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Crock Pot Sweet Potatoes

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posted: 04/10/24

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These Crock Pot Sweet Potatoes are the easiest way to make baked sweet potatoes in the crockpot. Grab your slow cooker and make this sweet potato recipe immediately. You’ll never make them another way again!

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

Sweet Potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes. They are nutritious, being a great source of both vitamins and fiber. Beyond that, though, they are just delicious. While I love them as a side dish, they are also great as a base that can be topped with so many other delicious ingredients. You can find a full list of suggestions at the bottom of the post.

Though making sweet potatoes in the oven is perfectly easy, I love using my slow cooker as it frees up oven space for other things or for the times I just don’t want to turn on the whole oven for a few potatoes. This is a quick way to prep potatoes.

Reader Review

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

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

How to Make Sweet Potatoes in the Crockpot

Cooking sweet potatoes in the slow cooker could not be simpler. For the full recipe including the cooking times, see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  1. Prepare your sweet potatoes. Give them a good scrub and wrap them in aluminum foil. 
  2. Put them in the crockpot. Place them in the bottom of the crock pot and cook until fork tender.

My Favorite Slow Cooker

This is the slow cooker you see pictured, I love it. It is perfect for this recipe and many others.
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four sweet potatoes wrapped in aluminum foil in the base of a slow cooker

Picking Out and Storing Sweet Potatoes

Here are a few things to keep in mind for all of your sweet potato recipes when buying sweet potatoes and storing them.

  • Smooth skin: Look for sweet potatoes that have smooth skin and no blemishes or soft spots.
  • Medium-sized: Choose sweet potatoes that are medium-sized and similar in size. This will help ensure that their thickest parts will cook consistently and they will be done at the same time.
  • Store them in a cool dark place: Do not store your sweet potatoes in the refrigerator and avoid keeping them in a place that collects moisture.
  • Don’t buy them more than two weeks in advance: Sweet potatoes can be stored for two to three weeks in your pantry.
a sweet potato cooked in a crock pot sitting on foil with a fork going in it to check the tenderness

How Long to Cook Sweet Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

One thing to keep in mind when cooking sweet potatoes is that their size will affect the time. Bigger sweet potatoes will take longer to cook.

  • Three to four hours on high.
  • Six to eight hours on low.
  • It may take longer for large sweet potatoes.

How to Know When Your Potatoes Are Done

When you take them out of your crockpot, 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. 

The sweet potatoes you see in the photos were on the small side of medium and they cooked perfectly in three and a half hours.

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

Sweet Potatoes Toppings

Once your sweet potatoes are cooked, they are good with so many different toppings. You can enjoy them as a side or even turn them into a healthy meal!

  • Filling and healthy, top your sweet potato with your favorite taco meat and toppings like in my Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes.
  • Skip the bun and put Homemade Sloppy Joes meat on your potato.
  • Make it sweet: butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, and cinnamon.
  • Make it savory: Sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt), green onions, and chives.

What To Serve With Sweet Potatoes

These crock pot sweet potatoes would be a great side dish for so many different recipes. They are perfect with:

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


How do I know when sweet potatoes are done?

A fork should easily poke into the thickest part of the potato. Some potatoes may take longer than others if they are larger. Read more about knowing when the potatoes are done in the post above.

Can you eat the skin of a sweet potato?

Absolutely! The skin is full of nutrients and flavor. Be sure to scrub your potatoes well before cooking them to remove any dirt and debris.

Can I make more than 4 at a time?

Yes, depending on how big your slower cooker is you can do two layers of potatoes. I would not do more than eight at a time.

Do I need to poke holes in the potatoes first?

Nope, prep is so easy in this recipe.

Storing and Reheating Leftovers

Enjoy your cooked sweet potatoes all week! Once they are fully cooked, allow them to cool and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Reheat them in the microwave (be sure to take the foil off) or in the oven until heated through.

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

Other Sweet Potato Recipes

If you love sweet potatoes, these recipes are great ways to incorporate them into your weekly dinner rotation or make for a holiday.

If you make this slow cooker sweet potatoes recipe or any of my other recipes, I’d love to know what you think. Leave me a comment and let me know!

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

Crockpot Sweet Potatoes

Serves: 4 people
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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 3 hours
Total: 3 hours 5 minutes
These Crockpot 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 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 cooking 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. Melissa says

    If I wanted to make more (8) is it okay to put them on top of the first layer?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes! That will work just fine!

  2. Yvonne matthews says

    I heard that sweet potatoes boiled are better for a diabetic than baked. Any advice.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so sorry, I’m just not qualified to speak to that.

  3. Veda says

    I think I may try this but leave off the foil, don’t like cooking with foil. I do like the idea of freeing up the oven..often things cook at different temps. Thanks

  4. Susan Warren says

    5 stars
    Hi, I made your recipe this evening. My fresh picked sweet potatoes turned out absolutely delicious. I cooked 6 small sweet potatoes and stacked them to the top of my slow cooker. I roll up approx.. 6 balls of Reynolds wrap and lay on the bottom of the slow cooker so the potatoes do not lay against the bottom of the cooker. Works like a charm. Thank you for sharing the easiest and best tasting way to cook these yummy vegetables.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad that you liked it!

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