Skillet Breakfast Potatoes with Bacon + Caramelized Onions

by Amy on 11 October 2012

I think brunch at home is pretty much the greatest thing ever. It’s just like a delicious restaurant brunch, except it’s totally acceptable to enjoy it while wearing pajamas + rockin’ some serious bedhead. Most weekends, I try make at least one nice brunch at home, featuring eggs, bacon, pancakes, biscuits, and/or homemade bread. A couple weekends ago, I noticed that I had a couple potatoes hanging around the kitchen, so I decided to incorporate them into that morning’s brunch.

I went for a fairly simple recipe, since I wanted to use only ingredients that I already had handy in the house.  The result? Flavorful, skillet-fried potatoes with sweet caramelized onions, salty crisp bacon + a good dose of savory spices. Despite being a basic, easy recipe, these potatoes were mighty impressive – full of wonderful flavors + textures, and total comfort food. I served them with fried eggs + toasted homemade bread, which made for a fab brunch at home. So, next time you want to kick your breakfast or brunch up a notch, give these fantastic skillet potatoes a try!

Skillet Breakfast Potatoes with Bacon + Caramelized Onions

serves 2, adapted from the pioneer woman


2 whole large baking potatoes (I leave my unpeeled, as I like the potato skin)
3 pieces of uncooked bacon, chopped into small pieces
1 onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 tablespoon flour
salt + pepper, to taste


place potatoes in a large pot + cover entirely with water. bring to a boil + cook until potatoes are fork tender. when they are ready, place the potatoes on a cutting board + dice into 1-inch pieces. set aside.

heat a large skillet over medium heat. add in the bacon. cook bacon until it’s crisp, then remove from pan + set aside. pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the grease. add the onions into the same skillet, + cook on low heat, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to caramelize, about 15 minutes.

next, add the diced potatoes, cooked bacon, paprika, garlic powder, flour + salt + pepper to taste into the skillet. stir well + then slightly press/pack them down. cook them without stirring for several minutes. you want the pan to be hot enough to crisp the potatoes but not hot enough to char them. cook for several minutes on one side, + then flip them with a spatula, press them down, + cook on the other side for a few minutes.

add more salt + pepper to taste if needed, + cook until desired brownness.

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1 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel October 11, 2012 at 8:56 am

You can’t see it, but right now, my mouth is open rreeeeaaalllly wide, going “AHHHHHH!” waiting for those sexy skillet potatoes to magically appear inches from my face. Love. It.

2 amy October 11, 2012 at 8:57 am

Bahahaha, love it!

3 danielle October 11, 2012 at 9:05 am

Hubby makes something similar but he he dices and steams the potatoes – they cook faster that way (I think) btw – your pictures are great!!

4 amy October 11, 2012 at 9:10 am

I do think they’d cook even faster that way – i worried that they’d get mushy, which is why i cooked mine whole first, then diced them. good to know that i can do them that way, too!

5 Cassie | Bake Your Day October 11, 2012 at 9:11 am

Potatoes + onion just go together in my book. This is beautiful, love your little skillet!

6 claire @ the realistic nutritionist October 11, 2012 at 9:18 am

these look incredible!!

7 Monet October 11, 2012 at 9:58 am

I agree! Brunch at home is just lovely! Thank you for sharing this delicious skillet of potatoes and bacon and caramelized onions (my favorite!) I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of good brunches!

8 amy October 11, 2012 at 10:10 am

right back atcha, monet – have a wonderful weekend! =)

9 megan @girlbythelake October 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm

This is absolutely comical. Not only did we make similar dishes, but we both posted them on the same day! I feel like we’re in middle school, where we both showed up wearing the same dress…ha!

I will say this: your dedication to trying new things/cooking frequently has definitely been one of my biggest inspirations with cooking as of late. Thank you so much for that, and pardons for posting my similar dish on your day!

p.s.- this one looks really, REALLY yummy!

10 amy October 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm

your version with chorizo looks absolutely wonderful! Love that we basically posted the same thing on the same day – great mind think alike! And thank you SO much for your kind words – i’m so glad i can inspire you to cook often + try new things. you just made my day, friend!

11 natalie@thesweetslife October 11, 2012 at 12:58 pm

i was just researching cast iron skillets and this recipe has further convinced me that i need one!!

12 BigCityLittleJoys October 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm

That looks incredible – YUM!

13 Tracey October 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I make eggs all the time on the weekend, but I rarely think to make potatoes too, which is just silly because I LOVE them so much. These look fantastic :)

14 Beth October 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Your potatoes look absolutely amazing. This recipe may be making a brunch appearance at my house, too!

15 Jed Gray (sportsglutton) October 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Sounds like the perfect fix me up breakfast for my gluttonous lifestyle. 😉

Hope you’re having a good week Amy!

16 sarah k @ the pajama chef October 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm

i love it!! my brunches usually involve being still in sweaty running clothes cause i was too hungry to wait to make brunch until after i showered. totally NOT restaurant appropriate. though once i did plan to meet my husband at a local breakfast place at the end of my 20 mile marathon training run. that was fun… but we did not linger there after eating. :) will definitely have to try these potatoes soon!

17 amy October 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm

girl, after you’ve run 20 miles, you’ve earned eating in whatever restaurant you want, in whatever outfit you want! =)

18 Ashley October 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm

We usually do a big brunch every weekend, and potatoes and eggs are usually on the menu! This version looks so good–love the caramelized onions! Great pics, too!

19 cakewhiz October 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm

first of all, congrats on your blogoversary… i just read your older post :)

i know this is a heavier breakfast than what i normally eat but dang!i don’t care… i want it badly….lol

20 Kristen @ notsodomesticated October 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Love! As you know, I am loving anything with bacon right now. And I absolutely love breakfast potatoes. This reminds me of a dish my mom used to make, only better because she never added the bacon!

21 Jackie @ The Beeroness October 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I was just telling someone that I love caramelized onions so much, I could eat them for every meal. Plus potatoes and bacon? lots of win.

22 Nicole @ Lapetitebaker October 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm

This is restaurant quality right here! I want this for dinner.

23 Baking Serendipity October 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm

When it’s a savory brunch, my husband always cooks at our house. He loves potatoes, but we’ve never made them this way before. Definitely trying!

24 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel October 11, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Can i pretty please eat this for breakfast lunch and dinner?

25 amy October 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm

yes. yes, you may. =)

26 Renee October 11, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Beautiful amy! Just so beautiful and oh so tempting. I’m ready to make this for my own at home brunch this weekend.

27 Jen @ Savory Simple October 11, 2012 at 9:22 pm

We had breakfast for dinner tonight and this would have been a perfect side!

28 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 12, 2012 at 12:08 am

I totally agree – brunch at home is the best! Having brunch at a restaurant can be such a pain – I’ve had to wait 30 min to 1 hr to get a seat! As for these potatoes – YUM! I am saving this for a brunch menu when Jason returns. He is going to be thrilled!

29 baker street October 12, 2012 at 1:43 am

potatoes + bacon + caramelized onions – this is perfection I say! :)

30 Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen October 12, 2012 at 9:48 am

These look FAB!!! I would love to have Brunch every weekend! So Fun. Your pics are gorgeous!

31 The Food Hound October 12, 2012 at 9:53 am

I love brunch. I love bacon and caramelized onions. I would love this! You could also serve it with runny eggs on top. Why isn’t today Saturday? :)

32 amy October 12, 2012 at 10:05 am

yes, these would be absolutely *perfect* with a runny egg on top!

33 CJ at Food Stories October 12, 2012 at 10:40 am

I love simple ingredients & recipes … By the way, your pics are beautiful, Amy :-)

34 Ashley@BakerbyNature October 12, 2012 at 11:51 am

Major yum – I want to eat this for every meal today!!!

35 Amy (Savory Moments) October 12, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Yum, yum, yum! Potatoes for breakfast are one of my favorite things! These look perfect for a weekend breakfast.

36 Jennie @themessybakerblog October 12, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Gotta love breakfast at home in your pjs. This skillet looks delicious!

37 Anna @ Hidden Ponies October 13, 2012 at 1:07 am

I love that you do brunch almost every weekend! While I certainly do the pjs and rock me some bedhead, my hubby is the one good at elaborate breakfasts :)

38 Erin @ Texanerin Baking October 13, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Yummy! I am most definitely making this. And I need to make brunch / breakfast more often. I normally only make it in the middle of the day, and then take pictures and then eat it later on. Tragic.

39 Kathryn October 14, 2012 at 4:56 am

These are pretty much my favourite potatoes ever & I love your pictures!

40 sally @ sallys baking addiction October 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Why didn’t I see these before breakfast time this morning?? Sounds much better than my rye toast with cinnamon sugar. :( I need to make lovely breakfasts more often on the weekends. Less burnt toast and more of THIS! :)

41 Carrie @ Bakeabolic Mama October 15, 2012 at 4:39 am

Brunch and breakfast foods are the best. Especially when potatoes and bacon are involved!

42 Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} October 15, 2012 at 8:47 am

Swoon! I love breakfast skillets!!

43 ea-the spicy rd October 15, 2012 at 10:52 am

LOVE weekend breakfast/brunch at home too, especially when I don’t have to rush the morning to get ready for any kid sporting events. These potatoes look fabulous and I know my kids will love them too. Perhaps we’ll have a “breakfast for dinner’ night this week :-)

44 amy October 15, 2012 at 10:57 am

great idea! everyone loves breakfast for dinner! =)

45 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking October 15, 2012 at 11:21 am

These potatoes look perfect for a weekend morning! Great recipe!

46 Katie@Cozydelicious October 15, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Oh, yum! These potatoes would be awesome topped with a fried egg. Perfect for brunch – or for dinner!

47 Tiffany October 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Amy, this looks and sounds AMAZING. I love the pictures, too! Great job!!!

48 Angela @ AnotherBitePlease October 22, 2012 at 7:50 am

my hubby says thank you….lol…will be great with fried egg…and I think a great breakfast dinner!

49 amy October 22, 2012 at 8:58 am

it would be fantastic with a fried egg on top!

50 lmb January 24, 2013 at 11:06 am

Just made these and they were delicious. Even my picky kids ate them and asked for seconds. Thanks for recipe.

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