If you’re going to go to the trouble of making a side dish, you want to make something that you know everyone will love. And you know what everyone loves? Potatoes. Wrap them in some cheesy, bacony, ranch goodness and that’s pretty much a guarantee. These Bacon Ranch Cheesy Potatoes are filling and indulgent enough that you could absolutely make a meal out of them, but they make the perfect crowd-pleasing side dish for any occasion. Potluck, game day, Sunday night family dinner… they always fit right in.
2 lbs potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 cup ranch dressing
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 tablespoon dried onion flakes
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
Chives or green onion, sliced, for garnish
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Add potatoes to a large pot and cover with cold salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat.
Reduce heat to medium-high and cook until potatoes are tender, 8-10 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix together the ranch, sour cream, garlic powder, onion flakes, salt, pepper, and half of the cheese.
Drain potatoes and place in a 9×9-inch baking dish or oven-safe skillet.
Pour ranch mixture over potatoes and stir to combine. Bake until hot and bubbly, 15 minutes.
Remove from oven, top with bacon and remaining cheese and return to oven until cheese is melted and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Serve with chives or green onion, and enjoy!