Cheesy Bacon Oven Potatoes are an easy breakfast recipe loaded with flavor! These oven fried potatoes will have everyone asking for seconds!
Breakfast potatoes are the best potatoes — I make them every weekend. These Cheesy Bacon Oven Potatoes are perfect for breakfast or brunch, plus they go with all my favorite dinner ideas! These crispy oven-fried potatoes with bacon and cheese are so so good with a touch of spice from the fresh jalapeños.
CHEESY BACON OVEN POTATOES
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Pancakes, waffles, and pastries are great breakfast treats, but I always gravitate to the more savory breakfast options. Breakfast potatoes are a great savory side dish with bacon, cheese, and potatoes — what else do you need to start the perfect day? Maybe coffee.
This recipe is also amazing on the dinner table! The salty bacon, melty cheese, and crispy potatoes are perfect alongside chicken, pork, or burgers. There’s no time of day my kids aren’t thrilled to see Cheesy Bacon Oven Potatoes.
Cheesy Bacon Oven Potato Ingredients
YUKON GOLD POTATOES: I love the flavor and pillowy texture of yellow potatoes. You could also use different kinds of potatoes like red potatoes, purple potatoes, or even sweet potatoes for this recipe, too! Just make sure they’re diced evenly so they cook together.
Russet potatoes will get too soft and don’t like to keep their shape once the potatoes are done cooking. The other varieties listed work much better for roasted potatoes.
CHEDDAR CHEESE: I love melty cheese, bacon, and potatoes together. It’s the perfect combination! If you’re not a cheddar cheese fan, feel free to substitute Monterey jack, pepper jack, or any cheese that melts well.
Mozzarella is great for melting, but I like to use a cheese with a bit more flavor to stand up to the bacon and jalapenos. But sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese with the mozzarella and boom! Breakfast happiness!
BACON: You can use whatever bacon you like for this oven fried potatoes recipe! I like thick-cut bacon so it stands up to the potatoes, but regular bacon slices are ok too! Since we’re already turning the oven on for the potatoes, we’ll be cooking bacon in the oven too!
JALAPENO: Please don’t skip the fresh jalapeños. They add a great pop of flavor Just be sure to remove the seeds before adding them to the bacon cheese potatoes. This will keep the spiciness down and just let you enjoy the fresh jalapeno taste. Unless you like your potatoes spicy… then you can leave the seeds in or season the potatoes with a sprinkle of cayenne before roasted.
How to Fry Potatoes in the Oven
- First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
- Next, wrap a baking sheet with foil and top it with a wire cooling rack. Lay the strips of bacon on the rack and bake for 15-20 minutes in the preheated oven. Once the bacon begins to get crispy but isn’t completely cooked it’s ready. (It will cook more with the potatoes later on.)
- While the bacon is cooking, wash and dice the potatoes into 1-inch cubes and soak them in cold water. This helps remove some of the extra starches for super crispy oven-fried potatoes!
- Once the bacon is done and out of the oven, increase the temperature to 450 degrees F and dry the potatoes. Toss the potatoes in a large bowl with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Then spread them out in a single layer on a well-oiled baking sheet with a rim.
- Then, bake your potatoes for almost an hour, until they’re golden brown and crispy. Flip them a few times during the baking for even browning on all sides.
- While the potatoes are roasting, chop up the mostly cooked bacon and your jalapeños. Be sure to remove the seeds first!
- Now, sprinkle bacon and jalapeño slices over the potatoes and bake a few more minutes.
- Finally, top it all with shredded cheddar cheese and bake a couple of minutes more, until it’s melted.
I like to eat these bacon cheese potatoes perfectly plain, but some people enjoy ketchup or hot sauce!
Are You Supposed to Boil Potatoes Before Frying Them?
Potatoes have a reputation for taking forever to cook. Baked potatoes take hours to make, but should you boil diced potatoes before frying or baking them?
I don’t boil my potatoes at all for this recipe!
I do soak them in water before seasoning and frying them, but that’s to make them super crispy! Soaking removes the excess starches that help make these crispy oven fried potatoes super crunchy outside and fluffy inside.
Do You Wrap Potatoes in Foil when Baking?
You may think potatoes and foil go hand-in-hand in the oven, but think again!
While a lot of people bake potatoes wrapped in foil, I tend to skip it because I love crispy skin! When you bake potatoes wrapped in foil, they steam more than they fry, leaving you with totally cooked potatoes with soft skin.
Foil can make for easy clean-up when you’re baking, but skip the foil wrapping on your baked and oven fried potatoes in the future.
More Delicious Savory Breakfast Recipes
- Overnight Crockpot Breakfast Casserole
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- Ham and Cheese Stuffed Biscuits
- Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise
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Tools used to make this Cheesy Bacon Oven Potatoes recipe
Baking sheet with cooling rack: Whenever you’re making bacon or other meats in the oven, you want to be sure your baking sheet has a lip! If not, your oven will get grease in the bottom and can catch fire.
Cheese grater: You can always use pre-shredded cheese, but I find that it doesn’t melt as well. Shred whatever blocks of cheese you have in the fridge to make this dish even more budget friendly!
*This post originally posted on 10/13/2015.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Line rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place wire cooling rack on top. Evenly layer bacon strips on a wire rack. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until bacon begins to crisp.
- While bacon is cooking, thoroughly wash potatoes and cut them into 1-inch cubes.
- Soak potato cubes in cold water until bacon is done cooking.
- Remove bacon from the oven and increase the temperature to 425 degrees F.
- Drain, rinse, and pat potatoes dry.
- Toss potatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet that has been generously coated with oil.
- Bake 45-50 minutes or until golden brown. Flip potatoes 2-3 times throughout baking time.
- While potatoes are cooking, roughly chop bacon.
- Once potatoes are golden brown remove from the oven, and top with bacon and jalapeno. Bake 5 minutes.
- Top with shredded cheese and bake 1-2 minutes.
- Remove from oven and serve warm.