Air fryer breakfast potatoes are dotted with bell pepper and onions. It’s an excellent side dish for your breakfast or brunch. Or throw a generous spoonful into a breakfast burrito. Vegan and gluten-free.
It just isn’t brunch without potatoes.
So beautifully carb-y.
Crispy on the outside.
Creamy on the on the inside.
They are filling, delicious, and cozy. And thanks to the air fryer, they’re also easy & fast to make.
Get them started. Then tend to whatever else is on the menu.
(Don’t have an air fryer? No worries! Follow these directions for oven roasted breakfast potatoes instead.)
Also known as country potatoes or hash, this crowd-pleasing side dish is loaded with hearty potatoes, sweet red bell pepper, and onions that are just caramelized around the edges.
How to make them
Here’s what you’ll need to make air fryer breakfast potatoes: Russet potatoes, bell pepper, onion, salt, pepper, oil spray, and optional garnish of chives.
Cut the potatoes, onion, and pepper into similar sizes for even & optimum cooking.
Put chopped potatoes into the air fryer basket. Spritz with oil & add a pinch of salt.
Air fry at 400 degrees for ten minutes, stopping once to shake the basket for even browning.
(I like to start by cooking the potatoes first on their own. Then add the other ingredients a little later since potatoes take longer.)
Add the bell pepper, onions, another spritz of oil, salt, and pepper.
Continue air frying at 400 degrees for 15 more minutes.
Move to a serving dish & finish with a handful of chopped chives (optional).
Make them your own
Suit the preferences of your family and make this dish your own by varying the ingredients.
- Vary the shape by cutting the potatoes into wedges or circles
- Peel the potatoes if you prefer
- Change the potato by using Yukon gold, red, or even sweet potato
- Instead of red bell pepper, use orange, yellow, or green
- Instead of onions, use sliced leeks, scallions, or shallots
- Omit the onions & peppers if you’d prefer to have potatoes alone
- For a spicy kick, add diced jalapeño peppers
- Instead of salt and pepper, use your favorite seasoning salt like Slap Ya Mama or Fox Point
- Add additional seasonings like onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, smoked paprika, and/or dried parsley
Time saving tip
If you’re in a hurry & need the hash to cook in less time, cut the potatoes into smaller pieces and/or make a half batch.
If you cut the potatoes very small, they will be ready in 10 to 15 minutes. When they are starting to soften, add the peppers & onions.
What to serve with them
- Serve crispy breakfast potatoes with brunch favorites like eggy tofu, tofu scramble, seitan bacon, or veggie sausage
- Add them to an Austin breakfast platter with refried beans and guacamole
- Enjoy them as a side dish with breakfast tacos
- Put a generous spoonful into a breakfast burrito
- Use them as a base for a jackfruit reuben nourish bowl with sauerkraut & avocado
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Air fryer breakfast potatoes
- 2 medium sized Russet potatoes ~13 ounces total or roughly 2 generous cups, chopped in one inch pieces
- Few generous spritzes oil spray
- Pinch salt
- 1 small bell pepper ~5 ounces or roughly ¾ cup, chopped medium
- 1 small onion ~4 ounces or roughly ¾ cup, chopped medium
- Dash pepper
- Handful chives chopped (optional garnish)
- Put chopped potatoes into air fryer basket. Spritz with oil spray, shake, spritz again, and add a pinch of salt.
- Air fry at 400 degrees for ten minutes. Stop once to shake during cooking time. (Feel free to stir, if the potatoes aren't moving around enough.)
- After the potatoes have cooked for ten minutes & are starting to soften, add the bell pepper and onions. Add another spritz of oil, pinch of salt, dash of pepper, and shake basket. Air fry at 400 degrees for another 15 minutes.
- During the last 5 minutes of cooking, check on the potatoes to make sure they aren't getting too brown. Depending on the size of your potatoes, you may need slightly less or slightly more time. If needed, add a few more minutes to the cooking time.
- Add salt to taste, and move the breakfast potatoes to a serving dish. Finish with a handful of chopped chives as an optional garnish. Serve.
Content, recipe, and photos updated June 14, 2021. Originally posted March 3, 2017.