Smoked Sausage, Peppers, Onions & Potatoes Skillet

Sausage Peppers Onions and Potatoes Skillet is a classic recipe with smoky and fresh flavors that burst in every bite.

Smoked sausage or Kielbasa, diced potatoes and slices of peppers and onions make an easy and delicious skillet meal. This is one of our family’s favorite meals to make in under 30 minutes!

Close up rows of ingredients in sausage onions potatoes recipe

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

Sausage Peppers Onions & Potatoes Recipe

Some parts crispy, some parts tender each bite of this sausage, peppers, onions and potatoes recipe makes my tastebuds happy!

Delicious smoked sausage or Kielbasa with a smoky, salty flavor pairs perfectly with the crunch in colorful bell peppers and onions. Cubes of potatoes add the starch to round out the meal and help fill up our bellies. This is one of those meals that I’m proud to prepare and serve to my family.

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Warm pieces or coins of smoked sausage with carmelized edges are the basis of so many delicious meals. From the classic Sausage, Potatoes and Green Beans to Sausage Fried Rice or Cabbage and Kielbasa.

It’s important to me to prepare protein packed meals for my family. I love how the pork in this recipe mixes well with vegetables and potatoes to make a meal that’s packed full of nutrients. All of us love the flavors in smoked sausage which makes it easier to eat more veggies.

Rows of Potatoes, coins of smoked sausage and strips of bell peppers and onions

Pork is a source of key nutrients that are essential in healthy diets. I feel good about serving pork because I know how much hard work farmers put into growing our food. If you would like to learn more check out this resource about how farmers across the United States take care of their animals and farms.

I’ve grown up on a pig farm so I’ve been able to see firsthand where pork comes from. I’ve also seen a lot of improvements over time, like improvements in genetics and swine nutrition that have made pork 16% lower in fat and 27% lower in saturated fat compared to 30 years ago. For more info on pork nutrition here is a great resource.

Smoked Sausage Skillet

Whenever I make smoked sausage in a skillet I like to brown pieces of sausage in vegetable oil. Brown isn’t just a color it is a flavor. Browning not only warms the smoked sausage which is likely pre-cooked (read the package to confirm) but caramelizes the meat.

Once the sausage is browned, set it aside on a plate and work on cooking the other ingredients. In our Sausage and Potato Skillet the next steps are cooking broccoli and potatoes. Sauerkraut and Kielbasa is a classic meal that heats up sauerkraut along with the smoked sausage.

Skillet with browned Kielbasa peppers, onions and potatoes

Any type of smoked sausage skillet can be prepared in a cast-iron skillet or a non-stick skillet. The key is to use a large skillet so everything will fit in this one-skillet meal.

Fresh or frozen potatoes can be used. I prefer picking up a bag of cubed frozen southern-style potatoes to save time.

Other appliances like the Air Fryer can also be used to make this recipe in stages. Check out a couple of similar Air Fryer recipes Italian Sausage, Peppers and Onions and Sausage, Potatoes and Sauerkraut.

And here are a couple of similar Instant Pot recipes Instant Pot Smoked Sausage, Potatoes and Sauerkraut.

Sheet Pan Variation:

A large sheet pan makes the biggest batch of Sauasge, Peppers, Onions & Potatoes in the oven.

The potatoes are partially cooked and stirred to prevent sticking. Then add the remaining veggies.

The smoked sausage or Kielbasa only needs about 5 minutes at the end of baking to get warm and lightly browned.

Veggie, potato and smoked sausage skillet very close up

Air Fryer Variation:

The Air Fryer toaster oven is perfect for making a smaller batch of this meal that feeds 2 – 3 people. The air fryer is quicker than a sheet pan because the machine doesn’t need to pre-heat and takes a similar amount of time to using a skillet.

To use the air fryer partially cook the cubed potatoes first at 350°F and then add the peppers and onions. Finally add the coins of Kielbasa for 3 – 5 minutes at the end.

Instant Pot Variation:

Using the Instant Pot is the most hands off version and probably the fastest, but there is a bit more liquid. Be sure to allow the liquid to drain if making a sandwich so the bun isn’t soggy.

Get the full recipe for Instant Pot Sausage, Peppers and Onions.

Tips & Tricks:

  • Green bell peppers can be used, but we like how red, yellow and orange bell peppers add a little bit of sweetness to the dish.
  • Fresh or frozen potato cubes can be used to make the fried potatoes
  • Veggies can be seasoned with salt and pepper if desired, but we love all of the flavor in the smoked sausage
  • Small slices of Kielbasa allow for veggies and potatoes along with each bite of meat

How to Make Kielbasa With Potatoes, Peppers & Onions

Warm half of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Brown sausage in a single layer with the cut side down. Flip pieces once or twice. Once sausage is lightly browned on each side set aside on a clean plate or cutting board.

Browned Kielbasa in a skillet

Turn skillet down to medium heat and add butter then cubes of potatoes. Place lid on skillet and cook for about 10 – 12 minutes. Potatoes should be stirred occasionally and additional butter can be added if the skillet gets dry. When the potatoes are done cooking set them aside.

Fried potato cubes in a skillet

Add remaining vegetable oil to the skillet and turn and leave on medium heat. Add sliced peppers and onions and stir a few times until lightly browned for about 7 – 9 minutes.

Sautéing strip of red, orange and yellow bell peppers and onions

Return smoked sausage and potatoes to the skillet until everything is warmed. Serve warm and enjoy!

Easy smoked sausage and potatoes skillet dinner

More Easy Meals with Sausage

Instant Pot Sausage, Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans only calls for a few ingredients to make another delicious meal!

Baked Spaghetti with Sausage is spaghetti bathed in a rich butter and Parmesan sauce layered with red sauce, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese and Italian sausage.

Cajun Sausage Pasta is packed full of flavors and makes a delicious meal with plenty of leftovers.

Homemade Sausage takes ground pork and adds basic seasoning to make breakfast sausage or homemade Italian sausage.

Printable Smoked Sausage Skillet Recipe

Skillet of sausage, peppers, onions and fried potatoes

Smoked Sausage, Peppers, Onions & Potatoes Skillet

Servings 3 servings
Author: Jennifer
Smoked sausage, diced potatoes and slices of peppers and onions make an easy and delicious skillet meal in under 30 minutes.
4.80 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 pound smoked sausage cut into coins
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil divided
  • 2 cups frozen diced southern style potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper sliced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper sliced


  • Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil to a skillet over medium high heat. Brown sausage on both cut sides. Set aside.
    3 tablespoons vegetable oil, 1 pound smoked sausage
  • Turn down to medium heat. Add a tablespoon of butter to the skillet and add frozen diced potatoes. Cover and cook for 10 – 12 minutes stirring occasionally and adding butter if the skillet gets dry. When potatoes are done cooking set aside.
    2 tablespoons butter, 2 cups frozen diced southern style potatoes
  • Add remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil to skillet over medium heat. Add sliced peppers and onions and stir occasionally until lightly browned, about 7 – 9 minutes.
    1/2 red bell pepper, 1/2 orange bell pepper, 1/2 yellow bell pepper, 1 medium onion
  • Return potatoes and sausage to the skillet until warmed and serve.



Calories: 790kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 22gFat: 63gSaturated Fat: 30gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 1383mgPotassium: 866mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1516IUVitamin C: 101mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 3mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Yummy and simple. My 4 year old even requested this meal again.

  2. Christina H says:

    3 stars
    I just made this and it was very good, but I added 1 1/2 Tbs of minced garlic, a little seasoned salt, Cajun seasoning, and some fresh cracked black pepper. I was surprised it didn’t call for any seasoning, especially with that amount of potatoes. Very good, but only gave 3 stars because no seasoning was called for.

  3. This dish was delicious, but my potatoes got very mushy. Any idea what I did wrong?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! So glad you like the recipe! Not exactly sure about the potatoes, but over crowding the skillet and keeping the lid on the entire time can prevent potatoes from browning. I hope this helps! ~Jennifer

  4. Gail Horton says:

    5 stars
    Making this tonight! I will let you know how it turns out. What about spices? Salt, pepper anything else?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      So glad to hear! You are welcome to add more spices, we usually like the amount already in the smoked sausage. Hope you enjoy 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Great meal for a busy lifestyle!

  6. 5 stars
    Delicious! Easy to make. Hubby loved it, too!

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Thanks so much 🙂 So glad you enjoy the recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner today, I have to say it was amazing!! Will definitely be making it again!

  8. 5 stars
    This made a nice, simple meal to throw together and was really good! I used my own fresh potatoes, but otherwise I followed the recipe.

  9. 5 stars
    My family loves this recipe. I have to double the recipe every time I make it because it will be gone in one night!

  10. Can this be made in foil pan in oven?What temperature?How long?

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