This is an easy Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes recipe that requires just sweet potatoes and your crockpot! There is minimal preparation and it's entirely hands off. Baked sweet potatoes make a wonderful side dish during the autumn season and for holidays, or turn them into a meal of their own.
Making sweet potatoes in a crockpot is an easy way to make whole baked sweet potatoes without any preparation or hands on work. Simply wash your potatoes, place them into the slow cooker and cook for a few hours until warm and tender. Serve as a side dish for a variety of dinners and at holiday gatherings like Thanksgiving. You can easily turn slow cooker sweet potatoes into mashed sweet potatoes in minutes or make baby food!
You can also make baked sweet potatoes in your air fryer. Both methods create a creamy, tender and delicious baked sweet potato.
Whole sweet potatoes- that's it! Opt for plump sweet potatoes rather than long and narrow ones, as the rounder potatoes tend to be less stringy.
How To Make Sweet Potatoes In A Crockpot
STEP 1: Arrange the sweet potatoes in your slow cooker, stacking them if necessary. This recipe calls for 6-8 large sweet potatoes but you can use more or less.
STEP 2: Cover and set to high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours. When finished, poke the thickest sweet potato with a fork to check if it's tender. If not, continue cooking in 30 minute increments until potatoes are all fork tender.
STEP 3: Use tongs to carefully transfer the sweet potatoes to a serving dish.
Storing Sweet Potatoes
Store cooked sweet potatoes in the fridge for up to 7 days in an airtight container or wrapped in foil. They can be frozen for up to 6 months, then thawed and reheated in the microwave or oven.
What To Serve With Baked Sweet Potatoes
Baked sweet potatoes are a traditional accompiant to Thanksgiving dinner, in addition to a healthy side dish for a variety of main dishes such as:
- Air Fryer Salmon and Vegetables
- Air Fryer Frozen Salmon
- Simple & Easy Air Fryer Meatloaf Recipe
- Mini Muffin Tin Meatloaf
- Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Thighs
- Air Fryer Pecan Crusted Chicken Tenders
- Sous Vide Leg of Lamb
- Pressure Cooker Leg of Lamb
Or, turn your crockpot sweet potatoes into the main star of your meal by:
- Making a Mexican-style stuffed potato topped with flavorful black beans, shredded Mexican beef, corn, cilantro and sour cream.
- Cooking a sweet potato chickpea stir fry for lunch, brunch or dinner.
This will depend largely on the size of the sweet potatoes and the brand and power of your slow cooker. As a general rule of thumb, small sweet potatoes will take 2-3 hours on high and larger sweet potatoes will take 3-4 hours on high. On low, smaller sweet potatoes should be fork tender in 4-6 hours while larger ones should be done in 6-8 hours.
Whether you choose the high or low setting, the result will be the same. This is a matter of preference and how much time you have.
Yes! They will cook just the same if they are stacked or in one layer. Use as many as can fit in your crockpot or as few as you need using the same cook time.
It's unnecessary to wrap the sweet potatoes in foil while slow cooking them.
No, you do not need to add water to the slow cooker.
Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes
- 6-8 large sweet potatoes or more depending on size of slow cooker
- Arrange the sweet potatoes in your slow cooker, stacking them if necessary. While the recipe calls for 6-8 potatoes, you can use more or less without changing cook time.
- Cover and set to high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours. When finished, poke the thickest sweet potato with a fork to check if it's tender. If not, continue cooking in 30 minute increments until potatoes are all fork tender. *see notes for cooking times
- Use tongs to carefully transfer the sweet potatoes to a serving dish.