Cheesy Potato Casserole

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Cheesy Potato Casserole from …This recipe is so easy and one of my favorite side dishes!

One of my absolute favorite side dishes is Cheesy Potato Casserole!  I love how easy and delicious it is and that it can compliment almost any meal!  If you haven’t made these yet be sure and give them a try!  This is how my family makes them and there is never any leftovers :)

Cheesy Potato Casserole

A great side dish that compliments almost any meal!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 150kcal


  • 30 ounces frozen hash brown potatoes
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 10.75 ounces cream of chicken soup
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups corn flakes crushed
  • 2 Tablespoons butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine sour cream, cream of chicken soup, onion, cheese, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  • Stir in hash brown potatoes.
  • Pour and evenly spread into a greased 9x13.
  • In a medium bowl, melt butter and stir in crushed cornflakes.
  • Evenly top casserole with buttered corn flakes.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-45 minutes.


Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.05g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 281mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 332IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 1mg
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Cheesy Potato Casserole from …This recipe is so easy and one of my favorite side dishes!

They really are amazing!  Good luck stoping at just one helping :)



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  1. Natalie

    Yum, my favorite too! These are the best and freeze really well to make ahead of time. Your pictures are amazing!

    1. Bobbie

      How do you freeze, and how to cook after

  2. Hayley

    Droooooooling. This looks so cheesy and delicious! I just want to dive into all that crunchy, creamy, cheesy yumminess.

  3. northern cottage

    we make this exact recipe as frequently as possible and it is ALWAYS all polished off! We call it CRACK POTATOES - i'm ok with this little addiction! YUM! xo

  4. Debra Pck

    These are well known as "funeral potatoes" in our church (LDS). Every funeral has pans of them along with ham and misc. I just decided to start making them for family dinners. Why should we do without? I love them. :)

  5. Charmaine

    I make something pretty similar to's requested at every family gathering! So YUMMY!!!

  6. Jessica

    I make almost this same exact recipe except use green onions and garlic instead of onion. We call them "heart attack potatoes". So yummy!

  7. Terri

    This sounds so yummy! I can't wait to give it a try, thank you so much. Terri

  8. Paula M

    I am sooooo happy I found your site! Your recipes look delicious and they have very few ingredients and are very unique. My husband loves to eat and I was running out of options. Thank you thank you! PaulaMeyer2012

  9. Leah

    Have you ever tried making these in the crock pot? If so, did it work ok?


    1. Michelle

      You could probably do the potato part in the crock pot, but you really need the oven to get the corn flake topping crunchy. It would just get soggy in the crock pot.

  10. Tiffany from Toot Sweet 4 Two

    I'm so glad I found this recipe on Pinterest! I will be making this for my family's Christmas get together!! Would it be ok to use this on our blog and link back to you with credit? Thanks!

  11. Peggy

    This looks very easy to make and very yummy. Just was
    wondering if this recipe was weight watchers friendly? lol

  12. Kam

    Do you use 2 cups of crushed corn flakes or 2 cups of corn flakes that are then crushed?

    1. Chef in Training

      Two cups of crushed corn flakes. Crush them first, then measure. Great question! Let me know if you run into any more, I'm happy to help!

    2. Ellie

      Looks sooo delish!! Any ideas for a substitute if we don't want to use the cream of chicken soup? Could I just use cream instead and maybe a bit of flour to make it thicker?? Thanks so much can't wait to make these I grew up on this and loveeeee them but no longer eat meat and would prefer to leave out the soup.....if it's possible!! Thanks!!!!!!

    3. Kasey

      They also sell cream of celery soup or cream of mushroom soup to meet your no meat needs. :)

    4. Sandy

      How many servings does this make?

  13. Breann

    Do you need to thaw the frozen potatoes first?

    1. Chef in Training

      We just mix them all up frozen :)

  14. Pam Johnson

    So this recepie has been in my family for over 30 years, but with one alteration with I highly suggest...use Ritz crackers instead of really adds that extra wow!
    P.S. Love your blog!

    1. janice

      Yes that is what my grandmother always uses . Great on top of Mac&cheese also. Some one said to usr cheese nips orchestra crackers. Wouldn't they make is dish to salty.

    2. Vee


      I have always used the canned French Fried Onion rings for topping. Add them when the potatoes are done or they'll burn. Already crispy.

  15. Stacey

    Are the frozen hash browns the shredded type?

    1. Chef in Training

      Yes, they are :) sorry for the confusion

    2. Stacey

      That's what I figured but I know there are a couple of other kinds too so I thought I'd make sure. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I'm making these for Easter dinner tomorrow. :)

    3. Lind Voris


      Don't use the shredded hash browns. Look for the ore-ida Southern Style hash Browns - or any little squares. I like to use Longhorn Cheddar or Colby Cheese.

  16. Barb

    Only getting part of the recipe, cut off top to bottom. Would really like to try this recipe. Can this be fixed?

  17. Amy

    Wow, I haven't thought of these forever! We called them fabulous potatoes when I was growing up - and they sure are! Thanks for reminding me of them. Gonna have to whip some up this weekend!

  18. Emily from Reaching Beyond My Reach

    This is a family favorite around our table! It will certainly be there this Thursday! I'm glad to find a spot I can refer to this excellent dish if I'm in need of it! Thank you for sharing the delicious love! MmmmMmmm Yummy!

  19. Erin

    Can you use any substitute for the sour cream?

  20. Elviskat

    Really don't care for corn flake topping. Is there something else I could substitute for that? Love the recipe!

    1. Charleen Dunkerley Lea


      My sister uses crushed Ritz crackers.

    2. Deann

      I crush Pringles Sour Cream & Onion chips instead of corn flakes.

  21. Sharon Casto


    We've made this recipe for over 20 years and it is our favorite. We use green onions instead of regular. Also we occasionally put a little jalapeno in the casserole and it is fabulous. :-)

  22. Pamela Hadi

    This is a delicious recipe! I made it for brunch, 2 pans of it and there wasn't a spoonful left! The only thing I did different was to sauté up my onion before adding it...just a personal preference!

  23. Brian Gray

    Believe it or not but this recipe was actually on the back of Campbell's soup many years ago. That's when my grandmother started making it. Leave the cheese out of the mixture and top it with the cheese then cornflakes and butter. The cornflakes taste better not crushed and you can just lightly pour the butter on top. Making sure to get around the edges of your casserole dish.

  24. Katrina

    Recipe asking for a bag of frozen hash brown potatoes, if i remember correctly, ( from once living in the States now in Aust) is this just a bag of frozen grated potato? Are they pre-cooked? And as there is nothing similar to pre-grated frozen potato here in Aust, would it be just as good using regular grated spuds or would you suggest using frozen ( oily ) hash browns and break them up.? I so want to try this recipe. :-)

    1. Tina


      You can use tiny diced potatoes or just plain grated potatoes if you have the patience. You'll need to rinse and drain and squeeze the water out of fresh ones. Really squeeze the hell out of them. But they will work if you're willing to put the time in.

  25. Hannah

    These sound really yummy… but I'm a vegetarian. What would be a good substitute for cream of chicken? Would cream of mushroom work as well?

    1. Lisa C.

      You can use it, the mushroom soup changes the flavor slightly (made it once by mistake), but not in a bad way. Just a different flavor than I was used to.

  26. Lisa C.

    We always use Wavy Lays Potato Chips crumbled on top. Deeelicious!!!! Our family preference is for the Southern style hash browns (diced potatoes) instead of the shredded. We find that using shredded potatoes makes the casserole a bit too mushy (but thankfully there are both kinds to suit everybody's preference). We also use reduced sodium cream of chicken soup (plenty of salt in the chips).

  27. Kim Johnson


    This is great I tried it and it was delicious... I'm always looking for new Casserole dishes... thank you

  28. Jeanne


    I use the southern style hash browns (diced potatoes) and also add browned pork sausage (Bob Evans or Jimmy Dean, etc.). The sausage adds a wonderful flavor addition to a very tasty casserole. Try it!!!

  29. Rachel


    Deliciou! I cooked it for 45 minutes until the cornflakes were starting to brown but my onions were still crunchy :/ Next time I'll either cover & cook an extra 15 minutes or saute them a bit first. Otherwise excellent! :)

    1. Alicia Carlson

      Do you thaw the hash browns first or use frozen? Thx!

  30. Bea Cook


    I remember the first tme l fixed this my daughter was having the family reunion so her and l started to make it together l turned around she was long gone l got everything together went looking for her l say l really feel as though we need to put something else in this she said you know l picked up a large pack of of that diced ham you like that you always put in your green beans so l put a good 1-1/2 cups of diced ham into the casserole at it was just one cup then l ended up with more.I didn`t want to over power it with to much ham for you see we are making a double batch. I must say it was Delish !!! What I also did I made one casserole with the Crushed Corn Flakes the other one I crushed up 2 packs of Town House Crackers (I find that Riz Crackers are more Salted). With in 30 minutes both casseroles vanished just by luck after the 1st round l went over and fixed My Husband, Daughter, MySelf a platter !!! We have always serve our guest first !!! Thank you so very much for the Recipe My Daughter never did make me a copy now I have it I will tease her about it !!!

  31. Joanne Yates

    We call it Funeral Potatoes. Can use fresh cooked potatoes, hush puppies (yes) and even drained canned potatoes. Makes a lot and is a crowd pleaser.

  32. Cassandra


    I make this & improvise a bit to make it more healthy. Instead of a canned soup, I do a blend of vegetable stock, whole grain flour, milk, lemon & chive dressing for flavor, cream cheese. I put in a pot to heat up and mix together with butter to create a creamy soup. I threw in some frozen vegtables, just a little. Instead of using corn flakes I use blue corn tortilla chips. I don't use can foods because studies show the preservatives lining the can cause cancer. I eat organic so I like to try to keep things as natural as possible. I also dice my own potatoes up red skins and keep the skin on. Cheaper than buying frozen hash browns.

  33. Tia


    These are an absolute fave in our family! I make them for just about every family get together and even superbowl parties. Only thing I change is frosted flakes instead of corn flakes, it gives it a little sweetness to it!! Not even a crumb is left over in the pan every time!!

  34. Sue

    What kind of cheese do you recommend? It calls for 2 cups shredded cheese but doesn't mention the type of cheese.

    1. Susan


      Sharp cheddar is best. I also melt down 1/2 log of Velveeta & it makes it so creamy.

  35. Shelley

    We call these "Sinful Potatoes". Next time you make them, cook the onion in about 2/3 cube of butter until soft, then combine them with the soup and sour cream mixture. Increase the sour cream by 1/2 cup. We use tater tots instead of hash browns. Anyway, try it this way and see if you like it better.

  36. Jen

    What kind of cheese do you use?

    1. Elaine K


      Cheddar or mix of cheddar & pepper jack if you want some kick.

  37. alicia

    I have had this a million times

  38. Debbie Kidwell

    I prefer a recipe to specify how much salt to use instead of "to taste"

  39. DeeDee

    This sounds so yummy! I would have never thought that corn flakes were what's on top.

  40. Tony

    Iam about to ask a really dumb question...but are you using non frosted flakes?

    1. Chef in Training

      just the regular plain corn flakes :)

  41. Ela

    Why does everything START with prepared or frozen food? What about a FRESH POTATO?

  42. Elizabeth

    Can you substitute onion powder or minced onion for the whole onion? My husband doesn't like onions but I don't want to lose the taste.

    1. Deann

      Minced onion works just fine. I like to finely grate the onion--it distributes the taste. You only need to use about 1/3-1/2 the onion for the same or more taste.

  43. Bea Cook

    This is very good it is just my hubby and I so what I did was I cut it in half or l make the whole recipe and give over half to our daughter and her family. They love it l do add a few extra ingredents. Thank you for your recipe !!!

  44. Tkogrady

    Awful. Watery, potatoes not done. Baked for over an hour. Followed the recipe completely. Not my first rodeo. A nice way to throw out $8. Back to training. Very disappointed!

    1. Jan

      I always bake in the oven for an hour, and make sure your oven is preheated to 350 before putting in the oven. I always use an oven thermometer to check the temperature before putting anything in the oven.

  45. Susan

    This is good with cream of onion soup too

  46. Valerie


    I make this, and love it, but I use cheddar soup(condensed) and cornflake crumbs from a box. Yummy.

  47. Bernice

    I'd substitute French's fried onion for the corn flakes, but the rest sounds great!

  48. Leigh

    Please change the post on Pinterest as it is labeled gluten free. This recipe is not gluten free.

    1. Chef in Training

      Hi Leigh. I don't label them myself. Pinterest does that unfortunately. This is definitely not gluten free :( Sorry about that!

  49. Maureen

    Would this be okay if I prepared the night before and refrigerated it for the next night? Thank you

  50. Amanda

    I've made this for Christmas for years, it's my "thing" here, but it's hashbrown casserole in my recipe box :-). I use 1 can cream of chicken and 1 can of cream of mushroom. I also use frosted flakes to give it a sweet kick, though like it the other way. Don't knock the flakes before you try them!

  51. Donna


    Terrific Recipe! I made this quadrupled into two
    13x9x4 inch Foil Roasting Pans for my husbands
    Retirement party at his work. Very well received and none left! I'm so grateful to have found this, through your pinterest. I will be making this again!
    Many many Thanks!


  52. Veronica Mireles

    Omg I tried this and everyone loved it. Very easy to baked....

  53. Nancy

    Try using crushed up Cheez-Its for the topping! So much tastier than corn flakes...and you don't have to mix them with melted butter before you put them on top!

  54. My gillingham

    Soup? a can?.....yuck....this is not chef style!

  55. Nancy Allen

    Going to have for EASTER dinner

  56. Krissy

    how many would you say this casserole feeds?

  57. Sue


    Instead of the corn flake crumbs I top this with a can of the french fried onion rings. Yummmmm ! Everyone one in the family asks for me to make them each time we get together.

  58. y


    I made this for my family yesterday, with a few tweaks, and my family loved it! I added some finely chopped celery (about 3 Tblspn), a 12 oz. pkg of bacon, cut small & cooked crisp, and I substituted 1/2 of the butter with bacon drippings. So good and reheats well in the microwave.

  59. Steve

    With many variations of this online we like using French fried onions on top. So good! It's cheesy crunch can't be beat.

  60. Teresa G

    We have a similar recipe that has been in our family for 25 yrs. We call it "Yummy Potatoes" and we use cream of mushroom soup instead of cream of chicken. It is a holiday favorite, as well as, potluck favorite. I will try it with the other soup soon.

  61. Debbie Harpe

    What kind of cheese do u use

  62. christine niederer

    can you make this casserole ahead of time? Thank you

  63. Candi


    I sauté the diced onions in the butter until softened, then combine it with all the other ingredients.

  64. Roxie Kromminga

    When you bake this, should the bottom get brown??? Mine never did!

  65. Dan

    Im thinking of adding jalapeños!! Any thoughts?

  66. Shelly


    This has been a favorite of mine since I was a young girl! We always called them Kitchen Sink Potatoes. The only thing we do differently is leave out the onions. I always look forward to holidays and making them myself! :D

  67. judy


  68. staci

    These look amazing. I'm wondering, could I use tator tots? I have a huge bag :)

  69. Chele

    This old recipe has been modified to the convenience of today's fast pace. Originally it was 9 medium potatoes cooked in their skins and refrigerated over night. Peel the skins and grate the cold potatoes. Shred 2 cups (16oz) of cheddar cheese, instead of buying already shredded. Use green onions..makes it nicer looking too. Also use softened, not melted, butter to your crushed corn flakes, they are so much easier to use in my opinion. If you look at the ingredients in packaged potatoes and shredded cheese there's additives in them so I do it the old fashion way and I have to admit you can taste the difference! I've been making them for almost 40 years now and always a family fav! Hope this helps for those that don't mind the extra work but less addictives and preservatives is a plus and well worth it..enjoy!!

  70. Michelle

    what kind of shredded cheese?

  71. Sandy

    Can we use regular non frozen potatoes for this? Just cut them up super small or grate them? Or would that not work . Want to give this a try and I hAve a huge bag of potatoes I want to use.

  72. Trinity


    My family has always called this hashbrown bake. One suggestion is to cook the onions before putting it in together. Some people don't like the taste of slightly raw onions, and I've had a few turn out like that. Fresh potatoes are delicious, too, if you don't have frozen.

  73. Rosemarie

    Will be cooking this

  74. Trish


    This recipe is awesome! Only thing I do differently is use Ritz crackers crushed up instead of corn flakes..Tastes so decadent! Ive been making this recipe for over a year and I always get a ton of compliments on it.. I'm making it for Easter dinner in a couple days.. Thanks for the recipe!

  75. Judi

    Can u make this a day ahead and cook next day?

  76. Rachel


    Super good! I added a packet of onion soup to my sources cream!

  77. Lydia


    Looks delicious! We have company coming over tonight and I'm planning to make this as a side dish for steak.

  78. Rose

    This recipe looks great! I've wanted to make this ever since my best friend's mother made them for her birthday. I'm actually planning on making them on Saturday. However, I have one question. I read in the comments that you used shredded hash brown potatoes; is it possible to use diced hash brown potatoes instead?

  79. Alene

    It says Shredded cheese , but what kinds of shredded cheese

  80. Kaitlyn

    How many does this recipe feed?

  81. Jen


    Always a hit at the family functions. Try a little twist next time... Use Bison's French onion chip dip in place of the sour cream. Then use frosted flakes in place of the corn flakes. This adds a little zip and a little sweeteness. I'm not invited unless I'm bringing these!!

  82. joyce


    What kind of cheese ?cheddar

  83. Melissa

    How many servings is this recipe?

  84. Patty


    I love this dish...I always put green onion in good!

  85. Linda you cover this when you bake it?

  86. Linda

    Do you cover this when you bake it?

  87. Karen


    My whole family loves these potatoes, the only thing I do differently is I use crushed potato chip in place of corn flakes.

  88. Tally


    These are so good, but I use crushed potato chips in place of cornflakes.

  89. David

    Looks great! Can you substitute the sour cream with anything? I have a few that can't take the sour cream?

  90. Jennifer


    I just made this. I used shredded hash browns. I didn't crush the corn flakes. I baked the hash browns for 20 mins first then added my corn flakes and let baked the rest of the way. Very good! Will make it again!



    Can you freeze the leftovers?

  92. Kenna

    Not for the celiac’s Corn flakes are not gluten free unless the box spacifially says so because they have malt flavoring which is gluten

  93. Jen

    How many servings does this make?

  94. Carole

    I love this recipe! Do you have any suggestions as to how to transport it when taking it to a pot luck? I’m concerned that if I cover it the corn flakes will lose their crunch and get mushy.

  95. Bonnie Ligon


    I add about 1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic with the butter in the corn flakes then break them down to smaller pieces in my food processor. I probably use 3 cup of cornflakes. I tastes really good. I also use the shredded hash browns, not the chunky kind. They call it funeral potatoes here, but we call it cheesy potatoes. It is one of the main things people bring to a funeral.

  96. pat starbuck

    Making the Cheesy Potato Cassarole for daughters wedding. About 80 people will be attending. How much of each ingredient will I need?

  97. Melissa

    Thaw potatoes first? Doesn't say anywhere. ???

  98. Linda

    How many people does this recipe serve?

  99. Laurie


    Of celery soup and sometimes a little milk. This is my go to recipe for family events. I have to put the cornflakes on top or my grandchildren do not like to eat it!

  100. Genie Evans

    Just FYI this recipe is NOT gluten free ( cream of chicken soup has wheat/gluten in it)

  101. Maria

    This recipe works with frozen French fries too. I added sliced hardboiled eggs and bacon lardons. Makes a meal on it's own with salad that the whole family likes

  102. Alexandra

    Making these for a bridal shower brunch that I am hosting. Would these be okay to make the day before and reheat in the oven? Will they still taste just as yummy? Or should I prepare day of?

  103. Carley

    Are you able to used frozen, diced potatoes for this recipe? The store was out of hash browns, so I went with diced potatoes. Should I thaw them a little beforehand, maybe?

  104. Lori Lawson


    I think I would used crushed up tater tots (for a mix of texture between shredded hash browns or diced southern style). I think I will add a packed of diced fam and green onions. I always save the final crushed chips from bags of potato chips to put on tuna casserole, so I think I’ll try that here. I will try to choose low fat and low salt additions if possible. In a pinch I make a box or Betty Crocker augratin potatoes and add diced ham and it’s ready in 15 minutes.

  105. Brenda McLaughlin

    What kind of cheese??

  106. Denise

    Could half of this be frozen?