Slow Cooked Delight: How to Cook Corned Beef and Potatoes in Crock Pot

Corned beef and potatoes are a classic dish that has been enjoyed by families for generations. This hearty meal is perfect for a cozy family dinner or a special occasion. If you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to prepare this dish, then look no further than your trusty crock pot.

In this article, I will guide you through the process of making the perfect corned beef and potatoes in your crock pot. Follow my step-by-step instructions and you’ll have a mouth-watering meal that is sure to impress.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Cook Corned Beef and Potatoes in Crock Pot

How to Cook Corned Beef
Guide to Cook Corned Beef


  • 3-4 pound corned beef brisket
  • 6-7 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon of pickling spice

Step 1: Prepare Your Crock Pot

Before you begin cooking, make sure your crock pot is clean and ready to use. Next, add the chopped potatoes, onion, and minced garlic to the bottom of the crock pot.

Step 2: Add the Corned Beef Brisket

Place the corned beef brisket on top of the potatoes, onions, and garlic. If your corned beef brisket comes with a spice packet, sprinkle it over the meat at this point.

Step 3: Add the Water and Pickling Spice

Pour 2 cups of water into the crock pot, making sure to pour it around the sides of the beef so that the seasoning isn’t washed off. Then add a tablespoon of pickling spice to the water.

Step 4: Cook on Low for 8-10 Hours

Cover the crock pot with its lid and set the temperature to low. Allow the beef and vegetables to cook for 8-10 hours. If you’re in a hurry, you can cook it on high for 4-5 hours, but the low and slow method is always preferred for tender and flavorful meat.

Step 5: Serve and Enjoy

Once the cooking time is up, carefully remove the corned beef brisket from the crock pot and place it on a cutting board. Let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing it against the grain.

Scoop the potatoes and onions into a serving dish and place the sliced corned beef on top. Ladle some of the cooking liquid over the meat for added flavor.

Do you put meat or potatoes in the bottom of a crock pot?

For a dish like corned beef and potatoes, I recommend you place the potatoes and onions at the bottom of the crock pot, followed by the corned beef brisket on top. This allows the potatoes to cook in the flavorful juices released by the meat, resulting in a more delicious and well-rounded dish.

Serving Suggestion

I gathered some delicious serving suggestions for your slow-cooked corned beef and potatoes in a crock pot:

  1. Classic Corned Beef and Potatoes: Serve your slow-cooked corned beef and potatoes with a side of steamed carrots and cabbage for a traditional Irish meal.
  2. Reuben Sandwiches: Shred leftover corned beef and serve it on toasted rye bread with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing for a delicious Reuben sandwich.
  3. Hash: Turn your leftover corned beef and potatoes into a delicious breakfast hash by sautéing them with onions and bell peppers, and topping them with a fried egg.
  4. Corned Beef Tacos: Shred your leftover corned beef and serve it in warm tortillas with chopped onions, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime for a tasty twist on taco night.
  5. Corned Beef and Potato Casserole: Layer your leftover corned beef and potatoes with grated cheddar cheese and bake until bubbly for a comforting casserole dish.

No matter how you choose to serve it, this slow-cooked corned beef and potatoes recipe is sure to be a hit with your family and friends. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information for Slow-Cooked Corned Beef and Potatoes Recipe:

Slow-Cooked Corned Beef and Potatoes Recipe
Nutritional Information for Slow-Cooked Corned Beef and Potatoes

Serving size: 1/6th of the recipe (approx. 350g)

Calories: 450

Total Fat: 16g

  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 130mg
  • Sodium: 1700mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g
  • Sugars: 4g
  • Protein: 42g

My Thoughts

This recipe is a good source of protein and fiber, but it is high in sodium and saturated fat. To reduce the sodium content, try using low-sodium corned beef and pickling spice, or reduce the amount of salt used in the recipe. To make the dish healthier add more vegetables, such as carrots or green beans, to increase the fiber and nutrient content.


What is corned beef?

Corned beef is a salt-cured cut of beef, typically brisket. It is often used in traditional Irish dishes like this slow cooker corned beef and potatoes recipe.

How long does it take to cook corned beef in a slow cooker?

This recipe calls for cooking the corned beef on low for 8-10 hours.

Can I use a different cut of beef?

While brisket is traditional for corned beef, you could also use a different cut of beef if you prefer.

Can I add other vegetables?

Absolutely! Feel free to add other vegetables, such as cabbage or turnips, to the slow cooker.

What is the best way to store leftovers?

Store leftover slow-cooker corned beef and potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


Corned beef and potatoes are classic comfort food that can be enjoyed all year round. With this crock pot recipe, you’ll have a delicious and easy-to-make meal that’s perfect for a cozy night in or a festive gathering.

Helen Knight
Helen Knight

I'm passionate about cooking and making simple, delicious recipes that you can always feel confident feeding to friends and family. My goals for you are to have fun in the kitchen, learn new things, and create beautiful dishes. I have a lot of experience using kitchen appliances, so making great food is my passion and my favorite thing to share with others. I prioritize food safety in all of my meals. Check out my blog SKI, for helpful tips and tricks to improve your own cooking skills. Let's explore the world of food together!

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