Crazy Crack-ed Potato Casserole

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Once again while perusing the world of Pinterest (otherwise known as “my heaven”) I came across some potato casseroles I just couldn’t resist. One such casserole came from Plain Chicken, they called them “Crack Potatoes” or Loaded Potato Casserole. Why crack potatoes? Well apparently it’s the use of Ranch Dip mix which this particular blogger calls her “crack” because it’s so addictive. Well, I now know what she means as I decided to whip up a batch of my own version of  crack potatoes this weekend – so freaking amazing. Not to mention it’s one of the easiest casserole recipes you’ll ever make.

BEWARE – this recipe below might become addictive. Try not to “crack up or go crazy after eating them.” 🙂

Recipe: Crazy Crack-ed Potato Casserole


  • 1 (16-ounce) containers sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 (3- ounce) bag of real bacon bits or 6 pieces of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 (1-ounce) packages Ranch Dip mix
  • 1 large (28 – 30oz) bag frozen hash brown potatoes – shredded kind
  • 1/2 cup of onions, chopped
  • a pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • dried dill, to taste


1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2) Combine sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon, Ranch dip mix and seasonings in a large bowl.
3) Add hash browns to bowl and mix well. Spread into a 9×13 pan and sprinkle with more cheese and a little dill.
4) Bake at 400 for 45-60 minutes, until the top is crispy and slightly browned.

Cooking time: 1 hour(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6

Just a note – These potatoes go amazing with steak, and even better the next morning fried up and served with your eggs!


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    • Crystal says

      I love Hidden Valley Ranch dressing and this recipe sounds so tasty, but unfortunately they put MSG in Ranch dressing and it causes me to swell up and hurts my joints. I wish they’d take it out! I wish they’d take it out of all the food products they put it in… and I know many people would agree with me!

  1. hazel says

    the recipe sounds good but i had to waste 8 sheets of paper in my printer to get to the recipebecause of all the advertisments !

  2. vib says

    Not necessary to waste paper. Just highlight the recipe and select print, then click on selection rather than printing everything on the page.

  3. ruth says

    Hazel, do you have Word on your PC? I copy little parts of the recipe and paste to Word. Then I can print only the recipe and not the ads. Hope this helps.

  4. Dorothy Whitworth says

    I agree with Hazel, you need a print-friendly copy of your recipe so we don’t
    waste all our ink and paper on your

  5. Madmonk says

    Hazel, I would gladly waste 8 sheets of paper to get this recipe. I have wasted 3 hours with at&t’s PPD ( potty pour dail-up ) service trying to get it.

  6. Bill says

    I’ve had the same problem in the past. At the end of the recipe just under the words Share and Enjoy: are some icons. The left-most one is for printing. You can set the text size to x-small and check the no images box and it will print on 2 pages. You only need the first page though. Hope this helps.

  7. Arlona McCallum says

    If you copy and paste this into your word processor program, you can edit the adv. out of it and anything else you want to edit and get it down to one page.

  8. Jo Ann says

    Comment to Hazel, did you ever try doing the cut and paste and send yourself an e-mail with just what you want and not print everything. Thats what I do.

  9. Janine says

    Sounds like a terrific recipe, close to my twice-baked potatoes recipe. To Hazel, all you need to do is right click the recipe page with your mouse and select print-preview. You can then right click the arrows at the bottom of the page to find which page the recipe is on. Go to your printer box and instead of selecting “All”, select page and put in the page number the recipe itself is on, avoiding all the ad pages. It works on most food blogs.

  10. Sarah says

    Hello everyone, sorry for the printing troubles. PLEASE see the first icon under SHARE and ENJOY at the bottom of the recipe post. The first icon (button) is our printer-friendly option. Thank you! – Sarah (RecipeLion Editor)

  11. Chris says

    Made these last night, using fresh shredded potatoes, as I did not have frozen hash browns. They were delicious, and my children ate them like they were the best thing ever. Usually, I have a hard time finding things that all six kids will eat, let alone that they want to eat. My husband was disappointed because there were none left by the time he came home from work, so he got plain mashed taters.

  12. Donetta says

    Thanks for the info about how to print this recipe. IT WAS EASY to do and I could delete photos or text so simply. One page and I have a recipe ready to go. Will try these after the holidays. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

  13. Ruth says

    This sounds easy and delicious. I am anxious to try this. I highlited the recipe (and for those of you who have it) I sent it to One Note on my computer. From there you can easily copy it or what ever you want with it, including adding your own comments or edit it if you like.

  14. Linda says

    The recipe was absolutely delicious, I enjoy reading all the comments that everyone leaves, especially the one Chris left about her six children loving it and her husband had to eat plain old mashed taters, that was hilarious. Happy Holidays to all.

  15. Mona says

    I agree with most viewers, why can’t you put the recipe together without the pictures so we can print on one page ?
    And why can’t we save this recipe, like we do our other recipes on Recipe Lion ?

  16. Umm Muhamed says

    Re:Printing, If you click the print icon beneath the recipe, a new window opens. From there, you can select to delete the photos, and if you move your mouse over each section, it highlights it & you can delete the commentary at the top of the recipe, gaps where the photos were, and the tags at the bottom. After doing this, mine printed on one page.

  17. Mac says

    Easy way to print…
    Press “control” and “print” buttons.
    When print window pops up, select pages 1-4, then print. It will print just he recipe and the pictures.

  18. Beth says

    This recipe sounds delicious! I work offshore and would love to serve this, but I need the recipe for at least 50 people. Can u help me out with that and also, can i use fresh potato slices instead of frozen shredded hashbrown potatoes?

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