Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Potatoes is as easy to put together as it is flavorful, made with kielbasa, potatoes, cream of chicken soup, and cheese, all cooked together in a slow cooker. Try my Slow Cooker Turkey Chili for another delicious ‘set it and forget it’ recipe!
Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Potatoes
I love using a slow cooker, or Crockpot, especially on busy days! And, with this recipe, you simply add the ingredients into the bowl of a slow cooker and let it do all the work. There is very little prep work, and you will come home to a comforting meal that the entire family will love. Add some green beans or asparagus as a side dish and a basket of breadsticks to make this meal complete. If you love kielbasa, try my Slow Cooker Bourbon Glazed Kielbasa for a simple appetizer to share.
Potatoes: You will need a 32-ounce bag of frozen, diced potatoes. Let them thaw in the refrigerator before adding them to the slow cooker.
Kielbasa: Kielbasa (sometimes also called ring sausage) is a flavorful, lightly smoked sausage that is pre-cooked. You could also use Andouille sausage, Mexican Chorizo, or other sausages as substitutes.
Cheese: I used both sharp cheddar cheese and Monterey Jack cheese. You could stick to one kind of cheese if preferred.
Spices: You will just need some chives, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper for spices. You could leave out the cayenne pepper if you don’t want any extra kick to the dish.
How to Make Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Potatoes
As I stated earlier, there is very little prep work that goes into this recipe. The only thing you need to do is cut up the kielbasa. That’s it! Then, simply spray the bowl of your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray and add all of the ingredients to the bowl. Finally, stir everything to combine and set the slow cooker on low to cook for 5-6 hours. Or, set it on high to cook for 3-4 hours. The cheese should be melted and the potatoes and kielbasa heated through. Serve immediately with fresh parsley for garnish.
What is the Difference between Kielbasa and Sausage?
Kielbasa is a sausage that originated in Poland. Both kielbasa and sausage come in quite a few varieties. However, there are differences between the two. Kielbasa is usually shaped like a horseshoe or in a loop. It is made with coarsely ground meat which gives it more texture. Authentic kielbasa is made with pork or a combination of pork and beef, while sausage uses a variety of different meats. You can find kielbasa in most grocery stores. In America, kielbasa is also called ring sausage.
Slow Cooker Recipes
Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Potatoes
- 32 ounces frozen diced potatoes, thawed in refrigerator
- 24 ounces kielbasa, sliced, then halved
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
- 1 can (10.5 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon dried chives
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)
- Spray the bowl of a 6-8 quart slow cooker with nonstick spray. Or, line the bowl with a liner.
- To the slow cooker, add the thawed diced potatoes, kielbasa, both kinds of cheese, cream of chicken soup, milk, chives, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir to combine.
- Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours. (Or, cook on high for 3-4 hours.)
- When ready, stir and serve, garnished with fresh parsley.
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This recipe was inspired by the Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage and Potatoes recipe by Must Love Home.
Whatever you do, do not cook it longer than it says. We did ours on low for the 5 hrs. That would make it edible (4.5 hrs) would have been the best I think, or maybe 5 if your potatoes are frozen. It really had the taste and consistency of baby food. I thought the whole recipe looked so tasty, however for my family, a big pass. I will take the blame that I should have scooped
everything out of the crockpot after 4.5 or kept it on warm for 1/2 hr. But after the 6 hrs there was no luck on dinner. I gave it 3 stars because I’m saying it was my fault for over cooking it.
You are welcome to rate a recipe low because you didn’t like the taste – everyones tastes are different. But – it tastes like the ingredients included in the recipe. (Which is great, as you can tell by the thousands of other reviews here, on FB, and on Pinterest.) What was your expectation? Maybe that is the discrepancy.
Loved the recipe. I did slip in a touch of condensed bean with bacon soup. Turned out delicious. Very good and fun recipe. I have sauerkraut but that gets boring. Will definitely try this again. Also used a little hot sauce instead of cayenne. Thank you.Deano trevose pa.
Easy meal to prep. I peeled my own potatoes, which added a little extra time. Hearty meal for a cold night. I used half and half instead of milk.
I used frozen shredded potatoes instead of the cubed(I put them in frozen). And I used just a Colby jack/Monterey jack cheese blend and added some frozen broccoli the last 3hrs. It turned out really good!
I cannot find frozen diced potatoes. Can I use fresh?
I changed it slightly based on diet and availability. I used cheddar cheese soup, and replaced the potato with cauliflower. So good!!
Can you use can diced potatoes?
I don’t see why not. They may be a little extra soft by the end of cooking though.
I made it for family with skinless smoked turkey sausage because it was the only skinless they had, which I prefer. Needless to say I have to make it again 1 1/2 weeks later because there was NO leftovers and everyone absolutely loved it!!😁👍
Going to add shredded red cabbage.
Winner, winner kielbasa dinner!🙂
My husband loved this!
I used 2 turkey kielbasa’s from Aldi’s and 2 bags of diced potatoes w/onion (fresh in the green bag). So easy! Cooked on high for about 3.5 hours. Potatoes could’ve been a tad softer but they were soft enough to eat!
It’s a great low and slow dinner!
Keeper for sure!
I substituted cauliflower for the potatoes…great and less Carbs!
I thought this was easy to make and it turned out great!
I used an Instapot on low for about 5 hours and then did it on high for the final 1 hour for reference.
Also, I would recommend the frozen potatoes that come with onions and peppers! It was a great addition.
What is the serving size ?
The recipe card says 6 servings.
I thought it was very salty
Did you use table salt? The recipe calls for kosher salt and if you used 1 teaspoon of table salt I can imagine it would be salty.
Can I use fresh potatoes instead of frozen? I really have to arch my sodium because I have high BP and a lot of frozen foods are high in sodium
What is the cook time difference for fresh potatoes?