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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, apricot glazed ham, or steaks. It truly goes with anything. And try the crockpot cheesy potatoes for a hands-off version that won’t take up any oven space.

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 chili dip, crockpot chicken thighs with potatoes, slow cooker brats, and homemade chili next time!

Plate with cheesy potato casserole and ham and green beans
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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 is often served on holidays, especially Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. The simplest versions are a mixture of diced potatoes or hash browns, 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.

What You’ll Love About this Cheesy Potato Casserole Recipe

  • Tons of flavor
  • Creamy, cheesy, savory flavor
  • Tender potatoes
  • Made with 8 basic ingredients
  • Takes just 10 minutes to prep
  • Total time is 60 minutes
  • Perfect side dish to almost any main dish
  • Family-friendly

Ingredients to Make Easy Cheesy Potatoes

  • Diced potatoes – Often times the prepared hash browns 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 or some people like to use cream of celery.
  • Butter – Use any unsalted butter.
  • Sour cream – I recommend full-fat sour cream for best flavor, but use whatever type you prefer.
  • 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 corn flakes, crushed potato chips or ritz crackers, but I think the savory flavor of fried onions adds a boost of flavor and crunch to this potato dish.
Spoon scooping out potato casserole
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How to Make Cheesy Potato Casserole with Diced Potatoes

This is an overview on how to make cheesy diced potato casserole, the detailed instructions can be found below in the recipe card.

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.
Glass bowl with ingredients for cheesy potato casserole recipe
Mix diced cheesy potatoes. Fold in potatoes, green onions and shredded cheese and stir to combine.
Bake potatoes. Transfer cheesy potato casserole mixture to a casserole 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.
Funeral potatoes in a white baking dish

FAQs

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.

Can I make this with shredded hash browns?

While this particular recipe calls for diced potatoes, it will work with shredded hash browns as well. It will take a little less time cooking, so start checking it after the initial 40 minutes.

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.

Storage Instructions

Store leftover potatoes in an airtight container 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?

Yes, transfer casserole to a freezer container and freeze for 2-3 months. Let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Can you make cheesy potato casserole ahead of time?

Yes, 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.

Cheesy potato casserole on a plate with ham and green beans

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:

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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

Units Scale
  • 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:
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
    Thaw potatoes if frozen.
    Thinly slice green onions.
  2. Melt butter in a large bowl and then add the soup, sour cream, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper. Whisk together until smooth.
  3. Fold in diced potatoes, green onions, and sharp cheddar cheese. Place mixture into a greased 9×13-inch baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle with fried onions and cook 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. 

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 359
  • Sugar: 3.1 g
  • Sodium: 540.7 mg
  • Fat: 19.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 34.8 g
  • Fiber: 3.3 g
  • Protein: 12.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 54.2 mg

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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.






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