Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole

Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole is totally gluten free thanks to the hash brown base. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

I’m already thinking about your weekend. Your weekend that includes this Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole.

Your weekend might also include a little too much bourbon/wine/dessert/what have you…. and the only cure is a really hearty/savory breakfast.

Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole is totally gluten free thanks to the hash brown base. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Hash brown base mixed with breakfast sausage, eggs, jalapeños & a ton of cheese….

HELLO!

It’s kinda like spanish tortilla meets an omelette. It’s a Christina Tosi concoction!

Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole is totally gluten free thanks to the hash brown base. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

This recipe belongs to the kind of morning filled with too much coffee, reading good magazines & staying in bed a little longer than normal. Or maybe that’s too quaint for you? Perhaps you’re hosting some friends for the weekend? They need to eat and you need something that you can do ahead of time/set + forget because you want quality chats with your friends…not a session of hiding in the kitchen for introvert time while you sit there listening to them in the other room and eat leftover shredded cheese off the cutting board…..which I know nothing about.

Let’s gather our ingredients.

I used the chicken breakfast sausage from Trader Joe’s for this.

Makes for a less greasy casserole.

Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole is totally gluten free thanks to the hash brown base. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Sausage is cooked. Onions go in with the jalapeño.

Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole is totally gluten free thanks to the hash brown base. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Eggs, milk and most of the cheese gets whisked.

Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole is totally gluten free thanks to the hash brown base. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Sausage component done.

Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole is totally gluten free thanks to the hash brown base. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Let’s get ready to ASSEMBLE.

Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole is totally gluten free thanks to the hash brown base. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Hash browns go into a greased baking pan. Season with salt & pepper.

Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole is totally gluten free thanks to the hash brown base. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Hey sausage.

Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole is totally gluten free thanks to the hash brown base. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Hello egg cheese mixture.

Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole is totally gluten free thanks to the hash brown base. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Hello additional cheese topping.

Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole is totally gluten free thanks to the hash brown base. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Hash browns and cheese look very similar.

Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole is totally gluten free thanks to the hash brown base. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

B A K E D

Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole is totally gluten free thanks to the hash brown base. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Those crispy sausage bits.

Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole is totally gluten free thanks to the hash brown base. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Serve it up.

Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole is totally gluten free thanks to the hash brown base. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

We’re gonna need to add some toppings!

Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole is totally gluten free thanks to the hash brown base. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Topped.

Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole is totally gluten free thanks to the hash brown base. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Dig in.

Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole is totally gluten free thanks to the hash brown base. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Pass me a fork.

Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole is totally gluten free thanks to the hash brown base. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

And a ton of hot sauce, please!

For more breakfast options, check out my:

Tex Mex Breakfast Casserole

serves 6-8

recipe slightly adapted from Milk Bar Life by Christina Tosi

  • 1 12 oz. package breakfast sausage links
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • 10 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup crumbled cotija cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I used a combination of pepper jack & cheddar)
  • 3 cups frozen hash browns
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • sour cream, for serving
  • cilantro, for serving
  • hot sauce & salsa, for serving

Preheat oven to 350F.

Remove the sausage from casings and cook in a skillet over medium heat until lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes. Add in the onion and jalapeño and cook over medium low-heat until the onions are tender, about 4 minutes.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, cotija, and 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese in a medium bowl.

Line a greased 9 x13 inch baking with the hash browns. Season liberally with salt & pepper. Top hash browns with the sausage onion mixture and then pour the egg and cheese mixture on top. Top with remaining 1/2 cup shredded cheese.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the casserole is golden brown and the eggs are set. Serve hot with sour cream, cilantro & hot sauce.

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  • Rosie

    This looks sooooo goooood! Thank you for brightening up my morning. I’ve never seen frozen hash brown mix in UK shops – could I make my own – is is basically shredded potato and onion?

  • Emily @ Life on Food

    I just made this minus the Tex Mex flare. Mine was good but this looks and sounds so much better. Making this for the weekend for sure.

  • Jenny

    This looks so delish, gong to try to make a dairy free version. Thanks for the inspiration!! Also I love the links that you have started including in your posts, reminds me to make some of my Shutterbean favorites :)

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  • Heather

    Ooh, I might make this for my book club brunch in a few weeks. I’ve never bought frozen shredded hash browns – I will have to look for them!

  • niki

    do you think you could assemble this the night before and bake in the am? or would the eggs get weird?

    looks so good!

    • Tracy

      I think it could be assembled the night before. I wonder if the the hash browns would get mushy though?

  • Stephanie

    this looks so good!

  • DessertForTwo

    Truth? I roll my eyes when anyone not from Texas does Tex-Mex food. But this?! This is awesome! You nailed it :)

  • Emily

    This looks fantastic! Did you end up with leftovers with just the three of you? I only have two in my home, and just wonder how this would do reheated. I could probably also figure out a way to half it.

  • Umberta

    This looks so good and easy to make!
    I definitely have to try it!
    Thanks for sharing :)

  • Beth

    I have you to thank for awesome breakfast recipes! Since moving to a small town where there is no where to get decent brunch I felt sad, and uninspired. Then again like a knight in shining apron you’ve provided yet again another brunch worthy recipe that allows me to get my mimosa happy dance on!

  • Gaby Dalkin

    I definitely fell madly in love with you said, hash brown based. Gimme!!

  • Lori

    This looks so good and I love anything that is make-ahead!

  • Craig

    This looks delicious.
    But I need a little help… I am unfamiliar with cojita cheese. Is it similar to “cotija” cheese? Or is it something else entirely?

  • Lori @ RecipeGirl

    This is a must- try for the weekend! I know my family will love it!

  • Beth

    Hello! This looks absolutely delish! I’ve been looking for a recipe like this, and I can’t wait to try it! :)

  • Amanda

    I left this recipe for the husband to make for dinner last night with a few alterations (instead of sausage, we used soysage to make it vegetarian), but it took almost an hour to bake. Any ideas why? It was delicious and totally worth the wait! I’m just curious why it took so much longer.

    • Tracy

      Must be either the dish you put it in, where in the oven you put it, or the temperature of your oven. I don’t think soysage would change the cooking time.

  • Ashley

    My husband requested breakfast for dinner this week, and then this recipe popped up! I know it sounds like a casserole with fairly normal ingredients, but I was blown away by how good it was! Had to use lactose free milk and cheese even, and it was delicious. This will definitely be our go-to breakfast casserole. Maybe next time with tater tots… :)

  • Ashley

    Do you thaw the hashbrowns first or did you just throw them in frozen?

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  • Denise

    Hi, I’m making this today, I’m wondering if you thaw the Hashbrown first or use them frozen?

  • Priya

    Tracy, this looks great! But I am in England and have never seen frozen hash browns…. what could I use as a substitute? Is it just shredded potatoes? Thanks!

    • Tracy

      yes! shredded potatoes would be fine- i would drain them a bit in a paper towel before putting them in with the mix

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