Sweet Potato Carnitas Hash

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Sweet Potato Carnitas Hash
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Sweet Potatoes and slow-cooker carnitas join forces for a hearty and flavor-packed hash that’s tailor made to save you from your breakfast rut.

Sweet Potato Carnitas Hash, A Breakfast Love Story.

I love breakfast and I know I’m not alone, but this sweet potato and carnitas hash? It’s a borderline obsession.

We created this sweet potato and carnitas breakfast hash years ago. We'd made a big batch of slow-cooker, crispy carnitas and were racking our brains as to how to put it to good use.

I love leftovers, but leftovers you can use in a new and even more delicious way? Right up my alley. This carnitas hash recipe is so simple to make, its introduced the ability to “brunch” to my family mid-week. So yeah, let's just say that me and this carnitas breakfast hash are BFFs.

Sweet Potato Carnitas Hash

What is Hash?

This carnitas and sweet potato hash recipe feels fancy and “extra,” but is so easy to make and an ideal way to use up leftovers. Sounds too good to be true, right?

How to create one amazing breakfast hash:

  • It's ALL about the potato. Any potato will do, but for this carnitas hash recipe we chose the mighty sweet potato. We like its bold and sweet flavor juxtaposed against the rich and salty pork carnitas.
  • Get your meat on. Bacon, sausage, leftover chicken or steak...it all works. However, shredded, aggressively-flavored meats are especially good. For this reason corned beef is very popular in hash, but we went with leftover pork carnitas for this hash recipe. So, so good!
  • Throw some veggies in! Really this is a place where you can do no wrong. Whatever you’ve got, just throw it in! This sweet potato and carnitas hash recipe is rocking red and green bell peppers and onion.
  • Put an egg on it (or in it). You can scramble eggs into the hash, serve it with poached eggs, or top this breakfast hash with a beautifully fried egg (or two, or three) like we’ve done here.
  • Top that hash! For this Mexican-inspired brunch dish we went with avocado and cilantro. Other welcome additions could be sour cream, hot sauce, a fresh salsa...you get the idea.
Sweet Potato Carnitas Hash

Carnitas for Breakfast? You Sure About That?

Oh yes, yes I am. Carnitas is hard to get tired of, which is a good thing because I tend to make HUGE batches of it and use it on everything. The leftovers are perfect for this breakfast hash, in hearty omelettes, or even topping a good piece of avocado toast. Even better? This carnitas recipe is Keto and Whole30 approved!

Sweet Potato Carnitas Hash

What is Pork Carnitas?

  • Pork butt slowly braised in an incredibly fragrant broth.
  • When the pork is finished the broth is then reduced to make a thick glaze.
  • The pork is shredded, and then glazed with the liquid and broiled.
  • The end result is mouth-watering, crispy, spiced, savory meat that makes everything it touches delicious. And we have a recipe right here!
Sweet Potato Carnitas Hash

Customize Your Hash!

Hash is the ultimate way to use up leftovers. It’s the ideal dish for using those leftover bits of veggies and meat that need to find a happy home in your belly.

Have some roasted veggies from last night’s dinner? Hash it!

Leftover roast? Hash it!

A couple of random potatoes sitting around that you’re not sure what to do with? Hash it!

You get the idea…

Sweet Potato Carnitas Hash

Mexican Brunch is the Best Brunch!

Fact. Brunch is great, but Mexican-inspired brunch is THE BEST. In addition to this sweet potato and carnitas hash recipe, some of our favorite ways to fiesta in the AM are:

  • The classic huevos rancheros is always welcome on our brunch table.
  • You might not have heard of salsa verde baked eggs, but once you try them they’ll be at the top of your must-have list forever more.
  • Our fresh restaurant-style salsa is like edible fairy dust. Simply magic.
  • These sheet pan chicken fajitas are a one-pan dinner that's just as great leftover, and would find a very happy home in your next homemade omelette.
  • WE KNOW ITS EXTRA. Guacamole is always worth it, but make a HUGE batch of this guacamole at home, and put it on everything.  

Tools You Need to Make Carnitas Hash

Three Cheers for the Best Sweet Potato and Carnitas Hash!

You’ll like this leftover carnitas and sweet potato breakfast hash...and we like you! Let’s put those two things together, shall we? When you make and love (because we know you will) this carnitas hash recipe, post it to Instagram and tag @themodernproper and #themodernproper so we can celebrate your brunch win with you. Happy eating!

Sweet Potato Carnitas Hash

Serves 2

Hash

2 medium sized sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 cup carnitas
2 eggs, fried
1 avocado, thinly sliced (optional)
fresh cilantro for serving

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. In a large dutch oven combine all ingredients, except the carnitas, including the orange rinds. Over high heat, bring to a boil. Nestle the meat into the juices, cover with lid and place in the oven.
  3. Cook the pork for 2.5-3 hours until it pulls apart with a fork.
  4. Using a slotted spoon move all the pork to a large baking dish. Move the dutch oven to a stove top burner over high heat. Bring the liquid to a boil until reduces by ⅔. This should take about 20 minutes.
  5. While the liquid is reducing, use two forks to pull the pork apart into 1 inch pieces. Once the liquid is reduced and slightly thickened, using a pastry brush coat the meat with juice.
  6. With your oven broiler set to hi, set the meat in the oven on a middle rack and cook until the ends are crispy. This should take about five minutes. Remove from oven and turn the meat over using a spatula, broil for five more minutes.
  7. The meat can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator and used for just about anything.
  8. To make the hash, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a 10 inch skillet. Over medium-high heat, fry sweet potatoes for about five minutes, turning constantly. If they sweet potatoes brown too quickly, reduce the heat. Add peppers and onions and continue to cook until all the vegetables are tender and then add the carnitas and cook until warm.
  9. To serve, divide onto two plates and top with fried egg, ½ of a sliced avocado and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro and a generous amount of Preservation and Co Green Sriracha.