Crockpot Mashed Potatoes- Peeled and chunked red potatoes are cooked in the slow cooker with flavorful vegetable broth for a couple of hours. Add dairy-free milk, butter, and salt and pepper to taste. Hand mix until creamy, and you've got the perfect side dish for any meal!
Mashed potatoes are one of the best comfort foods around. They're warm, filling, and, most importantly, delicious. Whether you eat them plain piled high with toppings, there's just something about mashed potatoes that makes them irresistible. If you're looking for a tasty side dish to complete your meal, look no further than mashed potatoes.
Making mashed potatoes in the slow cooker is an easy, hands-off way to make a large batch of mashed potatoes. This vegan recipe is simple, family-friendly, and can be easily customized with your favorite flavors. Serve crockpot mashed potatoes with your favorite Thanksgiving or Christmas side dishes, or enjoy them alongside a delicious weeknight dinner!
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Why You'll Love This Slow-Cooker Mashed Potato Recipe
Minimal Prep- The best part about this recipe is that it requires very little prep time. Simply peel and chop the potatoes and let the slow cooker do the rest of the work for you!
Perfect For A Crowd- This recipe makes enough mashed potatoes to feed a large crowd. Whether you're hosting a holiday dinner or feeding a group of friends, these mashed potatoes will surely please everyone!
Versatile- Crockpot mashed potatoes are the perfect blank canvas for you to add your favorite flavors. For an extra flavorful side dish, stir in some vegan shredded cheese, green onions, or roasted garlic.
Easy To Make- This mashed potato recipe is very straightforward and easy to follow. Add the potatoes to the slow cooker and let it do its thing!
Simple Ingredients- You likely already have everything you need for these mashed potatoes in your kitchen. All you need are red potatoes, vegetable broth, dairy-free milk, vegan butter, salt, and pepper.
Equipment Needed To Make Vegan Mashed Potatoes
- Potato Peeler
- Cutting Board
- Large Bowl
- Hand Mixer
- Stirring Spoon
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
Ingredients For Crockpot Mashed Potatoes
- Red Potatoes
- Vegetable Broth
- Dairy-Free Butter
- Dairy-Free Milk
- Sea Salt
How To Make Vegan Mashed Potatoes In The Slow-Cooker
Making mashed potatoes in the slow cooker makes life so much easier! Start by peeling the potatoes, cutting them into large chunks, and placing them in the crockpot. Pour the vegetable broth over the potato pieces, put the lid on top, and cook on high for 2 hours.
When the potatoes are cooked, drain them over a large bowl so you can save the broth.
Place the potatoes back into the slow cooker, add the dairy-free butter and ¼ of the reserved vegetable broth, then combine with a hand mixer. Once well combined, add vegan milk, salt, and pepper and mix again. Serve and enjoy!
Note: Mashed potatoes will keep for up to 2 hours in the slow cooker. If not serving immediately, cover the crockpot, and turn the temperature down to warm or low.
What to Serve/Pair With Crockpot Mashed Potatoes
There are so many delicious things that go great with mashed potatoes! Here are some of our favorites:
- Herb Roasted Chickpeas
- Green Beans
- Vegan Quinoa Stuffing
- Cranberry Sauce
- Sauteed Kale
- Caramelized Onions
- A Fresh Green Salad
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Popular Substitutions & Additions
There are endless possibilities when it comes to adding flavors to mashed potatoes. Get creative and have fun with it! Here are some ideas:
- Add garlic for extra flavor
- Top with fresh herbs like parsley, rosemary, or thyme
- Add roasted red pepper for a bit of sweetness and color
- Add a splash of hot sauce for a little spice
- Make them extra creamy by adding an additional ¼ cup of vegan butter
- Add ¼ cup of vegan Parmesan cheese
- And don't forget the gravy! Mashed potatoes are the perfect vessel for delicious vegan gravy.
How To Reheat & Store Mashed Potatoes
What Is The Best Way To Store Slow-Cooker Potatoes?
You should store leftover mashed potatoes in an airtight container in the fridge.
How Long Will Vegan Mashed Potatoes Last In The Fridge?
Properly stored mashed potatoes will last up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
Can I Freeze Mashed Potatoes?
Yes, you can freeze mashed potatoes. Store them in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months.
How To Reheat Crockpot Mashed Potatoes?
You can reheat mashed potatoes in the microwave or on the stovetop.
To reheat mashed potatoes in the microwave, place them in a microwave-safe dish and heat them in 30-second increments until they are warm throughout.
To reheat mashed potatoes on the stove, add them to a pot over medium heat. Cook, occasionally stirring, until they are heated through.
Note: You may need to add a splash of vegan milk or vegetable broth to help them reach the desired consistency.
Vegan Slow Cooker Mashed Potato FAQs
What Is The Difference Between Mashed Potatoes And Smashed Potatoes?
The most significant difference between mashed potatoes and smashed potatoes is the texture. Mashed potatoes are smooth and creamy, while smashed potatoes are thicker and have more of a rustic texture.
Do I have to peel the potatoes before cooking?
No, you don't have to peel the potatoes before cooking. However, we recommend peeling them for a smoother mashed potato.
What type of potatoes is best for making mashed potatoes?
I like red potatoes for this slow cooker mashed potato recipe. They have a milder taste and thin skin and are creamier when cooked. If you don't have red potatoes, Yukon gold will also work well.
Do I have to use a hand mixer to make these slow cooker mashed potatoes?
A hand mixer is not necessary, but it does make for a smoother mashed potato. You can also use a potato masher if you don't have a hand mixer.
Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
Yes, you can make this recipe ahead of time. Simply prepare the mashed potatoes according to the recipe instructions, then store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
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Vegan Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
- 2 ½ to 3 pounds red potatoes
- 24 ounces vegetable broth low sodium if you'd like to watch your intake
- 3 tablespoons dairy free butter
- ¼ cup dairy free milk
- ¼ cup vegetable broth reserved
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Peel the potatoes and cut into large chunks. Place in a slow cooker.
- Pour the broth over the potatoes to cover.
- Cook on high for 2 hours.
- Drain the potatoes over a large bowl and save the broth.
- Put the potatoes back into the slow cooker and add the vegan butter and the ¼ cup reserved vegetable broth.
- Mix with a hand mixer.
- Add the soy milk and salt and pepper and mix again.
- Serve or keep warm up to 2 hours.
- If you are keeping it warm - cover and turn to low.
- When ready to serve - stir and if it seems like it has thickened add some more of the reserved broth and mix well.