Cracker Barrel Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole (Copycat Recipe)

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 If you love the Cracker Barrel hashbrown casserole, you’ll definitely want to add this cheesy hash brown casserole to your files. It’s cheesy and creamy comfort food the whole family will love.

Copycat Cracker Barrel Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

This cheesy hash brown casserole is a copycat recipe, as I love the version served at Cracker Barrel. If you’re the same, you’re going to love this recipe as much as I do. It’s so easy to make this casserole, which is so cheesy and creamy – the ultimate comfort food combination! It features cheese, shredded hash browns, and cream of chicken soup. All you have to do is mix the ingredients together, place them in a casserole dish, and bake. Delicious and easy, what’s not to love?

This casserole is also a very versatile recipe (like you needed another reason to love it). We have this as a side dish at all our holiday dinners, family reunions, and any other time we can come up with an excuse to make it. It could also be a great breakfast casserole too and the recipe is simple enough to add to the regular dinner rotation.

If you’re in the mood for other creamy and delicious potato dishes, check out my homemade mashed potatoes, loaded potato soup, cheesy potatoes with mozzarella and garlic, and loaded twice-baked potatoes.

Ingredients for cheesy hash brown casseroleRecipe Ingredients

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Add seasoning to mixing bowl.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Dice onion and place in a large mixing bowl along with melted butter, cream soup, and seasonings.

Stir this up with a large spoon until well combined. 

Add cheese to mixing bowl.

Add in cheese.

Add hash browns to mixing bowl.

Add frozen hashbrowns (still frozen or lightly thawed is fine). 

Mix ingredients.

Stir all of this up until well mixed. 

Casserole ready to be baked.

Spread this potato mixture into a lightly greased 9×13 pan and bake in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes, or until bubbly.

Copycat Cracker Barrel Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole
Grab a fork, friends!

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

This tastes just like the hash brown casserole dish served at Cracker Barrel and with it being so easy to make, I hope you get to try it soon!


Store your cheesy potato casserole leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave.

Recipe Notes

  • Here are some ingredients you can add to your casserole: chopped red bell pepper, crumbled bacon, and green onion.
  • Speaking of crunchy, you can quickly turn this into funeral potatoes by adding a crunchy topping. Sprinkle some crushed potato chips, Ritz crackers, panko crumbs, or corn flakes on top of your hashbrown casserole.
  • If you like, you can substitute the cream of chicken soup for cream of mushroom soup.
  • Garnish your casserole with some chopped fresh parsley or green onion.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this cheesy hash brown casserole in advance?

Yes, you can definitely make this casserole ahead of time. You can prepare it a day ahead, cover it in the fridge, and then bake when ready. Or you can bake it in advance, refrigerate, and then rewarm. A final option is to cover the casserole with aluminum foil tightly and place it in the freezer, right before you bake it. It can last for up to 30 days or sometimes a little longer. To serve, take it out of the freezer 24 hours before you want to bake it and let it thaw in the fridge. Bake as directed.

Is this casserole a breakfast or dinner dish?

The beauty of this cheesy hash brown casserole is that it’s both! Serve it for breakfast, dinner, or as a side dish. It tastes great when served with main meals like crockpot turkey breastbaked ham, or steak and gravy. Here are some other Southern side dishes I love to pair with my cheesy hash brown casserole too: fried okra, fresh green beansbutter beans, turnip greens, and cornbread, of course!

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Copycat Cracker Barrel Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

This cheesy hash brown casserole is similar to that hash brown casserole you get at that famous home-style chain restaurant. Cheesy, creamy, and delicious!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese
Servings: 4
Calories: 376kcal


  • 2 lbs frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup or one recipe of homemade cream soup
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine soup, onion, melted butter, and seasonings, stir well. Add in shredded cheese and frozen hash browns.
    2 lbs frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, 1/2 cup butter, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1/2 cup chopped onion, 2 cups grated cheddar cheese, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon salt
  • Spread into a lightly greased 9x13 casserole dish and bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until bubbly.


Calories: 376kcal
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  1. Pinky sent me to your blog and I’m glad she did, I will be back. This is one of my favorite recipes, I make it with the chunky hashbrowns, I’ll have to try it with the shredded, yummy!

  2. OMG! I have got to try this! We make hashbrowns in the skillet with the cheese and onions but I’ve never heard of adding the soup. It sounds soooo good!!!
    Off to make my grocery list!

  3. This is my husbands fave-o-rite thing to eat and I haven’t made it in a month of Sunday’s! (read: a VERY long time) Sometimes I’ll use a can of cream of celery and add some browned ground beef for an all in one meal…and maybe some bell peppers cooked with the onion. Man.. I’m adding this stuff to my grocery list!

    Ooooh boy. Tennessee owes you for this horrendous oversight!
    ~takes a deep breath~
    Alright, I’m alright now. Pinky, sweetie you just let me know what I have to do to get a bite of this in your mouth ASAP.

    Holly – ~grins~ I’m just glad y’all still venture to read my blog! I do get silly sometimes but we need to break up the monotony…
    ~In a drone tone~ Crack the egg…..put the egg in a bowl….
    You’ll never have a PBS style tutorial here, that’s “fer dern sure!”

  5. Yummy! Hash Brown Casserole is the best. I have tried a few different recipe’s myself. I loved the part where you threw in so good ol’ southern, “jes in case someone up ‘n dies on ya”. You are too cute!!

    1. Fast forward to 2020…I was wondering if I. Old use dehydrated hash browns, reconstituted for this recipe? I think I can, but maybe this will help someone else during this time of items being short at the grocery and not wanting to go out very much to purchase items. I snagged a big box of the dry potatoes at Costco in case I couldn’t get fresh or frozen. Saves room in my freezer too. Thanks! Really appreciate your uplifting and positive blog, especially now.

      1. I am from England and I’m wondering what hash brown is, is it just grated potato? it looks like that from the picture

        1. Yes Eileen, Here in the US we will fry them or use them in recipes etc. but basically Hash browns are shredded potatoes.

      2. Trish, I have used reconstituted dehydrated hash brown potatoes in hash brown casseroles several times without any problems.

      3. I do’t do Costco, but cook from the basic ingredients – just 6 medium russet potatoes, which equals 2 pounds frozen. I have tons of wholepotatoes to use up..

        I shredded six raw whole potatoes and soaked them in water to remove starch. I squeezed them as much as possible.

        Learning that commercial hash browns are drier than homemade, I was just a little scanty on the liquid for my homemade cream of celery soup. For example, I figured 7/8 cup liquid was equiv to one cup commercial.

        Confident cooks look at a recipe, decide what is basic and fly from there.

        It turnd out just fine.

  6. So funny, my son just had this at school today and i had never heard of it. Thanks for the recipe I might try it tomorrow if i can get hubby to go to the dang store!

    1. 5 stars
      Yummy as always!!!! Took me 1 hour from frozen hash browns….family agreed it was with the wait. Thanks Christy!

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