How to Bake Potatoes in a Crock Pot (without foil)

In an effort to avoid turning on my oven this week to bake potatoes, it occurred to me that maybe I could bake them in my crock pot. Am I a genius or what?

Or what.  My online search told me that others had already been there done that – and blogged about it too. So others are the geniuses, and I am a few years late in learning this wonderful potato baking method.

I will, however, take the credit for figuring out that you don’t have to mess with wrapping each potato in foil. All of the instructions I found online included wrapping each potato lovingly in foil. I tend to skip this extra step in an effort to save time and to avoid putting aluminum on my food. Could foil-less potatoes be baked in a crock pot? I decided to try and see.

I won’t keep you in suspense, because surely you’ve never wondered something so much in your life and the title of this post didn’t give away the answer even a little bit. You can, indeed, throw a plain ol’ potato in the crock pot and let it bake without foil. You don’t even need to poke the potatoes first. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

Bake Your Potatoes in the Crock Pot

Here is the detailed break-down of the oven-less, foil-less, poke-less, practically effort-less crock pot baked potato:

1. Scrub dirt off of potatoes
2. Place potatoes in crock pot
3. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until potatoes are tender

You can cook as many potatoes as you need. You can use any size or variety of potato. And if possible, I would suggest making extras so that you can use your leftovers to make Homemade Hashbrowns.

How should you serve your baked potato? Well, I personally love mine with lots of butter and sea salt. I’m sure you’re shocked. Sometimes we sprinkle on some cheese and call it lunch, along with a side of veggies and fruit.

But if you really want a good baked potato meal, which is super easy and perfect in the summertime (now that we know how to avoid heating our ovens for this fine item), Taco Potatoes are awesome.


Or, how about topping your baked potato with chopped ham, chicken, or turkey, sour cream, shredded cheddar, and broccoli.  So, so good.


What’s your favorite way to top a baked potato? Ever tried making baked potatoes in the crock pot?  Yeah, I bet I know what you’re having for lunch tomorrow…

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  1. Jennifer says

    Thanks to you and all those who commented with more great ideas, love the info on squash! Baked potatoes without the hassle or heat in your home….genius!!!


  2. sunny says

    You are a genius! In a mad scramble I googled, crock pot potatoes with no foil, and I got this post! YAY! I did already poke holes in the potatoes, but I’ll know for next time to skip that step.


  3. Liz L says

    You mentioned in another post that you also cook potatoes in a roaster. Could you give the specifics for that method? (cooking temp and time, how to stack them inside, etc) I am cooking about 40 potatoes for a craft show concession stand and am looking for the best way to do it! We won’t have access to an oven, and crock pots would not cook enough potatoes. Thanks for any help you can give!


    Laura Reply:

    I simply wash them, poke them, then pile them into a roaster oven. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour and a half or until potatoes are tender. :)


    Renee Reply:

    How many potatoes have you done in a roaster at once? I am concerned that the ones touching the sides will cook faster or even get burned before the ones in the center cook enough.


    Laura Reply:

    It’s been a while, but I’ve probably done 30 potatoes without any problem.

  4. says

    Thank you Laura! I was searching and only saw the foil method. Like you, I despise any aluminum anywhere near my family…so thankful you tried it, loved it and blogged about it. A new friend from the desert of Phoenix ~Linny


  5. Beth Anne says

    Thank you so much for the recipe! It totally worked great- did a croc pot full for out church potluck!


  6. Shannon says

    I love this idea! Especially during the summer months when its already so hot out and don’t want to even think of turning on the oven and heating the house up even more. (Especially since our a/c went out on us)


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