Crack Mashed Potatoes [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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Crack Mashed Potatoes are simply addicting! Add a twist to this classic side dish with some Bacon, Ranch, and Cheddar cheese with this easy recipe!

I am a fan of this side dish! I like making it whenever we have dishes that have gravy such as the Cube Steak, the Instant Pot Pot Roast, and the Instant Pot Chicken Breast.

Crack Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Crack Mashed Potatoes are in demand in my family. Whenever we have potlucks, they tease me to prepare this! So, I guess, they are just as addicted to this side dish as I am!

I can prepare this in an hour or less which makes this dish ultraconvenient. You do not need many ingredients, too – just the spuds and a few pantry items.

So, if you are bored with the classic version however comforting it may be, then, try this! It is savory, creamy, buttery, with a bit of sourness, too. Experience all these flavors in one exciting side dish!

What are mashed potatoes?

They are typically boiled spuds that were pressed and crushed into a smooth and thick mass. Often, it is seasoned with salt and pepper, and made creamy with milk and butter.

In this recipe, we are putting this dish to the next level with the addition of ranch, bacon, and cheese!

Are white potatoes healthy?

Yes! White spuds are a good source of carbohydrates that fuel your physical activities. It is also a good source of fiber, vitamin C, potassium, amino acids, and antioxidants.

A medium piece contains 110 calories with zero fat or cholesterol. It is usually how it is prepared that makes this vegetable not-so-healthy such as deep-frying it as in chips and French fries.

What do you need to make Crack Mashed Potatoes?

For this recipe, you will need the spuds and the following ingredients:

  • salt
  • hot milk
  • hot cream
  • unsalted butter
  • sour cream
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • pepper
  • ranch packet
  • cheddar cheese
  • bacon
  • fresh green onions

How to make Crack Mashed Potatoes?

  1. Prep the spuds: For this recipe, you will need about 4 pounds of spuds that are cleaned thoroughly and cut into quarters.
  2. Soften: Put the spuds in a large pot together with salted water covering the pieces by one inch. Boil the spuds and then, reduce to a simmer until everything is tender.
  3. Season: Remove the water then, add in the rest of the ingredients except for the garnishing, the cheese, and bacon.
  4. Mash: Mash everything with a wooden spoon or use an electric mixer. Add more milk or cream if it appears too dry. Do this just until smooth – overbeating may turn it gluey. Then, add in more cheddar cheese and bacon.
  5. Serve: Top with fresh green onions, cheese, bacon, and butter before serving.

What can you use to mash potatoes without a masher?

Just use a sturdy wooden spoon or fork and press down on the spuds. You can use any item hard enough to mash the boiled spuds.

How to make fluffy mashed potatoes?

Use the potato ricer to mash. It aerates the spuds resulting in a fluffy side dish.

How do you make Homemade Ranch Seasoning?

You can prepare a homemade ranch seasoning by combining buttermilk powder with your favorite herbs and spices like the following:

  • parsley
  • dill
  • onion powder
  • onion flakes
  • garlic powder
  • pepper
  • salt
  • chives

You can also check the full recipe for ranch seasoning here. 

How to store crack mashed potatoes?

  • Refrigerate: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days.
  • Freeze: You can freeze this which will make it last for 3 to 4 months.
  • To reheat: Put this in the microwave for about 5 minutes, adding milk or cream as needed.

More potato recipes:

Mashed Potatoes with a Twist Recipe Tips:

  • When you buy potatoes, store them in a cool, dry, and dark place to slow down sprouting.
  • If you will leave out the butter and cream for some reason, refrain from freezing the mashed potatoes. It is the fat that makes this dish hold well in the freezer.
  • If you want to keep a stash in your freezer, you can flash-freeze single-portion scoops in a baking pan. Once frozen, transfer to freezer bags.

Crack Mashed Potatoes

Crack Mashed Potatoes

Crack Mashed Potatoes are simply addicting! Add a twist to this classic side dish with some Bacon, Ranch and Cheddar cheese with this easy recipe!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 499kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 4 pounds potatoes (Russet or Yukon Gold)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup hot milk
  • 1/2 cup hot cream (or more)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  • 1 packet Ranch seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 12 bacon slices (cooked and chopped)


  • Fresh chopped green onions to garnish
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Chopped bacon - about 3-5 slices


  • Peel and cut potatoes into quarters lengthwise. Remove any spots, lumps or knots. Place potatoes in a large pot (6-quart) and cover with cold water by an inch, add some salt. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low, simmer until fork-tender, for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Drain cooked potatoes, add in the hot milk, hot cream, butter, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, Ranch powder, and sour cream.
  • Mash the potatoes with a potato masher until smooth, adding a little extra milk or cream if needed. Use electric beaters to beat further until smooth and fluffy. Be careful NOT to overbeat.
  • Add in the cheddar cheese and chopped bacon. Stir to combine.
  • Serve hot, garnished with green onions, chopped bacon, shredded cheese, and butter.



Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 1048mg | Potassium: 1082mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 208mg | Iron: 7.6mg
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Beth Pierce

What an amazing side dish with dinner! Can't wait to enjoy these this evening!



Pass me a big bowl and a big spoon and I'll be perfectly content!


Chrissie Baker

I love the name for this recipe, crack potatoes. They look wonderful and sound like they are quite easy to make. I know that my family would love these. Thanks for sharing.


Sara Welch

Loving all the cheesy goodness in this recipe! Can't wait to gobble this up tonight at dinner!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

This looks absolutely delicious! Yummy! I know for sure this would be a huge hit in my house!


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