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Garlic Mashed Potatoes in a bowl with gravy and a spoon.

Easiest Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: about 12 one-cup servings 1x


These are the Easiest Garlic Mashed Potatoes ever – made entirely in the bowl of a slow cooker and they still have that deliciously warm garlic flavor!


Units Scale
  • 5 pounds Russet potatoes, chopped into 1 or 2 inch pieces
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 35 large cloves fresh garlic (depends on how much you can handle! I did 3 for this batch)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt


  1. Place the potatoes, milk, broth, and garlic in a slow cooker, with the garlic sitting on top. Cover and cook for 4-5 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low. When the potatoes are very tender, mash directly in the bowl of the slow cooker to incorporate everything to your desired consistency. You can also use an electric mixer, which I did, and it was super slick. Just be careful not to keep the mixer completely inside the bowl so you don’t get a mashed potato spray.
  2. Stir in the salt, butter, and sour cream. Taste and adjust seasoning, mix or mash any more if needed, and serve. Yummmms.


More salt is almost always a good thing with this recipe. Potatoes love salt! Also, as you can see, mine were very rustic-y with some lumps and bumps of potato and also of the potato skin, which I sort of liked. If you want ultra-smooth, you might want to a) cook the potatoes a bit longer, or b) do the full fancy thing where you use a potato ricer and everything. That’s not this recipe.

Make This In An Instant Pot: You can make a similar recipe in the Instant Pot using this recipe!

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: garlic mashed potatoes, slow cooker mashed potatoes, crockpot mashed potatoes