Slow Cooker Tennessee-Style Potatoes

Slow cooker Tennessee-style potatoes have quickly become one of my favorite side dishes to make. You start with your pretty-much-standard mashed potatoes, except you boil the potatoes in a flavor mix of chicken bouillon and garlic-infused water. Then you transfer them to the slow cooker where they get even creamier and even smoother. Perfect for a cold day. Perfect for a potluck or family get-together. The potatoes may seem like the usual, but cooking them in the flavored water really makes for a different, richer flavor.
Slow Cooker Tennessee-Style PotatoesBe sure you don’t throw out the water used to boil the potatoes when they are done. Reserve a cup or so in case the slow cooker Tennessee-style potatoes get a bit thick while cooking. If that happens don’t add a lot of the water .Just add a bit, stir, and see if they’re creamy enough. If not, add a bit more.

Give my corn mashed potatoes and my slow cooker garlic Ranch potatoes a try too.

Slow Cooker Tennessee-Style Potatoes

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Servings 10 -12 servings
Author Mike


  • 5 pounds red potatoes peeled, cut into 1/2" chunks
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3 cubes chicken bouillon I used 3 teaspoons chicken base instead
  • 1 8 ounce container sour cream
  • 1 8 ounce block cream cheese, softened, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add the potatoes, garlic and bouillon and cut until the potatoes are tender but still slightly firm, 15-20 minutes.
  • Drain the potatoes, reserving 1-2 cups of the boiling liquid.
  • Return the potatoes to the pot.
  • Add the sour cream and cream cheese and mash until smooth, adding boiling liquid if too thick.
  • Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 2-3 hours.
  • Stir in the butter. Melt, season with salt and pepper, and serve.

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