Mar 1, 2021

Crispy Jalapeño Hash Browns

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
These crispy jalapeño hash browns are inspired by my typical Waffle House order. While there aren’t any locations (that I know of) in Los Angeles or New York, a trip to the Waffle House is one of my favorite parts about football weekends spent in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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I don’t think I have ever actually been to a Waffle House in the morning – most visits are after too many pitchers of Bud Light & shots of fireball at the surrounding bars. There’s still something alluring (and dare I say comforting?) about coming into Waffle House for a pairing of waffles, eggs and hash browns.

The crispy hash browns come topped with a few pickled jalapeños and a slice of partially melted American cheese – it’s part of the charm. In this recipe I sauté chopped jalapeños and a bit of cayenne with the shredded potatoes. They’re best topped with fried eggs and a dash of hot sauce.

Crispy Jalapeño Hash Browns

crispy jalapeño hash browns topped with sunny side up eggs and crispy bacon

Key Ingredients in This Recipe

  • Potatoes – Starchy potatoes like Russet are best for crispy hash browns. If you want them to be fluffier then opt for waxy potatoes like Yukon. Be sure to squeeze out any excess water before frying.
  • Jalapeño – Removing the seeds and membrane from the jalapeño cuts down on the spice while the good jalapeño flavor remains. While Waffle House used pickled jalapeños I sauté diced jalapeño in this recipe.

How to Make Hash browns

  1. Remove the starch from the potatoes. Peel the potatoes and use a cheese grater to shred the potatoes. Add to a bowl of cold water and vinegar to remove the starch from the potatoes. Drain completely and spread the shredded potatoes on a kitchen towel. Wrap and squeeze out as much water as possible. 
  2. Season the potatoes. Add the potatoes back to the bowl and toss with salt, pepper and cayenne. 
  3. Heat the pan. Heat a large nonstick sauté pan over medium-high, add the oil and heat through.
  4. Cook the hash browns. Add the jalapeño then top with the potatoes in an even single layer. Cook, untouched, until a golden brown crust forms, about 5 minutes.
  5. Break up the potatoes and continue cooking. Use a spatula to break up the potatoes and flip them in sections. Lower the heat to medium-low and continue to cook until the potatoes are crispy all over, about 8 minutes. 
  6. Serve. Serve topped with hot sauce with a side of bacon and eggs. 
crispy jalapeño hash browns topped with sunny side up eggs and crispy bacon

Tips and Tricks for This Recipe

  • Rinsing the shredded potatoes in water keeps them from becoming gummy when fried in the pan.
  • Be sure to fully dry the potatoes before adding them to the hot pan. If they are not completely dry then they will steam rather than fry and won’t develop the signature crust on the outside.
  • Potatoes absorb salt so you can be generous when seasoning them.
  • Be patient! Resist the urge to touch the potatoes too much as they cook. Letting them sit helps them develop the crust.

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Crispy Jalapeño Hash Browns

Jalapeno hash browns with eggs on top and bacon on the side
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium Russet potatoes (about 1½ pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar 
  • Kosher salt, as needed 
  • Freshly ground black pepper, as needed 
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 medium jalapeño, seeds removed and thinly sliced 

Instructions:

  • Peel the potatoes and use a cheese grater to shred the potatoes. Add to a bowl of cold water and vinegar to remove the starch from the potatoes. Drain completely and spread the shredded potatoes on a kitchen towel. Wrap and squeeze out as much water as possible. 
  • Add the potatoes back to the bowl and toss with salt, pepper and cayenne. 
  • Heat a large nonstick sauté pan over medium-high, add the oil and heat through. Add the jalapeño then top with the potatoes in an even single layer.
  • Cook, untouched, until a golden brown crust forms, about 5 minutes.
  • Use a spatula to break up the potatoes and flip them in sections. Lower the heat to medium-low and continue to cook until the potatoes are crispy all over, about 8 minutes. 
  • Serve topped with hot sauce with a side of bacon and eggs. 

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