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Cowboy Approved Potato Casserole

By popular request, here is the potato casserole recipe that was served at this year’s branding.

Belinda Sursa is a former team roper, all around ranch hand, and as part of being married to a New Mexico cowboy, she can cook too. She has fed day workin’ crews for many years. She told me that her New Mexico guys were never fans of the traditional cold potato salad, so she came up with this hot potato dish as a side for the BBQ brisket and cole slaw.  Fresh green chillis adds a New Mexico twist. She buys the hatch green chillis fresh every year, as most of us do. The roasted peppers store well in the freezer. If you don’t have fresh, Belinda suggests using the frozen variety from the freezer section.

1 large package Frozen potatoes, cubed

1 can Cream of Chicken Soup

1 carton Sour Cream

Hatch green chillis, chopped (as many as you’d like!)

4-6 slices Bacon, fried and chopped

2 cups shredded cheese



Garlic Powder

Mix the above ingredients, except for bacon and cheese. Cook at 325 degrees until potatoes are tender. Top with grated cheese (your choice), and bacon which has been fried and chopped. Return to the oven until the cheese is melted. Double or triple the recipe as needed, depending on the size of your group.

This is similar to the hash-brown casserole that I make, but I like the potato chunks too. It seems more heartier, and there is definitely a bite of heat from the chillis.

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Natalie Cline Bright is an author, blogger, speaker, and cattle ranch owner. Her stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications. She holds a BBA from WTSU, enjoys talking to all ages about writing, and is dedicated to promoting a better understanding of the western lifestyle. She is author of a middle grade mystery series, TROUBLE IN TEXAS; a picture book series, RESCUE ANIMALS; and is currently working on a young adult series set in the Texas Frontier. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter @natNKB, Amazon Author Pages, Instagram, or LinkedIn. Website: She blogs every Monday about story craft at