Easy Cheesy Potatoes {Farmhouse Style}

Do you want to have the BEST cheesy potatoes recipe in the neighborhood?  We make this Easy Cheesy Potato casserole recipe with hashbrowns often for parties, holidays and family meals.

Whether you make it in the crock pot or oven we have the best farmhouse recipe for cheesy potato casserole recipe to share!  The Ritz cracker and butter topping makes it irresistible.

Spoonful of cheesy crock pot potatoes

Hashbrown Casserole with Ritz Crackers

Even though we’ve eaten a lot of potatoes on the farm I’ve never had a cheesy potato casserole as good as this one.  This hashbrown casserole with Ritz Crackers is so creamy, cheesy and delicious!  It’s definitely one of our favorite side dishes.

I can’t count how many times I’ve made this recipe since my sister-in-law gave it to me almost ten years ago.  We make our famous Twice Baked Potato Casserole, Farmhouse Loaded Potatoes or these easy cheesy potatoes for parties, potlucks, holidays and anytime we want a nice dish that people will enjoy and remember.

This recipe is so good we’ve adapted it to make a main dish which is really popular on Pinterest, our Smoked Sausage & Cheesy Potato Casserole and another side dish, the delicious Cheesy Bacon Potato Casserole.

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White 9 x 13 dish of cheesy potato casserole with hashbrowns and Ritz cracker topping

For a similar recipe that feeds 100 people check out our Cheesy Potatoes for a Crowd.

How Long to Cook Cheesy Potatoes in the Crock Pot

The base hashbrown mixture can be stirred together and poured into a slow cooker liner. Tie the bag shut and store in the refrigerator overnight. Use a 6 quart or larger crock pot for best results.

Set liner in the crock pot and cook on high for 4 – 5 hours. Cook cheesy potatoes on low for 5 1/2 – 7 hours. Cooking time will vary depending on your specific cooking device.

While the potatoes begin to cook butter can be melted for the top and crushed Ritz butter crackers stirred in. This mixture can be sprinkled on top of the potatoes prior to the last 2 – 3 hours of cooking.

Slow cooker with buttery Ritz crackers crumbled over cheesy potatoes

I do not put the entire crock in the refrigerator to avoid changing temperatures from cold to hot in a short period of time.

When making crock pot cheesy potatoes ahead of time using a liner is the key to success.

Tips For Making Cheesy Potatoes

I’ve watched my mom peel countless pounds, I mean TONS of potatoes.  That never looked very fun to me.  Maybe this recipe tastes better because it calls for a bag of frozen hashbrowns.  Here are my tips for better cheesy potatoes.

  • Dairy products rule.  As a former dairy farming family, we’re a big fan of dairy products because they taste great and we know that we’re supporting other farm families like our own when we buy milk, cheese, sour cream and yogurt at any grocery store.
  • The original recipe calls for 2-4 cups of cheese, but see point #1 and understand why I always use 4 cups of cheese.
  • We prefer frozen hashbrowns in the matchstick shape versus small cubes of frozen potatoes.
  • When adding melted butter to cold ingredients be prepared to stir quickly before the butter sets up.
  • I love my white casserole dish with handles for casseroles like this!
Wooden spoonful of cheesy potatoes over casserole dish

How to Make Farmhouse Cheesy Potato Casserole

  1.  Find a very large mixing bowl and pour hasbrowns in.
  2. In a small mixing bowl stir together cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, cheddar cheese, salt, and pepper.  Melt 1 stick of butter and stir into this mixture as well.
  3. Pour over hashbrowns and stir well.  Pour into a greased 9 x 13″ baking dish.
  4. In a small mixing bowl melt half stick of butter and crush Ritz crackers or butter crackers into the bowl.  Stir well and sprinkle over the potato casserole.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 50 – 60 minutes until the crackers are browned and the casserole is heated through.

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Printable Easy Cheesy Potato Casserole Recipe

Cheddar cheese and Ritz crackers on spoonful of Farmhouse cheesy hashbrowns

Easy Cheesy Potatoes {Farmhouse Style}

Servings 15 people
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
We make this Easy Cheesy Potato recipe with hashbrowns often for parties, holidays and family meals.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 1 package frozen hash browns


  • 2 cups Ritz crackers crumbled
  • 1/2 stick butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease a 9×13' casserole dish.  Place hash browns in a large bowl. 
  • In a small bowl mix soup, sour cream, cheese, salt, and pepper. Add butter and mix thoroughly. Add the mixture of ingredients to the hash browns and stir thoroughly.  Spread in a casserole dish.
  • In a small bowl mix, 1/2 stick melted butter and crushed Ritz crackers.  Spread over potato mixture.   Bake uncovered for 50 – 60 minutes until crackers are browned.


Can cook in a crock pot on high for 4 – 5 hours or on low for 5.5 – 7 hours in a 5 or 6 quart crock pot


Calories: 302kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 10gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 655mgPotassium: 154mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 679IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 252mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

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Originally published September 25, 2018 and updated on November 22, 2021.


  1. 5 stars
    The BEST cheesy potatoes!

  2. Can I chop up small and boil fresh potatoes? Or fry/ bake them first?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Great question! I haven’t tested this, but if I did I would want to make sure the potatoes were all the same size and temperature. The cooking times on this recipe are for frozen raw potatoes, so cooking the potatoes will change the cooking time as well. Please let me know if you give it a try!

    2. Therese Warmus says:

      Edie, I’d parboil diced raw potatoes for five minutes, drain thoroughly, and then proceed with the recipe. The result will be the same as using the frozen product from the store. Hope this helps.

  3. Mandy Kocsis says:

    Can I substitute a can of cheddar cheese soup for the cream of mushroom soup? I really love cheddar cheese soup (it’s my favorite) and don’t like mushroom anything.

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! I think that would work. I would also try cream of onion soup for a more mellow flavor. I hope you enjoy 🙂

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