This eggs potatoes and chorizo breakfast skillet recipe makes our favourite take on the classic American country skillet breakfast made in a cast iron skillet that’s also called a cowboy skillet breakfast or farmer’s skillet breakfast. Instead of bacon or ham, we make this hearty breakfast with spicy chorizo sausage and specifically soft Mexican-style chorizo.
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Eggs Potatoes and Chorizo Breakfast Skillet Recipe for a Twist on the Classic American Country Skillet Breakfast
This eggs potatoes and chorizo breakfast skillet recipe makes our favourite take on an American breakfast classic, the country skillet breakfast – also known as the cowboy skillet breakfast or farmer’s skillet breakfast – which is cooked in a cast iron skillet.
Although there’s an infinite array of variations on the traditional breakfast skillet recipe – additions include anything from bell peppers to kidney beans – the essential ingredients of the classic skillet breakfast are eggs, potatoes, onions, cheese, and bacon or ham.
We prefer to make this hearty American breakfast with spicy chorizo sausage instead of bacon and ham, and specifically the Mexican-style soft chorizo sausage rather than the harder Spanish-style chorizo.
We love chorizo – who doesn’t? – and we especially love the combination of chorizo, eggs and potatoes, hence this traditional Spanish potato omelette recipe with chorizo, this Basque-style ‘messy eggs’ recipe for fried eggs with chorizo and potatoes, and our breakfast taco recipe with fried eggs, chorizo and crunchy potatoes.
This eggs potatoes and chorizo breakfast skillet recipe has its origins in the hearty ‘cowboy skillet breakfasts’ of the ‘Old West’ and American frontier on the cattle herding trails of the 1860s, when cowboys needed a big filling breakfast to sustain them through the day.
Breakfast was baked in enormous cast iron pots over an open fire and typically consisted of big pots of spicy beans and biscuits doused in gravy – ‘biscuits’ being something more akin to what Australians, New Zealanders and British call ‘scones’, rather than what we call ‘biscuits’, which are ‘cookies’ to our American readers.
The cowboy breakfast typically featured beans, maize, chillies, and other indigenous ingredients and specialties of the Mexican cowboys and the Mexican cooks who operated the mobile kitchens or ‘chuck wagons’ that were a key fixture on the often weeks- and even months-long cattle drives.
These included pan de campo or country bread, which was cooked on the skillet, and the ‘son of a gun stew’, made with offally bits such as liver, tripe and heart, which was essentially Mexican menudo.
The evolution of those early cowboy skillet breakfasts into what’s now considered the classic breakfast skillet was thought to have happened in the ranch kitchen – hence ‘farmers skillet breakfast’ and ‘country skillet breakfast’ – where ingredients such as eggs and bacon were on hand and in abundance.
Just a few tips from Terence on how to make this eggs potatoes and chorizo breakfast skillet recipe.
Tips to Making this Eggs Potatoes and Chorizo Breakfast Skillet Recipe
I only have a few tips to making this eggs potatoes and chorizo breakfast skillet recipe. My best tip is to use a 25cm (10″) cast iron skillet. A cast iron skillet heats evenly and is also oven safe, which is important, as we need to melt the cheese under a grill.
The potatoes need to be cooked enough so that a skewer meets a little resistance when testing the potatoes, but the potatoes must remain firm enough to stay in one piece when diced.
I like to cook the potatoes skin on, let them cool down, peel them, and put them in the fridge overnight to firm up more.
Like our other chorizo breakfast dishes, you want to use the soft Mexican chorizo, which has to be cooked before eating. The firm Spanish-style chorizo can also be used, but take care not to over-cook it as it tends to go hard.
Eggs Potatoes and Chorizo Breakfast Skillet Recipe
- 300 g potatoes par-boiled and sliced into 1.5cm (0.6 inches) cubes
- 80 g chorizo fresh, skin removed, cut into rounds and quartered
- 50 g shallots sliced finely
- 4 eggs extra large
- 50 g Monterey Jack cheese grated
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp chopped spring onions
- 1 tbsp Hot sauce
- In an oven-safe 25cm (10") skillet over medium-high heat, add the chorizo and cook until the fat melts from the chorizo and you have a nice pool of oil in the skillet.
- Remove the chorizo, leaving the oil in the skillet. Add a drizzle of the olive oil to the skillet and reduce the heat to medium. Add the shallots and cook until softened and translucent.
- Remove from the skillet and add the rest of the olive oil. Add the potatoes and cook, turning occasionally, until lightly coloured. Heat up the grill section of your oven.
- With the potatoes making a nice layer in the bottom of the skillet, spread the shallots over the potatoes. Sprinkle over the cheese and place under the grill until melted.
- Put the skillet back on the stove over medium heat. Make four divots in the potato mixture for the eggs. Crack the eggs into the divots and cook until the whites are just set.
- Sprinkle the chorizo pieces over the potatoes and eggs and top with spring onions to serve.
- Carefully plate the potato and eggs, season to taste and add a dash of your favourite hot sauce.
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