Cheesy Bacon Ranch Roasted Potatoes

03.14.2019

These Cheesy Potatoes are total comfort food! You get perfectly roasted, bite size potatoes covered with gooey melted cheddar, and they’re finished with crisp bacon, homemade creamy ranch and fresh green onions. Simply put these are 100% irresistible!

Cheesy potatoes in a metal tray lined with parchment paper. Potatoes are topped with melted cheddar, bacon, ranch and green onions.

Cheesy Potatoes Recipe with the Works!

These Cheesy Potatoes are one of the ultimate comfort foods! Everyone in the family will go crazy for them. Talk about best way to turn a bland and boring potato into something seriously delicious!

If you’ve ever ordered the cheese fries at a steakhouse then these will taste very familiar to you.

I opted to use a lighter ranch dressing here but they’ll also be delicious with a traditional ranch. And if you really want to splurge add in some extra bacon!

Aren’t you just drooling thinking about these things? They’ll be a the best addition to your dinner menu, trust me.

It will be like wait what main dish? I’ll just take more potatoes, thanks.

Photography credit: Jess Larson

Ingredients needed to make cheesy potatoes shown here including potatoes, bacon, cheddar cheese, olive oil, seasoning.

What Ingredients are Needed for Cheesy Potatoes?

  • Bacon – regular cut bacon is what I use here but if thick cut is what you have feel free to use that.
  • Diced Russet Potatoes – stick with russets for the perfect texture.
  • Olive oil – another neutral flavored oil will work here such as canola oil.
  • Cheddar cheese -I prefer medium or sharp. Low fat will work great too.
  • Ranch – this is a key ingredient. Don’t omit the ranch!
  • Green onions – parsley will work too if that’s what you already have on hand.
  • Salt and pepper

Roasted potato cubes topped with melted cheddar cheese.

How to Make the Best Cheesy Potatoes

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a baking sheet.
  • In a bowl toss potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Spread onto prepared baking dish.
  • Bake in preheated oven until tender, about 55 minutes tossing three times throughout baking.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and bake until melted.
  • Drizzle with ranch dressing, top with bacon and green onions.

Best Cheesy Potatoes in a serving dish with parchment paper.

Want to Make Quick and Easy Cheesy Potatoes?

Use store-bought ranch and pre-shredded cheddar cheese for a few quick shortcuts. You can also use leftover bacon (if that exists at your house, it disappears in seconds at mine).

The other great time saver here is that you don’t even need to peel the potatoes (you know that dread kitchen task we all hate). Just be sure to scrub and rinse them clean before chopping.

Bowl full of cheesy potatoes garnished with bacon, ranch and green onions.

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Cheesy Bacon Ranch Roasted Potatoes

5 from 1 vote

These potatoes are total comfort food! You get bite size potato portions covered with melty cheddar and they're finished with crisp bacon, creamy ranch and fresh green onions. Who could resist?

Servings: 6
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled or chopped it bits
  • 2 lbs russet potatoes, scrubbed and rinsed, cut into 3/4-inch cubes (about 7 cups)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, more to taste if desired
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 oz medium or sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (use 2% if desired)
  • Light ranch dressing, see notes below
  • 2 green onions, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

  2. In a large mixing bowl toss potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread onto prepared baking dish. Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes, then remove from oven and toss*. 

  3. Return to oven bake 20 minutes longer, remove and toss. Return to oven and bake until golden and edges are crisp, about 15 minutes longer.
  4. Move potatoes closer to center so there isn't lots of extra space between them, sprinkle evenly with cheddar then return to oven and bake several minutes longer just until cheese has melted. 

  5. Remove from oven and drizzle with ranch dressing, top with bacon and green onions. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

For the light ranch dressing: In a mixing bowl stir together 1 (5.3 oz) container plain Greek yogurt, 2 Tbsp full fat mayo, 2 Tbsp milk, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 1/2 tsp dried parsley, 1/4 tsp dried dill, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/8 tsp garlic powder, S & P to taste. Or try with my traditional ranch recipe HERE.

*A thin metal spatula works best to flip so you can break the few potatoes that stick away from pan.

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Bacon Ranch Roasted Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 388 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 530mg 22%
Potassium 745mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 4.6%
Vitamin C 11.4%
Calcium 16.9%
Iron 8.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheesy Potatoes
Calories: 388 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

18 comments

  • Williamw.fallaw: Receipt for asparagus,tomato feta salad March 27, 2019 at 4:17pm Reply

  • Roger Martell: These potatoes were a big hit with St. Patrick’s day brisket March 23, 2019 at 6:04am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked the recipe Roger! Thanks for leaving a review! March 23, 2019 at 8:43am Reply

  • julie: Could you please tell me what ranch dressing is, we don’t seem to have it in Australia. Thanks March 14, 2019 at 4:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It’s a salad dressing, probably the most common you’ll find here in the US. In the recipe notes you’ll find two different ways to prepare it, one low-fat and the other the regular version. March 14, 2019 at 5:08pm Reply

  • Michele: can I make this up a head of time and reheat it .thanks September 4, 2015 at 3:11am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I wouldn’t recommend it with this recipe, they are best right out of the oven. September 9, 2015 at 4:34pm Reply

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