Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole – Every recipe box needs a good hash brown casserole & this is mine. Cheese, bacon, potatoes – no wonder it’s delicious! It’s really simple to prepare too & comes together fast.Ā Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

Am I the only person who struggles with a place to put the Christmas tree every year? I don’t see how y’all with the big, giant trees do it. I seriously have to pull out my inner architect & engineer to find a place to put mine… and it’s one of those really slender ones. You know, the space saving models. The tree is currently sitting in a box on my overstuffed chair. A chair that I’m debating moving out of the living room in order to fit my tree… but then, where the heck do I put the dang chair? I’m seriously debating closing off the dining area for the entire month of December & using it for living room furniture storage at this point.

Why can’t I put it in the same place as last year you ask? Well, last year was a feet to begin with, like a life-size game of Jenga but with furniture & a tree. Well, now in that game of Jenga, there is a new piece of furniture in the mix… one that’s now where the tree was situated at last year. I would get rid of some of my furniture, but my living room also functions as my food/video studio for the blog as well as my homeschool classroom so – let’s just say I do my best with space & have gotten quite creative with it. But, the tree still has me perplexed.

I’d totally be happy with just putting up my vintage ceramic tabletop tree & calling it a day (or a December…lol) but my kids have already let me know that is just not an option… and well, its all about the kids. So, my task for the day is to somehow fit this slender tree in my house. Maybe I’ll just strap it to the ceiling & hang it upside down. They say when you have no more room, to go up….

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Totally kidding. Not gonna hang my tree from the ceiling. My sanity maybe though. šŸ˜‰

I will probably be spending my day playing grown up Christmas tree Jenga, but before I begin – I wanted to hop on here and share this recipe with you. Every recipe box needs a good hash brown casserole, and this is mine.

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

My Hash Brown Casserole is cheesy potato perfection.

Cheese, bacon & potatoes – I mean, really. Of course it’s good!

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

It’s really super easy to make too. You could even throw it together in the middle of a game of Christmas tree Jenga.Ā Let me show you.Ā 

First preheat your oven – because you can’t really get very far in this recipe if you don’t turn on your oven. Preheat it to 375 degrees. In a large skillet, saute 2 onions (chopped) in a couple tablespoons of butter for about 5 minutes. Add in 1 7oz can of green chiles & 2 chopped jalapeƱos. Saute for few more minutes, until the onions have browned.. almost blackened. Remember, that color adds flavor! Add 4 pounds (2 bags) of diced frozen hash brown potatoes, stir, & season with salt and pepper. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray to prevent any stickage & pour the potato mixture into the dish.

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

Top with 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese…

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

And 2 cups of Monterey Jack cheese (or pepper jack).

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

Top with crumbled crispy bacon (about 8-10 pieces).

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

Bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with green onions, if desired.

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

Serve you up a big helping on a plate & enjoy – it’s delicious!

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 7oz can diced green chiles, drained
  • 2 jalapenos, finely diced
  • 4 pounds diced frozen hash brown potatoes (2 bags)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (or use pepper jack)
  • 8-10 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet and saute the onions for about 5 minutes, then add the green chiles & jalapeƱo. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until almost blackened. Add the frozen hash browns, some salt and pepper and toss together.
  3. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray & pour in the potato mixture. Top with the cheese and bacon. BakeĀ until hot and bubbly, aboutĀ 30 minutes.
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Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole