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Slow Cooker Loaded Mashed Potatoes with Ranch

These fluffy mashed potatoes loaded with bacon, cheddar and chives topped with a creamy Paleo-friendly ranch dressing are pretty much a comfort food dream-come-true.

  • Author: The Real Food Dietitians
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 mins
  • Yield: Serves 12 1x
  • Category: Side Dish, Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Slow Cooker


  • 4 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup water or broth
  • ¼ cup ghee or butter (use ghee for Whole30-friendly option- we use Pure Indian Foods ghee)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 34 strips crisp cooked bacon, chopped (use Pederson’s Natural Farms Uncured Bacon for Whole30- option)
  • ½ cup Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing
  • 4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese + additional for topping (~1 cup) (Omit for Whole30-friendly option or substitute ¼ cup nutritional yeast)
  • ¼ cup chopped chives


  1. Halve or quarter potatoes into 1- to 1 ½-inch chunks. Place in slow cooker.
  2. Add ghee or butter, liquid, garlic and salt.
  3. Place lid on slow cooker and set heat to HIGH. Cook 4 hours or until potatoes are tender and mashable.
  4. Using a potato masher or immersion blender, mash potatoes adding additional water or broth as needed to achieve desired consistency.
  5. Add bacon, ranch dressing, cheese and chives and stir well to combine. Top with additional cheese if you’d like.
  6. Serve immediately or hold in slow cooker set to ‘Warm’ until ready to serve.


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  • Serving Size: 12th recipe
  • Calories: 296
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 271mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Carbohydrates: 41g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 7g