Slow Cooker Southwestern Breakfast Casserole with Sausage & Potatoes

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This Slow Cooker Southwestern Breakfast Casserole is the perfect early meal of the day, or if you prefer, as part of Sunday Brunch! Combining classic breakfast ingredients like hash browns and sausage, with southwestern spices like cumin, garlic, and chipotle powder, you get this delicious dish that is ideal for setting the family up for the day ahead!

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Slow Cooker Southwestern Breakfast Casserole

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

One of the reasons that I love using my slow cooker so much is that I can just set it and forget it, and go about my day (or even sleep!). Then, without too much fuss, food is ready and waiting to be served.

This slow cooker Southwestern Breakfast Casserole is made with (browned) sausage, hash browns, red peppers, eggs, and cheese.

To save time when putting the casserole together, you can brown the meat in advance and keep it in the fridge before using it in the recipe.

The casserole takes 4-6 hours to cook (time may vary on your slow cooker model), so depending on when you want to serve breakfast or brunch, simply layer all the ingredients and go back to bed!

This recipe combines Southwestern flavors to create a flavor bomb of breakfast goodness! Oh, and it makes a great breakfast-for-dinner option too!

Recipe for Southwestern Breakfast Casserole - overhead shot of the casserole in a slow cooker pot.

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients (and equipment) needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.

It does not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

  • ProteinMild Bulk Sausage – also known as sausagemeat in the UK
  • Fresh ProduceRed Bell Pepper, Green Onions (Scallions/Spring Onions) Cilantro
  • DairySharp/Strong Cheddar Cheese, Monterey Jack (or other mild white) Cheese, Eggs
  • Non-Stick Cooking Sprayor melted butter or coconut oil
  • Shredded Hashbrowns or grated fresh potato if you can’t buy them ready shredded where you live. Squeeze all the excess moisture from the grated potatoes using a teatowel or muslin cloth before using in the recipe.
  • Ground Cumin
  • Garlic Powder
  • Chipotle Powder

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How to Make Southwestern Breakfast Casserole - with images of the different steps involved in making this dish - raw to cooked ground sausage in a pan, then in a slow cooker pot topped with cheese and peppers.

Recipe Tips

  • Cook times can vary significantly across different slow cooker models. You may need to adjust cook time as necessary.

How Do I Make Slow Cooker Southwestern Breakfast Casserole?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Recipe for Southwestern Breakfast Casserole

Slow Cooker Southwestern Breakfast Casserole

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes

This Slow Cooker Southwestern Breakfast Casserole is the perfect early meal of the day, or if you prefer, as part of Sunday Brunch!


  • Non-stick cooking spray (or melted butter or coconut oil)
  • 16 oz (450g) mild bulk sausage (no casings)
  • 1 20-oz (560g) bag hash browns, shredded*
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 medium red pepper, finely chopped
  • 8 large eggs
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ tsp chipotle powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup sharp (mature) cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack (or other mild white) cheese, finely shredded

Optional Garnish

  • Chopped green onions, red pepper, fresh cilantro, and/or additional shredded cheese


  1. Spray a 6-quart or larger slow cooker pot with non-stick cooking spray (or grease with melted butter or coconut oil).

    Southwestern Breakfast Casserole Step 1
  2. Cook the sausage in a large skillet for 8-10 minutes until nicely browned. Remove from heat and carefully drain excess grease from the skillet. Set aside.

    Southwestern Breakfast Casserole Step 2a

    Southwestern Breakfast Casserole Step 2b
  3. Spread the hash browns in an even layer across the bottom of the slow cooker crock. Add the browned sausage and sprinkle the ground cumin and garlic powder on top.

  4. Add the chopped red pepper and season with salt and black pepper, to taste.

    Southwestern Breakfast Casserole Step 4
  5. Whisk the eggs and water together in a large bowl and pour evenly across the top of the other ingredients before topping with the shredded cheese.

    Southwestern Breakfast Casserole Step 5a

    Southwestern Breakfast Casserole Step 5b
  6. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  7. Serve immediately topped with green onion, red pepper, fresh cilantro, and/or additional shredded cheese, if desired. Enjoy!




Alternatively use this quantity of raw grated potato. Before using, squeeze out the excess moisture using a teatowel or muslin cloth.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 774Total Fat: 58gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 32gCholesterol: 336mgSodium: 1584mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 31g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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