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Crock Pot Crack Hash Brown Potatoes, the quintessential comfort food get an easy and delicious make-over with the addition of Ranch seasoning and bacon.

Slow cooker hash browns are a favorite recipe for old and young alike. With potatoes, cheese, and bacon what’s not to love?

Crock Pot Crack Hash Brown Potatoes


This is an effortless, 5-minute prep recipe that will become your go-to potato casserole. It’s great any time from busy weeknights to family holiday celebrations to church potlucks. 

Easy and cheesy, Crock Pot Crack Potatoes are always a crowd favorite as stated above. Furthermore, when you can prep a recipe the night before, even the cook is a fan.

Crock Pot Crack Hash Brown Potatoes

Hash Brown Potatoes in Crock Pot Ingredients

  • Hash brown potatoes
  • Milk
  • Sour cream
  • Ranch seasoning
  • Cheese
  • Black pepper
  • Bacon

Is there a substitution for sour cream?

Yes, you can use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Actually, I used Fage 0% milk fat Greek Yogurt in this recipe. Furthermore, I almost always use this Greek yogurt instead of sour cream in recipes.

Can I substitute cheddar cheese for the Colby Cheddar mix?

Yes, I prefer the Colby cheddar mix because cheddar tends to be oily when melted. However, you can use all cheddar. As well, you can use any cheese you have on hand. Gouda, Havarti, and Monterrey are very good choices.

Crock Pot Crack Hash Brown Potatoes

Can I bake this casserole in the oven?

Absolutely! First, Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Next, spray a 2-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl combine potatoes, sour cream, Ranch seasoning, 1 cup cheese, pepper, half of the bacon, + 1/2 cup milk. Mix well. Spread into prepared baking dish. Spread remaining cheese and bacon evenly over hash browns. Bake, uncovered, 45 minutes or until hash browns are tender.

Can I cook my own bacon?

Yes! I used store-bought, pre-cooked Bacon Crumbles for convenience. However, you can cook 5 – 6 slices of bacon if you prefer.

Crock Pot Crack Hash Brown Potatoes


I found with the Ranch seasoning and bacon these potatoes didn’t need additional salt. 

Try my Homemade Ranch Seasoning recipe which has an even lower salt content. 

Finally, three hours may seem like an excessive time to cook this casserole. It does take that long for the potatoes to cook through.

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Crock Pot Crack Hash Brown Potatoes

Crock Pot Crack Hash Brown Potatoes

Crock Pot Crack Hash Brown Potatoes, the quintessential comfort food gets an easy and delicious make-over with the addition of Ranch seasoning and bacon. 
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
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  • 1 20-ounce bag hash brown potatoes I use this brand but you can use any
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup milk whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon Ranch seasoning *seasoning, not dressing
  • 2 cups Colby cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4.3 ounces bacon crumbles like these


  • Please read post above for substitutions
  • In a slow cooker, combine hash brown potatoes, sour cream, milk, Ranch seasoning, black pepper, 1 cup cheese, and half the bacon. Stir to combine. Sprinkle remaining cheese and bacon on top.
  • Cook on high for 3 hours.
  • Serve hot.


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Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 784mg | Potassium: 27mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Calcium: 237mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I see that the recipe originally has 8 servings but what is one serving? A cup, an oz, 2oz? I count my calories so I’m trying to find the answer. Thanks!

    1. It would be 1/8th of the recipe as written. The recipe card takes the total of ingredients and divides by number of servings.

      1. I just don’t know how to measure out an 1/8 of my crockpot when I make it. That’s why I asked in cups or oz

  2. If I double the recipe, do I cook if for 6 hours? Or cook it for the 3 hours?

    1. Cooking time may be slightly longer but it won’t be double. Test it at time indicated and add 3o minutes if needed.

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