Easy Special Potatoes Recipe (Funeral Potatoes)

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Special potatoes recipe

My Favorite Cheesy Funeral Potatoes

This potato dish goes by several names: funeral potatoes, cheesy potatoes, special potatoes, sinful potatoes, loaded heart attack potatoes, etc. Some of you have already shared some different names in the comments. 🙂

There are also a lot of different versions of this recipe. This one is a classic version for my family. It tastes so good and is so easy to make, I just keep coming back to it.

Special potatoes ingredients

We LOVE These Sinful Potatoes

Anytime we have ham, I feel like we HAVE to have these Special Potatoes too! We like to have ham around Christmas and Easter.

After making these recently though, I was thinking that these are too good and too easy to make to only have once or twice per year. What if you served these cheesy funeral potatoes with other types of pork and meat? Cheesy potatoes with grilled ribs or steak. Yum.

Unfortunately, Sinful Potatoes are not the most healthy potato dish, so don’t go wild and serve them all the time. 😉 If you really like potatoes, satisfy your cravings with all our other potato recipes!

Special potatoes with homemade cream of chicken

Special Potato Ingredients

I like to use this homemade cream of chicken soup in place of the canned stuff any time I can. Still easy! And I think it actually makes these special potatoes taste even better.

Making sinful potatoes

Mixing the Ingredients

Just dump all of the filling ingredients into a big bowl and stir to combine. So easy.

I use one of my largest mixing bowls and it is barely big enough, but somehow I manage to mix the filling together without making too big of a mess.

After you mix it up, pour it into the baking dish and top with the cheese and chips. Then, bake it and you’re done!

Loaded heart attack potatoes recipe

Special Potato Topping Options

Cheesy potatoes with corn flakes on top are super good, but I love the substitution of potato chips. My family just doesn’t eat corn flakes, so I have a hard time using up the rest of the cereal. Potato chips, however…well, those disappear quickly. 😉

When you use the chips on top, you don’t need to add more melted butter or anything. Super tasty and even easier!

Funeral potatoes recipe

Hope You Enjoy These Cheesy Funeral Potatoes!

Some of the funeral potato recipes I’ve tried end up too runny in my opinion or with an overpowering flavor of some sort. To me, this recipe has just the right consistency (full and thick) and a wonderful combination of flavors.

These sinful potatoes are perfect for special occasions, served with ham, and/or for feeding a large crowd.

Sinful potatoes

Additional Notes

This recipe is slightly adapted from a recipe shared by my cousin in my family cookbook. Thanks, Jessica, for the awesome idea of using potato chips on top. Yum!

Cheesy funeral potatoes recipe

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Easy Special Potatoes Recipe (Funeral Potatoes)

5 / 5 (1 review)
Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 40-50 minutes
Yield: 9x13 baking dish | Serves: 12


  • Filling:

  • 3 pounds frozen cubed potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup (or cream of mushroom)
  • 1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 16 ounces sour cream (about 2 cups)
  • salt and pepper
  • Topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups crushed original potato chips
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a very large bowl, mix together the filling ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Pour filling into a 9x13 baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle the top with cheese and crushed potato chips.
  5. Bake for about 50-60 minutes, until the top is golden, the filling is bubbling, and it is warmed throughout. (If you use frozen shredded hash browns instead of the cubed, you can decrease the baking time by about 20 minutes.)


For the topping, you can skip the potato chips and use 1 1/2 cups crushed corn flakes (or other crushed corn cereal) over the cheese. Then drizzle 1/4-1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted) to top it all off.

Ingredients: Butter, Cheese, Cream of Chicken Soup, Onion, Pepper, Potatoes, Salt, Sour Cream
Meal Type: Side Dish, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving
Categories: Casserole, Oven

Comments & Reviews

  • juli

    I have also heard them called Heart Attack Potatoes. 🙂

  • Julia

    I call them Holiday potatoes and save them for the big 3 holiday dinners. Easter, Thanksgiving n Christmas. Paula Dean has a great potato casserole recipe at http://www.food network.com search for Mashed Bake. It has dried garlic mashed potatoes in it to use up some of your Betty crocker dried mashed potatoes.

  • Cynthia

    My mother calls them “Better than Sex” Potatoes…you be the judge!

  • jdann

    I use Panko bread crumbs on top ( especially after the 3.00 Q), also use cream of chicken vs. cream of mushroom,

  • Shelley

    We like them better using tater tots. My mom calls these “Sinful Potatoes” We’re having these for Christmas with our Maple Baked Pork Loin! Yummm!

  • Ann-Marie

    We have a similar version at our family gatherings. I’ve never tried it with Cream of Chicken soup before, might try that next time to see how the flavor changes! I use 1 can Cheddar Cheese Soup + 1 can Cream of Mushroom. Now you’ve got me hungry for some!

  • Gretchen

    Any thoughts how many this would serve as a side. I’m having 8 adults and 3 kids for Easter and I’m not sure if I need more than one pan of these.

    • Melanie

      It fills a 9×13 pan. I’m thinking you could get 8 large servings out of it, or more like 10-11 medium servings. I guess it depends on how big of eaters your guests will be. 🙂

  • Kathy Pagnozzi

    Have you ever doubled the recipe? I’m having 24 for Easter.

    • Melanie

      When I double it, like I’m doing for this weekend, I basically just make it twice since I don’t have a bowl big enough to mix a double batch and I don’t have a huge pan either. So I’ll mix up two batches and put it in two 9×13 pans, but bake them at the same time. But if you are able to double it in one bowl and one huge pan, then go for it! Just note that the cooking time may need to be adjusted if your casserole ends up being deeper or more shallow than how it normally is as a single batch in one 9×13. 🙂

  • Leann

    Can you use fresh potatoes instead of frozen

    • Melanie

      You can, but I personally like the frozen potatoes better. Fresh potatoes may release more moisture and might turn to more of a gray color.

  • Sharon

    Good morning! Question…do the potatoes have to be cooked first?

  • Sharon

    Good morning! Question…do the potatoes have to be cooked first? Please explain!

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