Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Casserole is the ultimate comfort food and the best side dish for holiday parties and potlucks. Topped with French fried onions for more flavor!
Who can resist a good old potluck? It’s so much fun to fill up a plate with little bits and bites of the most delicious foods. Cheesy potato casserole is a potluck and holiday party staple.
One of the difficulties of large family gatherings, holiday parties, and potlucks is keeping the food hot especially is the celebrations are being held at work in the break room or in a rented party room.
I’ve found that using crockpots is the easiest way to keep food hot. So I decided to turn this traditional recipe into a slow cooker recipe.
How To Make Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Casserole
Put cream of chicken, sour cream, softened cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, shredded Parmesan cheese, melted butter, onion flakes, powdered ranch dressing mix, and black pepper in a large slow cooker. Stir until combined.
Add the shredded hash browns and mix until coated with the cheese mixture. Cover and cook on high for 3 1/2 hours.
Remove the lid and stir the cheesy potatoes. Top with French fried onions.
Drape paper towels over the top of the slow cooker and replace the cover. Cook on high for an additional 30 minutes.
This Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Casserole is the ultimate comfort food and is mandatory at every potluck and holiday celebration!
Crockpot Cheesy Potato Casserole Tips
- Try using different kinds of shredded cheese, such as pepper jack or taco blend, for different flavors.
- Also try substituting flavored cream cheeses, such as garden vegetable or onion & chive, for the plain cream cheese.
- Stir in crumbled bacon bits, chives, or diced ham to add something a little extra to the potatoes.
- If you can’t find refrigerated shredded hash browns, buy the frozen ones and thaw them out.
- Another option would be to use diced, cubed or sliced potatoes. Even mashed potatoes would work.
- Other toppings could include crushed chips, crushed corn flakes or crushed crackers.
- Or do as my sister does and keep them plain without a topping.
- To keep the French fried onions (or other toppings of choice) crispy don’t add them to the crockpot until the end.
- Draping a long sheet of thick paper towels over the slow cooker will help to keep the topping crispy. The paper towel soaks up the condensation and keeps up from dripping onto the potatoes.
- To keep the cleanup to a minimum, use a slow cooker liner that can be thrown away after the party.