Cheesy Ranch Chip Potato Casserole

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Cheesy ranch chip potato casserole is a delicious, comforting, and crunchy side dish that is full of flavor and a family favorite!

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Easy Ranch Chip Cheesy Potato Casserole

My hatred for condiments is well documented.

Simple things like BBQ sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise — and salad dressing — make me squirm. I hate condiments to the very core of my being – and pretty much all things that taste like them.

It should be a little surprising then that I love (like, LOVE LOVE) anything ranch.

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Don’t get me wrong – I don’t like the dressing. But the spice packets? Yea…. they are totally my weakness. And Cooler Ranch Doritos? Game over.

I could eat the whole bag!

Today I’m mixing those crunchy, tangy, savory chips from heaven with a super cheesy, delicious baked mashed potato casserole.

Heaven? I think so.

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Tips and Tricks for Cheesy Ranch Chip Potato Casserole

Use a mix of cheeses: For deeper flavor and creamy texture, blend sharp cheddar with a smoother cheese like mozzarella or Gouda. This mix will add complexity to your casserole.

Choose the right potatoes: Russet potatoes are ideal for their starchy content, which makes the casserole fluffier. Alternatively, Yukon Golds offer a buttery flavor and creamy texture.

Pre-cook the potatoes: Boil or bake your potatoes until just tender before mixing them into your casserole. This ensures they are perfectly soft and fully cooked in the final dish.

Layer your flavors: Incorporate layers of cheese, ranch seasoning, and chips within the casserole, not just on top. This creates a more uniform taste and texture in every bite.

Crush your chips just right: The size of your chip pieces matters. Too large, and they can become soggy; too small, and you’ll miss out on the crunch. Aim for a medium crush.

Add a crunchy topping: For an extra crunch, top your casserole with a mixture of crushed chips and panko breadcrumbs mixed with melted butter. Bake until golden.

Customize with add-ins: Consider stirring in cooked bacon bits, diced green onions, or chopped jalapeños into the mix for added flavor and texture.

Let it rest: Allow the casserole to sit for 5-10 minutes after baking. This rest period helps the casserole set, making it easier to serve neatly.

Use fresh ranch seasoning: For the best flavor, consider making your own ranch seasoning mix with fresh herbs and spices rather than relying solely on pre-packaged mixes.

Experiment with sauces: To add a unique twist, experiment by incorporating a spoonful of sour cream, a dash of hot sauce, or even a swirl of barbecue sauce into the casserole mix.

Bake until bubbly: Ensure the casserole is baked until you see a bubbly edge and a golden-brown top, indicating it’s perfectly cooked through and crispy.

Serve immediately: While still delicious reheated, serving the casserole fresh out of the oven maximizes the textural contrast between the creamy interior and the crispy top layer.

creamy casserole with chips on top


Can I make this casserole ahead of time?

Yes, you can assemble the casserole up to a day ahead. Store it covered in the refrigerator and add the chip topping just before baking to maintain the crunch.

What type of potatoes works best for this casserole?

Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes are ideal due to their texture and flavor. Russets are fluffy and absorbent, while Yukon Golds offer a creamy, buttery taste.

Can I use fresh potatoes instead of frozen?

Absolutely! Fresh potatoes are preferred for their flavor and texture. Just ensure they’re cooked until tender before mixing them into the casserole.

How do I prevent the chips from getting soggy?

Add the chips as the top layer just before baking and ensure your casserole is hot enough to crisp them up. Also, avoiding covering the casserole while baking can help.

Can I add meat to this casserole?

Yes, cooked bacon, diced ham, or shredded chicken can be excellent additions. Ensure any meat is fully cooked before adding it to the mix.

Is there a way to make this casserole lighter or healthier?

You can use reduced-fat cheese, a light ranch dressing mix, and baked chips to cut down on calories. Incorporating more veggies like spinach or broccoli can also boost its nutritional profile.

Can this casserole be frozen?

Yes, it freezes well. Cool the casserole completely, then cover tightly with both plastic wrap and foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

What’s the best way to reheat leftovers?

Reheat in a 350°F (175°C) oven until warmed through, about 15-20 minutes. Alternatively, individual portions can be microwaved, though this may soften the chip topping.

Can I make this recipe gluten-free?

Yes, use a gluten-free ranch seasoning mix and ensure your chips are certified gluten-free. Always check labels for hidden gluten sources.

creamy casserole with chips on top

What to Enjoy with Cheesy Ranch Chip Potato Casserole

  • Grilled Chicken: The smokiness of grilled chicken pairs well with the richness of the casserole.
  • BBQ Ribs: The sweet and tangy flavors of BBQ ribs complement the savory cheesy potato casserole.
  • Roasted Turkey: A classic pairing, especially during the holidays, that balances the hearty casserole with lean protein.
  • Pulled Pork: The soft, succulent texture of pulled pork alongside the crunchy and creamy casserole makes for a delightful contrast.
  • Green Bean Almondine: A light, nutty vegetable side that adds freshness to the meal.
  • Caesar Salad: The creamy dressing of a Caesar salad echoes the casserole’s richness while adding a crisp texture.
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts: Their slight bitterness and crisp edges offer a great counterbalance to the casserole’s creaminess.
  • Steamed Asparagus: With a squeeze of lemon, it brings a zesty and slightly crunchy element to the table.
  • Garlic Bread: Its crispy texture and aromatic flavor make it a perfect companion for scooping up the casserole.
  • Dinner Rolls: Soft and fluffy, they’re ideal for sopping up any creamy sauce left on your plate.
  • Cornbread: Adds a slightly sweet and crumbly texture that complements the savory casserole.

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Cheesy Ranch Chip Potato Casserole

Cheesy ranch chip potato casserole is a delicious, comforting, and crunchy side dish that is full of flavor and a family favorite!
Cuisine American
Keyword cheesy casserole, chip casserole, ranch casserole, ranch chip
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 317kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell
Cost $8


  • 6 potatoes medium large , diced into 1-2″ cubes
  • ½ cup cream
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 cups Doritos Cooler Ranch Chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, boil potatoes until soft, about 15 minutes.
  • Drain water.
  • Mash potatoes and add cream, sour cream, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Grease a 9×9 casserole pan.
  • Add 1/2 potatoes, top with 1/2 the shredded cheese.
  • Add rest of potatoes and top with the rest of the cheese.
  • Crush chips into small crumbs and top casserole.
  • Cover in foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove foil and cook for additional 10 minutes.
  • Serve warm.


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 12g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 1092mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g

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