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Loaded Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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Where are my spud fans? This Loaded Mashed Potatoes Recipe is the best – and so simple and easy to do! All you need are a few ingredients to make this yummy side dish!

This simple potato recipe’s flavor is unlike anything you’ve tried before. Follow the simple steps on the recipe card below to get started!

The great part about making this loaded potato recipe is that it’s easy enough for beginner cooks! Stop stressing out over what to make for dinner – and start enjoying the cooking process.

Loaded Mashed Potatoes Recipe

We eat a lot of potatoes at home. A lot. I love how easy they make, how much flavor they have, and how cheap they are at the store.

And if you grow your potatoes, you’re lucky because you can get them even cheaper! Potatoes are a great food ingredient to have on hand for easy recipes like this.

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My boys always tell me that this is one of their favorite potato recipes, and I have to agree with that logic. There are just so many layers of flavor, and I love tasting and enjoying them all!

How do I make creamy mashed potatoes?

Creating creamy mashed potatoes that melt in your mouth is simpler than you might think and hinges on a few key steps. Start by choosing the right type of potato – Russets or Yukon Golds are ideal for their fluffy buttery texture.

Begin by peeling the potatoes, cutting them into uniformly sized pieces to ensure even cooking, and boiling them in salted water until tender.

A crucial tip is to warm your milk or cream with a generous pat of butter before adding it to your cooked potatoes; this helps incorporate a smooth, rich texture.

Use a potato masher for a chunkier texture or a potato ricer for silkier potatoes. Remember, the secret to the creamiest mashed potatoes is not overworking the mixture to avoid a gluey consistency.

Finally, season well with salt and pepper to taste; for an extra indulgence, add some sour cream or a spoonful of cream cheese at the end.

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Best Potato Recipes:

Once you make this Ranch Mashed Potatoes Recipe, it’s time to make other potato recipes. Here are a few of my favorites to get you started!

This Chocolate Chip Sweet Potato Bars Recipe is a great way to make a unique sweet potato dish!

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Southern Potato Salad is a great side dish for the summer months!

You can make this easy Sweet Potato Pie for the holidays!

I love how this Easy Parmesan Breakfast Potatoes Recipe is perfect for the morning hours!

Everyone in the family will love the taste of this Oven Roasted Red Potatoes Recipe!

I’ve made this Baked Sweet Potato Frittata Recipe so many times!

How do I store leftover mashed potatoes?

The key is to ensure they are tightly covered or placed in an airtight container before storing them in the refrigerator. This practice prevents the mashed potatoes from absorbing other flavors and odors present and helps retain moisture, preventing them from drying out.

If stored properly, leftover mashed potatoes can last in the refrigerator for up to four days. For longer storage, you can freeze them. To do so, scoop individual servings onto a baking sheet to partially freeze, then transfer to a freezer bag.

This method makes it easy to reheat only what you need later, and the mashed potatoes can be kept frozen for up to a year without losing quality. When you’re ready to enjoy them again, a splash of milk or cream during reheating can help restore their original creamy texture.

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Loaded Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Loaded Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Just making mashed potatoes a bit yummier!


  • 6 - 8 Potatoes - peeled diced, and boiled
  • 1 Packet Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1 stick of butter I use Country Crock margarine
  • 1/3 cup of Bacon Bits
  • 1 cup of Shredded Cheddar or Mexi-Mix
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 1/4 cup sour cream


  1. After draining your potatoes, combine ALL ingredients in a large bowl. (I use my mixer)
  2. Whip until smooth and fluffy!
  3. Serve - simple, huh?
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 587Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 865mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 6gSugar: 10gProtein: 18g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 5/8/2024

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