Loaded Potato Casserole

Loaded Potato Casserole in a casserole dish with a spoon

This creamy and savory loaded potato casserole is jammed packed with bacon and cheese . It is the ultimate comfort food and perfect for serving a crowd. This is the perfect casserole to bring to a pot luck, holiday dinner , cook out , or just serving a family. Making a casserole is also a great way to make potatoes stretch as well.  I have made a version of this when I did not  have enough baked potatoes for everyone and just didn’t want to go to the store. Whether you are making a buck stretch or just wanting to serve an awesome side dish , this versatile casserole is the one to try.  I mean who doesn’t like potatoes?

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to use Russet Potatoes ?   No you can use another type- Red potatoes and Yukon Gold are great alternatives
  • Do I have to peel the potatoes ? If you like the skin leave them on, just make sure you scrub them. I also find a red potato or Yukon gold would work better
  • Can I bake the potatoes instead of boiling? By all means if this is your comfort zone bake the potato instead of boiling, the end result will be the same.
  • Can I use evaporated milk? Yes it is a great alternative
  • What if I don’t like sour cream? I honestly don’t taste the sour cream but if you don’t like it add a little more milk so it won’t be dry.
  • Can I use Bacon bits instead of bacon? I recommend the Real bacon bits

Let’s Make Loaded Potato Casserole !

Gather Ingredients :

  • 3 LBS potatoes- peeled cubed and boiled
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 6-8 slices of bacon-diced and cooked
  • 1 teaspoon dale
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Equipment you may need:

Gather your Ingredients! Peel and cube potatoes and put them on to boil. Dice and cook bacon until crisp and drain on a paper towel .

Cooked cubed potatoes with butter

Once potatoes are tender drain them and return them to the hot pot. Add milk, butter , salt and pepper.

potatoes mashed in a pot with a masher

Mash potatoes to desired consistency .

Cheese added to mashed potatoes

Stir in half the shredded cheese.

Sour Cream and bacon added to potato casserole

Stir in half the bacon and sour cream.

Potato casserole in a dish before it goes into oven

Spread into a 9×13 baking dish , cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven.

Loaded potato casserole with cheese and bacon before it is melting

After 20 Minutes uncover and top with remaining cheese and bacon.  Baked for another 20-25 minutes.

Loaded baked potato casserole straight out of the oven

Remove from oven and serve hot.

A serving of Loaded baked potato casserole on a white square plate.

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Loaded Potato Casserole

3.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 -8 people


  • 3 LBS Potatoes
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheeses
  • 6-8 slices of bacon


  • Peel and cube potatoes and put them on to boil
  • Boil potatoes 15-20 minutes or until tender
  • Dice bacon then cook and drain on a paper towel
  • Drain potatoes and return them to hot pan
  • Add to hot potatoes milk, butter , salt and pepper
  • Mash to consistency you would like , I like a few lumps in mine
  • Stir in half the cheese
  • Stir the sour cream and half the bacon
  • Spread into a 9x13 baking dish
  • Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 20 minutes
  • Remove from oven , top with remaining cheese and bacon
  • Bake for another 20-25 minutes
  • Serve hot
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2 years ago

What delicious and filling meal. This is perfect for breakfast or even snacking.

2 years ago

This looks like such a yummy side dish, and I can’t wait to try with red potatoes! I love whenever you can leave the skins on and get all that extra flavor 🙂

2 years ago

This was so easy to make and delicious! I used hot dogs instead of bacon and it was great. The whole family loved it.

2 years ago

This potato casserole looks super easy to make and just delicious! I cant wait to make this, thank you for sharing this recipe!

2 years ago

I love loaded baked potatoes! So I know I’m gonna love this loaded potato casserole. It looks so cheesy and delicious.

Aditi Bahl
2 years ago

recently tried this recipe and the dish came out lovely. Thanks for the recipe.

Leslie Sawmiller
2 years ago

You have all the best ingredients for this! I love my potatoes loaded with cheese, bacon, and sour cream so this is perfect!

2 years ago

Oh, wow. What a fantastic idea! I need to find something to make for a meal train and this looks just perfect. Who wouldn’t love this?!

2 years ago

I love the amount of cheese in there! And the sour cream. And bacon! Oh my. You stuffed so much goodness in one dish! 😀

Moop Brown
Moop Brown
2 years ago

This dish seems super comforting and perfect for parties and get-togethers. Looks so tasty!

Diane Cooke
Diane Cooke
2 years ago

Could this be frozen?

2 years ago

Is this good the next day warmed up? It looks delicious Thank you.