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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.

  4. Maria L says:

    5 stars
    Kids Loved it!

  5. Maria L says:

    Made as a side and kids loved it. I did substitute hash browns with Tator Tots and was just as good. gave it more flavor since the tators were seasoned.

  6. Carrie says:

    I use a 28-30 oz bag of frozen shredded hash browns for this recipe.

  7. Fran says:

    The question has been asked before but not answered, what size hashbrowns do I use for this recipe?

  8. Christine says:

    5 stars
    I made this for my family last night and they loved it !! we will be definitely making this more often!

  9. Lori says:

    5 stars
    I made the cheesy potato casserole yesterday for a family get-together and it was a big hit I added rotisserie chicken and bacon bits with green onions will definitely be making this one over and over again thank you

  10. Teri says:

    5 stars
    I made these for Christmas dinner. I made them with O’Brien potatoes and I add some velveeta cheese to make the a little more cheesy!!!

  11. Catherine says:

    5 stars
    Made this for my family as a Christmas side dish! I added ranch seasoning to it and it was great!

  12. Sammi Bakkestuen says:

    5 stars
    I make these potatoes at least twice a month. I have switched up a couple ingredients. I use cream of mushroom instead of chicken and I use cream of celery instead of sour cream. Let me just say they are AMAZING this way!! Love the original version too.

  13. Carrie says:

    Yes, I think that’ll work great!

  14. Kim Davidson says:

    Can I make this 2 days beforehand and refrigerate until I bake it?

  15. Melissa Prigel says:

    5 stars
    Each time we make this we convert leftovers into our breakfast burritos. Yum!

  16. Paula Warford says:

    5 stars
    I’m making this Christmas Day! It’s my all time favorite potato recipe and so easy!

  17. Carrie says:

    I used a 30 oz bag for this recipe. Thank you!

  18. Janet Wehmeyer says:

    What size bag of hashbrowns? This was asked by others above but no answer was given.

  19. Carrie says:

    Thanks for sharing! The ham and corn addition sounds yummy!

  20. Krystine says:

    My friend and I both made this for our families for dinner tonight. I added ham and corn to mine. Both of us had to cook it for an hour and a half before it was ready to eat! And that was after cranking the oven up to 400! Delicious meal idea but doesn’t cook up as quick as we thought.

  21. Carrie says:

    I’m glad you loved it!

  22. Sandi says:

    Amazing! Made this but used tater tots instead of the shredded hash browns, then threw in a bunch of shredded rotisserie chicken and some bacon and made it a main dish casserole. The kids could not get enough of it and asked if we could have it again tomorrow. Will definitely make it again!

  23. Tami says:

    Can this be frozen and baked later?

  24. Laura says:

    These were awesome! Everyone loved them, sadly, no leftovers. Thanks for such a great recipe. I will definitely be making them again.

  25. Laura Navan says:

    These were awesome!! Made them for Thanksgiving, everyone loved them! Will definitely be making them again. Thanks for the great recipe ??

  26. Ashlee says:

    Could this be made in a crock pot?

  27. Barbara says:

    Do I have to use cream of chicken soup in it

  28. Brandy says:

    These potatoes look delicious. They will be on my Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner table ??

  29. Rhonda says:

    What size bag of hash browns?

  30. Sharon says:

    How large bag of hash browns for this recipe?

  31. Joy Hong says:

    So great! I added a shredded jalapeno to mine. You can add anything!

  32. Carrie says:

    Zoe – Yes, fresh grated or sliced potatoes would be delicious in this recipe. Thank you.

  33. Carrie says:

    Yes, that sounds delicious Stephanie. Thank you for sharing!

  34. Stephanie says:

    Making tonight with Greek porkchops and brocc… Thank you for sharing ?

  35. Roslyn Kelln says:

    Hash towns come in different sizes. How many cups if you wanted to shred your own potatoes?

  36. Mary says:

    How much milk to use whole or can milk what size bag of hash browns in pounds or ounces

  37. Zoe young says:

    Hi I’ve never seen the frozen potato / hash brown mix you have used here in Australia is it OK to just use fresh grated potatoes

  38. Carrie says:

    Let us know how it turns out. Thanks!

  39. Joy says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I am going to try it today. Happy Memorial Day!

  40. Carrie says:

    Great Idea Jasmine!

  41. Jasmine says:

    Mine is in the oven now, but I added some fried hamburger to make it a meal! So excited!!

  42. Carrie says:

    Laura – Yes, I cook it for 45 minutes at 350. That’s weird that yours was still frozen!

  43. Laura says:

    I made and is it really 350 for oven because mine was frozen still after 45 minutes in oven??

  44. Carrie says:

    I’ve done that before too. You don’t need to make any adjustments.

  45. Tonya says:

    I’m planning to make this the night before a get together… What adjustments should I make?? Thanks!

  46. Carrie says:

    I would say just decrease your cooking time by 15 minutes Heather.

  47. Heather says:

    Hi! If the hashbrowns AREN’T frozen, how long do I cooked it for?

  48. Carrie says:

    Paula, I would say about 10 servings depending how big you want. It is great for parties!

  49. Paula says:

    how many servings does this make?

  50. Carrie says:

    Yes, I would cook it and then crumble it first. Thanks Ali!

  51. Ali Caliendo says:

    I’m so excited to try this recipe! If I wanted to add bacon, I cook the bacon before I put it in the bowl with the rest of the ingredients?

  52. Carrie says:

    oh no!! I’ll get that fixed right now. You just need to mix it in with the milk and potatoes before you cook it. I’m sorry about that!

  53. Frankie's mom says:

    Hi I made this tonight but now I’m realizing I didn’t use the sour cream. The directions didn’t include it. Where was I supposed to use it?

  54. Carrie says:

    Thanks Erica – that is actually my first site – It is my couponing site where I help people save money. My recipes got so popular that they needed their own place, so I created Sorry for the confusion! Thanks so much though!

  55. Carrie says:

    It is perfect to take to potlucks!

  56. Carrie says:

    It basically tastes like a loaded baked potato! YUM!

  57. Carrie says:

    Thank you! It is!

  58. Heather Hernandez says:

    Looks really good – thanks for the recipe!

  59. Amee says:

    so cheesy yum!

  60. Alea says:

    This cheesy hash brown casserole is calling me! What a delicious combination of flavors!

  61. Dawn Lopez says:

    Mmmm cheese & potatoes! This sounds like a dream, I really can’t wait to try these. I love all of that delicious melty cheese!

  62. Melissa @ Stockpiling Moms says:

    We LOVE Cheesy Potato Casserole! One of my favorite side dish recipes!