Crack Potatoes

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It’s finally Spring! I don’t know about you, but I’m so glad to be leaving winter behind. One of my favorite things about the onset of Spring is the Easter holiday. I love reflecting on what Jesus did for me on the cross and rejoicing in His resurrection! He conquered death! What is more exciting than that?! It’s also a time when families come together, enjoy a meal, and spend time with one another.

So in honor of those holiday family dinners, I thought I’d post this delicious side dish that is sure to be a hit with the whole family! These are so good and so addicting it’s like crack…hence the name. If you’ve never checked out Plain Chicken‘s blog, you definitely should! She has tons of great recipes, and several other “cracked out” recipes like this one. What makes a dish “cracked out” you may ask? It’s the combo of cheese, bacon, and ranch seasoning, that beautiful food trifecta.

This is one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make. It just includes 5 ingredients, and all you do is mix and bake. Then take this to your next family gathering and soak up the praises they will sing of you.

Crack Potatoes

Yields: 12 servings

Crack Potatoes


  • 2 (16oz) containers sour cream
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 (3oz) bags real bacon bits
  • 2 packages Ranch Dip mix
  • 1 large (28 - 30oz) bag frozen hash brown potatoes - shredded kind


  1. Take the hashbrowns out of the freezer and set out to thaw slightly. They don't need to thaw all the way, but you need to be able to stir them, so you just don't want it to be a solid brick. I let mine sit out for about 5-10 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Combine first 4 ingredients. Mix in hash browns. Spread into a 9x13 pan.
  4. Bake for 50-60 minutes.

Source: Plain Chicken

12 thoughts on “Crack Potatoes

  1. I’m wanting to use this recipe next wk while camping– I need some suggestions how to make this so that I can cook on a grill or in a toaster oven- plz be creative and help a mama out!!

    • lindsayballen March 26, 2015 at 10:15 am - Reply Author

      Hi Stacy, that’s a tough one! To be honest, I have no idea how these would work on a grill or toaster oven. I’d definitely suggest reducing the amount significantly, otherwise I’m not sure the center would ever be cooked all the way through. Maybe try cooking the hashbrowns first a little (in foil on the grill) and then combining with the other ingredients and heating it through. I’m not sure if it’ll work, but that’s my only suggestion. Hope it works out!

    • lindsayballen August 31, 2016 at 2:22 pm - Reply Author

      Hi Jenn. I’m not sure of the exact serving size, but the whole 9×13 pan makes about 12 servings. I hope that helps!

        • lindsayballen November 14, 2016 at 3:54 pm - Reply Author

          I have never tried so I don’t really know. My guess would be that yes you can make this in a crockpot, but I have no idea how long you’d need to cook it. Since they need to be baked for an hour, I’m guessing it would take quite a while in the crock pot, but that’s kind of what slow cookers are for. Maybe 7-8 hours? That’s just a guess though. If you try it, please let us know how it turns out!

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