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Cowboy Hash Brown Skillet (+Video)

This Cowboy Hash Brown Skillet is the most delicious breakfast recipe! Bacon, eggs, refrigerated hash browns, diced onion and cheese!

A SIMPLE, FILLING BREAKFAST RECIPE

The ideal breakfast/brunch meal for me is something that combines a bit of protein and a bit of carbohydrate. It fills me up, gives me energy and keeps me fuller longer. But I like to keep it simple. This is one of my favorite breakfast or brunch meals. Or even breakfast for dinner? Serve it with some fresh fruit and toast and it will easily feed a family of four.

Cowboy Hash Brown Casserole recipe with eggs, cheese, bacon, onion in a large skillet.

TIPS FOR MAKING THIS EGG, BACON HASH BROWN SKILLET MEAL:

  • You want to get a good, crispy browning on the hash browns. So make sure your hash browns are fully thawed and dried with a paper towel. When you put them in the skillet, don’t push them around too much. Just press them down with your spatula.
  • Feel free to add your favorite veggies to this. Peppers and mushrooms are great options.
  • Also, ham may be substituted for the bacon.
Cowboy Hash Brown Skillet recipe from The Country Cook shown being scooped out of a skillet with a large serving spoon.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • bacon
  • onion
  • shredded hash browns
  • eggs
  • cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper
shredded hash browns, bacon, eggs, cheese, onion.

HOW TO MAKE COWBOY HASH BROWN SKILLET BREAKFAST:

In a large nonstick skillet, cook chopped bacon over medium heat until it starts releasing a bit of fat, then add in chopped onions. Season with a little bit of salt and pepper.

saute onion and bacon in a skillet with a wooden spoon

Then, drain excess bacon fat, just leaving about 1/4 cup left in the pan. Stir in hash browns. Cook over medium heat, uncovered for about 8-10 minutes. Hash browns should be getting a light golden brown on the bottom. Turn potatoes. With the end of a spoon, make eight, evenly spaced holes in the hash browns. Break one egg into each hole. Season the eggs with a bit of salt and pepper.

cracked eggs into hash browns, bacon and onions

Cover, turn the heat down to low, and cook for another 10 minutes (until eggs are set.)

seasoned eggs with salt and pepper

Then uncover and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Let the cheese melt, then serve! 

Easy Skillet Hash Brown Casserole recipe

I sprinkled with a bit of chopped green onion just to give it some color and a punch of flavor.

Eggs and Bacon Hash Brown Casserole, easy breakfast recipe

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Cowboy Hash Brown Skillet

This Cowboy Hash Brown Skillet is the most delicious breakfast recipe! Bacon, eggs, refrigerated hash browns, diced onion and cheese!
5 from 11 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large nonstick skillet, cook chopped bacon over medium heat until it starts releasing a bit of fat, then add in chopped onions.
  • Season with a little bit of salt and pepper. Cook until bacon is just starting to get crispy and onions are soft.
  • Then drain excess bacon fat, just leaving about 1/4 cup left in the pan.
  • Stir in hash browns.
  • Cook over medium heat, uncovered for about 8-10 minutes. Hash browns should be getting a light golden brown on the bottom. Turn potatoes.
  • With the end of a spoon, make eight, evenly spaced holes in the hash browns.
  • Break one egg into each hole. Season the eggs with a bit of salt and pepper.
  • Cover, turn the heat down to low, and cook for another 10 minutes (until eggs are set).
  • Then uncover and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  • Let the cheese melt, then serve!

Video

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 559kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 42g | Sodium: 722mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Originally published: March 2014
Updated & republished: October 2020

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15 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Very tasty! My wife and I just enjoyed this for breakfast. I did not notice the part where I was supposed to thaw my hashbrowns, but I just cooked it a little longer and everything came out fine.

  2. 5 stars
    We loved it! Wish the hash browns were crispy. Might need to keep more of the bacon fat in for that. Some spice like cayenne pepper might make the flavor more intense. The 6 servings recipe was pretty deep for the skillet.

  3. 5 stars
    Just made this for breakfast. I am a single person household so I used two cups tater tots, chopped. I browned handful of sliced bacon then added gator tots. Added two slices onion diced. Added fresh ground pepper and salt to taste. Cooked together. I then added three x-lg eggs. Scrambled all ingredients together. Plated and added I slice American cheese, ripped up. Eating now. Absolutely great tasting. Thank you for this recipe.

    1. Bob there’s nothing wrong with what you did and posting about it. I would think Brandie would be flattered that you got inspiration from her recipe to create something and share it to us.
      Thank you Brandie for inspiring creativity.

  4. 5 stars
    This this for lunch, “our main meal of the day” And I want to thank you, an easy, tasty and did I
    say…easy??? Thank you very much!

  5. Are the eggs soft so the yolks are runny? I have done similar with hash, and wanted runny , but they usually get cooked too much and are cooked. Even on low heat. Timing is critical and 10 min seems like long time. Just wondering.