Slow-Cooker Overnight Breakfast Casserole

There's nothing better than waking up to a full breakfast made and ready to eat, especially around the holidays or when you have people[ staying the night. This crowd-pleaser layers hash brown potatoes, bacon, sausage, tomatoes, chiles and spices for a Southwest spin.]

Total Time:
8 hr 20 min
30 min
10 min
7 hr 40 min

8 servings

  • 2 pounds bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 pound breakfast sausage, casings removed, broken up
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • One 2-pound bag frozen shredded or diced hash brown potatoes (not patties)
  • Two 10-ounce cans tomatoes and chiles, such as Ro-Tel
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded whole-milk mozzarella
  • 12 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped cilantro, hot sauce and lime wedges, for serving
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spread the bacon and sausage onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake, tossing halfway through with a flat metal spatula, until their fat renders and both are golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the meat to paper towels to drain and discard their fat.

  • Coat the insert of a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Layer half the hash brown potatoes with half the bacon and sausage. Place the canned tomatoes and chiles in a sieve and press as much liquid out of them as possible; discard the liquid. Transfer the tomatoes and chiles to a bowl and toss with the pepper Jack cheese, red onion and 1 cup of the mozzarella. Layer half the mixture over the meats, then repeat the layering with the remaining potatoes, bacon and sausage and cheese and vegetable mixture.

  • Whisk the eggs, milk, chili powder, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl, then pour over the casserole mixture. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1 cup mozzarella, then cover and cook on low until the eggs are set and have become a custard, about 7 hours. Turn off the heat, uncover and let rest for about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with hot sauce and lime wedges.

  • Special equipment: a 6-quart slow-cooker

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