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Slow Cooker Cheesy Potatoes with Frozen Hashbrowns

Slow cooker cheesy potatoes are a great breakfast, brunch or dinner too! Using bagged shredded potatoes it is simple to throw together in the morning and be ready for brunch. Like our Crockpot potato soup with frozen hashbrowns this one is thicker, cheesy with diced sausage and a hearty meal your while family will love.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Potatoes with Frozen Hashbrown

Looking for some comfort food? Our slow cooker cheesy potatoes with sausage is going to hit the spot! Using bagged frozen potatoes makes it so easy even my teen can throw this one together. Who can resist ooey gooey crockpot recipes anyway. Not us! (affiliate links present)

Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes Shredded

You can use shredded or diced hashbrowns, onions and kielbasa for this one. It is sure to put your brunch menu over the top this year. Kinda’ similar to our Crockpot funeral potatoes (without the chips), you’ll likely get “what is the recipe” when you serve this one.

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If you have been following my blog and recipes from quite some time now you know I love dump meals made in one pot. We are a busy family so if I can prep something we can love eating later in the morning it is a win in my book, this is one of those.

Let’s talk a little bit about slow cooking shall we?? First off I have a few different varieties and I love them all. Each one has an occasion to be used like….

  1. This is my favorite 6 quart programmable one with a locking lid so it’s great for bringing to a potluck too.
  2. If you just want to serve a few appetizers you should get this one that sit side by side one another.
  3. I prefer not to use liners, but rather just spray olive oil inside before adding my food for easier cleanups.

Let me give you a peek of my pretty thang I bought recently. It goes with my kitchen so I can just leave it out on the countertop all the time. 😉


Crockpot Potato Casserole

If you’ve been following The Typical Mom for any length of time you know I’m known for my Instant Pot recipes. Yes this fancy pressure cooker does have a crockpot function on it, I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s best to just use your good ol’ pot from years past, it will do a much better job.

  • Just pop all the ingredients in your slow cooker
  • Add diced bacon
  • Throw in leftover ham, that is absolutely great
  • Or leave out the meat entirely, totally up to you of course

I have made a version of this with sliced russets that are fresh too. That was incredible but in experimenting thought that it really did come out better baked in the oven. You can try our ground beef casserole with potatoes instructions. You can add any sort of cooked meat into that one too.

crockpot cheesy potatoes

Crockpot Cheesy Hashbrowns 

It really is a dump and go one pot meal with all the things you need off of the food pyramid right. 😉 It doesn’t matter what brand you use, store brand is the same as more expensive ones. It’s potatoes y’all……

  1. This is a great way of how to cook frozen hashbrowns – previously frozen and defrosted or frozen shredded
  2. Cheese
    1. sharp cheddar cheese is our favorite
    2. could use a mix of white and American
  3. Smoked sausage link – cut into half moons
  4. Onion
    1. I typically dice up a yellow one
  5. Milk
    1. 2% or whole makes it creamier than if you only have fat free
  6. Can of cream of chicken soup

You could use canned or homemade cream of mushroom soup if you preferred those flavors. If you make from scratch you can create a dairy free version too if that is a necessity in your household.

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Yes you could use shredded russet real potatoes but bagged hash brown potatoes comes out really well and the prep is next to nothing. We make this often for Christmas morning.

It really can be thrown in the night before and have your timer set to start around 4 am, to be ready by 7. Alternatively you could cook on low for 5 hours to make this cheesy potato recipe in your crock pot.

Slow Cooker Potato Casserole

Have all of your ingredients prepped and ready beforehand. If you use the items I suggest all you need to do is slice your sausage and maybe grate your cheese. Typically I buy that bagged and already shredded too for a super easy family dinner.

  1. Spray the inside of your crockpot with non stick spray for easier clean up. You can also put melted butter on a paper towel and rub on the inside so the contents don’t stick as much

Put sliced kielbasa pieces, onions, 2 cups of your cheese, hash browns, and salt and pepper to taste. If you’re using a spicy or really flavorful sausage there aren’t a lot of other spices needed for flavor.

shredded cheese

Stir together gently. In a bowl or large measuring cup whisk together your milk and condensed soup until smooth. Pour that in. Sprinkle remaining cheese on the top of everything.

Cover and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 5-6 hours on low. cooking time varies depending on your crockpot and how tender you like your potatoes. This turns out great just like that! Let me show you a few pictures of this in progress so you get the idea.

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Timing shared ensures defrosted hashbrown potatoes are tender. If dicing your own real potatoes it will probably take a bit longer. If you go this route I would highly suggest stirring the contents halfway through to make sure all the pieces are cooking evenly. Shredding is always the best bet to get them small and evenly cut.

How do you shred raw potatoes?

First you’d need to peel the potatoes and wash in cold water. Then using a cheese grater, shred the potatoes on to a paper towel, or a few. Squeeze out the moisture over the sink. Put into your crockpot with all other ingredients for this dish or to make our hamburger hashbrown casserole with sour cream.

If you’d prefer to make slow cooker cheesy potatoes without meat that is fine too. I would not adjust the timing in this case.

Can you shred potatoes in a blender?

I would not recommend a blender but a food processor can work well if it is large enough. It is better to do them by hand because of the high water content but it is your choice if you’d like to try.

crockpot cheesy hashbrowns

What main dish goes with cheesy potatoes?

Seriously, this is the perfect side dish or brunch item! Everyone will love it for sure.

If roasted carrots are more your style, that’s a good vegetable side dish too.

We hope you love this crockpot recipe of ours and can find other family meals here on The Typical Mom blog too that you enjoy.

crockpot potato casserole

You can make this version in your oven too following our cheesy potato casserole recipe here.

Or make this crockpot breakfast casserole recipe too. It is a hearty brunch item for large get togethers too. Use what you have on hand but bacon works great for this one. Using frozen bagged hash browns it has a bit less prep time, but then again turns out a bit softer. Have you added something else to your slow cooker cheesy potatoes that you love? Let us know so we can try that!

If you’d rather use sausage like you see here, just swap one for the other. Nutritional facts including calories and saturated fat are listed below. Keep in mind it is calculated with exact ingredients below.

crockpot breakfast casserole recipe

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Slow Cooker Cheesy Potatoes

Slow cooker cheesy potatoes with frozen hashbrowns are a great breakfast, brunch or dinner too! Cheesy with diced sausage it's a hearty meal your while family will love for sure. 
Course Breakfast, Entree, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast, casserole, cheesy, crockpot, hashbrowns, potatoes, sausage, slow cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings 10
Calories 355kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Add defrosted hash browns, kielbasa, onion, and 2 c of your cheese into a greased crockpot. Mix together gently.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together your cream of chicken soup and milk. Then pour this over your hashbrown mix.
  • Sprinkle remaining cheese over the top of everything and close lid.
  • Cook on high for 3 hours or on low for approx 5 hours.


Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Cheesy Potatoes
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 355 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 668mg29%
Potassium 448mg13%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 405IU8%
Vitamin C 8.5mg10%
Calcium 251mg25%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Slow Cooker Cheesy Potatoes
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Wednesday 31st of May 2023

Good morning, I wanted to try using cheddar cheese soup instead of cream of chicken soup. Have you ever tried it that way? If so which one did you like better ? 🙂

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 31st of May 2023

I have not tried that but imagine it would work

Laura Ann

Tuesday 10th of January 2023

Hi, I wanted to use raw potatoes instead of frozen. I was confused by you mentioning both dicing them and shredding them. I would imagine the cooking time would be affected. How long on High if I diced them? I wanted to make for my mom for lunch, otherwise I’d just cook until done, but I need them to be done by a certain time. Thanks much!


Tuesday 5th of April 2022

Can I use Jicama instead of hashbrowns? If so how long to cook it in crock pot?


Friday 11th of December 2020

Do the hashbrowns have to be thawed? And would a packet of ranch seasoning be ok to use in it? Thanks


Sunday 22nd of November 2020

No sale or pepper? No garlic or garlic powder? Why cream of chicken soup? This recipes premise is good, but it’s lazy and unimaginative. Use some seasons, add cream of bacon or cream of potatoes soup. Add an extra handful of cheese, parsley, crumbled bacon, on top the last 30 minutes. It’s good, make it even better.

Becky Benish

Sunday 10th of April 2022

@The Typical Mom, I love this recipe, thanks for sharing!


Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

If you don’t like the recipe find a different one. Why be rude?

The Typical Mom

Monday 23rd of November 2020

Feel free to add whatever seasonings you like, mine are just suggestions

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