Chunky mashed potatoes

A recipe inspired by Budget Bytes

Is your craving for comfort food demanding a new rendition on the usual go-to recipes? If mashed potatoes have been a long-time favorite on your comfort food dish list, you’re going to swoon over this chunky mashed potatoes recipe inspired by Budget Bytes.

Instead of the classic russet potato — the usual for mashed potatoes — we’ve swapped in red-skinned potatoes. These less-starchy, all-purpose gems have a heartier texture and will more than satisfy your hankering for tasty spuds.

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Also unlike the usual, these chunky mashed potatoes aren’t peeled. You’ll mash them just until they’re chunky — not even close to smooth. The yummy result? Melt-in-your-mouth potatoes embellished with bits of red skin that have more eye appeal than pasty-colored mash. (Let’s face it: Traditional white mashed potatoes aren’t the most beautiful dish on the table.)

Everyday mashed potatoes call for butter, milk, salt, and pepper. Our variation, though, uses butter and sour cream. Yes, butter and sour cream, just like you’d order on a baked potato! The fat in these ingredients lends a rich taste and satisfying mouthfeel. Garlic delivers a hint of pungency, while the green onions impart mild onion flavor and bright slivers of color.

You can adjust this recipe to your tastes and favorite ingredients, and to complement the flavor profile of your meals. Try adding chopped fresh herbs, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, chipotle powder, curry paste or goat cheese. The possibilities are endless.

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Red baby potatoes

The beauty here: no potatoes to peel! Red potato skins are thinner, cook up wonderfully and add a pop of color to boot.

red baby potatoes

Quarter red potatoes

After the potatoes are chopped and boiled, they are ready for the magic.

quarter red potatoes

Add butter and sour cream to boiled potatoes

It’s as though sour cream was made for potatoes. The creamy, rich and slightly sour stuff is the perfect compliment to just about any potato dish.

add sour cream and butter to boiled potatoes

Mash potatoes with seasonings

After adding the seasonings and green onions, give these potatoes a rough mashing.

mash potatoes with seasonings

Chunky mashed potatoes

Check out all that texture. You can almost taste these creamy, tangy potatoes!

chunky mashed potatoes

Mashed red potatoes look so good

Be creative and add cooked bacon bits or cheddar cheese.

mashed red potatoes look so good

Chunky mashed potatoes make you want to dive right in.

An easy dish that will go with just about any meal.

chunky mashed potatoes make you want to dive right in

Make some chunky mashed potatoes today

These chunky mashed potatoes reheat well for leftovers, too!

Make some chunky mashed potatoes today

Chunky mashed potatoes

Yield 6-8 servings


  • 3 pounds red-skinned potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 whole green onions, sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Scrub potatoes under running water, removing dirt. Do not peel.
  2. Cut the potatoes into 1-inch cubes.
  3. Place the diced potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water.
  4. Set the pot over high heat and bring water to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are very tender when pierced with a fork.
  5. Drain potatoes in a colander and return them to the pot.
  6. Add the butter, sour cream, garlic, green onions, salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
  7. With a potato masher, mash ingredients together. Taste the potatoes and adjust the seasoning.
  8. Cover pot and keep warm until ready to serve.

Courses Side dish