Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes

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Simple and delicious comfort food: Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes! The potatoes are cooked in the slow cooker until tender and flavorful– and then covered in plenty of cheese.

These Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes make a great side dish to share with a crowd or it’s filling enough for a complete meal when paired with some crusty bread and the perfect Italian salad!

Note: Crock-Pot is a trademarked brand of slow cooker. We use the term because it’s universally familiar, but any slow cooker with similar dimensions will work.

Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes

Pure comfort food

Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes are pure, delicious comfort food! The long cooking time in the slow cooker allows the potatoes to become ultra soft and absorb tons of flavor. These cheesy potatoes are incredible and my boys are obsessed with this meal.

Tips for the BEST Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes:

  • For the best Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes, using high-quality potatoes is an absolute must! I use and highly recommend Petite Gold (Gourmet) Potatoes
  • Be sure to slice the potatoes evenly thin. This ensures that they cook through completely and get really tender.
  • Adjust the spice to your and your family’s preferences. This recipe is not overly spicy, but the sausage and paprika give it a little kick. If you like your food really mild, you can leave out the paprika or replace the sausage with ground beef. (Just be aware that this will really reduce the flavor of the dish.) Alternatively, if you like your food spicy, you can increase the paprika or replace the mild Italian sausage with hot Italian sausage.


What kind of sausage should you use for this recipe? We list mild Italian sausage in the recipe card, but for the most part, the various types of Italian sausage are defined by the seasonings used in each type. Sweet Italian sausage is the mildest form and is seasoned with fennel, anise, and sweet basil. Mild Italian sausage has fennel and sometimes oregano. Hot sausage has fennel plus red pepper flakes added in. And surprisingly, country-style (breakfast) sausage is very similar but swaps out the fennel for sage. So if you have a flavor preference, let that guide your sausage choice. The most important thing to remember that Italian sausage for this recipe should be fresh, not smoked (like Kielbasa-type sausages).

Sliced potatoes for Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes.

How to Make Cheesy Potatoes in a Crockpot:

These slow cooker cheesy potatoes couldn’t be easier! All you have to do is brown the sausage and onions and then add them, the thinly sliced potatoes, seasonings, and beef broth to the crockpot.

Once these ingredients are assembled, cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours.

Once cooked, you can add as much cheese as you desire! Feel free to mix cheese varieties, but stick with freshly grated cheese to avoid the waxy/cornstarch coating that comes on most bags of pre-shredded cheese.

Process photos of the potatoes going in the slow cooker and the meat being cooked in a skillet.

What side dishes go well with these Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes?


Assembling Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes

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Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes

5 from 4 votes
Simple and delicious comfort food: Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes with sausage! The potatoes and sausage are cooked in the slow cooker until tender and flavorful and then covered in plenty of cheese.
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Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes

5 from 4 votes
Simple and delicious comfort food: Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes with sausage! The potatoes and sausage are cooked in the slow cooker until tender and flavorful and then covered in plenty of cheese.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Chelsea Lords
Calories 815kcal


  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage
  • 1 yellow onion, diced, optional
  • 2 pounds petite gold potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Fine sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 cups sharp Cheddar cheese
  • Optional: fresh parsley


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the sausage and optional chopped yellow onion. Drain off any fat. Add to a 6-quart slow cooker.
  • Meanwhile, thinly slice the baby gold potatoes. (See the second photo in the post for size; just under 1/8th an inch thick.) Add to the slow cooker, along with the paprika, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. (Season to taste with salt and pepper; I use 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. You can always add more at the end if needed.)
  • Add in the beef broth. Stir everything together and cover the crockpot.
  • Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours or until potatoes are tender. Once everything is finished cooking, taste and adjust salt and pepper to preference.
  • Add the freshly grated cheese in an even layer over everything (or on individual serving plates--we like this way best!) and allow it to melt. Garnish if desired with fresh parsley.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 815kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 55g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 1250mg | Potassium: 1428mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 599IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 473mg | Iron: 4mg

We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed.


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  1. Instructions are not showing up? Do I throw everything together and cook on high or low for three hours?

  2. Hi there making this dish for my family tonight but I’m so confused about the Italian seasoning do I prepare the pack like a dressing or use it as just a spice I love how it’s set up to show us what to buy at what store we use but I can’t figure out this one thing out. I looked and looked and couldn’t figure this out I’m not a cook so I half to have things in detail hope to hear back asap

  3. I’ve made this a couple of times, once in my instant pot and once in my ninja Foodi multi. Both times it turned out great! I have it going right now in the ninja once again. i’m going to use a combination of cheeses today, including Monterey jack and sharp cheddar. It should be delicious. Thanks for such a nice and easy recipe.

    By the way, the last time I made it toward the very end of the cook time I added about a cup of pico de gallo and that really makes it even more delicious!

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