This was good. I, too, was out of bacon, but I think it would just add to the yummy-ness. I used about half of a 16-oz. tub of dip, probably a little bit more than a cup. I made these ahead by a few hours, mashing them and putting in an 8x8 baking dish, then baking them for about 30 min. Good reviews from our dinner guests. Served with BBQ'd ribs, salad, sauteed mushrooms.
Very good potatoes. I didn't have any bacon, I think that it would have been even better with it. I wasn't sure what size container of dip I should use so I put in 1 cup of dip. They were very easy to make.