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Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole – Crockpot Recipe

Nothing says comfort food like this warm and creamy Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole Recipe loaded with buttery cheesy goodness. Your whole family will drool with anticipation when it comes to the table.

This is a fantastic EASY Cheesy Hashbrown Potato Casserole recipe. You can make it in a crockpot or oven, whichever one works best for you. I like making it in the slow cooker because that frees up my oven for other dishes. It’s honestly the ultimate comfort side dish that goes with everything.

Top Down view of cheesy hashbrowns on a plate.

How Do You Make Hash Brown Casserole?

Step 1: Prep the slow cooker

One of the biggest issues I’ve had in the past is this gooey cheesy Hashbrown Casserole would stick to the slow cooker. I solved that issue by spraying the slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray or using a slow cooker liner. Those liners make cleanup a breeze!

Step 2: Mix the Cheesy Potato Casserole ingredients

The glory of this recipe is that it’s simple to put together. I just mix all of the ingredients together except for one cup of the cheese which you set aside. Make sure it is thoroughly mixed. Those silicone spoons work great for this job.

Step 3: Bake

Place this mixture in the crockpot and lightly press it down to form an even layer. Cook it on low for four hours. Add the reserved cheese and cook it for an additional twenty minutes with the lid on to finish it off.

Ingredients for the Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

  • Hashbrowns. We used frozen shredded hash browns.
  • Cream of Chicken Soup. This comes in a can but if you have allergies you can also make your own.
  • Sour Cream. The light version works fine.
  • Cheddar Cheese. Grated and divided per the recipe.
  • Butter. You can use salted or unsalted butter.
Ingredients: Cheese, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, butter, shredded potatoes, salt and pepper.

Variations on the Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

  1. Use a Cream of Celery soup or Mushroom soup for a vegetarian option.
  2. Add cooked shredded chicken. Meat takes this side dish and makes it a complete meal!
  3. Add cooked cubed ham.
  4. Try adding browned and drained ground beef or sauasge.
  5. Mix in a tablespoon or two of dried, minced onions for a little onion flavor.

Tips for Making the Perfect Cheesy Hashbrown Potato Casserole

  • I’ve mixed all of the cheese into the casserole at once instead of sprinkling it on at the end and melting it. It just cuts out the last step but none of the flavor.
  • Mix the ingredients by hand. Don’t overmix or your casserold will become mushy.
  • This recipe can also be baked in a 9×13 pan at 350°F for 1 hour if you forget to put it in the crockpot.
Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole Recipe on a plate.

FAQ’s for the perfect Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoe Casserole

Should you thaw frozen hash browns before cooking?

No, you definitely do not need to thaw the hashbrowns before putting them in the slow cooker.

What cut of hashbrowns are best?

I use shredded hashbrowns for this recipe. You can also get the shredded hashbrowns with red and green bell peppers and onion, also called “O’Brien Style”. I don’t use the diced hash brown potatoes which are usually called “Country Style” for this recipe.

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Top Down view of cheesy hashbrowns on a plate.
Can cheesy hashbrown potatoes casserole be made ahead of time?

Yes, you can make it ahead of time. Mix it together the night before and plug in the slow cooker when you’re ready to heat them up.

Can these potatoes be cooked in the oven?

Yes! Add all of the ingredients except one cup of cheese to a greased 9×13 baking dish. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes, covered. Top with cheese and bake 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

How to Store and Reheat Cheesy Hashbrown Potato Casserole

Uncooked Potato Casserole recommendations

You can freeze the uncooked casserole to prep it for later.

Put it all in a large freezer-quality plastic zipper baggy and seal it up. Next, move it into the freezer where you can keep it for up to three months.

When you are ready for it, you can place the frozen ingredients into the crockpot and cook.

Cooked Potato Casserole Recommendations

Keep any unused potato casserole in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

You can also freeze the cooked cheesy hash brown casserole recipe. I’ve frozen it right in the casserole dish but prefer to use a freezer bag laid flat. It takes up less room.

Let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Heat it up in the oven at 350° just until it’s hot (since it’s already cooked). You can top it with more cheese if you like. You can also just heat up individual portions in the microwave.

Don’t reheat it in the slow cooker. Your potatoes will turn to mush from over-cooking.

Cheesy potatoes on a plate.

Equipment needed to make Cheesy Hashbrown Potato Recipe

  • Slow Cooker – We use this slow cooker. It works great but doesn’t have all the bells and whistles making it affordable.
  • Slow Cooker Liners – These liners make clean-up a breeze! No more sticky cooked on mess.
  • Silicone Spoons – These spoons work great with cheesy recipes and they clean up in the dishwasher.

What is good to eat with hash brown casserole?

Hashbrown casserole is a great side dish for many different entrees. Here are a few of our favorites to make it a meal.

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Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole – Crockpot Recipe

Nothing says home and cheesy goodness and comfort food like this Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole Recipe. And it goes with everything! Our Cheesy Hash brown Potato Casserole will make your whole family very happy when it comes to the table.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Servings 8
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

  • 3 cups hashbrowns (we use shredded)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream (lite version works fine)
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (grated and divided)
  • 3 tbsp butter

Instructions

  • Prepare the crockpot by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray or using a liner.
  • In a large bowl mix all ingredients except 1 cup of cheese until well combined.
  • Put the ingredients in an even layer in the crockpot.
  • Cook on low for 4 hours.
  • Sprinkle the reserved cup of cheese over the top and cook for an additional 20 minutes with the lid on.

Notes

We don’t use salt and pepper in this recipe but you are fine to use it if you feel it needs it.
This recipe can be baked in a 9×13 pan at 350°F for 1 hour.

Nutrition

Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 521mg | Potassium: 313mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 663IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 250mg | Iron: 1mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Recipe Rating




Erin

Tuesday 16th of November 2021

We made these over the weekend, and they were INCREDIBLE! We'll definitely be making this goodness again and again. All adults and kids LOVED it!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 18th of November 2021

Thank you, Erin! So easy and delish!

Michaela Kenkel

Wednesday 10th of November 2021

This is my hubby's most FAVORITE part of the holiday meal!! So good with ham!!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 10th of November 2021

That's a delicious variation! Thank you, Michaela!

Kathleen

Monday 8th of November 2021

This is the perfect recipe for the holidays! Those textures and flavors!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 9th of November 2021

Thank you, Kathleen!

Sandra Shaffer

Monday 8th of November 2021

Perfect breakfast for a crowd. I added diced ham for a complete meal. That cheese is so gooey and delicious!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 9th of November 2021

I agree! Thank you, Sandra!

Sheila Thigpen

Sunday 7th of November 2021

I love that this casserole is made in the slow cooker. Most importantly, it's so cheesy and so good!

Julie Menghini

Monday 8th of November 2021

Thank you, Sheila!