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Tex-Mex Ranch Potatoes

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These tasty Tex-Mex ranch potatoes give you a burst of flavor that adds excitement to any meal or snack. Whether you’re celebrating, watching your favorite football team, or have them as a side dish, they’re delicious!

Extra Flavorful Hash Brown Casserole

Tex-Mex ranch potatoes on a plate

Some people call this a hash brown casserole, but I don’t because I’ve given that name to another dish.

They’re also called funeral potatoes since people often serve them at funeral receptions. After all, it’s an easy dish that travels well and serves a lot of people.

Whatever you want to call them is fine. In fact, if you do anything different, such as add an ingredient or garnish it with something else, give it a name that’s yours.

And then share it so others can enjoy the dish. Just make sure you have plenty for everyone to have seconds.

Potatoes are delicious, but it’s so easy to get stuck in a rut with mashed, fried, or baked versions. It’s time to try something different!

This dish is definitely different. It’s also packed with a ton of flavor. So you don’t need to add much seasoning to anything else on your plate.

What to Serve with Tex-Mex Ranch Potatoes

These potatoes go with a variety of main dishes. When I made them, I served them with ground beef patties and a side of steamed broccoli.

You can also serve them with roasted chicken, pork chops, fish, or anything else you like. In fact, I could eat them all by themselves.

Ingredients

I used a bag of frozen diced hash brown potatoes that also had peppers and onions. However, you can use the kind without the peppers and onions.

Bag of frozen hash brown potatoes, ranch dressing, shredded cheddar cheese, taco seasoning, bacon pieces, and parsley flakes

You’ll also need a package of taco seasoning, ranch dressing, bacon crumbles, and cheddar cheese. If you want a little extra color, add some fresh or dried parsley flakes.

You can also add tomatoes if you want. That would give it even more flavor than it already has.

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by clicking on the “print” button.

How to Make Tex-Mex Ranch Potatoes

This is such an easy dish to make for a great flavor payoff. As a matter of fact, most people will go back for seconds or maybe even thirds.

So let’s get started. First, combine the taco seasoning, ranch dressing, and half of the cheese in a medium bowl.

taco seasoning, ranch dressing and shredded cheese in a bowl

Mix well. The ranch adds a zesty flavor, while the taco seasoning provides a touch of heat.

You can use whatever strength of taco seasoning you like. If you’re making this for a family with small children, you might want to go easy on it.

Seasonings mixed in a bowl

Next, add the potatoes and stir until all of them are well coated.

If you want to add your own touch (such as diced red peppers or some other colorful ingredient), this is a good time to do it.

Potatoes mixed with seasonings in a bowl

Pour them into a casserole dish that you’ve sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

I almost always use spray in order to make cleanup easy.

Mixture in a casserole dish

Cover the dish with foil and stick it in a medium-hot oven for 45 minutes.

You want the potatoes to cook until they are fork tender.

Casserole dish covered with foil

Remove the potatoes from the oven. Be very careful because this will be a hot, heavy dish.

Finally, sprinkle the remaining cheese and the bacon crumbles over the top.

Cooked potatoes and seasonings

Return the dish to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted, but keep a very close eye on it.

Don’t overcook the potatoes, or they’ll dry out.

Tex Mex ranch potatoes baked with cheese and bacon crumbles

After you remove the dish from the oven the final time, you may add parsley if you want.

Fresh is always best, but I didn’t have any. So I used some of the dried parsley that I always keep in my pantry.

Parsley flakes added to Tex Mex ranch potatoes

These potatoes are delicious as a side dish or enjoy them on their own.

If you want this to be a complete meal, you can add diced ham or whatever protein you have on hand.

Serving of Tex Mex ranch potatoes

More Delicious Recipes

Finding flavor is easy. All you have to do is check out some of the recipes here, such as this Greek olive and feta salad.

Another recipe you’ll love is this Italian chicken zucchini casserole. All you’ll need is a side salad and some crusty bread, and you have a fabulous meal.

Dessert is always fun, so try this moist and easy-to-make pineapple upside down casserole. Or make these molasses gingersnap cookies from Back to My Southern Roots.

See this recipe shared at Meal Plan Monday, Full Plate Thursday, and Weekend Potluck.

Yield: 8 servings

Tex-Mex Ranch Potatoes

Tex Mex ranch potatoes sprinkled with bacon and parsley

Packed with flavor, these Tex-Mex ranch potatoes are the perfect side dish for any family dinner.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of frozen diced hash brown potatoes (with or without peppers and onions)
  • 1 package of taco seasoning
  • 2/3 cup of ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup of bacon crumbles
  • 2/3 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of parsley flakes (optional)

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 7” x 11” casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
    2. In a mixing bowl, combine the taco seasoning, ranch dressing, and half of the cheese.
    3. Add the potatoes to the seasoning mixture and mix until all of the potato pieces are coated.
    4. Pour the mixture into the casserole dish. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
    5. Remove the potatoes from the oven and remove the foil.
    6. Sprinkle the remaining cheese and crumbled bacon over the top.
    7. Return to the oven and bake for another 15 minutes, until the cheese melts.
    8. Remove from the oven. If you want to add parsley flakes, do it now.
    9. Serve hot.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 211Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 29mgSodium 571mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 7g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Miz Helen

Tuesday 28th of January 2020

Great Tex Mex flavors for your potatoes, a real comfort dish! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday! Miz Helen

Carlee

Friday 24th of January 2020

Mmm! These would be such a hit with my family!

southernhomeexpress

Tuesday 28th of January 2020

My husband absolutely loved them!

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