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Today I’m sharing my top tips for the most flavorful, crispy diced hash browns recipe. My testers raved about the amazing flavors and simplicity of this sweet potato breakfast hash!
With my easy step-by-step instructions, you will have these hash browns ready for the oven in just 15 minutes and on the table in under an hour. Also called home fries or fried potatoes, these are oven roasted for a hands-off experience.
The best part of this quick breakfast or healthy side dish is that the whole family will love it.
I enjoy giving precise details in my recipe posts to lead my readers through any questions. If you’re just here for the printable recipe, feel free to click “Jump to Recipe” right under the title of this post, and you’ll head straight there!
Why You Will Love this Diced Hash Browns Recipe
- Healthy Breakfast Recipes – It might take a little extra work, but the flavors are so worth it!
- Versatile – Serve as a breakfast main or dinnertime side with pork tenderloin, chicken breasts, or even grilled burgers!
- Flavorful – These aren’t your ordinary breakfast hash browns! The flavor is brought to the next level with the bacon grease, bell peppers, onions, and bacon.
Simple Ingredients for Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash
Ingredients, directions and nutritional information in the printable recipe card at the end of the post.
Bacon | Fry up some diced bacon strips, cooked crisp, reserving the grease to add to the potatoes for baking. I use uncured nitrate, nitrite-free bacon – so good!
Make Ahead Tip
Cook the bacon, reserve the bacon grease, chop the veggies, store everything in an airtight containers or baggies, and refrigerate until ready to assemble.
Potatoes | Mix together a couple of sweet potatoes peeled and cubed and one russet potato peeled and cubed for these delicious breakfast potatoes. Instead of the russet potato, you can use four small red potatoes cubed instead. No need to peel Yukon or Red potatoes.
Onion | Bring additional savory-sweet flavor to the potatoes with a medium red onion or sweet or yellow onion if preferred.
Bell peppers | Cook the potatoes with a couple of bell peppers, color of your choosing, diced into small pieces. I used red bell pepper, yellow and orange.
Using less oil/grease than you would by frying these in a skillet, this sweet potato breakfast hash is filled with healthy vegetables, without comprising flavor.
How to Make Sweet Potato Hash with Bacon
Step 1 | Preheat and Cook Bacon
Start by preheating the oven to 425°F (220 ° C), then cook the diced bacon in a preheated skillet over medium-high heat until the pieces are crisp. Remove to paper towel-lined plate. Drain the pan and save the bacon grease for later in the recipe.
Step 2 | Chop Veggies and Mix with Seasonings
Next, place the diced potatoes, onions, and peppers, in a large bowl or ziplock bag and drizzle with oil, bacon grease, salt, pepper, and seasoning. Mix the ingredients or shake the plastic bag until the potatoes are evenly coated. Place them in an even single layer on a half-sheet baking pan.
Fresh Tips for Crispy Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash
- Place a serving dish in the oven during the last 15 minutes of cooking if desired. Then, once the hash is finished baking, transfer it to the warmed baking dish, toss in the crisp cooked bacon, and serve right away!
If you forget to save the bacon grease or prefer not to use it; double the oil you use for golden brown potatoes.
Step 3 | Bake
If you added extra veggies, split the mixture onto two cookie sheets so the potatoes and vegetables will brown evenly. Rotate them halfway through cooking. Bake the potatoes and peppers in the oven for 40-55 minutes, flipping sweet potato breakfast hash halfway through.
During the last 10 minutes, stir in the cooked bacon to reheat. That’s it! Serve hot!
Variations & Substitutions
Sheet Pan Breakfast
Add fried eggs to the top of the hash or cheesy scrambled eggs to make this dish a heartier breakfast meal.
Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes
If desired, sprinkle the fresh-from-the-oven potatoes with shredded cheddar cheese, sliced green onion, and a dollop of sour cream. Use a box grater to shred a block of cheddar for the best results.
Mix It Up in Your Diced Hash Browns Recipe
Get creative with your potato choice! Whether it’s sweet potatoes, yams, Japanese sweet potatoes, or russet potatoes, feel free to use your favorite variety. Alternatively, go for hassle-free options like Yukon gold or red potatoes – no peeling necessary, just wash and pat them dry.
Use different proteins for your diced breakfast hash
Swap the bacon for cooked and crumbled breakfast sausage, turkey sausage, sweet Italian sausage, diced ham, pancetta, or spicy Chorizo.
Veggie Hash Browns (Vegan Hash Browns)
Omit the bacon grease and bacon, and use only vegetable oil to bake the potatoes, seasoning to taste. Mushrooms, zucchini, or summer squash are a great addition to these veggie hash browns.
Southwest Hash Browns
Add chopped spicy jalapeno, cayenne pepper, red peppers, chili powder or hot sauce to your hash mixture.
Seasoned Baked Hash Browns
Instead of using Trader Joe’s 21 Spice Salute replace with, add 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon parsley, ½ teaspoon basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme.
- These USA Sheet pans are my favorites, they are non-stick, heavy steel and they are made in the USA.
Tips for Two
Crispy hash browns with bacon and bell peppers is a great recipe for serving two. Using the button on the recipe card, reduce measurements to half. It’s also fabulous for meal prep, storing well in the fridge and freezer!
Can I make this sweet potato hash recipe in a skillet?
Yes, over medium heat, preheat a large skillet. Cook your bacon until crisp; reserve 2-3 tablespoons of bacon grease. Add your oil and bacon grease to the skillet.
Once shimmering, carefully add the potatoes and other vegetables. I love using my large cast iron skillet (my favorite) and cooking over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 15-20 minutes.
Once the potatoes are soft and golden brown, remove with a slotted spoon and enjoy! Add some over-easy eggs to the top, making a small well around the hash, crack a fresh egg into each spot, cover and cook until the desired doneness.
Frequently Asked Questions
Make sure your oven is fully preheated, use oil, and finally, before baking the diced potatoes, pat them with a paper towel or let them sit on a paper-towel-lined plate for a few minutes. Removing the excess moisture will help them get extra crispy in the oven.
Russet potatoes are a classic choice when making diced hash browns, being starchy potatoes with less moisture, leading to extra crispy potatoes. Waxy potatoes, like Yukon golds or red potatoes, tend to be softer and less crisp.
Bacon grease is a great way to bring more flavor to hash browns while helping them brown and crisp better in the oven.
Leftover Potatoes – Store leftover hash browns in an airtight container in the fridge or sealed plastic bag for three to four days and freeze after cooling completely for up to 3 months.
Best Way to Reheat Hash Browns
My favorite way to reheat these potatoes is to toss them into a lightly oiled skillet until warm. You may also reheat in the microwave in 30-60 second bursts until warm or even pop back into a preheated oven for 5-10 minutes.
What to Serve with Sweet Potato Hash with Bacon
Avoid overcrowding the pan to give the ingredients plenty of room to brown and cook evenly, resulting in perfectly crisp potatoes.
Best Breakfast Dishes for this Diced Hash Browns Recipe
Or go for a lighter breakfast by serving the peppery bacon hash browns with Mexican Fruit Salad with honey-lime Tajin dressing.
Another great option for these savory hash browns is to contrast them with something sweet, like this easy Cinnamon Roll Casserole using canned cinnamon rolls or go crazy and bake my Gooey Cinnamon rolls. Check out all of my breakfast recipes.
Best Gooey Cinnamon Rolls
Tender, better than Cinnabon ooey and gooey Cinnamon Rolls dripping with brown sugary cinnamon insides and topped with this luscious cream cheese buttercream.
Best Mexican Fruit Salad Recipe
This Mexican fruit salad recipe is refreshing, and bursting with juicy and sweet fruits that will make your taste buds salsa dance! Tropical fruits paired with citrus, strawberries, and grapes in a light honey-lime Tajin dressing.
Best Dinner and Lunch to Serve with Easy Diced Potatoes with Bacon
These bell pepper and bacon hash browns are also a tasty side dish for lunch or dinner and an excellent replacement for ordinary fries.
Serve them with a juicy Bison Burger and Caramelized Onions at your next family cookout.
Asian Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe
Tender, tangy, Asian pork marinade; super easy to put together for a quick weeknight meal. Freeze for an ready made meal.
Air Fryer Steak Tips (Bites)
My air fryer steak tips are marinated with a variety of seasonings and balsamic vinegar for maximum flavor. Cook them in about 15 minutes for an easy weeknight dinner!
More Recipes with Bacon
- Classic Green Bean Casserole Recipe with Bacon
- Whipped Goat Cheese with Bacon & Dates
- Best Bacon Beef Minestrone Soup
- Best Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe
- Bacon Balsamic Macaroni Salad
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Crispy Diced Potatoes Hash Browns Recipe with Bacon
- ½ pound bacon, diced, cooked crisp, grease reserved
- 1-2 tablespoons avocado oil, or olive oil
- 1-2 medium Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1 medium Russet Potato, or 4 small Red Potatoes, peeled and cubed (no need to peel red potatoes)
- 1 medium red onion, diced (or use sweet onion or yellow onion)
- 2-3 bell peppers, color of choice, diced
- 2-3 tablespoons bacon grease, reserved
- ½-1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1-3 teaspoons 21 Seasoning Salute, Trader Joe’s* or similar
- Start by preheating the oven to 425°F (220 ° C), then cook the diced bacon in a preheated skillet over medium-high heat until the pieces are crisp. Remove to paper towel-lined plate. Drain the pan and save the bacon grease for later in the recipe.
- Next, add the onions and bell pepper to the same bowl, drizzle with remaining oil, bacon grease, and seasonings, and toss until evenly coated. Layer on top of the potatoes, turning slightly to combine (if too crowded, split onto two baking sheets). Bake
- If split, rotate the pans halfway through cooking. Bake the hash in the oven for 40-55 minutes, flipping the breakfast hash halfway through. During the last 10 minutes, stir in the cooked bacon to reheat. That's it! Serve hot!
✱ Kathleen’s Tips
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