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Crockpot Bacon Cheese Potatoes

Does it get better than bacon, cheese potatoes? My husband asked for me to make this again while we were eating it! A must pin!

Crockpot Bacon Cheese Potatoes are my family’s favorite!  You will love how easy this recipe is to prepare with the combination of ingredients.  It is a keeper!

This recipe is hands down the most requested recipe that I make. Using the foil and precooking your bacon are two keys to the success of this recipe.  I have updated this recipe several times with tricks and tips and so by reading some of the comments below NOW you will find this recipe works really well. We love to use our programmable crockpot for this recipe.

My family loves potatoes and since I found out I have Celiac Disease I use them as a staple in our house.  I love Crockpot Bacon Cheese Potatoes because this recipe is so easy to prepare, and no one realizes it.  This recipe is naturally Gluten Free (just be sure your ingredients are). I personally use Hormel bacon (Natural).

I like to serve it with Country Bob’s Grilled Pork Chops and Sauteed Mushrooms, Squash and Zucchini and Sour Cream Rolls

Does it get better than bacon, cheese potatoes? My husband asked for me to make this again while we were eating it! A must pin!

Use this tip on cooking your bacon in the oven to keep it crispy.

Crockpot Bacon Cheese Potatoes

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Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:6 hrs
Total Time:6 hrs 15 mins


  • 1/4 pound bacon diced - I bake it first in the oven so that it is "done" and browned then I dice it and place in the crock pot.
  • 1 small onion thinly sliced
  • 6 - 8 red potatoes quartered (thinly sliced if using regular potatoes or if you use a new potato then halve)
  • 1/2 pound cheddar cheese thinly sliced (shredded is fine)
  • salt and pepper
  • butter
  • Green Onions optional


  • Line crockpot with foil, leaving enough to cover the potatoes when finished - this will help to not stick and to steam the potatoes.
  • Layer half each of the bacon, onions, potatoes and cheese in crockpot. Season to taste with salt and pepper and dot with (real) butter.
  • Repeat layers of bacon, onions, potatoes and cheese. Dot with butter.
  • Cover with remaining foil.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.


Do not use as much onion if using green onions. I only used a 1/2 an onion.
Servings: 6
Author: Melissa@StockpilingMoms


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  1. Is it necessary to line the crockpot and cover the potatoes with foil? What is the reason for the foil? Thanks!

      1. Thank you, Melissa. I often crunch up aluminum foil when I’m reheating something fried in the oven, as the valleys let the fat drain so the fries, chicken, or whatever, don’t sit in it and get all greasy.

  2. 5 stars
    I believe the foil gives the potatoes that “fried” outside, so they don’t turn to mush. You can use similar technique with chicken drums too by crunching up foil and putting it on bottom of crock pot before you place the drums in.

  3. 5 stars
    I believe the foil helps seal it, so it somewhat acts as a steamer. I made these last weekend and they were fantastic!! And another good thing about the foil: saves a lot of time on cleanup!!!

    1. 5 stars
      I fried the bacon crisp before layer. The recipe says that she bakes it, so same difference, just probably a little healtier (if that’s possible with bacon) to do in the oven rather then skillet

      1. 5 stars
        Haha! I don’t think that we can make it healthier…but it cooks pretty fast, and your house doesn’t smell like bacon for the rest of the day!

  4. I was wondering about the bacon too. Is it cooked or uncooked when you add it to the crockpot? Also, can I cook it on high for less hours? If so, how many hours?

  5. just wondering about the bacon, in the crockpot bacon and cheese potatoes. If it needs frying before put in the pot! thanx

  6. Def. cook the bacon first or it will just be a limp mess. I would guess this is not a photo of the actual thing she made? Because I’ve never had anything come out of the crockpot looking roasted like that.

  7. 5 stars
    Great Recipe! We’re vegeterians. I substituted with Veggie Bacon and Olivia Spread. It didn’t take quite as long to cook. Thanks!

  8. 4 stars
    I made these, they were kind of gray in color and didn’t look like the picture but they were delicious!

  9. Glad I’m not the only one! I made these last week and they came out horrible! No one in my family would even try them!

    1. I made this for mothers day and it was great…i used the small ukon gold potato’s and i boiled them first due to lack of time and also precooked the bacon. I layered a lot. having the foil also helped with the cheese not sticking to the crock pot. They were delicious.

  10. Can you bake this instead?
    It looks delicious in the pic, and I’d really like to get the roasted texture!

  11. Do you really need to cook them for 10-12 hours on low? doesn’t that seem like a long time for potatoes….

  12. 5 stars
    I made these, but changed them up a bit and they came out delish. My motto – I’ve never met a recipe I couldn’t change.

    Dice & cook the bacon until crispy (set aside) and use a small amount the bacon fat to sautee the onions med-low until soft and caramel colored. I also threw a minced garlic clove in with the onions. Toss the onions and cut potatoes together with 1 tbls. flavored olive oil; I used Roasted Garlic. Salt & pepper to taste. I did use the foil method, which worked great. Cook for about 3 to 3 1/2 hours (depending on how thick you cut the potatoes). About 15-20 minutes before you serve open up the foil and cover potatoes with sliced or grated cheese; I used colby jack. Don’t close up the foil again or the cheese will just stick to it. Replace lid on crock pot to allow cheese to melted. Serve with the reserved bacon pieces and chives or green onions on top.

    If you decide to try making the recipe this way…I think you will like the outcome. My family’s remark – “It’s a do over”. It’s their way of saying to make it again.

    1. I thought I had added this, but can’t see the post anymore. These should be cooked on “high”.

      Jen…If you do make these again, please do try my modifications. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

      1. Sylvia, so you cooked them on high for the 3-3.5 hours? I did it on low and it took about 4 .5 hours. I will have to try the high next time to see if they get “crisper”

        1. Lisa~ There was some nice browing of the potatoes closest to the foil, but I haven’t figured out a way to get a good “crunch”, which is one reason I add the bacon as a topping. Besides…I don’t like soggy bacon, which is what happens if you add the bacon in the beginning. =)

  13. 5 stars
    I made this last night with our dinner and it was very good. I read all the reviews and started to think it wouldn’t be good but I took the tips the reviewers left, especially Sylvia’s and it turned out. The foil is necessary (I was skeptical) and the plus was it made it easier to clean up. I used the small red potatoes and cut the bigger ones in half. I did find some discoloration but not a lot and it didn’t take from the taste. The caramelized onion and bacon was wonderful with the potatoes. I added garlic also. I didn’t add the cheese till the last twenty minutes as Sylvia suggested and left the foil open and the lid cracked. It’s a “make again” dish here!

  14. Glad these worked out for you Lisa! I meant to mention the slight discoloration, but it really doesn’t take away from the dish. Happy cooking. =)

  15. I have tried this and its amazing but we didnt use the crockpot!!
    we put it on the top rac of the grill for about 30 to 45 mins and they were amazing!!! I also do a similar one put with potatoes carrots and onion seasoned and buttered!!! both amazing!!!!

  16. 4 stars
    Just finished eating this. Followed recipe, except doubled the potatoes, and didn’t precook the bacon chunks so the bacon fat flavor could mingle with the potatoes and onions. Turned out great. Looked great. I also used a crockpot liner along with the foil, which I think helped keep moisture in. Very good!

  17. 4 stars
    I just tasted my potatoes and they are good. I did change some things. Other then adding a wadded up layer of foil, i also poked holes in the second layer. Then I only put one medium red onion and the potatoes in for 3 hours on high. After, i added everything else after i switched the setting it to warm. It is worth making again.

  18. Thanks for the recipe! I have a question regarding the cheese. On the directions it list to layer (last) bacon, onions, potatoes, and cheese, and to dot with butter. After it states to to add cheese in the last 20 -30 minutes. Do I do both or was this a typo? Thanks 🙂

  19. I made this a couple days ago and my family devoured it. I baked the bacon in the oven before adding it to the crockpot. I did use the foil just as the recipe suggested. I’m thankful I did because it was a breeze to clean up afterwards and the potatoes and cheese got a little crispy along the edges which I liked. Next time I think I will add a little garlic for some extra flavor. I did make more layers of cheese bacon and potatoes. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe.

  20. I tried to make these and didn’t have a lot of time so I cooked them on low instead of high. After two and a half hours the cheese was completely melted but the potatoes were t cooked at ALL. we ended up having to take them out and fry them.

  21. 5 stars
    I have made these several times but I am a griller! I follow the recipe but I put them in a roasting pan, cover with foil, and cook on the B-B-Q grill for a few hours. They are so fantastic! I am making them for Easter with ribs! Every time I make them I increase the amount but I have still never had any leftovers. That is how good they are!

  22. I am thinking of trying this but can i baked in the oven in a 9×13 cake pan? If so what is the oven temp & for how long?

  23. I tried these, but didn’t follow the recipe exactly. I need to try again and certainly will. Put them in the oven to finish cooking, but then overcooked the cheese. I still have my hopes up!

  24. 5 stars
    I made this last week and my boyfriend loved it. To us it wasn’t quite enough meat tho. I made it today and I add chicken in it and it made it so much better. We also used applewood bacon and the flavor that brings to it is amazing.

  25. Do you cover everything with the foil while it is cooking? I understand lining the pot with the foil but don’t understand leaving some to put on top?

  26. 5 stars
    OMG! I Absolutely LOVE your recipe for Crockpot Bacon Cheesy Potatoes!!! We are big potato fans in our house! I know that my family will enjoy these! I’m going to check my potato count and I think I just might be making this tomorrow!!! I can’t wait! It looks so yummy!!! Thanks so very much for sharing this recipe with all of us! I for one truly do appreciate it!!!! Thanks again, Michele 🙂

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