The first time hashbrown casserole hit my mouth, I immediately thought of the countless different varieties of cheesy potatoes that we could create and offer to you. Since we love Mexican food, a nacho cheesy potato casserole had to be first!
Frozen Potatoes vs Fresh Potatoes
Because of the way foods are flash frozen, there is not much nutrient loss with frozen potatoes vs fresh. Flavor is always best with fresh potatoes. Generally speaking, if a recipe calls for cubed frozen potatoes, you could cube fresh potatoes about the same size and use those. It’s important to rinse the potatoes to get the starch off before adding them to the casserole. Fresh potatoes can also add moisture to a recipe so it’s best to drain the potatoes well and in the case of shredded potatoes, squeeze them like crazy to get out any extra potato juice.
Should you thaw potatoes before baking them in a casserole?
We recommend following instructions on the recipe you are using, but for this recipe, there is no need to defrost the potatoes.
What can you use instead of rotisserie chicken?
We like using rotisserie chicken in recipes such as this one because they are easy, but also because the seasonings on the chicken itself add a flavor boost to the casserole. If you don’t have a rotisserie chicken, use canned chicken (well drained) or about 2 cups of cooked shredded chicken (or cubed chicken).
How to Make Nacho Cheesy Potato Casserole
Take your over-a-decade-old recipe for cheesy potatoes and give it an upgrade. Here’s hints for making this easy casserole:
Add shredded rotisserie chicken to the potatoes to make it a main dish.
The sauce is a mixture of melted butter, taco seasoning, nacho cheese soup and sour cream. This makes it extra creamy. Mmm!
Top it all with crushed tortilla chips and plenty of shredded cheddar cheese.
Bake in a 9×13 baking pan.
Bake, uncovered, for *about* an hour. The exact timing will depend on the size and type of pan you use, but plan an hour.
How long does hashbrown casserole last in the fridge?
Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Can I make hashbrown casserole in advance?
Yes! You can make this recipe in advance and store it in the freezer. Put the casserole together, but don’t add the tortilla chips and don’t bake the casserole. Wrap the casserole well and freeze for up to 3 months.
Chicken Nacho Cheesy Potatoes
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Chicken Nacho Cheesy Potatoes…Your favorite cheesy potato casserole gets an upgrade with the addition of shredded chicken, nacho cheese soup and crushed tortilla chips.
Whisk together the melted butter, nacho cheese soup, sour cream, taco seasoning, salt and half of the cheddar cheese.
Add the frozen, cubed potatoes and the shredded white chicken to a large bowl. Add the nacho cheese soup mixture to the potatoes and chicken and mix until well-combined.
Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with cooking spray. Evenly spread the potato and chicken mixture into the casserole dish.
Top the casserole with the remaining shredded cheddar cheese and crushed tortilla chips.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Serve the casserole immediately, topped with fresh salsa.
**Sometimes we use 2 cans of nacho cheese soup. This makes it extra creamy!The calories shown are based on the recipe being cut into 8 servings, with 1 serving being ⅛ of the casserole. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**