Quick Sweet Potato Hash

This is a quick Mexican inspired sweet potato hash for one topped with an egg. Breakfast, lunch or dinner appropriate.

Are you a procrastinator?

I totally am.

I never used to be this way but within the past 2-3 years and specifically when it comes to work, I’ve been leaving stuff to the very last minute. Like whoa.

I’ve had this webinar on my calendar for no joke, 5 months. I won’t even get into how much I don’t want to do it, don’t think I should have to do it, or how much of a complete waste of time it’s going to be but nonetheless, it’s today. I ignored it, fought it, prayed it would go away (it didn’t) and just downright refused to acknowledge it’s existence. Until yesterday morning.

Quick sweet potato hash


Employee of the year right here.

Sweet potato hash


So for 5 hours straight I was buried in about 15 different PowerPoint slides, trying my best to ignore twitter and attempting to put together something of substance that I can talk about for 45 minutes on college campuses’ deferred maintenance and planning.  Enthralling, no?

When I was finally getting to a place where I realized this thing was actually in somewhat decent shape and I might not sound like a babbling idiot while presenting, I looked at the clock and it was after 1pm. I had a 1:30pm conference call and needed lunch quick if I was going to be able to maintain a somewhat tame (as opposed to complete cranky hungry bitch) composure on this call.

And so this hash was born. A procrastination spurred, bitch avoidance, Mexican inspired sweet potato hash + egg.

Sweet potato hash


A healthy, quick, satisfying breakfast, lunch or dinner appropriate meal for one.


When you’re pressed for time, plates are overrated.

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Quick sweet potato hash

This is a quick Mexican inspired sweet potato hash for one topped with an egg. Breakfast, lunch or dinner appropriate.

2 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

17 minTotal Time

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  • 1 small sweet potato, cubed
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cayenne pepper
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • 1 egg


  1. In a small pan over medium heat, cook the potatoes & onions with the olive oil, cayenne pepper and salt & pepper, covered for about 5 minutes, until softened.
  2. Remove lid and cook for another 2-3 minutes until browned.
  3. Add remaining ingredients except for egg and cook for another 2-3 minutes, tossing everything together.
  4. Make an impression with a spoon in the middle of the hash mixture and crack the egg into the hole. Cover and cook for 3 more minutes until whites are set.
  5. Remove lid, garnish with extra cilantro or scallion and serve immediately.


  1. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau
    Ugh, I used to do webinars ALL the time and the best part of them was being done:) I envisioned people dozing off while I blabbered away. I love that you served this right in the pan and saved yourself from a few more dirty dishes. It looks so pretty in the pan anyway, why ruin it?
    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author
      I just keep saying to myself, in 5 more hours this will be over, in 4 more hours this will be over...ugh.
  2. Cait @ Beyond Bananas
    Recipe looks delicious!! I am a procrastinator with SOME things.. other things.. I like to get out of the way. With these papers I need to do to get to the next step of my teaching certification.. I put them off as long as possible. With lesson plans.. I try and knock those out a couple of days before they are do. (We hand them in every 2 weeks...)
  3. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance
    Yumyum! Pinning this! You're going to hate me, but I'm really not one to procrastinate haha. However, I attribute that to the fact that I become a lunatic when under stressful last-minute situations, so I'd rather just avoid the scenario completely.
  4. Julie @ Table for Two
    This looks great! I love that it's topped with egg to just finish out the dish. I also like that you didn't use regular potatoes for this hash but did sweet potatoes instead. Plates are overrated, skillets are where it's at these days ;) hope this cured your hunger and therefore made the conference call less painful!
  5. Cassie
    I am not a procrastinator. Except in reference to our taxes this year...still not done! And I will put it off a little more to make this hash. Holy yum! Love sweet potatoes!
    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author
      I've done that before too, but this was even quicker in a time crunch! Also, I can't tell you how many times I go to reach for the pan when it's in the oven and forget an oven mitt or towel and then scream bloody murder in my kitchen.
  6. kari @ Running Ricig
    If this dish was born from me assigning you that webinar, I'm not sorry about it at all. This looks AMAZING!
    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author
      Until 2:30pm today when this damn thing is over, I'm not sure we can be friends. ;)
  7. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers
    Your funny, but I get where you coming from. I have 4 interviews to give today, which messes up my schedule for today,than tomorrow I have a stupid webinar about a data base that I don't really are about and then to top it off 4 more interviews to give. What a boring Friday. Normally Fridays are blow-off days but no not tomorrow!! Your hash looks fantstic!!!
  8. Lindsay @ biking before bed
    Whenever I see recipes for hash I think of my grandpa. He loved his corned beef and hash! I think PowerPoint is my least favorite thing ever. Ever since middle school when it is no longer acceptable to have cool sound effects and have your slides zoom in from all over the screen.
  9. Anna @ On Anna's Plate
    Of all the foods I thought I'd miss during pregnancy, runny eggs never really occurred to me...and then suddenly I couldn't have them, and MAN do I miss them. I'm going to have to make this in a few weeks!!
  10. Margarita
    Gina, how do you have time to be creative when you only have 30 minutes to make it? I would’ve just stuffed my face with granola and yogurt or a banana with almond butter and some milk. It would take me a good part of an afternoon to come up with this. This is delish! I have a race on Saturday morning and I think this would be a perfect fuel breakfast!
  11. Averie @ Averie Cooks
    Love your last line..plates are over-rated. And you amaze me with how busy you seem, and amidst it all, you rock out spectacular pictures! When I am rushed, my pics do NOT turn out well. They are shaky/blurry, not well composed, etc. Yours look PERFECT!
    1. Gina
      Ha, if only you had seen me running between the kitchen and dining room to "set up" for the pictures while this was on the stove. I'm pretty sure I was sweating when I sat down to finally eat it. It was like an athletic event!
  12. Heidi @ Food Doodles
    Haha, I am the worst procrastinator ever, but not with everything. I think blogging has brought out the worst in me too, lol. There are posts I have to do and do on time for whatever reason and those I leave to the very last minute. I have no problem motivating myself to be creative in the kitchen and taking and editing pictures on my own schedule, but when something has a deadline - forget it! Now I feel even more ridiculous now that I've typed that out, lol! It might sound weird, but I've wanted to make some kind of a potato hash for a long time now - it's something I've never made! As usual, I've put it off and put it off. Yours looks so delicious! I love the sweet potato, and I really can't resist anything with a runny egg on top - yum!
  13. Justine Duppong @ Life With Cheeseburgers
    I can't make up my mind about whether or not I'm a procrastinator: I tend to start project RIGHT AWAY, intending to get them done and not have to worry about them. But then after I get about halfway through, I put finishing it off until the last minute!!
  14. Deanna
    Sounds delicious! But you know what makes sweet potato hash even better? Smoked paprika. So insanely good. I've never sat through a webinar, but I'd imagine you deserve a (large) drink when its done.
    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author
      I ALMOST threw that in too but then couldn't find it in my mess of a spice cabinet. Agreed though and it will definitely make an appearance next time!
  15. Julia {The Roasted Root}
    I'm right there with you in the procrastination business...and computers make it SO much easier to procrastinate! Your hash skillet looks phenomenal, lady! We love eggs and veggies for breakfast and personal sized breakfasts definitely would help deter the food aggression in my house ;)
  16. Miriam @ Bellaspire
    You're in good company with the procrastination. I read a quote that said "I was thinking about procrastinating, but I think I'll wait until tomorrow." Ha. Cool idea with the egg. MMM, I love a runny egg!
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  19. Daniel
    Delicious and just what I was looking for! I'm adding a little lime zest for my own touch (taken from a bobby flay grilled sweet potato recipe, also amazing!)
  20. Paul
    My wife and I have been doing "Meatless Monday" as a New Years resolution; what's more, we have a picky 15 month old. I chef'd this up tonight and everyone loved it...including the baby. Happy wife. Happy life. With the exception of the sweet potatoes, all the veggies came from the garden too. I plan on making this again.
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  32. Drea
    Thank you so much- not for the recipe, but that too- for being my cosmic kitchen soulmate! I feel like this post encapsulates my life haha! The potatoes- AMAZING!
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  36. mailoha albaladejo
    The sweet potatoes will fully cook in those 5 minutes that they are covered? They don't require pre-cooking in microwave/oven?
    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author
      If they're chopped small enough, yes. If you want them more cooked, just cook them in the pan for a few minutes longer, no need to precook in the microwave or oven.

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