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Bacon. Cheese. Potatoes. Need I say more? This Easy Crock Pot Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes recipe only requires a few ingredients and makes a delicious side dish that your entire family will love.
I go weak in the knees over potatoes. From potato chips, to French fries, to homemade creamy mashed potatoes, to cheesy bacon ranch potatoes… I don’t care how they are made; potatoes are my favorite indulgence. In fact, if I had to choose between cake or a tasty potato side dish, potatoes would win every time.
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Cheesy Ranch Potatoes
My daughter loves these slow cooker cheesy ranch potatoes with crispy bacon. The minute I started cooking the bacon, she popped her head in the kitchen and said, “I smell bacon!” I had to keep slapping her hands to keep her out of my cheese and bacon. She kept impatiently returning to the kitchen as it cooked to ask, “Mom, is it ready yet?” She was so excited to have these cheesy ranch potatoes with her meal.
The Crock Pot Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes are easy to make. I use the petite red potatoes because their sweet flavor compliments the salty bacon and cheese. When cooked properly, they are incredibly tender.
Cut the petite red potatoes to a quartered size. If you use a larger red potato, cut them into small quartered pieces to cook faster and evenly.
Cover the inside of your crock-pot with a large piece of tinfoil. It will need to be large enough to create a foil packet to cover the potatoes entirely. Next spray the foil with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
You will layer the ingredients, then close the foil and seal it. The foil will make your crock-pot easy to clean up. It will also steam cook the potatoes, making them fork tender and soft. Next, close the crock-pot with the lid to retain the heat.
Walk away and in 4 hours you have one yummy potato dish!!
*I use store bought dry ranch salad dressing mix. This is a homemade dry ranch dressing mix if you want to make your own.
Easy Crock Pot Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes (Slow Cooker Potato Recipe)
- 2 lbs petite red potatoes chopped into quarters
- 2 cups shredded medium sharp cheddar
- 8 slices cooked bacon crumbled
- 2 tablespoons dry ranch dressing salad dressing mix
- 1/4 cup fresh chives chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- Line your crock pot with aluminum foil leaving enough to cover the potatoes completely. Spray aluminum foil with non stick cooking spray.
- Layer half of the potatoes and sprinkle half of the dry ranch salad dressing mix to coat the potatoes. Top with half of the bacon, cheese, and chives.
- Add the remaining potatoes and cover with remaining dry ranch salad dressing mix. Top with remaining bacon and cheese, reserving 1/2 cup cheese and 1tablespoon of bacon. Add remaining chives, reserving 1 teaspoon. Cover and close tinfoil making sure to seal all openings. Close Crock Pot with lid.
- Cook on high heat for 3 to 4 hours until potatoes are fork tender.
- Cover with remaining cheese and bacon. Cover and seal, cooking an additional 2 minutes for the cheese to melt. Cover with remaining chives and salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
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