Crockpot Baked Potatoes with Smashed Chili Beans

by Heather

Pinterest is a lot of things.

pinterest

First, it’s dumb and confusing.

Then, it’s awesome and addictive.

Finally, it’s a source of ideas, inspiration and frequent exclamations of “oh, cool!” and “why didn’t I think of that?!”.

Sometimes those exclamations are for seemingly silly things. Like this:

crockpot baked potatoes

A picture of potatoes in a Crockpot. Baked potatoes in a slow cooker? Who knew? Well of course I had to try it. Having a hot oven on for an hour at the end of August is just ridiculous for two wimpy baked potatoes.

crock pot baked potatoes

So washed, dried, rubbed in olive oil and salt, and wrapped in foil, into the slow cooker they go. I’m impatient, so I cranked it up to high and crossed my fingers they’d be done in 4 hours. Six or so hours on low is probably the right way to do it.

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While I waited for the potatoes to cook, I took advantage of my no-need-to-watch cooking method and settled down to catch up on a little work. And because it was Sunday, I opted to do it in front of the tv- a rare occurrence.

And look what I happened to turn on:

food network cupcake wars

The LA Kings episode of Cupcake Wars- the one featuring Mission Minis, who you may recognize from last year’s Foodbuzz Festival. I finally saw it! {Although I turned it on late, so I didn’t see if any Foodbuzz footage actually made the cut. Anybody know?} I won’t ruin the outcome for you. Winking smile

mission minis cupcakes at foodbuzz festival

Well, look at that. Baked potatoes without a hot oven. A cool trick {no pun intended}, although I can barely plan an hour in advance for dinner, let alone 6.

baked potatoes in slow cooker

Baked potatoes alone do not a meal make, so while I was waiting for the potatoes to finish up their magical baking process, I whipped up some chili.

Of course, having a hot pot of chili boiling on the stove isn’t so conducive to summer either, so I went with a quick-cooking cheater’s chili: smashed chili beans.

 

Top baked potatoes with chili and any other toppings of choice, like salsa, hot sauce, cheddar cheese, sour cream, cilantro or jalapenos.

baked potatoes with smashed chili beans

Now that’s a one dish meal.

chili beans recipe

Crockpot Baked Potatoes with Smashed Chili Beans

by with a Side of Sneakers

Ingredients

For the Potatoes

  • 2-4 Idaho potatoes
  • olive oil
  • salt

For the Chili Beans

  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 heaping tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • sprinkle red pepper flakes
  • splash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans
  • Optional: shredded cheddar cheese {if not making vegan}

Instructions

For the Crockpot Potatoes

Wash & dry potatoes.

Rub with olive oil & salt.

Wrap in foil & place in slow cooker.

Cook on low for ~6 hours {or high for 4 hrs}.

For the Chili Beans

Saute onion until slightly browned, about 5 minutes.

Add in green pepper and garlic. Cook about 2 minutes.

Stir in tomato paste and water. Mix well.

Add in spices and kidney beans.

Using spatula, gently mash some of the kidney beans, leaving some whole.

Simmer over low heat until chili thickens or until ready to serve.

Top baked potatoes with chili and any other toppings of choice, like salsa, hot sauce, cheddar cheese, sour cream, cilantro or jalapenos.

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What’s your favorite baked potato topping? Mine used to be ketchup and ranch. {Baked potatoes: the secret to stretching out a college meal plan.Winking smile}

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{ 28 comments… read them below or chime in }

Faith @ For the Health of It August 29, 2011 at 9:52 am

I love to cover my baked potatoes in honey mustard and/or BBQ (sometimes at the same time – I know, I have absurd taste buds!)
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Heather August 29, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Mmm I think that sounds like a good combo!

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Jess @ Jess Go Bananas August 29, 2011 at 10:51 am

My favorite potatoe topping is white truffle oil! =]

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Heather August 29, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Ooo fancy! ;)

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Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather August 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm

What a cool trick! I’ll definitely give that crock pot baked potatoes a try sometime. Chili over baked taters is awesome. Add a dollop of Greek yogurt and in good to go!
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Lisa (bakebikeblog) August 29, 2011 at 5:52 pm

what delicious dish! I love topping mine with grated cheese and fresh chives!

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Paige @ Running Around Normal August 30, 2011 at 9:23 am

Oh my yum!! And I’m following you now:)
I actually use Pinterest to help me meal plan now! I’m actually writing a post now explaining it ;)

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Heather August 30, 2011 at 11:36 am

I do too!! I get SOOO sucked in as soon as I start looking at food. I can’t wait to read what you have to say about it!

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Heather August 30, 2011 at 10:40 am

I love a good baked potato but like you – I hate cooking them!

Thank you for posting this idea – I have never heard of such a thing.
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Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking August 30, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Oh my goodness does this ever look delicious! What a fun and indulgent recipe, right up my alley. Thanks for sharing! You have a beautiful blog and I’m so glad to have found it.

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Bibi August 31, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Those look so delicious and filling. Loving the crock pot idea especially since the weather is still hot.
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Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama August 31, 2011 at 12:30 pm

This looks like a PERFECT recipe for our family – thanks!
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Amy ~ Eat. Live. Laugh. Shop. August 31, 2011 at 6:32 pm

I am a self-proclaimed Pinterest addict. Cannot help myself. And I love the idea of potatoes in the slow cooker. See – it is just sooooo cool what you can find!!
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DrJulieAnn aka The Modern Retro Woman September 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm

I LOVE it! What a great idea! The Mister keeps stealing my crockpots (I wish the college would just buy him one for softening wax–in water– so that he doesn’t have to keep stealing mine when his students break the one in the classroom). This gives me incentive to get another one.

Little factoid: Modern crockpots run hotter than older ones so adjust your timing when using a vintage crockpot recipe.
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Heather September 2, 2011 at 8:38 am

Thanks for the tip- I’ve heard that and I’ve heard that a lot people actually prefer the older ones! I guess because they cook more evenly maybe? I’ve only ever used the tiny new-ish one I have, and it cooks pretty quickly.

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Mark September 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I love the baked potato idea. I hate leaving the house with the oven on, this is a great alternative. Oh how the slow cooker has revolutionized our lives. Thanks for the post.

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Kristl Story September 2, 2011 at 9:15 am

We’ve had 40 days of 100+ degree temps this summer, so “no oven required” recipes are a must! Thanks for adding another one to my list!
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The Damsel in Dis Dress September 2, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I love Pinterest! I only recently found it and thought OH NO, another internet time sucker! So addicting.
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Heather September 2, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Exactly how I feel!

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Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama September 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Just coming back to tell you that I made this the other night and it was awesome! Thanks again ;-)
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Heather September 3, 2011 at 11:53 pm

I’m so glad it turned out well for you! :)

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Terri September 4, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Sounds like a winner. I don’t have a crock pot but the food is a combo my kids would enjoy! Thanks

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Kim September 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I made these last night & loved them. I cooked my potatoes too long (8+ hours), so they were a little mushy, but tasted fine. Six hours on Low is probably better.

Thanks!
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Heather September 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I’m glad you liked them! I usually do the opposite and take them out too early- and then I cut into them and I’m met with rock-hard potato innards. I’m a little impatient. ;)

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Beth in OH September 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Great meal idea, thank you for sharing! Baked potatoes in a crockpot, who knew?! : )
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Hope September 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm

How many servings does this make? Will it feed my family of 2 adults 3 kids under the age of 6?

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Heather September 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm

It makes 2 pretty large servings- my husband and I finish most of it between us. I’d suggest doubling it to feed your family, or if your kids don’t eat a whole lot, just try adding in an extra can of kidney beans.

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Michelle November 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm

I like topping my baked potatoes with steamed broccoli tossed with a little butter or margarine and parmesan cheese…yum!

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