1/2 cups)  (Omit for Whole30-friendly option or substitute ¼ cup nutritional yeast)
  • ¼ cup chopped chives


  1. Halve or quarter potatoes into 1- to 1 ½-inch chunks. Place in slow cooker.
  2. Add ghee or butter, liquid, garlic and salt.
  3. Place lid on slow cooker and set heat to HIGH. Cook 4 hours or until potatoes are tender and mashable.
  4. Using a potato masher or immersion blender, mash potatoes adding additional water or broth as needed to achieve desired consistency.
  5. Add bacon, ranch dressing, cheese and chives and stir well to combine. Top with additional cheese, a drizzle of ranch and a sprinkle of bacon and chives if you’d like.
  6. Serve immediately or hold in slow cooker set to ‘Warm’ until ready to serve.


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Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 12th recipe
  • Calories: 296
  • Fat: 13g
  • Sodium: 271mg
  • Carbohydrate: 41g
  • (Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 2g)
  • Protein: 7g


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Recipe By: Stacie Hassing