Cowboy Breakfast Skillet

Bacon, eggs, and potatoes topped with cheese make the best Cowboy Breakfast Skillet! An entire breakfast or brunch recipe can be prepared in an easy one-skillet meal.

Chopped bacon sprinkled over top of Cowboy Breakfast Skillet recipe

This post is sponsored by Ohio Pork, but all opinions are my own!

Cowboy Breakfast

Protein-packed bacon, eggs and cheese make a classic breakfast recipe. When potatoes o’brien are added to these breakfast classics it’s often called a cowboy breakfast, country breakfast, or farmer’s breakfast. Growing up on a farm I know how much work each day holds. When you need energy for a big day like a cowboy or farmer, start with a meal like this one!

Strips of smoky bacon are fried in the same skillet that the potatoes, eggs and prepared in making this an easy one-skillet meal.

When a well is made in the cooked potatoes and eggs are cracked and cooked in each spot. Sunny side-up eggs create an eye-appealing and delicious breakfast or brunch. This classic breakfast combo tastes even better than it looks!

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Another delicious breakfast with bacon is our popular Breakfast Casserole with Bacon. A sweet and filling casserole with potatoes is our Sausage Hashbrown Casserole. All of these recipes are perfect for any meal of the day!

Piece of cowboy breakfast skillet on a plate with glass of milk next to the skillet

We like to use a bag of frozen potatoes O’Brien in this Cowboy Skillet. The Potatoes O’Brien have peppers and onions to help incorporate some veggies into the meal. One-third cup of diced red or green bell peppers and the same amount of diced onions can also be added to cubes of southern-style potatoes.

Just like our Easy Kielbasa and Sauerkraut this meal tastes great in a cast iron skillet or in a modern non-stick skillet.

What is A Cowboy Breakfast Skillet

A big breakfast with bacon, eggs, potatoes and cheese that prepares someone to do a lot of manual work is often called a Cowboy Breakfast Skillet or Farmer’s Breakfast Skillet.

Potatoes are cheap, eggs may be plentiful on the farm or ranch and bacon and cheese add all the flavor in a one skillet meal that fuels hours of hard work to be done before lunch.

Piece of Low-carb breakfast skillet of cauliflower rice, eggs, bacon and cheese is a one-skillet meal

Keto Breakfast Skillet Option

Bacon, eggs and cheese make a keto breakfast when served over cauliflower rice. Our favorite way to enjoy this low-carb breakfast skillet is to pop a bag of frozen cauliflower rice in the microwave.

The potatoes and rice are interchangeable and the flavor is equally delicious. We make this keto breakfast skillet just as much as the Cowboy Breakfast Skillet with potatoes. Getting more veggies in the diet at breakfast helps get the day off to a great start!

Prepare cauliflower rice in the microwave while the bacon is sizzling. Remove the bacon to a paper towel and drain the skillet. Empty the cooked cauliflower rice into the skillet and make wells to crack eggs into. We don’t usually need butter for the cooked cauliflower rice.

Our skillet comfortably holds 5 to 6 eggs. Cook on low heat for about 6 to 8 minutes or until eggs are set. Once the eggs are cooked sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on top. Cheese should melt quickly and the keto breakfast skillet with bacon, eggs, cheese and cauliflower is ready to serve!

Keto breakfast skillet with cauliflower rice, eggs, bacon and cheese

Tips & Tricks

  • More butter may be used to help potatoes brown but not burn
  • Can add 1/3 cup chopped onion and 2/3 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • Can chop fresh potatoes and decrease cooking time
  • If using a cast-iron skillet make sure it is well seasoned before use
  • Bacon bits may be used, but frying bacon in a skillet and chopping up bigger pieces maximizes flavor in this skillet meal

Cowboy Breakfast Skillet Recipe

Over medium heat fry bacon in a large skillet. For best results allow bacon to sit on the counter and knock the chill off for about 20 minutes.

Put cooked bacon on paper towels and drain skillet reserving about 2 tablespoons of drippings to cook the potatoes in.

Add potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat for 2 minutes stirring often. Cover the skillet and cook for about 12 – 15 minutes until the potatoes are brown and tender. Stir occasionally and add 1 tablespoon of butter as necessary where the skillet is dry.

Make 5 wells or opening the size of an egg in the potato mixture. Crack one egg in each well. Cover and cook on low heat for about 8 minutes or until the eggs are set.

Sprinkle with as much cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon as you please. Serve warm out of the skillet and enjoy!

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Printable Cowboy Breakfast Skillet Recipe

sunny side up breakfast skillet with potatoes, cheddar cheese and bacon

Cowboy Breakfast Skillet

Servings 5 servings
Author: Jennifer
Bacon, eggs, and potatoes topped with cheese make the best Cowboy Breakfast Skillet! An entire breakfast or brunch recipe can be prepared in an easy one-skillet meal.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 7 strips bacon about 1/2 pound
  • 4 cups frozen cubed hash brown potatoes O'Brien
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 eggs
  • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet cook bacon until crisp over medium heat. Remove bacon, but keep 2 – 3 tablespoons bacon drippings in the skillet. Crumble bacon and set aside.
  • Add potatoes, salt and pepper to the drippings in the skillet, cook and stir for 2 minutes over medium heat.
  • Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are browned and tender, about 12 – 15 minutes. About 10 minutes into this time add 1 tablespoon of butter at a time where the skillet is dry as needed.
  • Make 5 wells in the potato mixture. Break one egg in each well. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until eggs are completely set.
  • Sprinkle with shredded cheese and crumbled bacon and serve warm right out of the skillet.

Notes

  • More butter may be used to help potatoes brown but not burn
  • Can add 1/3 cup chopped onion and 2/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • Can chop fresh potatoes and decrease cooking time
  • If using a cast-iron skillet make sure it is well seasoned before use

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Nutrition

Calories: 458kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 17gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 220mgSodium: 934mgPotassium: 621mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 629IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 168mgIron: 3mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    All the breakfasts are good recipes.Yummo

  2. John Lennon says:

    5 stars
    Looks delicious can’t wait to make it

  3. I made this last night and I only made one change. I added the bacon just before I added the eggs. We enjoyed it, but I have a question: the eggs were almost hard set. I like my eggs over easy. Is there any way to keep the yolks runny?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! So glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe! To keep the yolks runny I would add the bacon first like you did, and then decrease the cook time for the eggs. You might sprinkle the cheese on top right after cracking the eggs and then be ready to remove from the skillet (heat source) and serve immediately when eggs reach your desired doneness. Might also help to turn the heat down before adding the eggs if you have a thick, heavy duty, high quality pan that really holds heat well. Thanks again for sharing that you enjoyed the recipe! ~Jennifer

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