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Sweet Potato Hash Recipe (Potatoes O’Brien Recipe)

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Sweet Potato Hash Browns (A.K.A. Potatoes O’Brien) – An easy recipe that features flavorful sweet potatoes cubed and oven-baked with savory prosciutto. Enjoy this hash for breakfast or as a hearty side dish!

sweet potato hash browns on  a plate

The Best Sweet Potato Hash

Have you ever heard of Potatoes O’Brien? This classic American dish has been a longtime breakfast favorite since the early 1900s, and typically is made by pan-frying or roasting cubed potatoes with onions and peppers.

We’ve updated the recipe with a few tweaks to create this delicious, terrifically rustic, hearty Sweet Potato Hash. It features sweet potatoes, obviously, chopped and roasted with bell peppers, onions, salty prosciutto, and fresh jalapeno for an extra kick.

Our simple healthy hash recipe is easy to make and is a fabulous breakfast option to serve with eggs and your favorite breakfast meats. Or serve it as a zesty side dish at dinner with chicken, pork chops, or steaks. You can even use the hash as the base of vegetarian tacos or enchiladas.

Best of all? Only one sheet pan is needed to make this flavorful and super satisfying Sweet Potato Hash Browns recipe!

potatoes o'brien with sweet potatoes

What Ingredients You Will Need

Our version of Potatoes O Brien uses simple, fresh ingredients with lots of flavor.

To make this recipe you need:

  • Olive Oil or favorite oil for roasting
  • Sweet Potatoesscrubbed and cubed
  • Bell Pepperany choice of color, seeded and chopped
  • Onion peeled and chopped
  • Garlicpeeled and minced
  • Jalapenoseeded and sliced, for a great kick of spiciness
  • Fresh Thymefor a pop of earthy flavor
  • Smoked Paprikathe smokiness really compliments the sweetness of the sweet potatoes
  • Prosciuttoadds a great salty, meaty taste to the Sweet Potato breakfast hash
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Feel free to leave out the prosciutto for a vegetarian and vegan-friendly Sweet Potato Hash Browns recipe.

You can also skip the jalapeno for a mild Potatoes O’Brien breakfast hash.

chopped veggies on a baking sheet

How to Make Sweet Potato Hash Browns A.K.A. Potatoes O’Brien

This Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash – or flavorful dinner side dish – takes less than an hour to make and only requires one pan.

Here’s how to make the easiest, tastiest Potatoes O’Brien recipe with sweet potatoes and veggies:

  1. Firstly, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and set out a large rimmed 13X18 inch sheet pan.
  2. Next, prepare the sweet potatoes. Peel and dice them into 1/3 inch cubes, and place the cubes on the baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over the top, and toss to coat so that potatoes cook evenly and don’t brown.
  3. Then seed and chop the bell pepper and jalapeno. Chop the onion and mince the garlic. Add the chopped peppers, onions, and garlic to the baking sheet with the cubed sweet potatoes. Now add the thyme leaves, paprika, salt, and ground black pepper. Toss well, and spread the hash out evenly on the baking sheet.
flipping veggies on a baking sheet

4. Bake for 15 minutes. Then flip with a spatula, spread out again, and bake for another 15 minutes.

5. Flip the hash one more time. Then sprinkle the diced prosciutto over the top. Bake for several more minutes until the prosciutto is crispy.

6. Mix again, sprinkle with a bit more fresh chopped thyme, and serve the hash browns warm.

Get the Complete (Printable) Sweet Potato Hash Recipe Below. Enjoy!

baked sweet potato hash recipe oveerhead view

Suggestions for How to Serve This Potato Hash

This classic hash made with sweet potatoes is perfect to enjoy as part of a hearty weekend breakfast. Serve it as the base for Eggs Benedict with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Or, on the side of your favorite egg dishes with bacon or sausage. Maybe even with a hearty helping of Simple Sausage Gravy?

You can eat it as-is, or top the hash with avocado, salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese, or other tasty condiments.

It’s also delicious as a dinner side dish, and pairs great with chicken, beef, pork, or vegetarian mains!

Try spicy and savory Potatoes O’Brien made with sweet potatoes as a side with Apple Baked Pork Chops or Grilled Pork Chops, Magic Grilled Chicken Breasts, or a simple and delicious steak.

How do you love to eat hash browns? Let us know in the comments below!

recipe for sweet potato hash closeup view

Frequently Asked Questions 

How Do I Store Leftovers?

Once the Sweet Potato Hash has cooled, transfer leftovers to an airtight container and store them in the fridge. The Potatoes O’Brien will keep well for 3-5 days.

To reheat, bake in a 350 degree preheated oven on a baking sheet for about 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking. You can also reheat the sweet potatoes in the microwave, although they will lose some of their tender texture.

What Can I Substitute For The Onion? 

If you are not much of an onion fan, you can substitute it out for one of the following ingredients 

  • Fennel
  • Shallots
  • Mushrooms 
  • Chives 
  • Leeks

Do I Need to Peel This Potato Skins?

You can make this recipe either way. If you are not a potato skin person, then you can definitely peel the sweet potatoes before cooking them. If you do not mind eating potato skins, then leave them on and enjoy the health benefits as well. The skin contains fiber, vitamin c & e, potassium, and iron. 

plate of sweet potato hash browns

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Sweet Potato Hash (Potatoes O’Brien Recipe)

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Sweet Potato Hash Browns (A.K.A. Potatoes O'Brien) – an easy, flavorful sweet potato hash recipe perfect for breakfast or as a side dish.
Servings: 6 servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes about 4 sweet potatoes
  • 1 bell pepper any color
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves or 2 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 ounces diced prosciutto
  • Salt and pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Set out a large rimmed 13X18 inch sheet pan.
  • Peel the sweet potatoes and dice into 1/3 inch cubes. Place the cubes on the baking sheet, drizzle olive oil over the top, and toss to coat so the sweet potatoes don’t brown.
  • Seed and chop the bell pepper and jalapeno. Then chop the onion and mince the garlic.
  • Add the chopped peppers, onions, and garlic to the sweet potatoes. Then add the thyme leaves, paprika, 1 ¼ teaspoons salt, and ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper. Toss well, and spread the hash out evenly on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Then flip with a spatula and spread out again. Bake another 15 minutes.
  • Flip the hash one more time. Then sprinkle the diced prosciutto over the top. Bake for another 10-15 minutes until the prosciutto is crispy. Mix and serve warm.



Not a sweet potato fan? You can use russet potatoes in this recipe as well!


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 358kcal, Carbohydrates: 51g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 12mg, Sodium: 252mg, Potassium: 910mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 33022IU, Vitamin C: 40mg, Calcium: 88mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, dinner, Main, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Irish
Author: Sommer Collier

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  3. This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free.

  4. Made this for breakfast the other day and it turned out so delicious! We just found a new breakfast favorite!

  5. YUM! This gave our simple breakfast such an upgrade! The jalapenos and sweet potatoes are an amazing combo.

  6. this hash is just fantastic and I love the flavors in it! thank you for sharing this recipe!

  7. This is one of the BEST sweet potato has recipes that I have tasted! Like literally ever!