This delicious Potato Hash Recipe is perfect for a weekend breakfast! Crispy bacon and potatoes are cooked with tender peppers and onions for a breakfast skillet packed with flavor.
What is potato hash?
Potato hash (or “hash and potatoes”) is just a dish that consists mostly of chopped potatoes but may also include chopped onions, peppers, and meat. It’s a fantastic way to use up leftover diced vegetable and inexpensively feed a crowd.
It’s flexible enough so that you can use fresh, frozen, or even pre-cooked potatoes as well as any combination of onions, peppers, and meat you have on hand. You could add garlic, shallots, cheese, or even swap out potatoes for sweet potatoes. It’s the perfect “use it before the produce goes bad” meal!
Ingredients for Breakfast Skillet Potatoes
To make this easy one-pan fiesta breakfast hash you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Diced potatoes
- Olive oil
- Spices: Garlic powder, Smoked paprika, Cumin, Salt
- Onion: Red or white
How to make potato hash
This simple breakfast recipe comes together in just about 35 minutes! Start by slicing the bacon into small pieces and then cooking in a skillet over medium heat until crisp (about 4 minutes), stirring often. When crispy, remove from skillet and drain all but 1 tablespoon of the grease.
Toss diced potatoes with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and spices, either in a bowl or a bag. Make sure potatoes are well coated, then add potatoes to the skillet in an even layer. Let them cook without stirring for at least 5 minutes, allowing them to get a good crispy sear. Once it looks like the edges are crispy, then cook another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until they are fork tender.
Finally, add the peppers, onions, and the last tablespoon of olive oil if it’s needed. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender (about 5-7 minutes). Sprinkle bacon over the top and serve immediately.
How do you make potatoes crispy?
If you’re a stickler for crispy potatoes, make sure your potatoes are very dry before you toss them in the olive oil and spices. You want as little moisture in them as possible! Allow the potatoes to fry without moving to get solid, crispy exteriors, flipping the potatoes instead of stirring.
Can I make this breakfast skillet ahead of time?
You can! You may lose some crispiness in the potatoes, but you can easily cook this dish and then store in the fridge for 2-3 days. I would recommend to leave bacon separate until ready to serve to make sure it stays nice and crisp. To reheat, put back into the skillet with 1-2 teaspoons of water, cover, and bake until warmed throughout.
Can I use frozen potatoes in potato hash?
Yes, you can use frozen diced potatoes in this potato hash, but it will take a bit longer to cook. The potatoes likely won’t get quite as crispy, but it will still be a delicious dish.
Can I use cooked potatoes in a potato breakfast skillet?
Yes, potato hash is a great way to use up leftover cooked diced potatoes. If your cooked potatoes were well seasoned, you can skip the seasoning step in this recipe. You will still likely need to toss them in some of the olive oil, but you may not need as much.
Reduce the cooking time so that the potatoes don’t overcook. Simply have them in the skillet long enough to crisp up the edges and warm the potatoes throughout before adding the peppers and onions.
Tips and Tricks for the BEST Breakfast Skillet
- Cut the potatoes small and uniformly: To ensure the potatoes cook evenly make sure they are cut as uniformly as possible. Go for small bite sized potatoes for the best texture.
- Toss to Coat: You can toss the potatoes with the spices in a bowl, or as soon as you add them to the skillet, either work. Just make sure you coat the potatoes well so they are all perfectly seasoned.
- Large Skillet: Use a large skillet so you have plenty of room to cook the vegetables. Overcrowding your skilled will result in soggy potatoes.
What to serve with Potato Hash:
Potato hash is so versatile, and so are the ways you can serve it! It goes wonderfully with eggs, so you could serve these Easy Baked Eggs on the side (or you could even fry the eggs right there in the middle of the hash if you make a spot in the center of the skillet).
This Breakfast Sausage recipe is one of our favorites, and it would be perfect on the side or even crumbled in place of the bacon. This potato hash would even work well in a tortilla as a part of these Healthy Breakfast Tacos! You could use large tortillas, roll them up as burritos, and freeze them for a hearty meal-prep breakfast.
If you’re really trying to impress someone, serve with Steak and Eggs or top it with some Sausage Gravy. To get a serving or two of fruit in, make a big batch of these Cranberry Orange Smoothies or serve alongside a Peach Smoothie Bowl. For carb loading, add these Gluten-Free Buttermilk Biscuits!
More Breakfast Recipes:
- Cranberry Orange Smoothie
- Sausage Egg & Spinach Overnight Casserole
- Quick & Easy Breakfast Burritos
- Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
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- 4 slices of bacon
- 4 cups of diced potatoes, scrubbed clean (about 4 medium size potatoes)
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil, divided
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup red or white onion, chopped
- 1 cup chopped bell pepper
- Carefully slice the bacon into small pieces. Heat your skillet to medium heat and cook bacon until crisp, approximately 4 minutes, stirring often. When bacon is crisp remove from skillet and place on a paper towel.
- Drain off the bacon grease, reserving about 1 tablespoon of the grease in the skillet.
- Toss the potatoes in a large plastic bag or bowl and toss with one tablespoon of olive oil, coat well. Toss the potatoes in the spices until evenly coated.
- Add the potatoes to the skillet in an even layer. Fry the potatoes at least 5 minutes, without stirring. Stir occasionally and cook about 10 minutes until they are fork tender.
- Add the peppers and onions and the last tablespoon of olive oil if needed, cook, stirring occasionally until tender. This should take 5-7 minutes.
- Sprinkle bacon on top and serve immediately. Top with eggs, avocados, hot sauce, or other additions if preferred.
If using pre-cooked potatoes, you can toss them in as directed but only cook about 5-10 minutes while stirring occasionally, then add in peppers and onions and continue as written.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/4 of the skillet
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 387Total Fat: 25.8gCholesterol: 18.6mgSodium: 361mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 6.4gSugar: 7gProtein: 7.6g