*This post for Harissa Sweet Potato Hash first appeared on March 29, 2012. I updated the recipe a bit (made it better!), reshot the photographs and included a video below. I love simple potato hash recipes for any meal of the day when you need to eat quickly. Of course, any of them are improved with a runny egg or two on top. This one is part Mexican inspired and part Middle Eastern thanks to the harissa paste. It’s ready in 25 minutes and doesn’t skimp on flavor or satiety. Text below is original and back when I had a full time job in addition to this little blog gig.


This is a quick Mexican inspired sweet potato hash recipe with a spicy harissa kick. Super simple and makes the perfect breakfast, lunch or dinner!
This is a quick Mexican inspired sweet potato hash with a spicy harissa kick. Super simple and makes the perfect breakfast, lunch or dinner!

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.

Employee of the year right here.

This harissa sweet potato hash is a simple, comforting meal great for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
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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.

Perfect for dinner in a pinch, this harissa sweet potato hash comes together easily and quickly!

And so this harissa sweet potato hash was born.

A procrastination spurred, hangry bitch avoidance of a lunch.

The Basics of a Hash

I love hash recipes because they really only require a few main ingredients:

After that, the world is your oyster.

For this sweet potato hash, I chose a Mexican theme and went with green onions, black beans, bell peppers and some typical Mexican spices like cumin and smoked paprika.

Check out this turkey sweet potato skillet or this skillet ground beef and sweet potatoes for similarly flavored easy meals.

The harissa paste gives a spicy kick. If you like things not so spicy, just use a little less than the recommended 1 tablespoon.

More hash recipes to try:
Corned beef hash breakfast sandwich
Potato hash
Jalapeno cilantro hash stuffed portobellos
Brussels sprouts pumpkin and apple hash

With a couple runny eggs on top, this harissa sweet potato hash is simple, spicy and perfect for a quick meal any time of day!

This easy sweet potato hash recipe is a healthy, quick, satisfying breakfast, lunch or dinner appropriate meal for one really hungry person or more realistically, two.

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

More skillet meals –> chicken artichoke olive skillet | chinese chicken zoodles | chorizo spinach skillet pizza

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4.42 from 24 votes

Harissa Sweet Potato Hash

Servings: 2 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
This is a quick Mexican inspired sweet potato hash for one topped with an egg. Breakfast, lunch or dinner appropriate.


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more for cooking
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small sweet potato, chopped into small cubes
  • 1 tablespoon harissa paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup packed baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 green onion, chopped


  • Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the onions and let cook 2-3 minutes until softened.
  • Add the peppers and garlic and cook an additional 3-4 minutes until softened.
  • Add sweet potato, harissa paste, all the spices and a drizzle more of the olive oil. Toss to combine and cook until the potatoes are fork tender and softened, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the spinach and black beans to the skillet, toss and cook until spinach is wilted.
  • Crack the eggs over the top of the hash, cover with a lid and cook until egg whites are set.
  • Remove the lid, season with additional salt and pepper. Sprinkle the chopped green onion on top and serve.



Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 321kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 14gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 488mgFiber: 9gSugar: 9g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Mexican
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  1. 5 stars
    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!

  2. 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 ;)

  3. 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. 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!

  4. I still need to try the sweet potato & egg combo – I do love sweet potato pancakes though!

  5. 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!!

  6. 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!