Cheesy Potato Casserole + Recipe Video

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Cheesy Potato Casserole is fully loaded and kicked up about 12 notches, with 3 types of cheese, sour cream, and bacon! This recipe’s a keeper.

Cheesy Potato Casserole


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Rich, creamy, and packed with ooey gooey cheese this simple cheesy potatoes recipe is a keeper!

I’ve been on a casserole kick lately so I wanted to share my Cheesy Potato Casserole with you along with a few of my other favorite casserole recipes.

These Cheesy Potatoes Au Gratin are a family favorite year-round. And, these Bacon Cheddar Beer Potatoes are a favorite rich and creamy potato recipe with bacon, cheese, and beer.

Or, my Sweet Potato Casserole Boston Market Copycat has rich sweet potatoes covered in marshmallow and brown sugar streusel.

Cheesy Potato Casserole – Recipe Notes

To save time, you can make this Cheesy Potato Casserole using frozen hash brown potatoes. You need to start with them thawed to use this method.

The texture won’t be as smooth as my version. But, it is a simple way to save time.

If you want a crunchy topping for your cheesy potatoes, you can add lightly crushed cornflakes with a little bit of melted butter to the top of the casserole before you bake it. Just sprinkle them on top of the shredded cheese.

Depending on where you live, you may have heard this Cheesy Potato Casserole referred to as funeral potatoes.

They are both the same thing, just two different names.

What kind of potatoes are best for casseroles?

If you’re going to start with fresh potatoes as I do, I recommend red potatoes. They have smooth, red skin and they cook up evenly in your favorite casserole recipes.

If you prefer to use a white potato, look for an Irish potato. It has thinner skin than many other types of white potatoes and it holds up well during longer cooking times.

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What cheese is best for cheesy potatoes?

When you make cheesy potatoes, you want the cheese to melt smoothly so it becomes a creamy sauce for the potatoes.

For that reason, I have used a combination of cream cheese, shredded mild cheddar cheese, and shredded Colby jack cheese. You can experiment with what you have.

But, be sure that the cheese you use melts smoothly for the proper consistency.

How do I reheat potato casserole?

To reheat this Cheesy Potato Casserole, cover the top of the pan with aluminum foil so that it doesn’t burn. Then, bake it at 300F for about 15 minutes. You will need to adjust the timing based on how much is left in the casserole pan.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this Cheesy Potato Casserole one to two days ahead of time. Just make the casserole completely and cover it with aluminum foil. Then, you can refrigerate it for 1 to 2 days.

To reheat, let the casserole dish come to room temperature on the counter while the oven preheats. Then, bake it as directed in the recipe. You can add an extra ten minutes to the baking time if your dish is still cold.

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Can I use cream soups in this recipe?

Some people prefer to use canned cream soups in this casserole recipe. It’s really a personal preference. The classic version of this dish uses cream of chicken soup. But, I really like my version with sour cream.

If you want to use cream of chicken (or mushroom) soup, simply replace the cup of sour cream with a can of condensed cream of chicken soup.

Best toppings for casseroles

When I make this casserole, I top it with shredded cheese. But, if you prefer a crunchy topping for your casserole, you can try any of these options mixed with a little bit of melted butter.

  • Crushed Ritz or Saltine crackers
  • French Fried Onions
  • Crushed Pretzels
  • Buttered panko bread crumbs

What should I serve with Cheesy Potato Casserole?

This is a wonderful side dish for potluck gatherings or holidays. Why not try these:


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Ultimate Cheesy Potato Casserole + Video

Donna Elick
Cheesy Potato Casserole is fully loaded with 3 types of cheese, sour cream, and bacon — one of our best cheesy casserole recipes!
5 stars from 2 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Method Oven
Servings 8


  • 1 pound thick-cut bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 pounds red potatoes, washed and diced
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 ounces shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces shredded Colby jack cheese
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 scallion, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine sour cream, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined. Add potatoes and 3/4 of chopped bacon. Mix until well combined.
  • Pour into a greased (6″x10″) baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 60-75 minutes, until potatoes are fork-tender. Remove from the oven. Stir. Sprinkle Colby Jack cheese over top and bake for 15 more minutes uncovered.
  • Sprinkle casserole with reserved bacon and scallions.
  • Serve and enjoy!



Serving: 1 | Calories: 700cal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 1141mg | Sugar: 4g | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 468mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published September 2013, updated and republished July 2020.

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  1. My granddaughter always requests twice baked potatoes at least once a year. My recipe is good but time consuming. I bet she (and my entire cheese-loving family) would devour this in no time. Giving it a try

  2. I love cheesy potato casserole it is a staple at our house but I have never made it with cream cheese. That sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it. I normally do a can of cream of chicken and a container of sour cream.

  3. 5 stars
    This was such an awesome dish, and came together really well. My boyfriend would love it, his favorites are cheese and potato!

  4. I buy already cooked bacon at Costco, it’s easy to heat up in the Microwave. 1 minutes for every 4 pieces of bacon, it comes out pretty crunchy and easy to clean up.

  5. This was the side for my Christmas Manhattan roast. It was delicious. Everyone made good work of it from my little 4 year old grandaughter to the oldest of the crowd. I did crock pot it as I needed the over, but 3 hours on high and then adding the cheese and scallions on top until the cheese was melted and a little crusty. Yum. Thanks so much for this simple and soooooo satisfying dish.

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