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 1 review
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. The black pepper goes int he mixing bowl with the salt. The scallions are for a garnish after it is cooked. Enjoy!

  1. I wanna scream looking at that. Why is that not for dinner tonight?!? Cheese and taters are like one of the best matches in the world, right?

  2. Wife was wanting a loaded potato salad for her work's BBQ cookout that we are doing. I like this idea even better.

  3. This looks wonderful – but my store has so many different sizes of potatoes. How much is this in cups or pounds? Thanks.

  4. This is the most glorious of all bakes potato casserole recipes. Have made it several times. Though still waiting for a post on your Brother-In-Laws Baked Macaroni Casserole recipe. Please post it soon.

  5. Made these last year for Easter dinner and they were absolutely delicious. Will be making them again this year again for Easter.

  6. 6 X 10 seems like an odd sized dish. I'm assuming an 8 X 8 or 9 X 9 would work ok? Should feed about 6 people?

    1. The cook time and may vary. I am sure it can be done, but I have not tested it to give you the exact instructions. Keep an eye on the potatoes after about 35 minutes. They will cook faster. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

  7. My goodness, this is so delicious. Trying to keep it as vegetarian as possible, I used 1 pkg of vegan shredded cheddar and then topped it with vegan shredded parmesan for final 15 minutes. I thought the 6×10 pan would be too small, but it was perfect. Looking forward to leftovers all week!!!

  8. This was a big hit even with the youngest that just doesn't care for carb stuff. He had 3rds!!! I always made out of oven version but this is just better. This will be the one made from here on out!!!

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