Cheesy Ranch Potato Casserole

This Cheesy Ranch Potato Casserole is a family favorite and super easy to make for any night of the week. It’s loaded with hash brown potatoes, cheese, bacon, sour cream, mushroom soup, and ranch seasoning—true comfort food with every bite.

A loaded and easy Hash brown Potato Casserole that is perfect for any special occasion, holiday, celebration, or dinner and is addictive. It is simple to bake and delicious to eat.

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Why You Should Make This Recipe

  • Potato Casserole with Hash browns is easy. It’s addictive. It feeds a crowd.
  • The perfect side dish for the holidays.
  • Simple ingredients.
  • Mix this casserole up the night before and bake the next day.

What About This Recipe is Fantastic

This is one of the easiest casseroles to make and bake. Only simple ingredients are needed for a fantastic taste. This potato casserole will feed a crowd. 

We like potato dishes in our home. Some of our favorites are cheesy hash brown casserole, creamy au gratin potatoes, oven baked potato wedges, skillet fried potatoes and onions.

If you like, split the recipe in half, cook some for now and freeze the rest for later. Just pull the pan out of the freezer in the morning, let them thaw in the refrigerator during the day, and bake. You may need to add a few extra minutes to the cooking time if the potatoes are still frozen in the middle. 

This cheesy hash brown casserole is perfect for the holidays. It is always requested and seems to disappear fast. It comes together quickly and is the perfect side dish for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter. Who can turn down a great-tasting Cheesy Potato Casserole? Not me!

Ingredients Needed

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Hash Brown Potatoes: Choose your favorite brand. These are easy to find in the freezer section at your local grocery store.

Bacon-I like to use the thick sliced bacon but use what you want and have on hand.

Cream of Mushroom Soup: You can easily swap out for cream of chicken if you have that on hand.

Sour Cream: Adds creaminess to this casserole.

Cheddar Cheese: Shred your cheese or use the pre-shredded cheese if desired. Try different blends or cheeses such as Colby Jack, Pepper Jack, or even a Mexican Blend.

Ranch Seasoning Mix: The dry mix is all that’s needed for this recipe.

How to Make This Casserole

  1. Spray a 9″x 13″ baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. In a large bowl, stir soup, sour cream, ranch seasoning, bacon, cheese, and potatoes. Stir to mix well and coat potatoes. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  4. Bake uncovered for 45-50 minutes.
  5. Allow the casserole to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Expert Tips and Variations

  • There is no need to thaw the hash browns before mixing and baking.
  • Use a variety of cheeses. Mix them up or use your favorite.
  • Add onion to the casserole if desired.
  • Add diced ham instead of bacon.
  • Make ahead of time, cover, and refrigerate until ready to bake.
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Storage Tips

Store any leftover casserole covered in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

Reheat in the oven or microwave.

Recipe FAQ’s

This recipe does not need to thaw the hash browns before cooking. Just mix and bake.

Yes, you can make this casserole ahead of time if needed. First, prepare your hash brown casserole (without baking it), wrap it tightly, and place it in the refrigerator. I made it a day in advance, and it was perfect. Next, remove the casserole from the fridge, uncover, and bake as directed.

What Should I Serve with Cheesy Ranch Potato Casserole?

This dish pairs well with just about everything, so the options are endless. Some of my favorites are:

Fried Pork Chops

Chicken Tenders

BBQ Chicken Legs

Grilled Hamburgers

Other Side Dishes I Should Try:

Squash & Onions

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

Creamy Mushroom Rice

Honey Butter Skillet Corn

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Cheesy Ranch Potato Casserole

Gina Abernathy
A loaded and easy Hash brown Potato Casserole that is perfect for any special occasion, holiday, celebration, or dinner and is addictive. It is simple to bake and delicious to eat.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 10.75 cans Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 16 oz. Sour Cream
  • 1 1 oz. package Ranch Seasoning Mix, dry
  • 6 slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1 32 oz. package Hash Brown Potatoes, diced

Instructions
 

  • Spray a 9"x 13" baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, stir soup, sour cream, ranch seasoning, bacon, cheese, and potatoes. Stir to mix well and coat potatoes. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake uncovered for 45-50 minutes.
  • Allow the casserole to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

If desired, you can prepare the casserole to bake later. Mix, cover, and store in the refrigerator until ready to bake. Bake as directed. To Freeze: Mix the casserole, cover, and freeze. To bake after freezing: thaw completely in the refrigerator and bake as directed above. You may need to add a few extra minutes to the cooking time.
Keyword Cheesy Ranch Potato Casserole

13 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    OMG this is soooo delicious – comfort food at it’s absolute best! I think this is going to be a staple in our house from now on!

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe!! My mom used to make something like this every Thanksgiving but I never learned the recipe – this is such a simple dish to throw together and it takes me right back to those childhood dinners.

  3. 5 stars
    I love growing my collection of potato dishes, as we love them here. This is definitely going to my folder of the best ones, as it is so incredibly decadent and tasty! Will definitely make it again over Christmas!

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