Durango Potato Casserole Recipe
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Durango Potato Casserole Recipe

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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
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 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 (12 ounces) 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

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup equals 315 calories, 22 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 876 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 10 g protein.


  1. 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.
  2. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until partially cooked but not crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain; set aside.
  3. Drain potatoes and transfer to a large bowl; add the tomatoes, cheese, onions and peppers.
  4. 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 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Coarsely chop bacon; sprinkle over the top. Sprinkle casserole with chili powder.
  5. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with cilantro. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 12 servings (2/3 cup each).
Originally published as Durango Potato Casserole in Country Woman April/May 2011, p30

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Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014

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

Reviewed May. 10, 2013

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

Reviewed Sep. 11, 2012 Edited Mar. 2, 2015

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

Reviewed 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>"

Reviewed 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!"

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