Ranch Loaded Mashed Potatoes

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Loaded ranch mashed potatoes are a tasty take on your typical mashed potato recipe. Full of cheese, bacon, and ranch seasonings, this is a great side dish that everyone is sure to love.

Ranch Potatoes


Mashed potatoes, I heart you. Creamy, salty, buttery, what’s not to love? Today I am sharing this simple way to make your everyday mashed potatoes even BETTER if that is possible.

Adding a few spices, bacon, and cheese, take these loaded ranch potatoes to a whole new deliciously amazing level.


  • Potatoes – Russet potatoes, gold potatoes, or red potatoes work well for this recipe.
  • Sour cream – Makes these potatoes creamy and adds a hint of tang.
  • Milk – Used to make them extra creamy.
  • Butter – Unsalted butter is used to add rich flavor to the potatoes.
  • Cheese – Shredded cheddar cheese. Feel free to substitute with your favorite cheese like Colby Jack, Cheddar Blend, or a Mexican Blend.
  • Bacon – Cooked, crumbled bacon is added to the mashed potatoes and used for a topping.
  • Green onions – Add color and flavor.
  • Seasonings – You can use prepackaged ranch seasonings or make your own with the recipe below.
Loaded Mashed Potatoes

How to make loaded mashed potatoes

  1. Start by cutting the potatoes into small chunks. Place them in a large pot. Cover the potatoes with water and boil for about 25 minutes or until fork tender.
  2. Drain off the water and put potatoes back in the pot. Add the sour cream, milk, butter, green onion, cheese, crumbled bacon, and seasonings. Mash until everything is combines.
Mashed Potatoes

Recipe tips

  • Peel – Make sure to scrub and clean the potatoes. You can leave the peel on or off.
  • Cook – Be careful not to over boil the potatoes. You want them to be fork tender.
  • Mash – I recommend using a potato masher and not a mixer. Using a mixer and sometimes cause the potatoes to have a glue like texture.
bacon Ranch Potatoes

How to store

Make ahead – These loaded ranch mashed potatoes can be prepared the day before. Cover and store in the refrigerator. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake at 325 for about 30 minutes to heat up.

Store – Store any leftover mashed potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave.

Freeze – Store in a freezer safe container or bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

What to serve with Bacon Ranch Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes pair well with a wide variety of meals. Some of our favorite include:

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Loaded Ranch Mashed Potatoes Recipe

By Heather
Ranch Mashed Potatoes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1/2 cup sour cream I used light sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 pounds cubed small gold potatoes you can substitute red potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoons dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup cooked crumbled bacon


  • Place potatoes in large pot or Dutch oven. Cover potatoes with water.
  • Bring water to a boil and then reduce heat to medium.
  • Boil potatoes for 20 minutes or until tender. Drain off water. 
  • Put potatoes in large bowl and add sour cream, butter, milk, salt, pepper, basil, parsley, dill, garlic powder, dried minced onion, cheese and bacon. 
  • Mash with potato masher until desired consistency. 


Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 797mg | Potassium: 1056mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 695IU | Vitamin C: 26.6mg | Calcium: 226mg | Iron: 7.7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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