Crack Potatoes

Crack Potatoes – the ORIGINAL recipe!! Potato casserole made with sour cream, cheddar cheese, real bacon bits, ranch dip mix, frozen shredded hash brown potatoes. Can make ahead and freeze for later. Everyone RAVES about these yummy potatoes! SO good!! Make them tonight!

Crack Potatoes - the ORIGINAL recipe!! Potato casserole made with sour cream, cheddar cheese, real bacon bits, ranch dip mix, frozen shredded hash brown potatoes. Can make ahead and freeze for later. Everyone RAVES about these yummy potatoes! SO good!! Make them tonight!

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One of our favorite dips is Cheddar Bacon Ranch dip, or what I refer to as “Crack”.  I usually only make it during football season because it is HIGHLY addictive.  I only made this once this football season and  I forgot to take it to the tailgate.  I left it in my parent’s refrigerator!  I was devastated!  

One of our favorite dips is Cheddar Bacon Ranch dip, or what I refer to as “Crack“.  I usually only make it during football season because it is HIGHLY addictive.  I only made this once this football season and  I forgot to take it to the tailgate.  I left it in my parent’s refrigerator!  I was devastated!

I took the dip back home and started thinking about what to do with it – other than eat it all by myself.  I decided to mix the dip into a big bag of frozen hash browns.  The result? A fantastic potato casserole!  We absolutely love this!  Chicken Legs requests this all the time.  I divided the potatoes up into 3 disposable foil pans and froze them so we always have potatoes when we need them.  We just finished off the last pan, so I guess I need to add this to my grocery list this week.

Crack Potatoes - the ORIGINAL recipe!! Potato casserole made with sour cream, cheddar cheese, real bacon bits, ranch dip mix, frozen shredded hash brown potatoes. Can make ahead and freeze for later. Everyone RAVES about these yummy potatoes! SO good!! Make them tonight!
Crack Potatoes - the ORIGINAL recipe!! Potato casserole made with sour cream, cheddar cheese, real bacon bits, ranch dip mix, frozen shredded hash brown potatoes. Can make ahead and freeze for later. Everyone RAVES about these yummy potatoes! SO good!! Make them tonight!

Crack Potatoes

Yield: 10 people
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Crack Potatoes – the ORIGINAL recipe!! Potato casserole made with sour cream, cheddar cheese, real bacon bits, ranch dip mix, frozen shredded hash brown potatoes. Can make ahead and freeze for later. Everyone RAVES about these yummy potatoes! SO good!! Make them tonight!

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • Combine sour cream, cheese, cooked bacon and ranch mix. Stir in hash browns and mix well. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake uncovered for 45 to 60 minutes.

Notes:

You can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze it for later.
I divided the potatoes into three small 7×7 disposable foil pans and froze them. I wrapped them with plastic wrap and then foil. Thaw overnight before baking as directed.
Here is our recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
Can use light sour cream and turkey bacon to cut down on the calories.

Steph

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      1. I’ve made this recipe for years, and it used to call for bacon bits. Now, it says 1 1/2 cups bacon. Could you please remind me how much bacon bits was called for, originally? Thanks!

    1. How long can these be refrigerated before cooking? should they be covered? How much longer should they be cooked after overnight refrigeration?

      1. Can you substitute shredded fresh potatoes for frozen? Would that change the cooking time? Thanks!

  1. I am cutting carbs and wondered what veggie I could use instead of potatoes. If so, how much? Should I cut down on any other ingredients?

      1. Stupid question, on the crack potatoes do you thaw the hash brown potatoes and then add them to the sour cream ranch dip?

      2. You don’t need to thaw the hash browns before mixing the dip in. I usually just set them out for about 10 minutes so they are easier to mix into the dip.

    1. I hope this comment is allowed, especially considering I have been using Plain Chicken’s Crack Potatoes recipe for every single holiday for the last 8 years or so &multiple of their other recipes have saved me countless of times for dinner .. but I recently tried a cauliflower based recipe that is essentially the same as this one, but keto! It is fantastic, please try it. if you ever decide to have a cheat day try Plain Chicken’s Crack Potatoes! I have found myself eating them in the middle of the night by the spoonful straight from the fridge — cold &all. I even make a vegetarian version for myself with Bacos &it’s a DREAM. I have passed this recipe on to so many guests who eat it at my home. Good luck!

    2. I’m sure Cauliflower can be easily substituted for potatoes. There are many more recipes on Pinterest for something with Cauliflower and Cheese. I too am cutting back on carbs. I’m sure you will love this.

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