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Southwestern-Style Potato Bake

Southwestern-Style Potato Bake
Southwestern-Style Potato Bake
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This Southwestern-Style Potato Bake is one of the tastiest dishes that you can make for dinner tonight! This recipe combines a delicious mix of flavors including ground beef, taco sauce and seasoning, hash brown potatoes and Cheddar cheese. This recipe is great because not only can you make it dinner as a hearty meal everyone will surely enjoy, you might also consider swapping out the beef for scrambled eggs, and turn this easy casserole into a delicious breakfast option. No matter the time of day, this dish is bound to put smiles on faces.



  • 2 teaspoons olive oil (optional for browning beef, depending on beef fat content)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup taco sauce
  • 2 (32-ounce) bag refrigerated hash brown potatoes
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper


  1. Heat a cast iron fry pan over medium-high heat.  Add olive oil. Brown the beef, add in taco seasoning and mix well. 

  2. Add 1 cup of water to the pan. Bring to a boil and continue cooking until most of the water has cooked off.  Add onions and peppers to the pan. Sautee until the veggies are soft.

  3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  4. Mix in taco sauce and hash brown potatoes. Stir to combine well.  

  5. Top with the cheese and then transfer the pan to the oven. Bake until the potatoes are cooked through and the cheese is melted, bubbly and lightly golden brown. (about 20-25 minutes)

  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.  

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This is SOOO YUMMY!! Hash browns and hash brown potatoes are not a thing herein South Africa but my improvisation worked just fine. The taco seasoning flavors with the potatoes work just great too! We added chopped fresh garlic and chili because we made a slightly bigger quantity than shown in the recipe. This is definitely going to become a family favorite for us.

Reading through the comments, I'm glad I'm not the only one a bit confused by the mention of hash browns. I think they mean the diced hash browns that Ore-Ida produces that do look like the photo illustration. I want to give this a try, since I love Mexican-flavored food and ground beef and potatoes are two of my standard cooking ingredients when I'm looking for something fast and easy to put together for a meal. It'd be interesting to actually try this with some roast beef hash.

I love the look of this potato bake. I have never made any sort of hash before. It is not popular in South Africa. We don't even get prepared frozen hash-browns which means that I will have to grate the potatoes myself. I never expected to see ground beef in this recipe when I looked it up. I have to try it as it does look good and it is convenient that everything is cooked together.

This recipe looks a lot like a southwest version of hash to me, reminiscent of corned beef or roast beef hash with a Mexican twist, with the addition of the taco sauce. The video has me a little confused, though. The frozen hash browns shown look like tiny cubes. I live in Michigan and have ever seen hash browns like this. The ones I have always seen have been shredded potatoes or rectangular patties made from the shredded potatoes. Maybe it is a southern thing - I'm not sure. I would like to try it using the hash browns available to me, but I think I will use something else spicy in place of the taco sauce. Maybe some chipotles in adobo or even a diced poblano pepper. Looks good!

This recipe looks like one I will be trying very soon. Seems to me that one of the 32 oz bag of hashbrowns would be just about right with with the pound of ground beef. Opting out of the beef and adding eggs will make a great dish to serve anytime.

The recipe doesn't say what size bags of hashbrowns. Most bags are 32 oz. size, but what if you bulk buy? Amount required for the recipe would be good here. Also, the olive oil should be optional. If your ground beef is super lean, you may need it. But, anything under 90% lean ground beef would not need any extra oil added. It's pretty simple and it shouldn't take more than an hour start to finish.

I can definitely get behind this recipe. It looks delicious!


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