Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash is a hearty, healthy breakfast made all in one skillet with a savory mix of sweet potato, turkey sausage, onions, garlic, jalapeno, and seasonings. A few fried eggs on top are the perfect complement.
This healthy Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash with sausage is a tried-and-true favorite in our home. I first made it totally on a whim (IYKYK) when my husband and I were dating. Since then he lovingly refers to it as "sweet potato surprise" and asks for it regularly. I love whipping up a big batch on the weekend and enjoying the leftovers all week long. To me, it is more of a fall dish, but we tend to make it all year long when the craving strikes.
This dish would be great as part of a brunch buffet alongside any of my breakfast recipes such as The Best French Toast, Overnight Sourdough Pancakes, Spicy Afghan Scrambled Eggs, or Apple Butter Puff Pastry Braid.
You only need 5 ingredients and a quick homemade spice blend to make this delicious savory breakfast skillet. Eggs on top are a great finish, but feel free to leave them out if you want a sweet potato breakfast hash with no eggs.
- sweet potatoes
- fresh garlic
- turkey breakfast sausage
- jalapeno pepper
- spices including salt, pepper, cajun seasoning, oregano, smoked paprika
See recipe card for quantities.
how to make sweet potato breakfast hash
- Heat a large heavy skillet such as cast iron over medium high heat.
- Add 2 tablespoons of oil and cook sausage, onion, pepper, garlic, and half of seasoning blend over medium high heat until sausage is cooked through. Break up sausage into small crumbles as you are cooking. This will take about 10 minutes.
- Add sweet potatoes and remaining seasoning blend and mix well.
- Cover and cook over medium to medium low heat, stirring every few minutes until potatoes are just tender - you do not want them to be mushy. This will take about 20 minutes.
- Cook eggs in a separate pan and add to top of hash if desired.
First cook the sausage, onion, garlic, and pepper in a skillet until sausage is cooked through
Add sweet potatoes in same skillet and cook for 20 minutes, covered, stirring often.
I have made many versions of this recipe. Here are some substitutions you might enjoy.
- Potatoes - Use any variety of sweet or regular potato you love!
- Sausage - Use your favorite breakfast sausage (pork, turkey, or chicken) or even bacon here - make sure to drain the grease if you use a fattier option.
- Vegetarian/Vegan - Leave the sausage out altogether for a vegetarian or vegan option (without the eggs on top!)
- Peppers - Substitute a non-spicy pepper for the jalapeno if you don't want any heat
Feel free to adjust the seasonings to your favorite flavors. Add more heat or extra herbs depending on your preferences.
- Spicy - add chili pepper flakes to the spice blend for extra spice and top with pickled jalapenos.
- Cheesy - Top with shredded cheddar for a more indulgent dish.
- Herb it up - Add more dried herbs to the seasoning mix and/or fresh herbs closer to the end of cooking time. Fresh rosemary is one of my favorite additions!
My favorite way to make this is in a large cast iron skillet, but I have also made larger batches in an electric skillet. The electric skillet is nice to keep it warm on a breakfast or brunch buffet too. Whatever you choose, make sure it has a lid as you will need the lid to trap steam when cooking the sweet potatoes.
Store the cooled sweet potato hash in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. Reheat on medium heat in a preheated, oiled skillet, adding a small splash of water to help steam and reheat without scorching.
Having a tight fitting lid is crucial to creating a steamy environment to get the sweet potatoes to cook evenly and become tender. Don't skip it!
Sweet potatoes are an excellent breakfast option. They are packing with nutrients, fiber, and flavor and they are quick cooking.
Hash is a term that refers to potatoes, meat, and other veggies and flavorings that are cooked together often in the same skillet. The name is derived from French: hacher, meaning "to chop".
This hash recipe feels very fall to me. Make sure to check out my other fall-inspired recipes:
Pair this Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash with any of my breakfast recipes: