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Sweet Potato Hash With Bacon

This easy Sweet Potato Hash With Bacon is packed with healthy veggies and is perfect for breakfast topped with eggs. It also makes a delicious side dish for any meal!

Veggies for breakfast? Oh, yes! This gorgeous, colorful, and absolutely delicious hash full of sweet potatoes, red bell peppers, onions, garlic, green onions, bacon, and a little Cajun seasoning will definitely have you coming back for more on many a morning!

Top it with fried or poached eggs or mix it with some scrambled eggs, and you’ll be in breakfast heaven (or brunch or lunch or dinner or midnight snack heaven).

Or serve it up as a side dish to some chicken, steak, pork chops, or fish, or eat it all by itself with a salad. Maybe turn it into tacos or quesadillas. Enjoy it whenever and however you want!

sweet potato hash with bacon on a white plate with a fork

What is hash?

Traditionally, hash is a dish of chopped-up, already-cooked meat (corned beef is popular) that’s cooked again with potatoes and onions. It began as a way to use up dinner leftovers.

The name comes from the French verb hacher (pronounced like hash-ay), which means to chop.

To me, a hash is simply whatever I’ve got lying around that needs to be used up all mixed together into one yummy dish!

It’s the perfect way to repurpose leftover meat and veggies (or just veggies) into a new and different dish…which is so great for “tricking” those people who don’t really like leftovers (I know because I used to be one of them).

And that is exactly how this recipe came about. I had some sweet potatoes, a red bell pepper, and some bacon that needed to be used up, and it was a day where I wanted something new and different for breakfast.

It turned out absolutely fantastic and is now on regular breakfast rotation in our house. I actually crave this now, and I really feel good about starting my day with all those vegetables!

sweet potato hash with bacon in a skillet with a wooden spatula

Ingredients you need:

  • Bacon
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Butter
  • Red bell pepper
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Cajun or Creole seasoning (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Green onion

Here’s a look at how to make Sweet Potato Hash With Bacon:

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two images showing the steps to make sweet potato hash with bacon
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Tips & Tidbits:

  • Be sure to chop up the sweet potatoes, peppers and onions roughly the same size so that everything cooks evenly. I aim for pieces that are somewhere between ¼ and ½ inches in size.
  • To use your time most efficiently, microwave the sweet potatoes while the bacon is cooking.
  • I use the microwave to give the sweet potatoes a head start on cooking. In my microwave, 5 minutes gets them just shy of fork-tender, and then they finish cooking in the pan.
    • If you don’t have a microwave, you could boil or steam them for a few minutes instead, or you can just cook them in the pan (covered) over medium-low heat with the olive oil and butter for several minutes with the lid on until they start to soften up before you add the peppers.
  • Want to go meat-free? Just omit the bacon. Use olive oil in place of the bacon grease.
  • There is not a lot of Cajun/Creole seasoning in this recipe, so the hash isn’t really spicy. It just gives it a little warmth and great flavor that plays perfectly against the sweetness of the sweet potatoes.
    • Feel free to adjust the amount of seasoning to suit your own tastes, or you can totally leave it out and stick with just salt and pepper.
  • This hash is great for meal prep. Make a batch on the weekend for veggie-full breakfasts during the week!

For me, there’s no beating topping this hash with a sunny-side-up, over-easy, or poached egg. When you break that egg open and the rich yolk runs all over the hash…so, so, so good!

One last thing: Although this recipe says 4 servings, and it can easily serve 4 along with an egg or two each and some toast, David and I usually skip the toast and divide the whole batch of hash among both of us and top it with two eggs a piece…and I feel zero guilt because of all those veggies!

I hope you try this recipe for Sweet Potato Hash With Bacon and love it as much as I do. Thanks for visiting today!

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Sweet Potato Hash With Bacon

This easy Sweet Potato Hash With Bacon is packed with healthy veggies and is perfect for breakfast topped with eggs. It also makes a delicious side dish for any meal!
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Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Estimated Calories: 226

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon, cut into ½ to 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups peeled and diced sweet potatoes, ¼ to ½-inch pieces (about 2 medium to large sweet potatoes)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup chopped red bell peppers, ¼ to ½-inch pieces
  • 1 cup chopped onions, ¼ to ½-inch pieces
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun or Creole seasoning, optional, or to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-low heat until crisp (I use a 12-inch skillet); remove the bacon from the pan to a plate lined with paper towels. Carefully remove all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease from the pan.
  • While the bacon is cooking, spread out the sweet potato cubes on a microwave-safe plate; microwave for 5 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are just beginning to soften up but are still slightly firm (you don't want them to be completely cooked through at this point, as they will finish cooking in the pan with the peppers and onions).
  • Add the butter to the tablespoon of bacon grease left in the pan and heat the pan over medium heat. Add the sweet potatoes, peppers, onions, Cajun or Creole seasoning (if using), salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sweet potatoes are fork-tender, the peppers and onions have softened, and everything is just beginning to get lightly browned in some spots.
  • Add the garlic; sauté, stirring frequently, for another minute or two. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
  • Top with bacon and green onions. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Top with sunny-side-up, over-easy, or poached eggs (or scramble up some eggs and mix them right in), for a delicious breakfast.
  • Can also be served as a side dish alongside chicken, steak, pork, or fish.
  • Make sure you chop all the veggies roughly the same size so that they cook evenly. 
  • If you don’t have a microwave, you could boil or steam the sweet potato cubes for a few minutes instead. Allow them to dry off before adding to the skillet. Or you can just cook them in the pan over medium-low heat (covered) with the olive oil and butter for several minutes with the lid on until they start to soften up before you add the peppers.
  • Want to go meat-free? Just omit the bacon. Use olive oil in place of the bacon grease.
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