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.
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About how much hash browns is 7 cups? Want to make sure I buy the right size frozen bag…
I used Simply Potatoes Shredded Hashbrowns from the refrigerated section and used two 20 oz bags. The nutrition label shows “Serving Size 1/2 cup Servings Per Container About 7” so that would be 8 cups in two 20 bags.
As far as frozen hashbrowns go, Walmart’s Great Value brand shredded is in a 26 oz bag. The nutrition label shows “Serving Size 1 cup
Servings Per Container about 9” so that would be 9 cups in a 26 oz bag.
So, I would suggest checking the labels of the packages available at your local grocery store so see how many cups are in the bag.
Midwest Cook says
Can I mix these a day ahead and cook in the crockpot the next day?
Yes, you can prep everything ahead of time and store it in the fridge. Enjoy!
What size crockpot did you use and how full was it?
I used a 6-quart size crock pot and it was almost full to the top.
These were delicious! I would make two changes next time (and there WILL be a next time): halve the butter and add more potatoes. There was a pool of butter around the top and sides so it was way too much, and it was kind of soupy so could have stood more hash browns. Everyone at Christmas raved about this, plus it’s incredibly easy, so it’s a keeper.
Can I use diced hash browns and if they are frozen do I need to thaw them first?
Yes, I would suggest thawing them first. If you want to leave them frozen you can cook them that way as well but they will take longer to cook. Enjoy!
what are the paper towels for,and I put the p towels over the crock opening and then put the lid on,is this correct,and why happens if I do not use the ptowels
The paper towels are to keep the French fried onions from getting soggy. The paper towel collects the condensation. If you want to skip the paper towels step, just add the French fried onions before serving.
Delicious and easy!!! Made these for the first time for a family dinner. I was short on time so, mix spent 2 hrs in crockpot then, I transferred to glass casserole baking dish. I sprayed dish with cooking spray then, added half of potato mixture. Next, I topped with crumbled fried onion mixture. I put it in the oven at 400 for 30 mins to finish (and speed up) the cooking time. These were a big hit! I’m going to freeze and save the other half of the mixture for a future dinner gathering. I highly recommend this recipe! : )
Made this for a church dinner. It was a huge hit. Someone was even watching the crock pot to see who brought it so they could get the recipe. Yummmmy
Wonderful! I can’t wait to bring it to our holiday celebrations!
This looks delicious and can not wait to try it. I do have a question, I was wandering if you could cook this on low and if so how long would you cook it for? Thanks for any help you can give me.
Rhonda Bunn says
Yummmmm! I love cheese potatoes! For sure going to try this!