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

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.
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Cowboy Breakfast Skillet
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 458kcal
Author Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life


  • 12-Inch Skillet
  • Silicone Spatula


  • 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


  • 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.



  • 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


Calories: 458kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 220mg | Sodium: 934mg | Potassium: 621mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 629IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 168mg | Iron: 3mg