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Jazz up plain potatoes with these easy Loaded Mashed Potatoes. Lots of bacon, cheese, sour cream and more make this a delicious comfort food side dish.

Overview of the loaded mashed potatoes in a white casserole dish topped with cheese, bacon and chives.
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My kids love when I make creamy mashed potatoes. They could eat it with every meal. So I decided to change up their favorite side dish and added some delicious flavor. Adding baked potato toppings and baking the potatoes, makes it the ultimate side dish recipe.

If your family loves mashed potatoes as much as mine, then you must try Homemade Mashed Potatoes or Easy Cheesy Mashed Potatoes.

Why We Love this Recipe

If you love cheese and bacon, this loaded mashed potato casserole recipe is the one to try. I love the pop of color the green onions give it. Not only is this so delicious but it is really a pretty casserole too.

Give this ultimate comfort food side dish a try. It is delicious served with your holiday turkey, grilled chicken or teriyaki steak.

Ingredients

Ingredients to made loaded mashed potatoes - red potatoes, minced garlic, ranch seasoning, butter, milk, salt, bacon, sour cream, cheddar cheese, chives
  • Red Potatoes
  • Minced Garlic
  • Ranch Seasoning – dry mix
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Bacon – cooked and crumbled
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Chives

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Variations Ideas

  • Substitute Milk – I usually use milk for this recipe but you can substitute with heavy cream or evaporated milk.
  • Substitute Sour Cream – You can reduce part of the sour cream and substitute cream cheese if you prefer. Both are delicious!
  • Bacon – We prefer to use cooked crispy bacon in this recipe. If you prefer you can use bacon bits.

Step by Step Instructions

Potatoes on cutting board diced.

Step 1 – Wash the potatoes and quarter them. We left the skin on.

Pot with potatoes and water.

Step 2. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover them with water. Once they are covered with water, bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes. You want the potatoes to be fork tender.

Potatoes drained and back in pot.

Step 3. Drain the potatoes and put them back in the pot.

Potatoes in pot with seasoning and milk being blended together.

Step 4 – Add in the garlic, ranch seasoning, butter, salt and ½ a cup of the milk. I prefer to use an electric mixer to blend the potatoes until they are light and fluffy. You can use a potato masher if you prefer.

Mashed potatoes in baking dish.

Step 5 – Use the remaining milk to gradually add to the mashed potatoes. Mix until they are the consistency that you prefer.

Cheese and bacon on top of dish ready to bake.

Step 6 – Add to a baking dish. Sprinkle the shredded cheese, bacon and chives on top of the mashed potatoes. Bake until the cheese is melted.

Recipe Tips

  • Preparing Potatoes – So that the potatoes cook evenly, we recommend cutting them about the same size to boil them.
  • Mixing Ingredients – After preparing the potatoes, beat them with a hand mixer or a stand mixer with the seasoning. You want to potatoes to be fork tender before mashing them. Gradually add in the milk to the consistency the you prefer.
  • Cheese – We recommend shredding cheese yourself instead of using bag cheese. Pre-shredded cheese as added ingredients and it may not melt as well as hunk cheese.
  • Cover While Baking – Cover with foil and bake. This prevents the cheese and bacon from burning before the whole casserole is heated thorough.
Close up of the loaded mashed potatoes casserole in a white casserole dish topped with cheese, bacon and chives with a plaid towel behind it.

How to Make Ahead

First, make the casserole as directed but do not bake it. Once the casserole is together, cover and refrigerate.

Just bake it when you are ready to serve at the normal baking time and temperature. Note that you may need to add 3 to 5 minutes to the baking time to make sure the potatoes are completely heated all the way through from being refrigerated.

It is so nice for potlucks or holidays to be able to make this in advance. I love to do as much as possible ahead of time.

A large wooden spoon scooping out some of the loaded mashed potatoes from a white casserole dish.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Best Potatoes to Use?

We used red potatoes but you can use what you prefer. Russet potatoes and Yukon Gold Potatoes would also be delicious.

How to Store Leftovers:

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.

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Loaded Mashed Potatoes

5 from 8 votes
Jazz up plain potatoes with these easy loaded mashed potatoes. Lots of bacon, cheese, sour cream and more make this a delicious side dish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 525

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Clean the potatoes and quarter them (leave the skin on).
  • Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender.
  • Drain the potatoes and then return them back to the pot.
  • Then add in the garlic, ranch seasoning, butter, salt and ½ a cup of the milk. Use an electric mixer to blend the potatoes until they are light and fluffy.
  • Add in the sour cream and Gradually add in the remaining milk until the mashed potatoes are the consistency that you prefer.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and place the mashed potatoes in a 9X9 baking pan.
  • Then top the mashed potatoes with the shredded cheese, bacon and chives.
  • Cover with foil (slightly tent the foil so that it does not stick to the cheese) and bake for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is completely melted.
  • Serve immediately while warm and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 525kcal, Carbohydrates 30g, Protein 17g, Fat 38g, Saturated Fat 21g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 97mg, Sodium 1067mg, Potassium 879mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 5g, Vitamin A 1066IU, Vitamin C 16mg, Calcium 372mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. Suzanne Handy says:

    5 stars
    I make these loaded mashed potatoes at family gatherings and when I make a pot roast or a pork loin. These loaded mashed potatoes is my husband favorite side dishe recipe..