Fried egg over sweet potato hash served on a white plate and tablecloth - serves 4.

Breakfast Recipe: Eggs Over Sweet Potato Hash

If you need energy to power through the day, you know that breakfast should be your first priority in the morning. While most days we need something fast, there are a few days in the month where we have extra time to cook an exceptional breakfast.

Fried egg over sweet potatoes, peppers and onions

Once you try this recipe, you will be enchanted with the sound of sizzling garlic, the sweet smell of caramelized onions, and the comforting flavors of sweet potato hash. Add the fried egg, and you will definitely keep this recipe on-hand!

Fried egg over sweet potato hash served on a white plate and tablecloth - serves 4.

Eggs over Sweet Potato Hash

Jane the DietianJane the Dietician
A yolky egg over sweet potato hash, caramelized onions, and crunchy bell peppers is just what you need to start the day.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 2 tbsp olive oil divided into 1 Tbsp portions
  • 1/2 small red onion sliced into half rings
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper diced (about 1/2 medium pepper)
  • 3 cups sweet potato shredded (about 1 large sweet potato)
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • dash salt & pepper for the eggs


  • Prep all ingredients before cooking.
  • Heat a 12" nonstick pan over medium heat.
  • Once the pan is hot, add 1 Tbsp olive oil and red onions. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add minced garlic, and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the diced bell peppers and let it cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    sauteed green peppers and red onions
  • Increase heat to medium-high.
  • Add shredded sweet potato, paprika, chili powder, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/8 tsp pepper. Mix the ingredients together, then cook the hash for 10-12 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes.
    shredded sweet potatoes in pan with peppers and onions
  • Once the hash has softened and slightly browned, scoop the mixture into 4 separate plates.
  • Lower the heat to medium-low.
  • Add 1 Tbsp olive oil and tilt the pan until evenly coated.
  • Crack 1 egg into each corner of the pan. Sprinkle the red pepper flakes and a dash of salt and pepper over the eggs. Let them cook for about 4 minutes. 
    fried egg in pan with paprika


Keyword budget meals, fried egg, sweet potato hash

Go to the store for sweet potato, green bell pepper, garlic, red onion, and eggs, all fresh and affordable ingredients. Once you bring home the groceries, set aside time to prep. To shred the sweet potato, use the side of a box grater with medium-sized holes.

It may sound like a lot of work to shred, but it will only take a couple of minutes! Shredding the potato allows it to cook faster than if it were cubed.

Serving Suggestions and Substitutions

This recipe is flexible for various substitutions and additions.

  • You can use any color bell pepper and onions.
  • If you can find smoked paprika, use that instead of regular paprika to add a delicious smoky flavor to the hash.
  • Substitute eggs for tofu or vegetable patties for a vegan breakfast.
  • To elevate the meal, you can add your favorite breakfast proteins or greens as well as topping the dish with fresh cilantro or scallions.
Breakfast table set for four - Fried egg over sweet potatoes, peppers and onions.

While this recipe is easy to make and wallet-friendly, it is also nutritious. Take a brief moment to give gratitude to the star ingredient: the sweet potato.

It contains fiber, potassium, vitamins A and C, and manganese which benefits your digestive system, bone, skin, and immune health, helps manage your blood pressure, and enhances your night vision.

Talk about good nutrition!

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