Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole is the perfect comfort food! Frozen hashbrowns are paired with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and ham to make the ultimate side dish! This simple potato recipe requires no prep work and can be made in the crock pot or oven!
Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole
This Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole is a great dish for a busy week. It is the perfect side dish or potluck meal to make ahead of time. It’s also great for breakfast. All you will do is combine frozen potatoes with cream of chicken, sour cream, butter, spices and cubed ham in a Crock Pot or oven. It really is that simple. If you have time to toss in a few ingredients and mix them in a slow cooker then you have time to prepare a tasty meal or side dish.
Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole is a great comfort that can be served as a main dish, but it is at its best when paired with a main dish like these Perfect Baked Pork Chops. For the busy day, you can pair these cheesy crockpot potatoes with this Air Fryer Bacon for breakfast or these Cajun Air Fryer Chicken Thighs for dinner.
Ingredients for Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole
As always, here is a quick overview of the ingredients used in our Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole. For the complete recipe, just scroll to the bottom of the page.
- Frozen Diced Potatoes: you will need four cups of diced frozen potatoes for this recipe.
- Cream of Chicken Soup: if you are gluten free, or prefer homemade cream of soup simply scroll down, we have a recipe for 3 ingredient homemade cream of soup that is ready in about 10 minutes.
- Sour Cream: this provides the ultra creamy texture and helps prevent the potatoes from drying out as they cook. You can use full fat, reduced fat or dairy free sour cream in this recipe.
- Butter: I use salted butter in this recipe.
- Spices: You will need garlic salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.
- Cheese: I use sharp cheddar cheese because it pairs perfectly with potatoes, but another variety such as colby jack will also work well.
- Ham: Cooked, cubed ham works best in this recipe.
How to Make Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole
In addition to ingredients listed above you will need a crockpot, cooking spray, and a spatula to mix the ingredients. To make this Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole follow this guide:
Add the Frozen Diced Potatoes
First, coat the slow cooker with cooking spray then add the frozen diced potatoes.
Add the Remaining Ingredients
After adding the frozen diced potatoes, top with cream of soup, sour cream, butter, spices, ham, and half of the cheese. Then mix well.
Cook on low for 6 hours, stirring at least once. Or cook on high for 3 hours, stirring at least once. Just before serving top the potatoes with the remaining cheese place the lid on the potatoes for 5 minutes to melt the cheese.
How to Serve Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes
As mentioned earlier, this Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole is great as a main dish but at its best as a filling side dish. It would be great as a stand-alone dish at your next potluck or party. For breakfast, you can top these cheesy potatoes with a fried egg or this Air Fryer Sausage for breakfast. Keto Sausage Balls or Steak and Eggs would be two fantastic breakfast combos with this casserole.
There are tons of great options when using Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes as a side for dinner. Sausage and Peppers could be placed atop the casserole for a hearty, well-rounded meal. For meat lovers, try these cheesy potatoes with a Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin. Spinach Stuffed Chicken or Asparagus Stuffed Chicken, whichever you prefer, would also be great combinations that would include more vegetables for a healthier, well-rounded meal.
Tips for the Best Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole
- Ensure you use frozen diced potatoes or you will end up with something more like mashed potatoes
- Utilize this recipe in your meal planning. It works well with so many other foods and can be made ahead of time.
- Even if only planning to use this for one meal we often encourage making multiple servings as it is great to combine with other leftovers on those busy days
- To save time, purchase already cubed ham at the grocery store. We use Kentucky Legend, cubed ham.
- Use the cheese of your choice. We prefer sharp cheddar because it is a great flavor combo with potatoes but if you prefer another flavor of cheese use it.
- Swap out proteins. Ham and potatoes go great together, but if you prefer another protein don’t be hesitant to switch them out.
- Add a vegetable. If serving this as a standalone dish add a vegetable or two of your choice for a well-rounded meal.
Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes FAQ
Yes, but they need to be frozen shredded potatoes or they will turn out more like mashed potatoes.
Yes, if making in the oven, use a 9×13 casserole dish and cook at 375 F. You should cover and bake the casserole for 30 minutes. Then remove the foil, add the remaining cheese, and bake another 15-20 minutes.
Yes, this recipe can be easily doubled but you will need a 6-8 quart slow cooker. The cooking time will not change.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
This hashbrown casserole can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. Potatoes, even cooked potatoes can emit water as they sit so if you notice extra moisture in the leftovers you can use a paper towel to dab out any moisture. To reheat simply microwave single servings in 30-second increments until warm. To rewarm the dish in larger quantities place in an oven-safe dish and lightly cover it with foil. Bake the potatoes at 325 degrees F for 20 minutes or until warmed through.
Other Potato Side Dishes
- Cheddar Ranch Au Gratin Potatoes
- One Pan Chipotle Potatoes
- Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes
- Homemade Potato Chips
- Stuffed Potato Skins
- Spicy Ranch Potatoes
- Breakfast Potatoes
Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole
- 32 ounces frozen diced hashbrown potatoes
- 1 10.5 ounce cream of chicken soup
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons butter cubed
- 1 teaspoon EACH garlic salt garlic powder, onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cup ham cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 2 cups shredded cheese divided
- Spray a 4-6 quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
Pour the frozen potatoes in the bottom, and top with cream of soup, sour cream, butter, spices, ham, and half of the cheese.
- Cook on low for 6 hours, stirring at least once. Or cook on high for 3 hours, stirring at least once.
- Just before serving top the potatoes with the remaining cheese place the lid on the potatoes for 5 minutes to melt the cheese.