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Loaded Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Loaded Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Tired of the same old mashed potatoes, I whipped up this new family favorite. We can't get enough of them at our house. Often, I'll prepare this dish ahead and refrigerate it. Then I bake it just before serving. —Dawn Reuter, Oxford, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:14 servings


  • 5 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese blend, divided
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 green onions, sliced


  • 1. Place potatoes in a Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add the sour cream, milk, butter, salt and pepper. Beat on medium-low speed until light and fluffy. Stir in 2 cups cheese, bacon and onions.
  • 2. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Top with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Yield: 14 servings.

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cindiak User ID: 221828 261015
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2017

"I made these over the holidays and they were a big hit. It was nice to be able to prepare them ahead of time and just pop them in the oven."

Matthew User ID: 8999289 258608
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2016

"The recipe is delicious. I don't eat dairy so I swapped out the cheese for daiya cheddar, the milk for soy milk, and earth balance for the butter. It worked famously and my dairy eating roommates loved it too. Thanks for posting the recipe."

Camer0nleigh User ID: 8354591 225585
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2015

"Im 15 wasnt sure if i would be able to pull it off because im not much of a cook but i just got finished, eating it now and its AMAZING ! Definately going to show this recipe to my family. Thank u for sharing !(:"

bar88 User ID: 7460793 216348
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"Made this for a friend's birthday dinner and it was a huge hit. My family also requested it for Christmas dinner as well. So easy to prepare, I made the casserole a day ahead (for Christmas) as suggested by another reviewer, so glad I did. There was no difference in taste or texture."

MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 216065
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014 Edited Dec. 20, 2016

"I prepared these delicious potatoes for our Christmas dinner and they were the hit of the dinner. Everyone loved them and I had to send half of what was left home with son and daughter in law. We all went back for seconds. Other than omitting the onions, I followed the directions exactly. This recipe has found a permanent place in my recipe file. I highly recommend this recipe as a Volunteer Field Editor for Taste of Home."

gunslinger User ID: 544392 29680
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2014

"Absolutely delicious. I love loaded baked potatoes and this recipe makes it so easy to do it for a crowd. It also makes a very attractive dish."

Aquarelle User ID: 985301 204044
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"I've made this several times and my husband loves it. I always halve the recipe: 4 medium potatoes, 4 slices of bacon, but 3 green onions, since there is no such thing as too much green onion. :-) Made these again tonight, but discovered at the last minute that the sour cream had gone bad. So I substituted some crumbed feta cheese. Awesome!"

Ruddoc User ID: 7515380 90716
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2013

"It was a huge hit and will make again."

zookeeperk User ID: 819663 70944
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2013

"The guys have declared this a Keeper! Big hit this Thanksgiving."

scotland1 User ID: 1426757 34386
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

"Made it for a family get together. Everybody loved it. Yes, I'll make it again for this Thanksgiving. It is a winner."

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 76058
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2013

"I love mashed potatoes with any meal and I like the ingredients used in this. I make one similar but only use sour cream and cream cheese. It never dawned on me to make them loaded!"

christycincy User ID: 6445428 111398
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2013

"So good and pretty easy! Leftovers were great, too!"

thawk7286 User ID: 7136019 77544
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2013


murrell006 User ID: 2357453 83928
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2013

"Very tastey"

Summerfest User ID: 6351411 76056
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2013

"So good! My family liked it a lot!"

csublet User ID: 4739275 30256
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

"I took this to a Christmas party and everyone raved! Nothing left! The real bacon gives it a smokey flavor. Tip: for easy REAL bacon "bits", chop the bacon before cooking. Then cook in skillet stirring with a spatula til done. If you do that while the potatoes are cooking, it will all be done together! Another time saver: use red potatoes and leave the skins on for extra fiber! I will definitely make this again!"

michiganmom06 User ID: 6658804 76032
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2012

"I made this to take to our family's Thanksgiving potluck and it was a huge hit! To cut down on the time it takes to make this, I subbed bacon bits instead of frying and crumbling bacon slices and I threw it all into the crock pot!!! Done. Cooked on low for 5 hours, took the whole crock pot to my sisters and kept it on the warm setting...perfect. Thanks for a great recipe. Will certainly be making this again."

deninejaxn User ID: 7004028 85716
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2012

"The whole family loved this. I wasn't feeding a crowd so I used 5 small potatoes and added milk, butter, and sour cream to taste and consistancy I wanted. I also added some garlic powder. That was a good addition."

SMRTcook User ID: 6511588 49659
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2012

"We made this casserole for Thanksgiving and there was not a spoonfull left! Even the children and babies couldn't get enough. A definite hit!"

EnjoyToday User ID: 7003253 49657
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"These potatoes were excellent and I used skim milk, low fat sour cream, and the small bag of (real) bacon bits, which was 2.8 ounces. Unbelievably good."

LoveToMunch User ID: 5612442 34366
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2012

"Loved it. My friend who doesn't like mashed potatoes even requested seconds. Absolutely fantastic!"

mhanson1961 User ID: 6841305 204043
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2012

"i chopped up onions very fine and sauted in little bacon grease and added tbl butter. I also tasted this prior to adding the cheese on top/placing it in the oven. very time i will add garlic! perfect change from the regular mashed potatoes."

jharrellrae User ID: 6754881 90714
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2012

"This made a decent meal, but it was tons of work! Maybe because it makes a ton (14 servings), haha. We enjoyed it, but each plate definitely needs a shake or two of salt and pepper before consumption. I will probably make it again! :)"

rustedgold1 User ID: 3141438 28329
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2012

"I have made this recipe at least 4 times and everyone loves it. I can make a meal out this and be happy!"

mooleeny User ID: 2536924 85689
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

"Very good, but a little too rich with the bacon. I won't put the bacon in next time."

wendylouwho2002 User ID: 5151400 90711
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"Very yummy!"

noonietunes User ID: 2665864 70943
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2011

"This is going to be my go-to potluck recipe! I used only 2 lbs. of yukon gold potatoes (skin-on), and decreased the sour cream slightly and used a splash of cream instead of milk. I used 2 tbsp. of butter and hand mashed. Threw in a little Fontina with the cheddar as well, though only used 1 1/2 c cheese. Tastes almost identical to a nationwide chain's version, but not near as salty. This refrigerates and reheats well, so great for pot luck or treating a sick neighbor with a ready-made, reheat and serve side dish."

noonietunes User ID: 2665864 70940
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

"Perfect! Better than Boston Market's!"

sophies-1-mama User ID: 6365809 30255
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"<p>I gave these potatoes only 3 stars because the recipe as is lacks quite a bit of flavor. I added a full cup of sour cream, a whole stick of butter, and 1lb of bacon instead of 1/2. When you cook the bacon down you're really not left with a whole lot and my husband LOVES bacon. It's obviously not a lowfat dish but I only make it for Thanksgiving. I also added something called "21 seasoning salute" and it really made a difference (about 1 1/2 tsp.). Oh.. and I added at least a half cup more cheese to the top!! I love cheese!  At Thanksgiving old and young alike RAVE about this dish! Everyone loves it!!!</p>"

Black Lady User ID: 3107669 111276
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

"Oh, yes, I made this for a potluck at our Church and it's a "Keeper". Everybody loved it."

foodeater User ID: 4333490 85612
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2010

"I thought these potatoes were decent but nothing spectacular. I felt that I could have winged it without a recipe and come up with something just as good. They did have good flavor and were easy to make but I was looking for something special not average. I do not think I would make these again but would still recommend them to someone who likes loaded mashed potatoes and is looking for a good recipe."

Wilberst User ID: 3298387 83927
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2010

"These were very tasty and easy to take for a meal at a friend's house. I added garlic powder and onion powder to taste and probably added more sour cream because I like it. I didn't have scallions, so that is why I added the additional flavors. Yum!"

CookieCarol User ID: 1452995 28310
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

"I cook for church kids on Wednesday nights and making mashed potatoes for 40 is a lot of peeling and cooking. I 'make' this recipe using instant mashed potatoes (big box at Sam's Club) and add the sour cream, butter, cheese, bacon, and green onions. Everybody loves it and it sure makes instant potatoes taste great. I too use the light sour cream and cheese."

gratefulservant_AZ User ID: 635512 83925
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

"I used light sour cream, reduced fat cheddar colby cheese. It was still fabulous!"

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 90710
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010

"Served last night for dinner. Everyone-kids and adults alike-enjoyed. Going to be a new staple for company at our house!"

LoriAnnSeethaler User ID: 4589370 90709
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2010

"This is amazingly good - great recipe will make time and time again - thanks"

tbearmom03 User ID: 503950 204042
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2009

"I, too, have made this for years. For the cheese, I mix sharp cheddar cream cheese and fresh grated Parmesan or Romano."

debrahunt User ID: 4187493 29677
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2008

"my family loves this recipe!!"

Janice Gillette User ID: 945847 44699
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2008

"I've been making this recipe for years, under a different title, and I use the REAL bacon bits in a jar instead of cooking the bacon. Works just as well as fresh bacon and sure saves a lot of time & electricity. It's a favorite of ours."

gritts User ID: 3032218 34365
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2008

"Absolutely delicious!!!!"

elaines kitchen User ID: 2223851 30253
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2008

"Can this recipe be as good as the one from chili'S !!"

ALICE05PLAYER User ID: 1991335 35075
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2008


I know what I am having for supper, they sound so good. Alice"

[email protected] User ID: 1164962 28307
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2008

"My entire family loves these potatoes and they are requested often. They are easy to prepare and so delicious!"

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