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Durango Potato Casserole

For those who like it spicy, it’s easy to turn up the heat on these potatoes by adding more chili powder or jalapenos for extra kick.—Pat Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings (2/3 cup each)


  • 2-1/2 pounds potatoes (about 8 medium), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 8 thick-sliced bacon strips
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained
  • 3 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro


  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until tender.
  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until partially cooked but not crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain; set aside.
  • Drain potatoes and transfer to a large bowl; add the tomatoes, cheese, onions and peppers.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, lime juice, seasoned salt and pepper; add to potatoes and gently stir to coat. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Coarsely chop bacon; sprinkle over the top. Sprinkle casserole with chili powder.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with cilantro. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
2/3 cup: 315 calories, 22g fat (9g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 876mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein.

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  • jkharrison
    Jan 19, 2014

    Sorry, but my family thought this casserole tasted like hot potato salad. Not a favorite and won't make again.

  • tny
    May 10, 2013

    If there is any family loves it even cold..I also add sour cream .Sooo goodgood

  • ytsmom
    Sep 11, 2012

    Made this for a family reunion and everyone loved it and asked for the recipe.

  • darlenam
    Jul 26, 2012

    <p>This recipe is pretty good. Could use more seasoning in the mayo mixture. I did put some in but will add more next time because it is worth making again.</p>

  • Kathy Milam
    Jul 24, 2012

    Absolutely delicious! Well worth any pans or dishes you have to wash! Any dish worth making is easily overlooked by having to clean up afterwards. I just clean as I cook, doesn't bother me at all. Definitely adding this recipe to my collection!

  • Debbie1234567890
    Jul 23, 2012

    I don't see how this is difficult in any sense. It's easy enough and easily adaptable if you want it to be less work, i.e., purchase ready-to-use potatoes. This one's a winner, flavor wise. Try it with chorizo -- goes so well with the tex-mex flavors.

  • lucaswillisamsgrandma
    Jul 23, 2012

    This might be a little work and a few dishes, but it is worth it for this wonderful dish. It is great for breakfast or brunch, but it also is great served for dinner and guests love it! Don't be swayed from preparing this because of having to clean a few dishes and utensils.

  • cici123
    Jul 23, 2012

    Although this looks tasty, it also sounds like a lot of trouble! A pan for cooking te potatoes, another for cooking bacon, another for baking?! Surely this could be modified for less mess. Cooking a dish before having to cook it again is a little much.

    Jul 23, 2012

    WOW & WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!