Baked Cheesy Ranch Potatoes (Just 4 Ingredients!) @natashaskitchen

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Sometimes the best recipes are the simplest. These baked ranch potatoes have just 4 ingredients and they’re perfect for dinner; whether it’s for the fam or a party!

My Mama-in-law thought up this recipe and baked it for us on our last visit to California. It seems like every time we visit, I come home with new recipes. I love it! Even my son found these cheesy potatoes hard to resist and he doesn’t usually like potatoes. Family approved :). 

If you aren’t convinced yet, please stare at this next photo awhile… 😉

Baked Cheesy Ranch Potatoes (Just 4 Ingredients!) @natashaskitchen

Ingredients for cheesy ranch potatoes:

3 lbs baby red potatoes, unpeeled
1/2-1 cup buttermilk or yogurt ranch dressing
Garlic salt, to taste
1 – 1 1/2 cups finely shredded Mexican cheese blend
Chives or green onions to garnish, optional

Baked Cheesy Ranch Potatoes (Just 4 Ingredients!) @natashaskitchen

How to make oven roasted potatoes:

1. Cut potatoes into 1″ to 1 1/2″ pieces. Fill a 5 Qt pot half full with salted warm water (about 7 cups water and 1 tsp salt). Add potatoes and bring to a boil then cook at a low boil for 8-12 min depending on size of potatoes (they should be nearly done and should be fairly easy to pierce with a fork) Drain well.

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2. Drizzle 1/2 cup ranch dressing directly into the pot with drained potatoes and gently toss – just enough to coat evenly.

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3. Transfer potatoes into greased casserole dish. Sprinkle potatoes with garlic salt to taste. Bake uncovered at 400˚F for 20-25 minutes. Remove casserole from oven and set oven to broil.

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4. Sprinkle the top with 1 cup Mexican cheese blend, return to oven and broil for 2-3 min or until cheese is melted. It’s perfectly ok to add more garlic salt at the end if you under-seasoned it the first time (speaking from experience)

Baked Cheesy Ranch Potatoes (Just 4 Ingredients!) @natashaskitchen

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Baked Cheesy Ranch Potatoes

4.93 from 77 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Sometimes the best recipes are the simplest. These baked ranch potatoes have just 4 ingredients and they're perfect for dinner; whether it's for the fam or a party!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 6 Servings
  • 3 lbs baby red potatoes, unpeeled
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk ranch or yogurt ranch dressing
  • Garlic salt, to taste
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups finely shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 2 Tbsp chives or green onions, optional garnish

Instructions

  • Cut potatoes into 1″ to 1 1/2″ pieces. Fill a 5 Qt pot half full with salted warm water (about 7 cups water and 1 tsp salt). Add potatoes and bring to a boil then cook at a low boil for 8-12 min depending on size of potatoes (they should be nearly done and should be fairly easy to pierce with a fork) Drain well.
  • Drizzle 1/2 cup ranch dressing directly into the pot with drained potatoes and gently toss - just enough to coat evenly.
  • Transfer potatoes into greased casserole dish. Sprinkle potatoes with garlic salt to taste. Bake uncovered at 400˚F for 20-25 minutes. Remove casserole from oven and set oven to broil.
  • Sprinkle the top with 1 cup Mexican cheese blend, return to oven and broil for 2-3 min or until cheese is melted. It's perfectly ok to add more garlic salt at the end if you under-seasoned it the first time (speaking from experience). Garnish with chopped chives or green onion if desired.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Cheesy Ranch Potatoes
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $

 

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Baked Cheesy Ranch Potatoes (Just 4 Ingredients!) @natashaskitchen

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  • PT
    September 6, 2018

    This one is going on the to-do list… I like the idea of adding bacon (everything is better with bacon) and perhaps some minced garlic and/or some chopped green chilis…
    Thanks for the recipe…

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 6, 2018

      Those sound like great ideas also, Thanks PT!

      Reply

  • Kelly
    February 13, 2018

    My family loves this. We add chopped bacon on top and mis in a little softened cream cheese with the ranch.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 13, 2018

      I’m glad to hear the whole family enjoys the recipe! Thanks for sharing your great review Kelly!

      Reply

  • Christina
    February 9, 2018

    My hubby and daughter loved this. I made it as posted. Thanks for posting such a simple recipe.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 9, 2018

      You’re welcome Christina! I’m glad to hear the whole family enjoys the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

      Reply

  • Kris
    January 4, 2018

    Hi Natasha,
    I am bringing your potatoes to a gathering tomorrow night but will be short on time tomorrow and don’t want to rush it..
    I’m wondering how much of the recipe I can complete a day ahead and where a good place to stop for the night and then complete tomorrow night would be.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 4, 2018

      Hi Kris, I haven’t tried that but I think it would work to completely assemble these potatoes and bake the following day. 🙂

      Reply

  • k
    November 16, 2017

    Have a jar of ranch dressing that’s not my favorite (I’ve discoverd Buttermilk Ranch is the only type of Ranch dressing I LOVE)…. Had some red potatoes… .made this dish! I think it still needs something… but maybe it’s just because I want buttermilk ranch instead of regular! Maybe some dried dill? Either way, I love ranch, and cheese, and potatoes, and this is an easy dish I’ll be making over and over again!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 18, 2017

      I think dried dill or even better; fresh dill, would work great here :).

      Reply

  • Nanu
    October 27, 2017

    Im making this right now as Im writing this. 😌

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 27, 2017

      Please let me know what you think!

      Reply

  • Andrea
    October 3, 2017

    Added red onions and extra cheese. Not as flavorful the first day but very good on day 2. I think I will try blue cheese dressing next time with another cheese topping 😋

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 4, 2017

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Mary
    September 24, 2017

    Great recipe! I have made it twice now. This time, I used half regular ranch dressing and half 3 herb ranch dressing.Still delicious.The boiling then baking of potatoes adds an extra step , but really makes a difference…a YUMMY difference.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 25, 2017

      I’m glad you enjoy the recipe Mary! Thanks for sharing your tip and great review with other readers!

      Reply

  • Katherine
    July 2, 2017

    Can you use just a regular ranch dressing?

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 2, 2017

      Katherine, that should work fine 😬

      Reply

  • Austin Ryan
    June 26, 2017

    I like my potatoes crispy. Would it be possible to just cook these completely in the oven instead of boiling them? Maybe toss in some olive oil?

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    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 26, 2017

      Hi Austin, you would have to alter the recipe to do a bake-only method. I would spread them out more on a baking sheet and you will have to bake them for 45 minutes and up to an hour depending on thickness of potatoes. I’m not sure I would bake for that long with the ranch coating. It would turn out to be a completely different recipe 🙂

      Reply

  • Chasity
    May 31, 2017

    If I made this a head of time, how would you recommend to heat it up for the event?

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 31, 2017

      I would probably heat it in an oven until hot and maybe sprinkle on a little extra cheese before baking then just before serving, garnish with chives or even parsley.

      Reply

  • Mallory
    May 26, 2017

    I made these a few weeks ago and they were so good! Only I made them with white potatoes because its all I had to cook with but they turned out delicious! Can’t wait to make them again! Thank you for the recipe. I will be saving this one for sure!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 27, 2017

      I’m happy to hear you enjoy the recipe Mallory! Thanks for sharing your review 🙂

      Reply

  • Samantha
    April 2, 2017

    I have made this recipe a few times now and it is always a big hit, we never have leftovers! 🙂 Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 2, 2017

      You’re welcome Samantha! You know you’ve found a good recipe when there’s no leftovers!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

      Reply

  • Cooking Mama
    March 3, 2017

    Hi Natasha,

    I’m planning to make this recipe this weekend. It looks so good! Do you think it would be good made with white potatoes instead of the red it calls for?

    Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 4, 2017

      I prefer the waxy texture of the red potatoes, but I think you could make it work fine with white potatoes, but you might have to adjust the baking time. Bake until easily pierced with a knife 🙂

      Reply

  • Ruslan
    February 16, 2017

    I can’t wait to try and make this, Looking forward to it. Thank you for sharing!!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 16, 2017

      It’s a delicious and easy recipe! Let me know what you think!

      Reply

  • Nikki Bryan
    January 30, 2017

    I made these for my family tonight! They were a huge hit! Everyone loved them and I do have a very picky bunch!!! Thanks!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 30, 2017

      You’re welcome Nikki! I am so happy to hear your family loves the recipe as much as mine does! 🙂

      Reply

  • Kristen
    January 26, 2017

    Can I use regular ranch dressing??

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 26, 2017

      Hi Kristen, yes, that would work great 🙂

      Reply

  • Ilona
    December 16, 2016

    Yummy recipe:) If I double the recipe is baking time the same?

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 16, 2016

      Thank you Ilona, keep it in the oven for 30 min. Let me know how it turns out 😀.

      Reply

  • Alison
    November 19, 2016

    This was so easy to make and came out so deliciously! My boyfriend who is notorious for being a picky eater ate this up without hesitation! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 20, 2016

      Alison, thank you for such a nice review and you are very welcome 😁.

      Reply

  • Gina Golden
    November 10, 2016

    I have made these potatoes 3 times. The only change I made was to use garlic powder and salt so that I could control the amount of salt I wanted. They were great! This last time, I sprinkled paprika on before adding the cheese, not a leftover in sight! I highly recommend this recipe!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 10, 2016

      That is awesome!! I’m so happy you like the recipe and thank you for the fantastic review!

      Reply

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