Spicy Potato Hash


One of the most popular meals in our house is a skillet of some sort…

Eggs, potatoes, spices, cheese, meat; pretty much anything we have leftover. It’s a great option for people that are on a budget like we are but want something healthy (and filling at that). Yes, you will most likely see a few skillet recipes in the future!

This spicy potato hash is great because you can add eggs to it and to make a full meal or you can have it as a great flavorful and filling side dish.

The current recipe is a bit spicy, but you can always put less spices if its a little much for you. When I made this the other day I asked my husband (Wow! That is going to take some getting used to 🙂 ) if he thought it was too spicy and with his mouth full he looked up at me, smiled and shook his head no. So, I guess that meant he liked it!


3 russet potatoes, peeled
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. red pepper flake
1/2 tsp. seasoning salt
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup shredded mexican cheese
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
1/4  cup pickled jalapenos, finely chopped


  1. To make the potatoes, peel and place whole on microwave-safe plate. I usually use the baked potato button which usually makes the potatoes come out just right, but if you don’t have that button on your microwave it’s about 5 min.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking in a large skillet on medium heat add the tbsp. of butter and melt completely.
  3. Add chopped onion and jalapenos and cook for about 5-8 minutes until onions are cooked and softened.
  4. Once the potatoes are done take out of microwave and cut into chunks (I usually try to stay within 1/2-1 inch size pieces).
  5. Add potatoes to the onion/jalapeno mixture and gently toss.
  6. Add chili powder, cumin, pepper flake, seasoning salt, and garlic and gently combine.
  7. At this point you can cook them as long as you want. If you want them crispy and have the time you can let them brown up a bit more, but I usually let them cook on low for about 10 minutes (flipping occasionally so they don’t burn).
  8. When they have cooked to your liking, turn off the heat, sprinkle in your cheese and gently toss until all cheese is melted and combined.
  9. Serve and ENJOY!

Nutritional Information:

Servings: 3

Calories: 176
Fat: 6 g
Carbohydrates: 26 g
Fiber: 2 g
Protein: 5 g


EMILY NESS is a full-time food and lifestyle author who’s passionate about developing simple yet mouth-watering recipes that anyone can make. Since founding her website CookingUpHappiness.com in 2013, she’s went on to share her passion for cooking healthy and tasty recipes with the thousands of people around the world.
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