This colorfully crunchy, sweet, and cheesy Carrot Casserole is a delicious show-stopping side dish that is perfect for the holidays or any time of year.
Vintage recipes are simply the best! And this sweet carrot casserole recipe definitely follows suit. Carrots are baked in a mayonnaise cheese sauce and then topped with crunchy potato chips for a delightful casserole that is just perfect for a party or a potluck!
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Sweet Carrot Casserole
- If a classic carrot casserole recipe hasn’t been passed down from a kindly grandmother or auntie, then this one will be the go-to!
- This sweet carrot casserole recipe is ready with one dish and in just 30 minutes. What’s not to love? Serve it with an equally quick and easy Stove Top Meatloaf or some have it alongside these tasty Sweet And Spicy Crock Pot Ribs.
- Kids will rush to get their veggies in, especially with the generous dose of potato chips on the top!
What’s In Carrot Casserole?
FILLING – The ingredients for the filling are probably already in the fridge and pantry! Frozen carrots (no need to thaw!), mayonnaise, shredded cheddar and some seasonings are all that is needed for this simple, cheesy filling.
TOPPING – Choose your own chips! Regular potato chips are used here, but this side dish is perfect for experimenting! Sour cream and onion or barbecue flavored chips are complementary. No chips? A handful of crushed Ritz crackers, Panko breadcrumbs, or even a few Saltines will still bake into a crispy topping.
VARIATIONS – Carrot casserole is such a versatile dish, it’s brand new every time. Use fresh carrots (steam or boil first), or frozen carrots in coins, baby carrot-shaped, diced or julienned. For a more colorful dish, and a boost of healthy nutrition, add frozen peas, freshly cut zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, or squash. The bold flavor of cheddar cheese pairs well with the sweet carrots, but Monterey Jack and Swiss and even fondue-style Gouda and Gruyere will work.
How to Make Carrot Casserole
This super easy dish is sure to become a new comfort food classic, and it’s ready in three easy steps:
- Mix filling ingredients together and spread over carrots.
- Sprinkle potato chips over the top and bake until carrots are tender.
- Garnish with a dollop of sour cream, if desired.
- Thicker chips like kettle-style or tortillas work best. If the chips start to brown too quickly, cover the dish with foil and bake until carrots are tender.
- Be sure the carrots (and any other veggies) are cut to the same sizes so they bake evenly.
- For an extra creamy sauce, add softened cream cheese to the mayonnaise cheese mixture.
- Make an extra crunchy topping by adding more crushed potato chips to the top of the baked casserole and place it under the broiler until the topping is browned and crispy.
Keep leftover sweet carrot casserole in the refrigerator covered in plastic wrap for up to 3 days. Freeze leftovers in portions for up to 8 weeks. Thaw in the refrigerator, and reheat in the oven at 350˚F for about 15 minutes until warmed through.
Other Easy Vegetable Dishes!
- Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots – 5 minute prep!
- Broccoli Casserole – creamy with a crunchy topping.
- Cream Corn Casserole – perfect side for the holidays.
- Broccoli Bake – so cheesy and delicious.
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease an 8x8 casserole dish.
- Place frozen carrots in casserole dish.
- Combine mayonnaise, shredded cheese, and seasonings. Spread over top of carrots.
- Crush up potato chips and sprinkle over top.
- Bake for about 30 minutes, so cheese is melted and carrots are fully cooked.
- Cover with foil to avoid chips browning too much. Remove foil for the last 10 minutes of cook time.
If using fresh carrots, teamed or boil them before adding to the casserole dish.
Get creative with different chip flavors!