Serve a Christmas Morning Slow Cooker Breakfast, an easy slow cooker breakfast casserole made with eggs, bacon, hash browns, and cheese.

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Wake up early on Christmas morning and start the slow cooker for this Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole, loaded with hash browns, bacon, peppers, eggs and cheese. It’s completely delicious, and you can add your favorite toppings! With the holidays upon us and schedules getting busier by the minute, I’m sure you’re looking to have one less thing to worry about.

Christmas Morning Slow Cooker Breakfast

We love to make this the night before, and then hit “start” early in the morning. The breakfast casserole will be done mid-morning, ready for a delicious Christmas breakfast. We love to serve this alongside apple cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit salad, and our amazing banana bread. It’s the ultimate Christmas breakfast, but of course, you can make this casserole any time of year.

Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole with bacon

Why I love this recipe

  • You can prepare it the night before.
  • Turn the crock pot on HI early in the morning, to have it cooked and ready by 9 am.
  • Serve with various toppings, which the family loves!

how to make Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

Gather these ingredients

  • Frozen hash browns (or you can make your own, but use Yukon Gold potatoes, not Russet)
  • Bacon: you can also use sausage or leave the meat out if you want to make the recipe Vegetarian
  • Cheese: Monterey or jack/colby cheese
  • Red bell pepper + red onion
  • Eggs + milk
  • Green chilis
  • Salt and pepper

Breakfast is easy for out-of-town guests with this Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole! Check out the variations of meats and veggies that you can add, too!

hashbrown slow cooker eggs

How do you make a slow cooker breakfast?

  1. In a large frying pan, fry the bacon pieces on medium heat (set the whole pieces aside). Remove to a bowl and absorb the bacon grease with paper towels.
  2. Fry the whole pieces; set aside.
  3. Spray a 6 quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
  4. Layer 1/2 of the potatoes on the bottom of slow cooker. Top with half of the bacon, cheese, pepper and onions. Repeat layering.
  5. Beat eggs, milk, and green chilis in a large bowl, with a wire whisk, until well blended. Salt and pepper.
  6. Pour evenly over potato-bacon mixture. Top with whole pieces of bacon.
  7. Cook on HIGH 3-4 hours, or until eggs are set. You can also cook on LOW for 6 hours.

serving of Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole with sour cream

Why use a slow cooker?

Using a slow cooker is a fast way to get breakfast on the table. It also allows you to prepare the night before, and just turn on the small appliance, and walk away. Especially for the holidays, your time can be spent in other ways, while breakfast is cooking.

My mom always used a crock pot (she had a very small one, and they make them much larger now), and I always loved the smell in the house, when something was simmering away. The slow cooker brings back great memories for me.

Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole with sour cream and chives

Tips and substitutions:

If you want to cook this overnight, you can turn it on late at night on LOW and it will be done bright and early. TIP: Do not over cook, as it will be dry.

We love to turn it on HIGH early in the morning, and only cook for about 3 hours. It’s tender, juicy, cheesy, and ready for all of the toppings at about 9 am!

  • COOKING: Not all slow cookers cook at exactly the same temperature. You may need to adjust the cook time to avoid overcooking.
  • HASH BROWNS: Use frozen hash browns or you can make your own. Only use Yukon Gold potatoes (do not use Russet potatoes) if you make your own.
  • ADDITIONS:  Add other meats like diced ham, chopped pre-cooked sausage, or other veggies like mushrooms or spinach. Make it Tex Mex and add a Mexican or Tex Mex spice. This recipe is the best when topped with LOTS of fresh toppings such as sour cream, tomatoes, salsa, avocado, green onion, or chives.
  • LEFTOVERS: Scoop out a serving and pop it in the microwave.
  • IS IT FREEZABLE?  No! Eggs do not freeze well.
  • CHRISTMAS: For Christmas, set out chopped red and green pepper, or Christmas colored veggies, like green onions, tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, fresh herbs, sour cream, salsa, olives, and more.

serving of Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

What to Serve with Crockpot Breakfast Casserole

  • Serve it with lots of fresh toppings like avocado, cherry tomatoes, red onions, sour cream, salsa, or hot sauce.
  • If you’re trying to stretch it a little bit for a crowd, you can also serve it with fresh fruit or a simple fruit salad, like this one.
  • Toast, bagels, muffins, or English muffins would also make excellent sides and fill everyone up a little more.
  • I love to serve it as a buffet with fruit, maybe biscotti or scones, and juice and coffee.

More breakfast ideas to try:

I love how this recipe is a crowd-pleaser, for sure, and is large enough to feed a crowd!

Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole with sour cream and chives
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Christmas Morning Slow Cooker Breakfast

This recipe can feed up to 12 guests!
Serve a Christmas Morning Slow Cooker Breakfast, an easy slow cooker breakfast casserole made with eggs, bacon, hash browns, and cheese.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Yield: 12
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Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb. frozen hashbrowns
  • 1 lb. bacon, cut in small pieces (keep out 4-5 whole pieces)
  • 2 cups Monterey or jack/colby cheese
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup red onion, diced
  • 16 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 7 oz. can green chilies, drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Toppings

  • Cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, chives, onions, salsa, guacamole

Instructions
 

  • In a large frying pan, fry the bacon pieces on medium heat (set the whole pieces aside). Remove to a bowl and absorb the bacon grease with paper towels. Fry the whole pieces; set aside.
  • Spray a 6 quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
  • Layer ½ of the potatoes on the bottom of slow cooker. Top with half of the bacon, cheese, pepper and onions. Repeat layering.
  • Beat eggs, milk, and green chilis in a large bowl, with a wire whisk, until well blended. Salt and pepper.
  • Pour evenly over potato-bacon mixture. Top with whole pieces of bacon.
  • Cook on low setting for 6-7 hours, or on high setting for 3-4 hours, or until eggs are set.
  • Top with green onions; serve! Optional to serve with sour cream and fresh salsa.

Notes

Reposted from November 2020.
Cuisine: American
Course: Breakfast
Calories: 354kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 261mg, Sodium: 460mg, Potassium: 325mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 803IU, Vitamin C: 16mg, Calcium: 194mg, Iron: 2mg
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Christmas Morning Slow Cooker Breakfast