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southern spice hash brown casserole

(7 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Renae McVay
Ecru, MS

Who doesn't love hash brown casserole? We love a little bite to our dishes, so I came up with this recipe. It's spicy but not too hot. If you want it really hot just add about 1/2 cup of finely chopped jalapeno peppers. Leave the seeds in for real pow!!!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This is a kicked-up hash brown casserole. Creamy, cheesy, and full of flavor, it has almost a Southwest flavor profile. Onions and bell peppers meld together nicely with the spices. Rotel tomatoes add a slight kick. Creamy soup makes this super creamy, and there is plenty of cheese. Serve as a side dish or a tasty addition to a potluck dinner.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(7 ratings)
yield 12 or more
prep time 30 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For southern spice hash brown casserole

  • 1 lg
    bag of frozen hash browns, country style, and thawed
  • 1 md
    chopped onion
  • 1 md
    chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 can
    Rotel tomatoes and (10 oz)
  • 1 Tbsp
    celery seeds
  • 1 Tbsp
    garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    paprika, sweet mild
  • 1 jar
    Hormel real bacon bits... do not use dried imitation bits (3 oz)
  • 3 c
    finely shredded cheese (I use Monterey/cheddar mix)
  • 1 can
    cream of celery soup (10.5 oz)
  • 24 oz
    sour cream
  • 1 c
    finely shredded cheese as above

How To Make southern spice hash brown casserole

  • Ingredients except for soup and cheese mixed in a bowl.
    After the hash browns are thawed, mix all ingredients in a large bowl except the soup and sour cream, and the 1 cup of shredded cheese. Toss together well.
  • Cream of celery soup and sour cream mixed in a bowl.
    In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the cream of celery soup and sour cream.
  • Combining mixtures together.
    Add this mixture to the potato mixture and thoroughly mix it together.
  • Mixture poured into a baking dish to bake in the oven.
    Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with oil and preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Pour the potato mixture into the casserole dish and spread it out evenly. Place in preheated oven and bake for 1 hour.
  • Sprinkling cheese over the partially baked casserole.
    After an hour pull the casserole out of the oven and sprinkle the last cup of cheese over the top. Turn the oven off and put the dish back in the oven and let it stay about 10 minutes for the cheese to melt.
  • Inside of the Southern Spice Hash Brown Casserole.
    This dish is spicy but not really hot. If you are adventurous and want more heat, add 1/2 cup of finely chopped jalapeno pepper; leave the seeds in for even more heat!!!