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Potato Hash Recipe

Potato and Bacon Hash 

Easy midweek supper dish, all cooked in a frying pan; a plateful of cheesy, spicy, potato and bacon goodness.

Spicy potato hash.
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*Post updated March 2024

Bacon and cheese

A match made in heaven! 💗 Bacon goes with burgers, mac and cheese, salads and coleslaw, the list is endless.

I've even seen recipes for bacon ice cream! Personally, I'm not sure how I feel about that. 😐 

What is potato hash?

'Hash' is a culinary dish consisting of chopped-up meat, potatoes, and onions, fried in a heavy-bottomed skillet or frying pan.

Ancho chilli flakes

Don't worry about the mention of chilli flakes because ancho chillies are mild and sweet in flavour. 😉

Ancho (ahn-choh) chilli flakes are made by drying fresh poblano chillies and are readily available in any good supermarket. 

Their name comes from their broad shape when dried, if you're really fussed you can leave them out.

By the way, ancho means wide in Spanish, just saying!

Why you will love this recipe

It's an easy-to-make midweek dinner.

Ready to eat in just 15 minutes if you use leftover cooked potatoes.

And, it tastes delicious! 

Recipe top tips!

Of course, you can swap some of the ingredients if you want to it depends on what you have in your fridge.

If you're vegetarian, leave out the bacon altogether or use Quorn bacon strips.

Spicy potato hash ingredients 

  • vegetable oil
  • streaky bacon rashers
  • leftover cooked baby potatoes
  • Taco seasoning mix (I used the brand Old El Paso)
  • 1 red or green chilli 
  • dried ancho chilli flakes
  • a few baby tomatoes 
  • cheddar cheese 
  • spring onions (scallions) 
  • flat leaf parsley 

Recipe alternative suggestions

  • Sliced bell peppers 
  • Sliced onions
  • Leave out the chilli 
  • Chorizo instead of bacon
  • Corned beef instead of bacon
  • Use sweet potatoes for a delicious sweet potato hash

What to serve with potato hash

Serve with a nice green salad or just a drizzle of sour cream. Or top it with a fried egg. 😋


All you need is a large frying pan or a cast iron skillet if you have one.

A spatula or turner.

If you like this, you might also like my corned beef hash recipe.

Cheesy Potato and Bacon Hash

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Potatoes, Brunch, Lunch, Leftovers
Yield: 2
Author: Jan Bennett
Potato Hash Recipe

Potato Hash Recipe

Serve with a nice green salad, or top it with a fried egg.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 15 Min


  • 8 smoked streaky bacon rashers - cut into 1cm strips
  • 400g baby potatoes - skin on and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning mix (I used the brand Old El Paso)
  • 1 red or green chilli - thinly sliced
  • a pinch of dried ancho chilli flakes
  • a few baby tomatoes - halved
  • 70g cheddar cheese - cut into small dice
  • 3 spring onions (scallions) - thinly sliced
  • a small handful of flat leaf parsley - leaves only


  1. Use cooked leftover potatoes for quickness, or parboil the potatoes until tender.
  2. Remove from the heat, drain well and leave in the saucepan to get cold.
  3. Heat a frying pan and add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Add the bacon and cook until it's nice and crisp moving it about so it cooks evenly. Once it's cooked to your liking (we like our bacon nice and crispy) remove using a slotted spoon and set aside.
  4. Don't wash the pan, use the oil to cook the rest of the dish. Add the cooked potatoes and cook over medium heat stirring gently for about 4 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle over the taco seasoning mix and stir well to coat. Cook for a further 2 minutes before adding in the sliced chilli.
  6. Once the potatoes are nice and crispy, add the bacon back into the pan along with the chilli flakes, tomatoes, cheese, and spring onions.
  7. Cook for a couple of minutes until everything is piping hot, scatter with the parsley. Serve straight away.
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