Slow cooker sweet potatoes—the easy way to cook sweet potatoes when you don't want to turn on the oven. And using the crockpot to cook sweet potatoes is a great paleo, gluten-free, and Whole30 meal prep hack.
I love roasted sweet potatoes, but sometimes it's not convenient to turn on the oven. If it's too hot, or you've got other things to do, it's easy to cook sweet potatoes in the slow cooker. Using the crock pot instead of the oven works great for so many things–like butternut squash (without cutting it up first!) or a whole chicken. Sweet potatoes are no exception.
Just place the sweet potatoes in the slow cooker, put the lid on, and turn them on. Cooking time will depend on the size of the sweet potatoes. This post includes some affiliate links for your convenience. You can read my full disclosure policy here.
I set the timer on my slow cooker and check on them when they start to smell like they're done. I find most of the time when I start to smell them in the kitchen, they're perfect. You can test for doneness by piercing them with a knife. You want them to be soft, cooked all the way through, and just starting to caramelize.
For a quick side dish, I like to serve them simply with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, coarse sea salt, cracked pepper, and fresh cilantro. Or you can top them with ghee and pumpkin spice for a fall inspired flavor.
These crock pot roasted sweet potatoes make a great base for a one-dish meal. Just top with your favorite protein and veggies loaded baked potato style. Just about anything you would put on a roll, over pasta, or in a tortilla can be stuffed into a baked sweet potato to make a paleo, gluten-free version. Here are a few options to try:
- Top with chili, avocado, fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime
- Top with pulled pork and spicy coleslaw
- Top with coconut-crusted chicken tenders and pineapple sauce
- Top with rotisserie chicken, pico de gallo, and guacamole
This is a great way to cook sweet potatoes for a weekend prep. You can cook them in the afternoon and serve them with dinner—and put the rest in the fridge to use during the week. Just reheat to serve, or use the cooked sweet potatoes as an ingredient in another dish like this sweet potato casserole.
More easy slow cooker recipes
Looking for more healthy slow cooker recipe ideas? Check out these 30 paleo crock pot recipes.