Easy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe with Sour Cream

Easy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe with Sour Cream is a Southern favorite! It’s the perfect side dish for family gatherings, holiday dinners, and everything in between.

Hash Brown Casserole Recipe with Sour Cream

This five ingredients recipe is the ultimate comfort food! You will love this recipe if you’re craving an easy recipe that takes minutes of prep. 

You’ll also love this recipe if you love cheesy potatoes with a crunchy, golden-brown top!

When you’re hosting a family dinner and you want an easy hashbrown casserole, this is the recipe you need to make!

Let’s get started.

How to Make Hash Brown Casserole with Sour Cream

First, let’s gather the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe.

Cream of Mushroom Soup — if you’ve ever seen a recipe for funeral potatoes, you’ll notice it calls for cream of chicken soup. Use whatever cream soup you have on hand! I don’t think you can go wrong here! Cream of celery soup, creamy of cheddar soup, or anything of the sort. Yum!!

Frozen Potatoes — Grab some Southern-Style Hashbrowns from your grocer’s freezer section. These are the cubes of brown potatoes! The diced potatoes. Sometimes they even have onions and peppers in the mix. If you can only find shredded hash browns, those will work fine too! You’ll get a more Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole style cheesy casserole, but you really cannot go wrong with this recipe! 

hashbrown casserole recipe

​Pro Tip: Keep a bag of frozen hash browns in your fridge at all times. This recipe mixes up in less than 10 minutes, and it’s an easy side dish the entire family will love! You can serve it as a dinner side dish, or the perfect breakfast casserole.

Sour Cream — Sour cream is one of the best ways to make a delicious casserole. It creates a creamy sauce with the cheddar cheese and cream of mushroom soup. And, potatoes and sour cream are synonymous!

Cheese — Shredded cheddar cheese is super yummy in this comforting side dish recipe, but feel free to use different cheeses. It’s the perfect way to use up the leftover bags of cheese in your fridge, too! 

Melted Butter — Cheesy hashbrown casserole recipe isn’t complete without half a cup of butter that’s been melted. 

You’ll need something for the top of the casserole, and in these pictures, I used a combination of crushed potato chips, fried onions, and extra cheese. Some people use crushed cornflakes, which makes for a super crunchy topping! 

easy hashbrown casserole recipe with sour cream

Mixing Up the Potato Casserole

This is a dump-it-in, mix-it-up-and-bake-it kind of casserole dish. I prefer to mix everything up in a large bowl, but people do just mix it up in their baking dish, which makes for effortless cleanup!

Take your cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, and cheese and mix them up so they’re evenly combined. 

Dump in your potatoes — I like to thaw mine out the night before, but straight from the freezer works just fine.

Gently combine hash browns and the cheesy mixture together. I like to fold everything in since the potatoes are delicate, especially if they’re thawed. 

5 ingredient hashbrown casserole recipe

At this point, you may have noticed we haven’t added any seasoning. Mainly because the cream of mushroom soup is salty, and it’s best to add extra after it’s cooked, right at the table.

You can add a generous grind of black pepper! Or some garlic powder and onion powder. Fresh sliced green onions would be nice, too, and add a little color.

Once your simple ingredients are mixed well, dump this into a casserole dish that’s been sprayed with cooking spray. 

​Smooth it out, and move on to making your crunchy casserole topping.

If you are making this casserole ahead of time, which you can do up to 3 days in advance, cover it with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge.

copycat cracker barrel hashbrown casserole recipe

Crunch Topping for Hash Brown Casserole Recipe with Sour Cream

Here’s where you can get fancy, or plain, whatever you want!

I mixed crushed potato chips, fried onions, and extra shredded cheese to make my topping.

However, if you want to top your comfort food dish, do it!! It’s one of the best things about this recipe, and the measurements are in the full printable recipe below.

​Spread this topping over the casserole, and cover the whole thing with aluminum foil.

Bake at 350˚ for 45 minutes, removing the foil with 10 minutes left.

crunchy topping for hashbrown casserole

Serving This Cheesy Dish

Serve this fantastic casserole for Christmas dinner or any holiday meal! Or, a usual Sunday dinner, lazy Sunday brunch, almost anytime!

Here are a few options for a main dish that pairs well:

Grandma’s Roasted Turkey — this is a holiday meal essential!

The Best and EASIEST Beef Tenderloin — potatoes and beef, yes, please! Such a great start to the perfect celebration menu.

2-Ingredient Pork Chops — Bake these all together in the same oven! Woo hoo.

Easy Keto Egg Bake — if you’re wanting to use this recipe for brunch, make this egg casserole! Yum.

This Carrot Souffle Recipe would make another incredible side dish that goes well!

​In closing, you will love this recipe for years to come if you’ve never tried it! It’s one of those great recipes that will be requested over and over!

Save this recipe to your favorite Side Dish Board on Pinterest!

Easy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe with Sour Cream
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Easy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe with Sour Cream

  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: oven-baked
  • Cuisine: southern


Easy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe with Sour Cream is a Southern favorite! Just a few simple ingredients, too!


  • 1 can Cream of Mushrom Soup
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 2 1/2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese (the 1/2 cup is for the topping)
  • 12 ounces Southern-Style Hash Browns
  • 1 stick Butter, melted
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper


  • 1/2 cup Crushed Potato Chips
  • 1/2 cup Crushed Fried Onions
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Cheese



  1. Preheat your oven to 350˚.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the cream of mushroom soup, one cup of sour cream, and 2 cups of cheese. Stir well to incorporate everything well.
  3. Add in 12 ounces of southern-style hash browns (frozen or thawed!) and one stick of melted butter. Combine everything well.
  4. Pour into a greased 9×13 baking dish.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine half a cup of crushed potato chips, half a cup of crushed fried onions, and half a cup of shredded cheese.
  6. Spread the topping over the cheese, and bake covered at 350˚ for 45 minutes. During the last 10 minutes, remove the foil to brown the top of the casserole.


This casserole can be made up to 3 days in advance, withholding the topping. Just cover the casserole in plastic wrap and store in the fridge until you’re ready to bake.

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