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Slow-Cooked Ranch Potatoes Recipe

Slow-Cooked Ranch Potatoes Recipe

Even after seven years, my family still asks for this tasty potato and bacon dish. Try it once and I'll bet your family will be hooked, too. —Lynn Ireland, Lebanon, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours. YIELD:10 servings


  • 6 bacon strips, chopped
  • 2-1/2 pounds small red potatoes, cubed
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of potato soup, undiluted
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 envelope buttermilk ranch salad dressing mix
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Drain drippings, reserving 1 tablespoon.
  • 2. Place potatoes in a 3-qt. slow cooker. In a bowl, beat cream cheese, soup, milk, dressing mix and reserved drippings until blended; stir into potatoes. Sprinkle with bacon.
  • 3. Cook, covered, on low 7-8 hours or until potatoes are tender. Top with green onions. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 230 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 545mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 254754
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2016

"These turned out pretty good though they were done in way less cooking time so they were a little darker than I liked. The flavor was delicious!"

Orbs User ID: 7287623 240858
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2016

"Instead of cream of potato soup, I made a white sauce; left out the bacon. It was very creamy and delicious. Thanks, Lynn, for sharing this recipe."

abashu User ID: 6784654 223054
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2015

"Good but a little to salty for me."

Dellast User ID: 4180994 222265
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2015

"Made as directed with additional milk. To me these were just OK. The sauce is thick and heavy. It is very salty with the ranch mix and bacon and I love salt. The flavor is just ranch. I could hardly taste the bacon. I don't think I would ever make them again."

dovecanyon User ID: 6559068 221945
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015

"After reading other reviews about this turning out a bit dry I cut the potatoes and bacon in half but used the full amount of the remaining ingredients. (Also used Cream of Mushroom soup because that is what I had.) They came out wonderfully "saucy" with the extra sauce good on a plain saut?ed chicken breast. I did add a bit of garlic powder and some salt and pepper. Next time I think I'll just brown a couple of chicken breasts and lay them on top of the potatoes in the slow-cooker with a sprinkle of paprika... easy-peasy one pot dinner! Oh, and 5 hours was plenty of time."

Sher0462 User ID: 506880 221901
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015

"Made this yesterday. Didn't have cream of potato soup so used cream of onion and added garlic. Also used Yukon Gold potatoes instead of red. Excellent recipe! Was done in under 5 hours. Will definitely make again!"

Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 150415
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2014

"Cooked these in the slow cooker, then I just baked some chicken breast to go with them. Was a great easy dinner."

whats2eat User ID: 5526168 178222
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2013

"Didn't have time to make in the crockpot so tried them in the oven, nice option for a different side dish. My family is big on bacon so I added a little extra. Next time will add a little more milk to give it a creamier texture .Might also add some garlic or garlic salt."

Danielle_09 User ID: 3114908 196456
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"Great recipe!! I didn't add the bacon; i'm not much of a bacon person. I think fried onions would also be good mixed in. I had it in the slow cooker for 5 hours and they turned out tender as can be! I will be making this for a side at Thanksgiving!"

sands351 User ID: 1036170 184575
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"Fixed this yesterday and it was great. I mixed more milk in before cooking, since other reviewers stated that they got a little dry. Also only cooked for 5 hours and they were done. Will be having these again."

Edo123 User ID: 3028530 192049
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"Good option for a side. I made this in one slow cooker and the marinated chicken wings in another and we had a great dinner. Next time I will beat the cream cheese longer, it came out a little weird because I simply mixed it by hand."

rmb0715 User ID: 7287464 179369
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2013

"Had this last night. This could be a meal on its own. I would make it a little bit creamier next time (more milk, maybe?), but a great recipe. I did cook it on low for 8 hours, and it was ready before then (did not take note of time it was done). Definitely a keeper!"

CatMurphy User ID: 7117971 195267
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

"These potatoes smelled amazing cooking in the crock pot! Great recipe! I did have to add a little more milk during the cooking process."

mhickieaz User ID: 7398958 195068
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2013

"I was disappointed as there was not enough flavor for me and I made with real bacon. Not sure why I tried this, as Potato salad is judged against my Grandmother's, which I grew up eating, so I compare all potato salad recipes to hers."

MaryAnneCausey User ID: 1772619 179368
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2013

"My Granddaughter helped me make this for Labor Day, she kept lifting the lid to take a whiff.. She gave it 2 thumbs up. I would have liked a litte more creamy consistancy."

Feen User ID: 1925557 192045
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2013

"Very good. I had no baco,n but added some bacon bits towards the end of cooking time. (I think real bacon would be better!) This would work with any flavor cream soup. I served these with a sprinkle of grated cheddar on top. Next time I will also add a little more milk for a slightly thinner consistency. I cooked these on High for 3-4 hours and they cooked up just fine."

gld2bmom User ID: 7191733 150414
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2013

"These potatoes were great - easy to put together and very flavorful! I boiled the potatoes for 20 minutes before adding them to the slow cooker, as I needed to speed up the process for early dinner guests - it worked out wonderfully! The potatoes were ready to eat in about two hours!"

djbell User ID: 3474599 132679
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013

"I just got my recent Taste of Home magazine and this recipe caught my eye. While I was preparing it, I thought it would be too dry so I added about a 1/3 cup of milk during the last few hours and stirred it up.

These were so delicious and my husband loved them. He is hard to please when it comes to new recipes. Would definitely make this dish again!"

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