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Cowboy Approved Potato Casserole

By popular request, here is the potato casserole recipe that was served at the Sanford Ranch Branding. This has become my go to for company. It’s easy but tastes fancy.

Belinda Sursa is a former team roper, all around ranch hand, and as part of being married to a New Mexico cowboy, she has fed day workin’ crews for many years. Along with her sister-in-law. Tavia Manes Vinson, who cooks for the Sanford, they are experts at cooking hearty meals for hard-working cowboys.

Belinda 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.  She adds her own New Mexico twist. She buys the hatch green chilis fresh every year, and tells me that 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 chilis, 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 hatch chilis.

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Natalie Cline Bright is an author, blogger, and speaker. Her fun, historical western TROUBLE IN TEXAS series for middle grades is a great read for the entire family, and the RESCUE ANIMAL series features true stories about horses.  Read about Natalie’s grandmother and her cherry salad recipe, recently selected for “THE WESTERN WRITERS OF AMERICA COOKBOOK: Favorite Recipes, Cooking Tips, and Writing Wisdom” (TwoDot Publishing, June 2017). Read the bargain novella MAGGIE’S BETRAYAL, a dark, dramatic women’s fiction set on historic Route 66 of the 1930s, and selected for the anthology OUR TIME ON ROUTE 66.