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Easy Cheesy Potato Casserole with Diced Potatoes

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This cheesy potato casserole with diced potatoes makes the best side dish, and is a staple at my holiday tables. I’m amping up the flavor of this EASY cheesy potato recipe by adding onions in a few forms and plenty of shredded cheddar cheese. Serve these funeral potatoes with mains like roasted chicken, spatchcock turkey, air fryer turkey breast, apricot glazed ham, or steaks. It truly goes with anything.

This diced potato casserole (sometimes called funeral potatoes!) is made easy with diced potato hash browns (a major kitchen shortcut), and then we’re adding major flavor in the form of cream of chicken soup, butter, sour cream, garlic powder, sharp cheddar cheese, and French fried onions. So yes, it’s still going to taste like the classic easy cheesy potatoes you’re used to, but a tad extra in the best possible way. 😉

If you are looking for more comfort food recipes, be sure to try my crockpot chicken thighs with potatoes, slow cooker brats, and homemade chili next time!

Cheesy potato casserole on a plate with ham and green beans

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

What is Potato Casserole?

Like any casserole recipe, there are many different varieties! This particular cheesy potato casserole is a classic here in Minnesota and often served at holidays. The simplest versions are a mixture of diced potatoes or hashbrowns, cream of chicken soup, sour cream and/or butter, and some seasonings.

I’ve added some extra flavor to my version, but it still has the classic feel.

Funeral potatoes in a white baking dish

What You’ll Love About this Cheesy Potato Casserole Recipe

  • Tons of flavor
  • Cheesy, savory flavor
  • Tender potatoes
  • Made with 8 basic ingredients
  • Takes just 10 minutes to prep
  • Perfect side dish to almost any main dish
  • Family friendly

Cheesy Potato Recipe Ingredients

The beauty of this funeral potatoes recipe is the simple ingredients, but I’ve added a few extras to give it an oomph of flavor:

  • Diced potatoes – Often times the prepared hashbrowns and potatoes are in the refrigerated section of stores near eggs and dairy. You can also use the potato cubes with onions or vegetables. Frozen diced potatoes also work, just make sure to take them out to thaw. You can also dice your own potatoes into about 1/2 inch cubes – try yukon gold or red potatoes for great color and flavor. If you use traditional russet potatoes, be sure to peel them first.
  • Green onions – The green onions give a milder flavor than regular onions would. You could also use chives.
  • Cream of chicken soup – Look for a condensed soup, you could also use cream of mushroom soup.
  • Butter – Use any unsalted butter.
  • Sour cream – I recommend full fat sour cream for best flavor.
  • Spices – Garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper
  • Shredded cheese – I recommend sharp cheddar cheese, but you could also use any cheddar, colby jack, or even pepper jack for a little spice.
  • French fried onions – Many funeral potato recipes call for cornflakes, but I think the savory flavor of fried onions adds a boost of flavor and crunch to this potato dish.
Plate with cheesy potato casserole and ham and green beans

How to Make Cheesy Potato Casserole with Diced Potatoes

While this cheesy diced potato casserole takes about an hour to make, the prep is really quite simple! The majority of the time is hands-off while the casserole is baking. Here’s how to make it:

  • Prep ingredients. Thaw potatoes if frozen. Thinly slice green onions.
  • Mix wet ingredients. In a large bowl, whisk together cream of chicken soup, melted butter, sour cream, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper.
  • Mix diced cheesy potatoes. Fold in potatoes, green onions and shredded cheese and stir to combine.
  • Bake potatoes. Transfer cheesy potato casserole with sour cream to a baking dish and sprinkle with fried onions. Bake covered with foil for 40 minutes and uncovered for another 10-15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Garnish with chopped parsley or chives if desired.

TIP: If food typically sticks to your casserole dish, spray it with cooking spray or an olive oil spritz.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is cheesy potato casserole gluten free?

Not as written, but if you use gluten-free potatoes, gluten-free cream of chicken soup, and gluten-free onion straws and it will be.

How many calories in cheesy potato casserole?

The full nutrition stats are below, but there are 359 calories per serving in this particular cheesy potato casserole recipe. It’s a decent-sized serving, but you could also stretch it into smaller servings as well.

What goes with cheesy potato casserole?

This is an Easter cheesy potato casserole recipe at our house, which means it’s perfect with apricot glazed ham but it’s also great with roasted chicken, spatchcock turkey, air fryer turkey breast, steak, or really anytime you need a potato side dish.

Spoon scooping out potato casserole

Storage Instructions

Can you make cheesy potato casserole ahead of time?

Yes, in fact you can easily prep this recipe ahead. Make and assemble the potato mixture a day or two ahead and store in the fridge. Bake when ready.

Store leftover potatoes in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

How to reheat

Reheat the leftovers in a microwave or a 375 degree F oven until heated through.

Can you freeze cheesy potatoes?

Cover casserole and freeze for 2-3 months. Let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

What to Serve with Funeral Potatoes

These cheesy funeral potatoes go with so many main dishes, which is one of the reasons that everyone loves them so much. Try them with one of these main dishes:

More Side Dish Recipes

If you like this recipe for cheesy potato casserole, you might also like some of these other simple side dish recipes:

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Cheesy potato casserole on a plate with ham and green beans

Easy Cheesy Potato Casserole with Diced Potatoes

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Description

Easy cheesy potato casserole with diced potatoes (aka funeral potatoes)  is the BEST side dish, and a staple at holiday tables.


Ingredients

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  • 40 oz. refrigerated diced potatoes
  • 4 green onions
  • 1 cup cream of chicken soup (condensed)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups fried onions

Instructions

  1. Prep ingredients:
    Thaw potatoes if frozen.
    Thinly slice green onions.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the soup, melted butter, sour cream, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper.
  4. Fold in potatoes, green onions, and sharp cheddar cheese. Place mixture into a 9×13 inch pan.
  5. Top with fried onions and bake covered with foil for 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 10-15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. 


Notes

  • I used Simply Potatoes Diced Potatoes, but you could also use the version with onions. 

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  1. Louise

    This was a very easy recipe to make. I doubled everything and added about 8 slices of crispy bacon, crumbled. Made two good sized trays so it was perfect for a party of about 16-20 people. Tasted awesome and everyone loved it.

  2. Maren

    These were really good! I had to make a few substitutions including cream of mushroom soup and diced potatoes with onions and peppers, but it still turned out great! Will definitely make again!

    • Emily

      YAY! Did you make a big pan of them? I should probably add instructions on how to do that, as I think they are big for parties and holidays. (Perfect too as you can assemble ahead.)

  3. Tut

    5 stars for these cheesy potatoes ~ our Easter dinner guests had seconds or thirds ~ so glad I planned to make a double batch! We’ll make these again, easy and so pleasing.