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Crunchy Potato Casserole: How to Make People Smile with this Delicious Recipe

This Crunchy Potato Casserole Recipe is absolutely delicious. It’s one of those you just want to keep eating for sure! It’s both sweet and savory and loaded full of good ole Southern fat. haha. Of course, if you’re Southern or you’ve eaten Southern, homemade cooking you know that equals super tasty! Because in the South, we do flavor!

Of course, we have a ton more recipes on our recipe page to go with it. It is absolutely perfect for a potluck, a BBQ, as ‘funeral food,’ or even for a family reunion! It is can be made vegetarian by leaving out the bacon, but not vegan. Of course, who knows, maybe you can adapt it!

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Crunchy Potato Casserole

How does Crunchy Potato Casserole make people smile, you ask?

Just a cursory glance at this dish sparks questions, and if you have older folks or even just picky eaters, you’ll get doubt as well. Just tell em to try it. That’s all.

I made Crunchy Potato Casserole for a family dinner for a dear friend. She is in the ‘aged’ category and when she saw my dish, she was not impressed. She immediately questioned the usage of the cereal topping.

She does that, turns on anything she isn’t accustomed to. It’s both taxing and entertaining.  We work because I am more stubborn than she is. Oh, and we love each other to pieces, annoyances and all. (They probably come more from me than to me…)

After her doubts about my Crunchy Potato Casserole, I talked her into taking a pan of it to her family dinner by telling her that she didn’t have to eat it, but maybe the kids would like it and it would be one less dish she had to prepare. She’s a very busy Grandma, so that second part she just could not argue with.

I was quite amused and grateful when she called me the day after her family gathering (I believe it was either Easter or Mother’s Day), to gush about how it went super fast and she thought it was delicious! She even said there was a bit of bickering over the last spoonful!

So, my friends, that is how crunchy potato casserole makes people smile. The surprise to doubters and the flavor to those who just dive in and try it!

This recipe is indulgent, you have now been warned. Go and enjoy!

Crunchy Potato Casserole Recipe

Crunchy Potato Casserole: How to Make People Smile with this Delicious #Recipe @CraftyZooIf making this for a small group, definitely cut the entire recipe in half! This recipe fills a 9×13 casserole dish!


  • 7.5 cups (60 oz) frozen, cooked diced potatoes (you can use fresh potatoes, just make sure they are cooked, cooled and ready to go before beginning the recipe)
  • 2 cups Sour Cream
  • 1 1/4 cups Ranch
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 2 packages bacon bits
  • 2 cups cornflakes
  • 1/4 cups melted butter


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine sour cream, ranch, cream of chicken soup, salt, pepper, cheese, chopped onion and bacon bits.
  3. Pour mixture into a 9×13 casserole dish (I love the one linked as it and the lid can go in the freezer, then all you have to do is remove the lid and bake!).
  4. Bake until it begins to brown (approximately 30 minutes, work on the next step when time is close)
  5. Crush the cornflakes and mix with the melted butter.
  6. Remove the dish from the oven and sprinkle the cornflakes and melted butter on top.
  7. Add back to the oven for a very short time so that it can brown just a tiny bit. Keep an eye on it, the lightly browned to burnt is crazy quick!

Just a Note:

First off, I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences if you try it! We definitely love those!

Second, this dish can be made ahead and frozen if you’d like!


Hi all! My name is Kaycee. I am now learning to navigate life as a single woman. Turns out, it's not all about husband and children. Who knew? So, I'm on a journey of self discovery. I have 5 children, 3 of which are married, 5 2 are in Heaven (my beautiful baby Acadia Reign and my Diva Princess Tara Elizabeth), and 7 grandchildren! Plus, a ton of fabulous nieces and nephews! My educational background is in Psychology and Child Development but my heart is in ministry, crafts, fun, reviews and my website, My Crafty Zoo. Or at least it was, now I'm learning who I really am, beneath all of the busy family life. It's an adventure to be sure. I look forward to continuing to share my life through word and pictures with you and love hearing your feedback! Thank you for taking the time to read and allowing me to share! I look forward to reading your comments!

4 thoughts on “Crunchy Potato Casserole: How to Make People Smile with this Delicious Recipe

  • Mary An

    Story with casserole and your friend sounds indicative. :)) I love potato in all kinds and sure I will love this casserole. Thank you!

    • First off, thank you for actually reading the story! People (myself included) get annoyed with all of the commentary, but google forces us to put it on the page so I pour my heart into it a lot. It means a lot to know it’s being read!
      Also, girl! The Crunchy Potato Casserole is irresistible!

  • I love your recipe! My kids are crazy about potatoes and this crunchy one looks so delicious. Thanks for joining us with #OMHGWW. Cheers from Jakarta

    • Enjoy! Not going to lie, since hubby has a dairy allergy I ended up eating a whole pan of this by myself! It was a small pan, but still way too much for a person to gorge on! haha. Hope the kiddos enjoy it!


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