Yeeehaw!! It's breakfast time and these crispy Cowboy Potatoes might be just what you're looking for if you're in the mood for a tasty and filling meal. Incredibly versatile and seasoned to perfection, this fried skillet potato recipe can be served with additional protein, also known as Breakfast Hash, and topped with your favorite eggs for a nutritious start to your day.
This latest cowboy craze is sweeping the nation and we're jumping on the bandwagon. Try our delicious Cowboy Caviar recipe or our hearty Cowboy Breakfast Sandwich. Take out your favorite cast-iron skillet and let's do this ranch style!
Why do we love this recipe?
- It's easy - You can even buy the peppers and onion pre-diced at your local grocer.
- It's economical - Potatoes are super filling, and budget-friendly!
- It's tasty - I mean... potatoes, sauteed peppers, and onion. How could one go wrong?
- It's versatile - Add in different types of sausage, change up your vegetables or spices, and cook your eggs in a variety of ways (fried, scrambled, poached, etc.)
- Potatoes - Yukon Gold potatoes or Chef's potatoes are what we prefer for this recipe (see pictures above and below).
- Bell peppers - Choose different color variations to add interest.
- Onion - We prefer sweet onion varieties like Vidalia onions.
- Olive oil - Be sure to add a little more if needed.
- Herbs and Seasoning - We like to use cajun seasoning, an all-purpose seasoning, or fresh herbs. A small dash of paprika will also add flavor and color.
Note: Refer to the recipe card below for exact quantities.
How to Make Cowboy Potatoes
Step One: Prepare the Ingredients
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F while you prepare the ingredients. Chop the onion, bell peppers, and potatoes into small even pieces. The potatoes should be a bit larger in size. Season all vegetables generously.
Step Two: Cook the Potatoes
In a cast iron skillet on medium heat, begin frying the diced potatoes in olive oil. The oil should be warm and sizzling before the potatoes are added. Stir potatoes so that they are slightly browned on all sides. After 3-4 minutes, add in the onions and bell pepper. Saute for 2 more minutes, then place the skillet into the oven. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender.
Step Three: Assemble and Serve
Remove the potatoes from the oven and serve them immediately. Cowboy potatoes are great with eggs. Serve them on top of the skillet, or as a side.
- Peppers - If you don't like bell peppers, you could try adding poblano peppers. Be careful though because they could make this dish a bit spicy! You could also leave them out altogether and add your favorite meat instead.
- Onion - Green onions (chopped scallion) can be added at the end and used in place of a regular onion.
- Protein - Meat can be used as an add-in or as a substitute. Smoked sausage, breakfast sausage, or bacon would work well for this breakfast hash. Eggs are a great add-in as well!
- Spice - Turn your cowboy potatoes into Mexican Breakfast Potatoes by adding spicy chorizo.
- Cheese - Who doesn't love gooey cheese with their potatoes? Add some on top for extra cheesy flavor!
If adding meat to your Cowboy Potatoes, be sure to use some of the leftover fat (grease) in place of the olive oil. It's best to cook the meat first so you can stir in the brown bits and add more flavor.
Reheating leftover cowboy potatoes in an air fryer will help to retain their crispy texture.
I recommend only using one large potato for this recipe. It is important not to overcrowd the pan.
Cut vegetables into similar-sized pieces so they can cook evenly.
- Cast iron skillet
- Cutting board
- Wooden spoon
Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
This dish is not freezer friendly.
Have leftover ingredients?
- Leftover bell peppers and onions would be great in this Cajun Andouille Sausage and Shrimp Sheet Pan.
- Use the other half of your green pepper in this Village Salad for lunch this week.
Need something to pair this with?
- Try these delicious Sous Vide Poached Eggs.
In the mood for a similar dish?
- Try these Mexican Breakfast Potatoes
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Cowboy Potatoes (Breakfast Hash)
- 1 med Yukon Gold or Chef potato
- ¼ med Red bell pepper (diced small)
- ¼ med Green bell pepper (diced small)
- ¼ med Onion (diced small)
- 3 tablespoon Olive oil
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon Coarse Salt (or to taste)
- ¼ teaspoon Pepper (or to taste)
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Wash all produce. Dice bell peppers, onion, and potatoes into small even pieces. The potatoes should be a bit larger in size.
- Season potatoes generously.
- In a cast iron skillet on medium heat, fry the diced and seasoned potatoes in olive oil until brown on all sides. This should take about 3-4 minutes.
- Add bell peppers and onion, then saute for 2 additional minutes, adding more olive oil if needed.
- Place the cast iron skillet into the oven and cook 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender.
- Serve immediately with your favorite eggs on top.
- Create a clean work area.
- Wash hands after touching raw meat or seafood.
- Rinse fresh produce thoroughly.
- Do not use the same cutting board or utensils on cooked food or produce, that previously touched raw meat or seafood.
- Do not leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods.
- Never leave cooking food unattended.
- Use oils with a high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds.
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove.