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Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes is the ultimate potato side dish. Who can resist the combination of cheese, bacon, and ranch? It’s pure comfort food that everyone will enjoy.

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes in a blue baking dish.

Partially Pre-Cook The Potatoes

Potatoes are hard to get cooked through all the way in the oven, so to make sure they are plenty hot, I simmer them in salted water until they’re starting to soften, but they’re not quite all the way cooked.

Other Ingredients

Then they get mixed with mayonnaise, cream cheese, and a packet of Ranch seasoning. I toss in some cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon along with some very finely chopped onion. (Don’t chop it too big or it will be crunchy.)

Transfer it to a casserole dish, cover it with aluminum foil, and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with more cheddar and bacon.

Bacon Ranch Potatoes in baking dish.

More is always better right?

Pop it back in the oven until the cheese is melted and gooey and get ready to dig in.

With a side dish this good, who even cares what else is being served?

How To Make Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes Spicy

To make this dish spicy, either add a minced jalapeno pepper or 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper.

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes in baking dish.

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Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes are full of cheese, bacon, and Ranch seasoning. It’s the ultimate potato side dish.
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 35 minutes
TOTAL: 55 minutes
SERVINGS: 8 servings


  • 3 pounds Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 6 medium)
  • salt
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (1-ounce) packet Ranch seasoning mix
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled


  • Place potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Add 2 teaspoons of salt. Bring to a simmer and simmer until just barely soft, about 10 minutes. Drain well.
  • In a large bowl, stir together mayonnaise, Ranch mix, and cream cheese.
  • Stir in potatoes, onion, pepper, and 1 cup shredded cheddar.
  • Stir in 1/2 the crumbled bacon.
  • Taste for seasoning and add salt if desired.
  • Transfer to a 9X13-inch greased baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
  • Remove foil, sprinkle remaining cheese and bacon on top and bake uncovered for 10 minutes.


Calories: 326kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: potatoes, ranch

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Originally posted February 7, 2016.

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39 thoughts on “Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes”

    1. Ranch Dressing can be made with milk, mayonaisse and mix. So it sounds like it has 2/3 of a ranch dressing liquid in there already!

      Unlike baking cookies, the water content should not be too bad, unless you really like your taters crisp.

  1. This is similar to the slow cooker version I found on Facebook, I’m gonna add chicken and take out the mayo and cream cheese, reluctantly since I don’t have enough, to make it tonight hopefully blending your version with the other will yield an edible dish ha!

  2. What can be substituted for the mayo? Never been a mayo fan. Maybe yogurt or sour cream? What do you think? Thanks

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      You will have to leave them in the oven a lot longer if you don’t boil them first.

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      I’ve never tried freezing them ahead of time so I’m not sure how it would turn out.

  3. London || Gluten Free with L.B.

    You can never go wrong with cheese and bacon!! I like the idea of boiling them for a bit before baking them. Will definitely be trying this soon. Pinning 🙂

  4. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

    What a perfect, cheesy potato dish! These potatoes are sure to be a hit with my family!

  5. This is a baking dish full of comfort food — no doubt about it! I’d be happy just eating these alone!

  6. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    Ultimate potato side dish is right! Bacon, ranch and loads of cheese?!! GAHH! YAAAHHS! Totally drooling over here! I want to throw an egg on this and call it breakfast! 😉 Cheers, friend!

  7. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    Oh yes, this definitely looks like the ultimate potato side dish! So much cheesy goodness and I love the addition of the ranch and bacon.

  8. Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven

    Cheesy potatoes are ALWAYS a huge hit with my family, but throwing bacon and ranch into the mix too?? This is pure comfort food. 😀 Love it!

  9. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Oh all of my favorites ingredients combined into one…love this, Christin! I think I could make a meal out of these potatoes. Looks just perfect!

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