Loaded Cheesy Potato Casserole


The credit for this recipe goes entirely to my sister.  She knows how to kick things up a notch or three.

This variation on Hashbrown Casserole includes peppers, bacon, extra sour cream and french fried onions on top.  It may not win any nutrition awards, but I guarantee if you take it to a potluck your dish will come home empty.

Here’s what you’ll need (add a container of french fried onion topping that didn’t make it into the photo):  

I really like recipes like this that are assembly only.  I baked it in the oven, but you could also do it in the slow cooker, if that’s more convenient for your day.

Answer this: How often do you go to potluck meals and what’s your favorite dish to take?

Loaded Cheesy Potato Casserole

Servings 8 servings


  • 28 oz O'Brien Potatoes , thawed
  • 1 can cream of chicken or cheddar soup
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar
  • 3 oz Real Bacon Bits
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup french fried onions


  1. Stir all ingredients together, except french fried onions.
  2. Put into greased casserole dish or slow cooker.
  3. Top with onions.
  4. Cover and bake 1 hour at 350 degrees. Remove cover during last few minutes of baking to brown.
  5. Or cook on low in slow cooker 5-6 hours.


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  1. And you would bake it at what temperature? 350?

  2. Hey Tiffany! I like this version of cheesy potatoes, I’ll have to try it. I make one similar to this but I love to switch it up every once in a while. I noticed that you use polish pottery a lot. My husband use to run a polish pottery website but has now given it to his mother. He started residency so he didn’t have time to be working with pottery. It was his side hobby while going through medical school. The website is called http://www.polishkitchenonline.com. Check it out! Let me know what you think!

    • Casey, I do like Polish Pottery. The pieces I have were all given to me. My sister-in-law used to live in Germany and she brought some back. Your husband’s website is nice!

  3. Awesome, way to use ingredients you have on hand. Even if his regular hashbrowns you could chop your own veggies. Gonna make this tonight!!

  4. Sometimes you just gotta ‘live it up’…and I would gladly woof this delicious down in no time flat. =) Sounds awesome. Oh how I love ff onions – great topping!

  5. I have a recipe that takes this a step further where you brown porkchops & then throw them on top of the potato casserole before baking. Sooo GOOD!!!

  6. Looks so good. I love cheesy potato casserole. I haven’t tried this version yet.

  7. I love that dish! It’s just an individual serving plate, right? It’s beautiful.

  8. This looks yummy. Do you think that you could replace greek plain yogurt for the sour cream? Or maybe 1/2 and 1/2? I’m definitely going to try this! I loved the comment of browning chops and adding it to it. I’ll try that way too. 🙂

  9. Could you add some cubed boneless chicken breast to this before you bake it? Uncooked chicken?

  10. Do you think I could double this recipe, and cook in a large crock pot? If so, how long do you think?

    • Yes, you can double it. If it’s cold or partially frozen when you put it in, you might want to start it on high. Otherwise, 5-6 hours on low should do it.

  11. Patricia Goff says:

    Where did your sister live. I am an army brat and my father retired there. I still go to visit them every year. I love polish pottery too. I went to Poland a few times and got some on my trips. They are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    • My sister lives in Indiana, but my sister-in-law and her husband were stationed in Germany for a while. She gave the Polish pottery pieces to me.


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