Don’t let the picture fool you. This casserole may be ugly but it is amazing!
It has ground beef in it, which makes a budget-friendly main dish rather than just a side.
Good for a crowd and everyone loves it. How can you not? It has bacon. Of course it has other good stuff in it but really, the most important thing is the bacon. This recipe came from a friend and I modified hers according to my family’s preferences.
The original called for baking the potatoes, but I usually just peel them and boil them. You can bake them, but since I’m chronically late, I opt to go the quicker route, which is to boil them. After they’ve cooled a little bit I cut them up into cubes.
Loaded Baked Potato Casserole
- 3 lbs potatoes, cooked and cubed
- 1 lb. ground beef, browned
- 8 oz sour cream
- 1 c. mayonnaise
- 1 Tbsp onion powder
- 1/2 c. bacon, cooked and cut up
- 1/4 c. butter, melted
- 1/2 pkg ranch dressing mix
- 1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, onion powder, bacon, butter and dressing.
Spoon ground beef and potatoes into an ungreased 9 X 13 inch pan. Gently toss sour cream mixture with beef and potatoes.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle with cheese the last 10 minutes of baking.