Crockpot Southwest Breakfast Casserole

Crockpot Southwest Breakfast Casserole | Cookie Monster Cooking

I am so pumped for this week on the blog.  Why is that you ask?  Because it is officially Crocktoberfest.  Yes, you read that right.  A week full of recipes all for your handy dandy crockpot.  Well, three recipes to be exact – breakfast, dinner and dessert.  And not just here on Cookie Monster Cooking, but on some other awesome blogs as well.  So get your crockpot ready – it’s go time.

And first up?  Breakfast.  This casserole is perfect for company – it makes a lot of food, is satisfying and of course delicious.  I will say that this definitely tastes best fresh, so save this for a time when you’ll have plenty of hungry people around.  Thanksgiving or Christmas morning?  Yes and yes.

Crockpot Southwest Breakfast Casserole | Cookie Monster Cooking

My favorite part about this breakfast is that you can quickly get everything ready and throw it in the crockpot.  Either get up a little early and cook it on high for four hours or make it right before you go to bed and let it cook on low overnight (which is my personal favorite since then you wake up to an awesome breakfast that is ready to go).

I’ve teamed up with some of my friends to bring you 9 other amazing recipes.  Be sure to check them out!  And if you love crockpot dishes then also check out the hashtag #crocktoberfest2013 on facebook, twitter, and instagram to find all the other recipes that will be shared this week.

Overnight Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal from Around My Family Table
Slow Cooker Breakfast Pumpkin Bread Pudding from Cook the Story
Crockpot Breakfast Casserole from Eat Drink Love
Pumpkin Oatmeal in a Crockpot from Peanut Butter & Peppers
Apple Monkey Bread from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Crockpot Creamy & Savory Coconut Rice from Curry and Comfort
Slow Cooker Ham & Swiss Fritata from 365 Days of Crockpot
Sunday Slow Cooker Hashbrown, Ham, & Spinach Casserole from Slender Kitchen
Crockpot Overnight Pumpkin Pecan Steel Cut Oatmeal from Kitchen Treaty


Crockpot Southwest Breakfast Casserole
Yield: 10 to 12 servings
For the casserole:
  • 30 to 32 ounces frozen shredded hash browns
  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups freshly shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups freshly shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 6 green onions, sliced
  • 12 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
For serving:
  • chopped cilantro
  • salsa
  • sliced avocado
  • hot sauce
  1. Generously spray a large crockpot with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place half of the hash browns in the bottom. Top with half of the black beans, half of the cheddar cheese, half of the pepper jack cheese, half of the pepper and half of the green onions. Repeat this process.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour the mixture evenly over the top.
  4. Cover and cook on high for about 4 hours or on low for about 8 hours, until the eggs are set.
  5. Serve with a sprinkle of cilantro, some salsa, sliced avocado and hot sauce.

Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats. Originally from Jimmy Dean.


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  1. has anyone actually tried this recipe?

    • Made it for my coworkers on black Friday and it was a huge hit. We work retail amd it wss as good in the late afternoon as at 6:00 a.m. Just finished putting it on for our Christmas breakfast. I just hope Santa can keep his hands out!

  2. Southwestern flavors are the best! Love the idea of cooking it overnight so that breakfast is ready first thing!

  3. Looks like I truly need a crockpot! That looks scrumptious :)

  4. I do love a good southwest breakfast sometimes, and what a cool way to do it. I might have to halve the recipe though, it does sound like it will make a lot. Love how everything looks so fresh too!

  5. Crockpots are the best. I believe this even more after having Lucy. This looks like the perfect way to start (or end!) the day. Thank you for sharing Ashley!

  6. breakfast is my very favourite meal of the day & i’m always looking for new ways to spice it up. this is definitely going in the recipe folder – thank you! :)

    the hobbit kitchen x

  7. What a delicious flavorful breakfast, Ashley! It sounds silly, but my favorite part of crock pot cooking is the way it fills the house with delicious smells! I haven’t ever tried breakfast in the crock pot. The idea of waking up to breakfast already cooked is very appealing. The next best thing to a butler! (Though I wouldn’t mind one of those too. :) )

  8. I love love love my crock pot….can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us this week!

  9. I wish I would have know about Croktoberfest! Lol I want to be apart of it next year :) I am looking forward to the great recipes.. The photos look amazing..

  10. I love make ahead breakfasts! I’m not a morning person, so cooking I like the idea of not having to get up and cook.

  11. Jo @ The Contented Baker says:

    What a fabulously tasty breakfast Ashley! I am loving this ‘Crockfest’ you have going on – sounds fun! I think I need to purchase a slow cooker. I can see my husband’s eyes rolling at the thought – ‘not more gadgets!’. Maybe I should trade my juicer in for one…think I would get a lot of use of out it?

    • haha I love it. Mine sat unused when I first got it but now I use it all the time (particularly during the colder months for some reason!)

  12. Love the southwest flavors you put into this breakfast casserole. It will put a skip in your step and start your morning off right. :) Great to share crocktoberfest week with you. :)

  13. “Crocktoberfest”…what a fun theme! Your breakfast casserole looks divine, Ashley.

  14. I’m in love with my crockpot (not ashamed to admit our relationship to the world) so keep these amazing recipes coming! I’ll be tuned in all week!

  15. “Crocktoberfest”?? Girl, that sounds genius! And so does this casserole, I’d love to wake up to this beauty… It looks super delish and I love the avocado addition. If it’s got avocados, I’m in ;)
    Happy Monday, Ashley! x

  16. Great minds do think alike! And I almost did a southwestern style for mine, but then changed my mind so at least ours are a little different, lol! I ate mine with a ton of salsa!

  17. I love that name –“Crocktoberfest”. Hee hee… I’m always looking for new crockpot recipes and a breakfast casserole sounds perfect for brunch. I have never cooked eggs in a crockpot before and would love to give this one a try. Yummy Ashley! :)

  18. What a cool idea, Ashley. I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for your crockpot recipes. I’m so glad everyone is into it and sharing their great ideas. I have a big slow cooker that I got when I first got married but never used much. Lately, I’m finally using it and I love the magic of it. Never thought about uses for breakfast so thank you!!

    • I never used mine when I first got it (a wedding gift too) but lately I’ve started to see just how great it can be!

  19. Holy Cow! Hubbyman would be so excited if I made this for him. He seriously craves breakfasts like this. I love them too, but he goes crazy for them. LOL! Thanks for a great slow cooker breakfast!

  20. Crocktoberfest sounds great to me, and so does this casserole! I love overnight breakfast dishes cuz I’m so lazy in the morning! This looks delicious, Ashley!

  21. What a creative way to use a crock pot. I bet all the flavors taste AMAZING after cooking together for several hours. This would be the perfect breakfast to wake up to, especially on a busy holiday morning.

  22. Oh my, I wish I’d had a big bowl of this for breakfast this morning! I had no idea Crocktoberfest was a thing and it’s making me so happy right now. :)

  23. Okay, Crocktoberfest? That sound like super fun but I don’t have a crockpot! I think it’s high time I get one, it seems to make cooking so much easier. This breakfast casserole looks delicious, and I love that it’s so hearty and vegetarian!

  24. Love the idea of waking up to breakfast waiting for me, especially one with these tasty southwest flavors. Yum!

  25. I AM GOING TO LOVE CROCKTOBERFEST! It combines my love of crock pots and the month of october AND delicious food! This should be a national holiday, I think. :D This casserole sounds amazing Ashley; just what me and the friends need for a chilly October morning.

  26. Oh, my gosh. I have been craving Tex-Mex dishes like crazy and this sounds like one phenomenal breakfast! YUM!

  27. How perfect! I have just started using my crockpot more often now too since the weather has gotten a little bit cooler. This breakfast casserole sounds fabulous and I love that I can wake up to a satisfying breakfast! Looking forward to seeing what else is coming up and will be sure to check out the rest of what the lovely ladies have for Croctoberfest as well:)

  28. OMG! I am all over this breakfast! I love it!!! Southwest flavors are my favorite. Creative breakfast, but actually I would make this for dinner!

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