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Cheesy Bacon Potato Casserole

Cheesy Bacon Potato Casserole is a rich and creamy oven baked potato casserole loaded with bacon, cheese, sour cream and cream of chicken soup. It is an easy and delicious potato side dish for the holidays, potlucks, or just any day!

Word of caution – this thing feeds a crowd. So if you don’t have a crowd, well… be prepared for lots of yummy Potato Bacon Casserole leftovers for a while!

Scooping out some Cheesy Bacon Potato Casserole

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Potato Bacon Casserole

I love this Bacon Potato Casserole with my whole dang heart.

It’s lusciously creamy. It’s comfort food for the stomach and the soul. It melts in your mouth.

It’s also super easy to make with just a 10 minute prep time, and then the oven does all the hard work!

Because Potato Bacon Casserole calls for frozen diced hash brown potatoes, it means you don’t even have to peel and slice those potatoes!

Just mix everything up in a large bowl, spread it out on the casserole, and oven bake it until it is done. THAT’S IT!

Cheesy Bacon Potato Casserole is one of my go-to dishes that I make a lot, and has proven to feed AND wow a crowd. It’ll make you look like a rock star, even though you are putting in rookie efforts.

Because this thing feeds at least twelve, it’s great for a big crowd. I love making Potato Bacon Casserole as a side dish for the holidays, parties, for potlucks, large gatherings, and more.

A large rectangular casserole of Cheesy Bacon Potato Casserole

Ingredient Notes

Potato Bacon Casserole calls for minimal, pantry-friendly ingredients. The list is short, but every ingredients play an important role!

  • hash brown potatoes – these are the tiny diced potatoes that comes in a big bag in the frozen aisle. They are peeled and cut, so it’s ready to use! I love using them because it saves me so much time!
  • bacon – I mean, it takes a potato casserole from good to great like nobody else can…
  • condensed cream of chicken soup – this is the canned soup that is an important, delicious ingredient that gives Potato Bacon Casserole that thick creamy texture and also lots of yummy flavors. This also brings the saltiness to the dish – no additional salt needed.
  • sharp cheddar – the shredded kind. I like to use sharp but mild or medium works as well!
  • sour cream – this brings a nice creamy texture (like the condensed chicken soup), and has a fairly neutral flavor.
  • garlic powder – seasoning for the potatoes
  • onion powder – seasoning for the potatoes
  • butter
  • fresh parsley – as garnish (optional)

How to make Cheesy Bacon Potato Casserole

As I mentioned earlier, Potato Bacon Casserole is so easy to make!

Minimal preparation, simple steps, and the oven does most of the hard work!

top down view of potato bacon casserole in a rectangular dish and scooped out on a plate

Step 1: Cook Bacon

First, we gotta cook that delicious crispy bacon.

You can pan fry it on the skillet, or cook it in the oven.

If cooking in the oven, lay bacon strips next to each other on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil for easy cleanup.

Bake for 425℉ for 14-18 minutes, or until bacon reaches desired crispiness. Time can vary depending on thickness and leanness of the bacon.

I like to cook the bacon in strips and then cut it up into smaller pieces once it is cooked.

If you want to skip this step and make this even easier, use bacon bits instead!

Step 2: Mix ingredients

Next, combine all your Cheesy Bacon Potato Casserole ingredients into a large bowl.

Mix together frozen diced hashbrown, condensed chicken soup, shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, onion powder, and the secret ingredient that should be illegal because it makes everything taste better, BACON.

Give it a good stir to so that everything is mixed up evenly.

Who can say no to a potato dish that does not require the actual peeling and dicing of potatoes?

Frozen diced hash browns potatoes – you are my hero.

Mixing ingredients together for Cheesy Bacon Potato Casserole

Step 3: Bake!

Transfer potato bacon mixture into a 9″x13″ rectangular casserole dish, and perform another illegal task – pour melted butter onto it.

Spread it evenly all over the top.

It’s okay – it’s almost Thanksgiving. Butter it up, baby!

Adding butter to an uncooked casserole dish

If it’s not Thanksgiving… still butter it up! 😉

Bake Potato and Bacon Casserole at 350℉ in the oven for one whole hour.

We are cooking the casserole nice and slow in the oven so that the potatoes are softened, and the flavors come together to create a rich, creamy and delicious magic!

Once it’s done, remove the casserole from oven, and let Potato Bacon Casserole cool for 15 minutes.

And that’s it. At this point, you should be coming face-to-face with the bubbly, sinfully good, high satisfying, the one, the only, Cheesy Bacon Potato Casserole.

Watch that cheesy goodness cling onto the potatoes. I MEAN…Who can resist?!?

Melt in your mouth, ooey-gooey, cheesy potatoes with a bit of a bacon teaser throughout.

It pairs perfectly with turkey, ham, steak, pork. Just about any meat dish you can think of, and more. It’s also a good option for a breakfast/brunch potato dish.

Put on some comfy pants, and enjoy this Bacon Potato Casserole dish to its fullest.

Make Ahead and Storage

Here are a few ways you can make ahead/store/reheat:

  1. Bring everything into the casserole dish and store casserole dish covered in refrigerator until ready to bake. When baking, bake at 350℉ for 45 minutes since potatoes are no longer frozen. You can store potatoes in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  2. Bake Cheesy Bacon Potato Casserole, bring it to cool completely, cover and store in refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, bake at 350℉ for 30-40 minutes, or until potatoes are warmed. Check at the 20 minute mark and cover potatoes if needed (if it looks like it is browning significantly).
Cheesy Bacon Potato Casserole with garnishes on the side

What to serve it with?

What I love about this dish is that it can be served as a side for brunch, lunch and dinner!

And of course, it is highly acceptable to just grab and spoon and just dig into this Cheesy Potato Bacon Casserole.

In fact, I kinda recommend it!

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Cheesy Bacon Potato Casserole

A rich and creamy easy potato side dish perfect for holidays and potlucks, brunch or dinner! Delicious, melt-in-your-mouth hash brown potatoes are baked with bacon and lots of cheese in a casserole.
4.89 from 35 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 265kcal
Author: MinShien

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Frozen diced hash brown potatoes
  • 6-10 oz Bacon
  • 26 oz Condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar shredded
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 4 tbsp butter melted
  • fresh parsley minced, optional as garnish

Instructions

  • Cut bacon into 1-inch slices and cook bacon. Drain bacon grease
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine potatoes, bacon, condensed cream of chicken soup, cheddar, sour cream, garlic powder and onion powder. Mix well.
  • Pour into a 9×13 rectangular casserole dish. Drizzle melted butter onto dish
  • Bake in oven for 1 hour
  • Remove and cool for 15 minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley (optional).
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 685mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 542IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 1mg
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20 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve had this casserole a few times when Min Shien has made it for potlucks in the past, but I just cooked it myself for the first time this Thanksgiving. It was delicious! It was so simple to make (the hardest part was stopping myself from eating the bacon before adding it to the casserole!) and heated up well as leftovers for four days. Will definitely make again. Yum!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Hi Lisa! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so glad you enjoyed the casserole! It really is so good and so easy ๐Ÿ™‚ Bacon makes everything better!! Thank you for your kind comments.

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I loved making this recipe for Easter. So easy and good!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      That’s awesome Susannah! This is so perfect for the holidays!

  3. 5 stars
    This cheesy bacon potato casserole was divine! All the comfort foods come together all in one delicious casserole!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Well said! So glad you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 5 stars
    I made these for Easter breakfast and everyone loved them. So easy to make too!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yay! Happy to hear that you all enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing, Debi!

  5. Michaela Kenkel says:

    5 stars
    Loved the addition of bacon to the one I typically make doesn’t call for it! Perfect for Easter brunch yesterday!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Bacon makes everything better! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for trying this and I’m so glad you liked it!

  6. 5 stars
    This is so good! Everyone asked for extra helpings.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yay! I LOVE hearing that!

  7. 5 stars
    Made this for Easter yesterday, I love your comment to “butter it up” even if it’s not Thanksgiving and I am glad I did! So YUM!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes! I love my butter!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m glad you enjoyed it for Easter!

  8. 5 stars
    This casserole is delicious and perfect for make and take. I just love how versatile it is and how many meals it goes with.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      It’s one of our favorites and go-to as well! Glad you liked it, Julie!

  9. I am ready to make this yummy sounding recipe. I have a question about the soup, is it really 26 oz or should it be 22.6 oz. The big cans are 22.6 oz so just wanted to make sure to buy a small can to go along with it just in case it really is 26 oz.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Using 22.6oz should be fine as well! Let me know what you think of it when you make it!

  10. Laurel Harencame says:

    5 stars
    I haven’t made this recipe yet but it sounds like one that I’ve made a few times and it’s fantastic! What I want to know is can you use canned diced potatoes instead of frozen diced potatoes? I’m just curious if that will make a difference.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I haven’t made it that way but I imagine it should be fine! The only difference I can think of is that it may not need the full 1 hour cook time since the potatoes are not frozen and will cook faster.