Mexican Sweet Potato Skillet Hash

This Mexican sweet potato skillet hash and fried egg topped with melted mozzarella cheese is a hearty vegetarian breakfast or brunch!

This Mexican sweet potato skillet hash and fried egg topped with melted mozzarella cheese is a hearty vegetarian breakfast or brunch!

Do any of you remember that episode of The O.C. where Seth asks Sandy what he and Kirsten have in common, and Sandy replies “Uhhhh…. you”?

That’s like me and JZ. We have very little in common in terms of interests. He likes Metallica and Alice in Chains; I like The Shins and Elliott Smith. He likes coding and techy stuff; I like cooking. He likes going to rock festivals; I like going to food festivals.

Our interests in terms of food are diverging too. He’s much more of a “meat and potatoes” kind of guy, whereas I (as you can probably tell from my blog) like eating more plants and less meat. So coming up with meals for the two of us means needing to find the middle ground.

I’ve found that middle ground with hearty vegetarian dishes that make you forget that they don’t contain meat. Eggs and cheese are the key ingredients here – they add that comfort food factor without needing any meat, leaving us both happy and satisfied.

A prime example is this Mexican sweet potato skillet hash. I was actually taken aback after I made this dish on a whim and got extremely positive feedback from JZ. I wasn’t expecting him to praise it with so much gusto – but I can see why he did. With crispy sweet potatoes coated in Mexican spices, a fried egg (or two) in the centre, and a layer of melted mozzarella cheese on top everything, it’s vegetarian comfort food at its finest!

This Mexican sweet potato skillet hash and fried egg topped with melted mozzarella cheese is a hearty vegetarian breakfast or brunch!

Mexican Sweet Potato Skillet Hash
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This Mexican sweet potato skillet hash and fried egg topped with melted mozzarella cheese is a hearty vegetarian breakfast or brunch!
Yield: 1 serving
  • 1 small sweet potato, cubed
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • ¼ small onion, diced
  • ¼ red pepper, diced
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • Couple pinches of salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3-4 tbsp shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  1. In a steamer (or in a mesh strainer placed over a pot of boiling water), cook your diced sweet potato for about 10-15 minutes, or until soft all the way through.
  2. Heat up the olive oil in a skillet and add your onions and red pepper. Cook for a few minutes until soft, then add the sweet potato, spices, and salt. Continue to cook until sweet potato gets crispy on the outside. Then spread everything evenly in the skillet and crack an egg in the centre. Cook on the stove top until the egg white is almost cooked through, then top with the shredded mozzarella and place under the broiler until it is melted.
  3. Remove from heat and sprinkle with cilantro before serving.

This Mexican sweet potato skillet hash and fried egg topped with melted mozzarella cheese is a hearty vegetarian breakfast or brunch!

Do you cook for someone with different tastes than your own? How do you find the middle ground?

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28 Responses to Mexican Sweet Potato Skillet Hash

  1. This has my name written allll over it! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Nicole

    First of all, LOVE the OC reference. My dream is to marry a Seth Cohen one day.
    Secondly, I read this post and made it immediately. In love! Had to sub taco seasoning for the spices since I just moved and don’t have a stocked kitchen yet, but still so good :) (went for the double egg too)

    • Chelsea

      JZ and I are rewatching the entire series of the OC right now so it was fresh in my mind when writing this post!

      So glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe! :)

  3. Yummm- love the sound of this dish Chelsea…all my favourites in one :)! I give you credit for finding a middle ground in terms of eating for you and JZ! Although I’m single now, I can imagine it being quiet challenging trying to cook for someone who doesn’t share you taste buds…its assuring to see that you can make it work. And let’s me honest, who doesn’t like the combo of eggs, potatoes & cheese!

    • Chelsea

      It’s not always easy. I feel like I haven’t cooked some of my favourite foods – tofu, bell peppers, salmon – in months! I keep hoping he’ll change his mind and start liking some of those foods. :P

  4. I don’t see how -anyone- could turn down a dish like this… But it’s definitely tough to get people to break out of their “meat & potatoes” comfort zone and try something new. I haven’t had to cook for anyone since I was living at home and helping out with meals for my parents, and that was especially rough since they’re European and very much have a traditional Polish diet. You’re right about the eggs and cheese, though — they’re an awesome middle ground.

    • Chelsea

      Cooking for my parents when I lived at home was a challenge for me too. It’s especially tough when you’re used to cooking whatever you like!

  5. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Like I said on Instagram, this dish looks absolutely amazing! And I know exactly what you mean about having to meet in the middle. Jason is a meat and potatoes man through and through. There are SOME veggies that he’ll eat, but he basically wants them cooked to oblivion. No crunch whatsoever! Ha! Early on in our relationship, I made a few meals and I could tell he was suffering through them just for me so…I gave up. Yeah, I know. If I could go back, I’d smack myself! I started to get some confidence months later when I made a roast chicken for him with potatoes, carrots, and shallots. He could not stop talking about! After he asked me to make it again the following week, I realized all I needed was change my focus a bit. Instead of making veggies the MAIN attraction, I now just sneak them in…or I grill or roast them since it makes them softer and sweeter without sucking all the nutrients out. The only problem I have is the man will NOT eat a sweet potato! I know, right? I guess everyone has to have their flaws. Lol

    • Chelsea

      Roast chicken is totally the way to win a guy’s heart (stomach) right!? JZ loves when I make it too. I’m so grateful he likes sweet potatoes though – I don’t know what I’d do if he didn’t. You poor thing!

  6. Love it when I make something I’m not sure my husband will dig and he is totally into it! This looks amazing though, I can’t wait to try it :)

    • Chelsea

      I know right?! I love that too. I made a chickpea curry the other day and thought I’d have to pull out the emergency Kraft Dinner to make him instead… but he ended up loving it!

  7. I love EVERY SINGLE ONE of these flavors! It looks insanely delicious.

  8. Chelseakale- Not even kidding you, it’s pictures like this which converts a person who doesn’t choose sweet potatoes over white to reconsider- This looks delicious and I can see how JZ is a fan.

  9. I have one small sweet potato waiting for a recipe like this, and I literally have everything but the cilantro on hand. Dried I’m sure will work in a pinch. I adore this entire concept, and I fully intend to make it.

  10. I love the looks of this sweet potato hash. I’m definitely going to try making a vegan version!

  11. I would be more than happy if I were JZ! This looks amazing! If you keep cooking him things like this, I’m sure he’ll come around to your way of thinking soon enough. ;)

  12. Fabulous recipe, Chelsea! Fourteen years ago, when I stopped eating meat, my husband was pretty supportive and he eventually started eating less meat. I’m sure this is because I am the cook in the house! hehe… but he rarely complains and eats what I make… he knows whats good for him. I love this recipe. The spicy seasoning over the sweet potatoes and peppers, plus an added egg; mouth watering! Now, if can only get Rob to like sweet potatoes.

    • Chelsea

      You’re the second commenter whose husband/boyfriend doesn’t like sweet potatoes! Who are these weird people who don’t like them? ;)

  13. Meg

    This was amazing! Thank You! I could totally eat it every single day. My husband also does not like sweet potatoes.

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  16. Amy

    We made this for brunch today and it was fabulous. We had avocado and tomatoes on the side. So yummy!

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