Breakfast Hot Mess Express

Breakfast Hot Mess Express

This breakfast hot mess express recipe is basically lots of breakfast yumminess all mixed together… and you can add toppings of choice to make it your own.

Some people roll their eyes when they hear that I pack my husband both breakfast and lunch every day for work.

But I’ll be honest this man does just as much (if not more) for me so I’m happy to spoil him rotten with yummy food.

When I was making this particular dish he asked what it was called and I jokingly said “it’s basically a hot mess…”

And that’s how the name of this meal came to be 😉

How to make breakfast hot mess express

You can certainly mix this up with any breakfast ingredients of choice, but I first went with a pound of breakfast sausage.

Ham, bacon, or even goetta would be a perfectly acceptable breakfast meat substitute

Set a skillet over medium heat and add a pound of breakfast sausage, cooking for four to five minutes breaking it apart as it cooks.

Then remove the sausage and place on a plate lined with paper towels.

Cooked breakfast sausage on a plate

Put the same skillet back on the stove over medium heat and add some butter and frozen hash browns.

Some of the fat from the sausage was still in the skillet which simply adds more flavor.

Season the hash browns with kosher salt and pepper and cook them for 9 to 11 minutes pressing them into the pan slightly.

Cooked hash Browns in a skillet

As the hash browns are cooking crack six eggs in a bowl.

Then add some milk, kosher salt, and pepper and beat together with a fork.

Beaten eggs in a bowl

Once the hash browns are cooked, remove them and add a little more butter to the same skillet…

But this time over medium low heat.

Add the eggs and scramble them for a few minutes until they are light, airy, and fluffy.

I feel like the key to a good scrambled egg is cooking low and slow.

Soft scrambled eggs in a skillet

And now, my friends, is where the hot mess express breakfast dish all comes together.

To the skillet with the eggs add in the cooked sausage, cooked hash browns, and two cups of shredded cheese.

I did save some cheese to put over top, but only because I was trying to make it look pretty… for a regular breakfast I would have just thrown it all in.

Adding the hash Browns cheese and sausage to the eggs before stirring

Mix it all up together and now you know the inspiration behind the name of this fabulous breakfast.

It’s literally a giant pot of a breakfast mess 😉

Breakfast Hot Mess Express

Set out some toppings of choice for breakfast hot mess express and everyone can add their own special touch!

I recommend some hot sauce, sour cream, salsa, or even some Maple syrup for a little sweetness.

Oh maybe some sliced jalapenos because we love spicy around here!

I packed most of this up in containers so that my husband had a breakfast to warm up at work everyday with the toppings on the side.

Breakfast Hot Mess Express


Breakfast Hot Mess Express


Breakfast Hot Mess Express

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Breakfast Hot Mess Express

Breakfast Hot Mess Express has hash browns, sausage, eggs, and more all cooked and mixed together for one giant, delicious breakfast mess!

Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword Breakfast, Brunch, Easy Meals, Hash, Hash Brown, loaded, Recipe, Sausage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 399 kcal
Author Cheri Renee


  • 1 pound ground breakfast sausage
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 15 oz frozen shredded hash browns
  • kosher salt, pepper
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I used Mexican blend)
  • Optional: chives, hot sauce of choice, sour cream, salsa


  1. Set a large skillet over medium heat and once hot add the breakfast sausage. Cook 4 to 5 minutes stirring and breaking apart with a spatula. Once cooked removed and place on a plate lined with paper towels.

  2. Add 3 tablespoons of the butter to the same skillet over medium heat and add the hash browns, kosher salt, and pepper. Cook 9 to 11 minutes stirring a few times and pressing the hash browns into the skillet.

  3. While the hash browns cook, crack the eggs into a bowl and add the milk, kosher salt, and pepper. Beat with a fork until combined.

  4. Remove the hash browns from the skillet. Place the same skillet over medium low heat and add the remaining one tablespoon butter and the scrambled egg mixture. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until the eggs are scrambled and cooked how you prefer.

  5. Once the eggs are cooked add the cooked hash browns and cooked sausage into the skillet along with the shredded cheese. Stir until evenly combined.

    Note: You can save some of the shredded cheese to sprinkle over top if desired.

  6. Serve the breakfast hot mess express with toppings such as chives, hot sauce, sour cream, and salsa.

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