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Cheesy potato casserole recipe is a super easy side dish and perfect for any holiday, family dinner and more. Tons of cheese, creamy potatoes and more combine for the absolute best cheesy potatoes.

A wooden spoon scooping out a serving of these cheesy potatoes from the casserole.
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No peeling or chopping, because I use frozen hash brown potatoes! If you can mix and dump, then you can make this cheesy potato casserole.

We even have a slow cooker version and you can make crockpot cheesy potatoes for another option.

This cheesy potato casserole is also called funeral potatoes or cheesy hashbrown casserole recipe. It is an easy and perfect side dish to bring to someone after a loss in the family. Particularly in the South, casseroles are dropped off at someone’s home.

Cheesy potatoes are a popular choice but also very popular at potlucks, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter.

Ingredients to make cheesy potato casserole


  • frozen shredded hashbrowns. We used shredded but diced would work just as good.
  • condensed cream of chicken soup. Cream of mushroom is a great substitution. I think cream of vegetable would be good too.
  • milk
  • onion. Even if your family does not care for oven, add it anyway. It gives the dish great flavor and blends into the potatoes. Onion powder is another option.
  • cheddar cheese. Sharp cheddar cheese or mild cheddar work great.
  • sour cream. Now isn’t the time to use light. Full fat is best.

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How to make Cheesy Potatoes Casserole

Step 1 – preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.

Step 2 – Take your bag of frozen hash browns and break them up in the bag. You don’t want any large pieces.

Step 3 – In a large mixing bowl, combine the onion, cheese, milk, cream of chicken and sour cream. Make sure this is well combined.

Step 4 – Mix in the hash browns until everything is coated.

Step 5 – Press the mixture into the 9×13 baking dish.

Step 6 – Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake until golden brown.

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Variation ideas

  • Top with bacon. Bacon makes everything better.
  • Mix in a packet of ranch mix. This gives the potatoes even more flavor.
  • Top with crushed corn flakes on top to make funeral potatoes. (crushed potato chips work well too)
  • Top with crunchy fried onions, panko breadcrumbs, or crushed ritz crackers.
  • Add bell peppers
  • Use different types of potatoes – shredded, diced or even the ones with veggies in the mix.

What to serve with this recipe?

Since we normally make cheesy potatoes around the holidays, we often make this easy 4 Ingredient Crock pot Ham Recipe to go with the potatoes.  Also try these other recipes

Overview of the cooked cheesy potato casserole topped with chopped parsley

Tips for the Best Cheesy Potato Casserole

  • One of our favorite time saving tips is to use a small food chopper or processor to quickly and easily chop the onions.
  • Make ahead to save time the day of the event. You can actually make this 2 days in advance and put in the fridge. Just bake it when you are ready to serve.
A wooden spoon scooping out a serving of these cheesy potatoes from the casserole.

Can I use diced potatoes instead of hashbrowns?

Yes you can. You will want to use about 30oz of fresh potatoes that have been peeled and diced.

How to freeze

Freeze this casserole up to 2 months.

Make the recipe as instructed and freeze without baking in a casserole dish or disposable pan.

Thaw in the fridge overnight when ready to eat and bake as instructed.

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Cheesy Potato Casserole

4.98 from 207 votes
Are you ready for a tasty Cheesy Potato Casserole recipe? Look no further than these cheesy potatoes with hash browns baked in a casserole. Yum!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 9
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Calories 277


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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray.
  • Break the frozen hash browns up in the bag.
  • In a large bowl combine the onion, 1 cup of cheese, milk, cream of chicken soup and sour cream. Stir to combine.
  • Mix in the hasbhrowns and stir to coat.
  • Pour into a 9×13 pan. Top with the remaining cheese.
  • Cover with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and bake for 5-10 minutes to brown the the cheese is slightly.

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Recipe Notes

This casserole can be assembled before hand, covered and store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.  Then bake according to the recipe. 
*Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 277kcal, Carbohydrates 22g, Protein 10g, Fat 17g, Saturated Fat 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 5g, Cholesterol 45mg, Sodium 447mg, Potassium 391mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 514IU, Vitamin C 8mg, Calcium 255mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. Carrie Barnard says:

    I’m so glad you love it.

  2. Rachael Young-Atkinson says:

    5 stars
    OMG!! My husband and Myrna kids who are 17, 15 and 10 absolutely love and get so excited when I tell them that im making this!! Then that’s all they talk about til I actually make them!!
    Thank you so much for such amazing recipe and crowd pleaser
    Definitely can’t go wrong with this amazing recipe

  3. Carrie Barnard says:

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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