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Crock Pot Sweet Potatoes

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posted: 01/14/19

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These Crock Pot Sweet Potatoes are the easiest way to make baked sweet potatoes in the crock pot. Grab your slow cooker and make this sweet potato recipe immediately. You’ll never make them another way again! Looking for another great go to sweet potato recipe? Make sure to try my Brown Sugar Roasted Sweet Potatoes. It’s a fan favorite for sure.

a crock pot sweet potato with brown sugar and butter on it

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If you are feeling hangry and cranky because the new year has you dieting, let me introduce you to your new best friend: Crock Pot Sweet Potatoes. This sweet potato crock pot recipe is an extraordinarily simple side dish. You will be so happy by how easy it is, how perfectly it turns out, and sweet potatoes are so good for you! So let’s do it!

four sweet potatoes in front of a slow cooker to show how to cook them in it


  1. Start with four medium sweet potatoes. Make sure that you don’t buy sweet potatoes that are too big.
  2. Give the sweet potatoes a good scrub and wrap them in aluminum foil. 
  3. Place them in the bottom of the crock pot. 
  4. Cook for 3 to 4 hours on high or 6 to 8 hours on low.


  • 3 to 4 hours on high
  • 6 to 8 hours on low
  • It will take longer for large sweet potatoes.

four sweet potatoes wrapped in aluminum foil in the base of a slow cooker


When you take them out of your crock pot, your sweet potatoes should be fork tender. If you aren’t able to easily pierce the sweet potato through the center all the way down with a fork, they should go back in the slow cooker for another half hour to an hour. 

These sweet potatoes were on the small side of medium and they cooked perfectly in 3 and a half hours.

a sweet potato cooked in a crock pot sitting on foil with a fork going in it to check the tenderness

When you cut into your sweet potatoes, they will be soft and tender. They will mash up perfectly right in their skin. This method of cooking your sweet potatoes in the crock pot keeps your oven free, making this such a great dinner side dish recipe. These crock pot sweet potatoes would be a great side dish for these Baked Chicken Tenders or this Baked Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs.

overhead view of a crock pot sweet potato cooked with butter and brown sugar on it


Once your sweet potatoes are cooked, they are good with so many different toppings. Some of many toppings! Some of my favorites are:

  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • maple syrup
  • cinnamon
  • green onions
  • chives

overhead of four sweet potatoes on a baking sheet that have been cooked in a slow cooker


fork digging into a crock pot baked sweet potato with sour cream and green onions

a crock pot sweet potato with brown sugar and butter on it
5 from 2 votes

Crock Pot Sweet Potatoes

Serves: 4 people
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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 3 hours
Total: 3 hours 5 minutes
These Crock Pot Sweet Potatoes are the easiest way to make baked sweet potatoes in the crock pot. Grab your slow cooker and make this sweet potato recipe immediately. You'll never make them another way again! 


  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • butter optional
  • brown sugar optional
  • sour cream optional
  • green onions optional


  • Wash your sweet potatoes, and then wrap them in aluminum foil.
  • Place the sweet potatoes in the bottom of the crock pot.
  • Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours.  Please note that bigger sweet potatoes will need the full cook time.
Calories: 115kcal (6%) Carbohydrates: 27g (9%) Protein: 2g (4%) Fat: 0.2g Saturated Fat: 0.1g (1%) Sodium: 41mg (2%) Potassium: 347mg (10%) Fiber: 3.8g (16%) Sugar: 8.7g (10%) Vitamin A: 23750IU (475%) Vitamin C: 26.4mg (32%) Calcium: 41mg (4%) Iron: 1.1mg (6%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
a crock pot sweet potato with brown sugar and butter on it

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  1. Joann says

    Do you add water to the crock pot?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Nope, I don’t add any water.

  2. Trudy says

    I’ve made these many times, sometimes just because I know my main dish will be labor intensive. Just a dash of salt and some butter is all they really need, but I serve them with.maple syrup and brown sugar for those with a bit of a sweet tooth.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Right? They are so so good and so simple.

  3. Moose says

    Why not just cook in the microwave fir 10 minutes then brush with oil and a bit of salt. Cook in the oven 200c for 25 minutes. Cooks perfect.

    For normal potato cook in the oven for 30 – 40 mins dependant on size.

    Microwave cooks the potato oven gives you a crispy skin

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’ve cooked them in the microwave . . . honestly, I like them better in the crock pot. I feel like they end up more tender. And I don’t eat the skin, so the crispiness isn’t really an incentive. But to each their own! The microwave is for sure faster.

  4. Terri Zavatsky says

    good with caramel ice cream topping

    • Lisa Longley says

      OMG. You are a genius!

  5. Linda C Richardson says

    It does not burn the pot?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Nope, not at all. And if you wrap them well, you have minimal clean up.

  6. Sarah says

    No need to poke holes in the potatoes first?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Nope! I love how simple the prep on this is!

  7. Candace @ Our Zesty Life says

    5 stars
    What a fantastic way to keep your oven and stovetop free! And they turn out perfectly.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thanks Candace!

  8. Cheryl says

    5 stars
    They come out perfectly! Not stringy and cooked evenly all the way through.

    • Lisa Longley says

      So happy you liked them Cheryl!

  9. Helen says

    Hi, I am wondering if I need to wrap them in aluminum foil? I have been trying to avoid using it.

    • Lisa Longley says

      If you don’t wrap them in foil they will likely dry out. So if you want to cook them not in foil, I would suggest putting a bit of water in the bottom of the slow cooker.

  10. Caryl Woerz says

    I took this idea to the next level. I use to make my dinners alot in my crockpot when I was working 40 a week now I have a less stressful life so I remember I use to cook my ribs in the crock pot just brown season add regular the potato for how many are eating so I tried the sweet potatoes in foil with ribs and bbq sause they were perfect. 3 hrs was enough for 2 potatoes will do more of this one thanks for sharing

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