Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes Recipe

sweet potatoes recipe in a slow cooker

Our garden produced a ton of sweet potatoes last year, so I had to get creative to find ways to use them. We fried them in tallow, baked them in the oven and even grilled them on low heat on the grill.

We used them as the “noodles” in homemade lasagna (it was delicious!) and made dozens of different breakfast hash brown recipes with them.

Sometimes, the simplest recipe is the most delicious and my kids love them just baked in the oven and topped with butter and salt. On busy days when we are running errands or working outside I often forget or don’t have time to throw them in the oven an hour before dinner.

Did you know that it is possible to cook sweet potatoes (and regular potatoes) in the slow cooker and have them ready on a busy night?

This has been my go-to method of sweet potato cooking lately and it works incredibly well!

Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes?

sweet potato crock pot recipe easyA friend had mentioned cooking sweet potatoes in her crock pot. She might have meant actually peeling, cutting and putting spices on them, but I decided to try it with the whole sweet potatoes…. and it worked…. really well!

This is great if you like sweet potatoes for breakfast because you can cook them overnight. I’ll often slow-cook sweet potatoes overnight and top with leftover chicken or sausage in the morning for a super fast and nourishing breakfast.

I feel bad even calling this a ‘recipe’ because it only has one ingredient and one step, but I was excited to be able to cook sweet potatoes in the crock-pot and wanted to share in case it is helpful to you!

If you love sweet potatoes as much as we do, give this simple version a try!

Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes Recipe

How to cook sweet potatoes in a slow cooker

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Crock Pot Sweet Potatoes




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Cook sweet potatoes in your slow-cooker or crock pot with this simple and fool-proof method.


  • 5-6 medium sized sweet potatoes
  • A 6-quart or larger slow cooker


  1. Wash sweet potatoes well but don't dry.
  2. Put on the bottom of the crock pot, put lid on, and turn on low.
  3. Cook for 6-7 hours or until tender.
  4. Serve with butter and salt or as desired.


For an easy breakfast, start the sweet potatoes at night and serve with leftover meat or veggies as an easy and nutritious warm breakfast that is ready to go when you wake up!

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More Slow-Cooker Recipes?

If you’re a crock-pot-aholic like me, check out my soups and stews recipes for some other great slow cooker ideas!

Better than a slow cooker?

I recently got an Instant Pot, an electric pressure cooker that often works better than a slow cooker. I haven’t mastered whole sweet potatoes in it yet, but we use it for many other recipes like slow cooked meats, stews and chopped sweet potatoes.

Check out my full Instant Pot review here and this super simple pot roast recipe that you can prepare in an hour in an electric pressure cooker! Worried about nutrient loss with a pressure cooker? This post explains how a pressure cooker may actually concentrate the nutrients in food, but there is one trick you need to know to preserve the nutrients in your food.

Ever slow-cooked sweet potatoes? What is the easiest thing you’ve ever cooked in a crock pot?

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  1. Fabulous idea!!

  2. It is a fabulous idea.  I just picked some from my garden, and am looking for something pre- morning workout to eat.  Perhaps this will work good?

  3. I always am nervous about cooking dry things in the crock pot. I know lots of people do it, and I’ve been told it works really well, but it just seems so bizarre to me! But I do love sweet potatoes, maybe I can overcome my fear for them.

  4. I’ve done this what sweet potatoes and white potatoes.  It’s my preferred method.  I put 1/4 cup of water in the bottom of the crockpot when cooking mine.  They turn out great every time.

  5. thanks this looks great, I did not know you could do sweet potatoes in a crockpot!  i was wondering if you tried white sweet potatoes in a crock pot? the ones with purple skin? my family prefers those to oranges ones.

  6. Since there are only two in our family, we use the microwave for sweet potatoes. But if I decided to cook several of them I would certainly use the crock pot and I know they would be delicious. I know someone who cooks many sweet potatoes in her crock pot and takes a couple to work to eat at room temp for her lunch. 

    • Crock pot is way better then microwave.

  7. We also grew sweet potatoes this year and I have baskets full and I still have more to dig!! So, I’ll be using this one a lot! I’m a big crock pot cooker! Thanks….

  8. Wow! So easy and delicious. The skin was easy to peel. I added cinnamon and slow baked pecans.

  9. Random passer-by here, just wanted to say thanks for the ‘recipe’! We’re new to using the crock pot and happened to be looking for an easy way to prep our sweet potatoes.

    Thank you!

  10. Since I found this “recipe” a few months ago, the only way I’ll EVER cook sweet potatoes again is in the crock pot. I’ve also discovered that red and russet potatoes cook better than any other method I know. I use a 1 1/2 quart crock pot because I’m widowed and retired, so it’s just me. I’ve even combined sweet and red potatoes in the same pot… 2 small sweets and 2 or 3 small reds, cook on high for 4 hours and make a meal! Split the potatos open, put on some butter or margerine and a little cinnamon on the sweets, lightly salt and enjoy. I eat the shins of the reds but discard the skins of the sweets unless I can find organic ones (only around Thanksgiving). Also eat the skins on the russets and other white potatoes. Really glad I found this “recipe”!

  11. I want to do this while I am at work, but I am afraid of burning. Has anyone left the crock pot alone while they were out?

    • I always leave my crockpot alone and on while I am at work. Last time, I had to put it in the bathroom, because we have a new beagle in our house, and I don’t trust her! 🙂

    • This depends on the crock pot itself. I have a crock pot that burns if it is not totally filled up… so I do not leave the house when it is on… my old one was awesome… turned off with auto on off…

  12. The easiest thing I ever made in the crockpot is applesauce. I wash and core a bunch of organic apples and put them in whole by themselves – no liquid at all. Sprinkle cinnamon over them. Cook on low for a few hours and they’re done. After I lift the lid, I use my potato masher and mash the apples, skin and all and no matter what type of apples I use, they always turn out yummy!

    • How long to you find to be adequate? This sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to try it! Did you need to use foil or anything or just apples in the crockpot? Thanks!

      • Depending on the size of the apples I’m using, I either cut them up or not, never peel them as they’re organic and put them in the crockpot. Last time I made them, I put some in small plastic freezer bags and froze it for future use.

        • Does the peel get really soft too?

  13. Thanks Katie!! I will be cooking sweet potatoes with chicken breast tonight in the crock pot for my family!! I love your blog! I am in the process of refining mine AGAIN!! Such a process to get it right…but so worthwhile. I took a look around your blog and I am learning so much already. Looking forward to keeping up with your posts. Hope to connect with you on Social Media as well. Look out for me too please, I would love to share ideas and learn more from you. And don’t worry I always give credit to those that inspire me and you just did!

  14. thank you for this!! I was scared to attempt this!

  15. I wonder: Could you cook both white potatoes and sweet potatoes together? That would make Thanksgiving cooking a lot easier. Put a little butter in and let it cook into the potatoes would make it easier for mashing too.

    • White potatoes need to be washed, dried, and covered in foil before you put it in the crockpot. You can definitely put both in the crockpot together!

    • Yes, you can. I made a dinner of just potatoes and mixed white with sweet. All of them turned out super.

  16. Oooh, nice. I will be trying this IMMEDIATELY.

  17. The easiest meal I make in the crockpot is BBQ chicken. I put a pack of fresh, boneless, skinless chicken breast in the crock pot (even straight from the freezer!) and 1/4 cup water. Let it cook all day and when it is done (drain juices if necessary), fork it apart and add your favorite BBQ sauce. Eat is by itself or on a bun. My kids love this!

  18. I made these for the first time today in the crockpot; 7 hours, so good and tasty!

  19. I needed a go-to recipe for an overnight mashed sweet potato dish for a bat mitzvah/Thanksgiving meal. You came to the rescue and it came out amazing. I peeled my potatoes first Your recipe says nothing about peeling. Can they be mashed up with the skins on? I have always found the skins tough when baked in the oven. I also added a bit of garlic and onion. Just my preference. Thank you!!!

      • Cool recipe. By the way, those are yams, sweet potatoes are different.

  20. Thank you for this recipe. My oven died today — of all days! I need to bake sweet potatoes for Christmas lunch. Do you recommend a single layer in the slow cooker, or do you think the sweet potatoes will cook if they’re stacked?

  21. Will this help in a small crock pot? If I only do one at a time and then take it to work and reheat in the microwave for lunch?

  22. Genius!! No microwave in our house and I hate turning on the oven unless I’m using it for multiple things. Will have to do this instead for the potatoes!

  23. I make sweet potatoes, yams, like this ever since I saw this on your blog. It works out great every time with just water on the potatoes. I then take them out of the skin, cut them in half, put them at the bottom of a buttered large casserole, put one large can (partially drained) black beans with a little brown sugar, ketchup mixed together stirred in. I put some butter on top. And then put it in the oven at 350F for about 45 min (covered). You can also add some spices if you have favorites with black beans. Then I serve a salad with this.

  24. OMG! I just did white sweet potato’s in the slow cooker. I think I’ve died and gone to heaven. So rich and creamy. They don’t need a thing on them.

    • This is the only way I cook sweet potatoes (since finding the information on this site). If you can get hold of some Asian Sweet Potatoes, you will have yet another treat!

  25. Thanks for sharing this easy recipe! I’m trying this for Easter this year!

  26. Have you found a slow cooker that has either a stainless steel or glass inside? I don’t want to use the ceramic since I’m not sure what it is leaching into the food.

  27. I have a low setting and a high setting. Would you suggest 6 hours on high or low?

  28. I had perpetual bone broth in my slow cooker and decided to put a sweet potato in it. I ate the whole large sweet potato all by myself. Skin and all. It was so good and probably even added some flavor to my broth. Great blog, always so many ideas.

  29. This has been my go-to method of sweet potato cooking lately and it works incredibly well!

  30. sweet potato fanatic—Thanks!

  31. My favorite way to eat sweet potatoes is to peel, slice thin and eat raw dipped in spicy hummus. 🙂
    Really good!

  32. You ended your post with this comment: but there is one trick you need to know to preserve the nutrients in your food.
    Did I miss where you gave the trick??

    • Sorry if that was confusing… the tip is in the post that was linked in that sentence and it is just that if using a pressure cooker that yields a liquid (like a soup, etc) it is important to add the liquid back into the recipe in the form of gravy or something to return the nutrients as many of them will transfer to the liquid.

  33. Sweet potatoes are not yams, right?