In a large bowl, mix hash browns, melted butter, soup, salt, pepper, onions, sour cream, and cheese. Blend thoroughly. (Blend after each ingredient is added). Put into a 3 quart casserole (sprayed with Pam). Cover with potato chips Cover and place in oven set @ 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
For a main dish, add 2 cups cooked cubed ham, chicken or turkey to mixture.