Easy Cottage Pie Recipe with Chorizo!

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This Easy Cottage Pie recipe is smokey, salty, and utterly delicious!  My recipe is a mashup of English and Spanish flavors.  First, I’ve added Spanish Chorizo to ground beef, which has fantastic smokey paprika that gives a smokey and peppery bite.  The beef and chorizo are cooked in a rich and savory gravy filled with veggies and herbs.  On top of all this goodness are potatoes loaded with flavor!  My recipe adds manchego, parmesan, and garlic to the potatoes so they’re incredibly creamy, cheesy, and flavorful.  In the oven, the potatoes get toasty and crispy – perfection!

A Cottage Pie recipe is similar to Shepherd’s Pie, but has ground beef vs. lamb.  But either one is also a great way to use up any leftovers you have!  You can use leftover mashed potatoes, any veggies, and really any meat that you have…shredded or ground chicken, ground beef, even shredded pork.  Want more leftover protein dinner ideas?  Check out this freebie printable: 30 Leftover Protein Dinner Ideas!

Potatoes Can be Good For You!

I grew up eating lots of potatoes in the midwest.  My Mom made them for dinner a few times a week.  We would have baked, roasted slices, grilled, pan fried, and butter and chive potatoes.  With my kids, I have not made potatoes as much, so much of their experience with potatoes has been as fries.  Obviously, fries are not the healthiest of potato options, so we can tend to think of potatoes as unhealthy.

However, potatoes are a great source for vitamins and minerals!  They have fiber, protein, Vitamin C, B6, Potassium, and more!  They also have antioxidants that are important because they can fight free radicals. Free radicals can increase the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.  For more benefits of potatoes, check out this article from Healthline.com!

Here are some other delicious Potato Recipes to try!

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WHY CHORIZO?

I added Chorizo to this recipe for 2 reasons. First, my husband and I LOVE chorizo! His family is from Portugal and he spent every summer there growing up. So, he had a lot of Chorizo which is so prevalent in Spain and Portugal. His family turned me on and I’ve never looked back.

Second, I wanted to find a way to add more flavor and spice to this very traditional dish. NOT hot spice, just flavor. The paprika that is in Chorizo is perfect! It’s smokey and peppery and brings in a whole new level of deep wonderful flavor that contrasts so well with the creamy potatoes.

BUT, you can definitely leave the chorizo out! Just replace it with (1) another .5 lb of lean beef or (2) more veggies.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

You need a large skillet/frying pan for making the veggies, meat, and sauce. I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  It comes with a glass lid, which is perfect for watching your dinner cook!

You also need a 3-quart Casserole Dish for baking and a sheet pan for setting the casserole dish on in case the shepherd’s pie bubbles over.

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR EASY COTTAGE PIE RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details) 

Please don’t let the number of ingredients in this Cottage Pie Recipe scare you off, I promise it’s super easy!  Everything goes into the skillet and then the casserole dish, so there are really 3 major steps.

  1. Make the Mashed potatoes
  2. Make the filling
  3. Combine everything in the casserole dish & bake

Make the Mashed Potatoes

Peel the potatoes and keep them in cold water until all are peeled and cut. Cut them into small 1 inch size pieces so they cook faster. Put potatoes into a large pot of water (with an strainer insert if you have it). Add 2 tbsp of Salt to the water. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil (about 8-10 minutes). Boil for 5 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.Cutting raw potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Adding water to cut potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Adding salt to water with potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Fork in cooked potato for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

While the potatoes are cooking, chop the parsley, dice the carrots, dice the celery, slice the scallions.

Diced carrots for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Sliced scallions for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Diced celery for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

You can also remove the casing from the chorizo and break it up into small rough pieces with your hands, fork, or knife.Remove casing from chorizo for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

break apart the chorizo for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie 

When the potatoes are soft and slide off the fork or break apart easily, drain the potatoes and add back to the pot for smashing. Add 1 cup of milk and smash with a potato masher. Add garlic powder, onion powder, ground black pepper, manchego cheese, and parmesan and stir to combine. Taste for seasoning and add a tsp of salt or more if needed. Finally stir in a tbsp of chopped parsley.

Mashing potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Adding cheese to mashed potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Mashed potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Make the Filling

Preheat a large (12 inch) skillet or saute pan.  Add 2 tsp Olive Oil and the carrots and celery. Stir to coat in oil and then spread out into an even layer, cooking for about 4-5 minutes.  Add the scallions, garlic, beef, and broken up chorizo. Mix everything and cook the beef until it is all browned or cooked through (no longer pink).

Veggies in skillet cooking for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Beef, Chorizo, and veggies in skillet for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Beef, Chorizo, and veggies in skillet for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Beef filling in pan for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

While the beef is cooking, make the cornstarch slurry by mixing 2 tbsp of cornstarch with 1/4 cup cold water.Cornstarch slurry for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Add the salt, pepper, thyme, tomato paste, and Worcestershire Sauce. Mix to combine.  Add the chicken broth and the cornstarch slurry. Stir until it starts to thicken, then cover and simmer on low for 8-10 minutes.Beef filling in pan for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Beef filling in pan for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Spread the filling out into a 3-quart casserole dish and mix in the corn kernels.  Now start to spread the mashed potatoes around the top starting with the outside and working your way into the center.

Beef filling in pan for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Covering filling with potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Covering filling with potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Covering filling with potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspieTIP!  IF you want those beautiful toasty parts on the potatoes, make sure you create peaks and valleys in the potatoes with your spoon.  If the potatoes are completely smoothed out, you won’t get those delicious browned points. 

At this point, you can store the casserole in the fridge or move on to baking it. 

COOK YOUR EASY COTTAGE PIE RECIPE

Bake the casserole in a 400 F degree oven on the center rack sitting in a large sheet pan.  The sheet pan is to protect your oven by catching any of the filling that may bubble over.Cottage Pie recipe cooking in oven.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

When the top is starting to brown, take the Shepherd’s Pie out and let is rest for about 5-10 minutes. 

Cooked Cottage Pie recipe.  It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

You can toss a quick side salad during this time. Serve and enjoy! 😍 Carrie

Piece of Cottage Pie on plate with dish in back. This recipe has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Spatula in Cottage Pie in casserole dish. This recipe has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie
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Easy Cottage Pie with Chorizo

This Easy Cottage Pie recipe is smokey, salty, slightly sweet and utterly delicious!  It's a mashup of English and Spanish flavors with Spanish Chorizo and traditional ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy filled with veggies and herbs.  On top of all this goodness are potatoes with manchego, parmesan, and garlic making them incredibly creamy, cheesy, and flavorful. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie #familydinner

Course Main Course
Cuisine English, Spanish
Keyword Beef, chorizo, one pot, potato, potatoes
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Mashed Potatoes

  • lbs Russet Potatoes
  • 3 tbsp Salt 2 tbsp for water, remaining as needed
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 cup Manchego Cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1 tbsp Italian Flat leaf Parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder

Beef Filling

  • 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 Carrots, medium (about 1.5 cups diced)
  • 2 Celery Stalks (about 1 cup diced)
  • 2 Scallions, sliced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef, raised w/o antibiotics
  • 6 oz Spanish Chorizo
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme, dried
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup Cold Water
  • 1 cup Corn kernels

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Make the Mashed Potatoes: Peel the potatoes and keep them in cold water until all are peeled and cut. Cut them into small 1 inch size pieces so they cook faster. Put potatoes into a large pot of water (with an strainer insert if you have it). Add 2 tbsp of Salt to the water. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil (about 8-10 minutes). Boil for 5 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.

    Cutting raw potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe. It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, chop the parsley, dice the carrots, dice the celery, slice the scallions.

    Diced carrots for Cottage Pie recipe. It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie
  3. You can also remove the casing from the chorizo and break it up into small rough pices with your hands, fork, or knife.

    break apart the chorizo for Cottage Pie recipe. It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie
  4. When the potatoes are soft and slide off the fork or break apart easily, drain the potatoes and add back to the pot for smashing. Add 1 cup of milk and smash with a potato masher. Add garlic powder, onion powder, ground black pepper, manchego cheese, and parmesan and stir to combine. Taste for seasoning and add a tsp of salt or more if needed. Finally stir in a tbsp of chopped parsley.

  5. Preheat a large (10-12 inch) skillet or saute pan. Add 2 tsp Olive Oil and the carrots and celery. Stir to coat in oil and then spread out into an even layer, cooking for about 4-5 minutes.

    Veggies in skillet cooking for Cottage Pie recipe. It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie
  6. Add the scallions, garlic, beef, and broken up chorizo. Mix everything and cook the beef until it is all browned or cooked through (no longer pink).

    Beef filling in pan for Cottage Pie recipe. It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie
  7. While the beef is cooking, make the cornstarch slurry by mixing 2 tbsp of cornstarch with 1/4 cup cold water.

    Cornstarch slurry for Cottage Pie recipe. It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie
  8. Add the salt, pepper, thyme, tomato paste, and Worcestershire Sauce. Mix to combine.

    Beef filling in pan for Cottage Pie recipe. It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie
  9. Add the chicken broth and the cornstarch slurry. Stir until it starts to thicken, then cover and simmer on low for 8-10 minutes.

    Beef filling in pan for Cottage Pie recipe. It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie
  10. Spread the filling out into a 3-quart casserole dish and mix in the corn kernels.

    Beef filling in pan for Cottage Pie recipe. It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie
  11. Now start to spread the mashed potatoes around the top starting with the outside, spreading the potatoes right up against the side of the dish to seal the edge. Work your way into the center.

    Covering filling with potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe. It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie
  12. At this point, you can store the casserole in the fridge or move on to baking it.

    Covering filling with potatoes for Cottage Pie recipe. It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Cook

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.

  2. Bake the casserole on the center rack sitting in a large sheet pan that can catch any of the goodness that may bubble over.

    Cottage Pie recipe cooking in oven. It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie
  3. When the top is starting to brown, take the Shepherd's Pie out and let is rest for about 5-10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

    Cooked Cottage Pie recipe. It has Spanish Chorizo and ground beef cooked in a rich and savory gravy with veggies and herbs.  Creamy mashed potatoes sit on top with manchego, parmesan, and garlic. #dinnerideas #cottagepie #shepherdspie

Recipe Notes

Reheating - reheat this in the oven with the cover off so that it stays crispy on top, not soggy.

Freezing - You can split this recipe into 2 smaller casseroles and freeze one for cooking later.  You will want to cook it from the frozen state, starting with a cover for 20 minutes (400F degrees) and then removing the cover for another 40 minutes or until the center is warmed through.

Replacing beef and chorizo - you can definitely replace with ground chicken or turkey.

 

Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo & Potatoes

This post is sponsored by Pete & Gerry’s Eggs. All opinions are my own. 

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Slow Cooker Egg Casserole in slow cooker. It has Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

…As visions of a Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo and Potatoes danced in their heads.  Yes, friends, welcome to the recipe that dreams are made of.  This is the breakfast that will cook while you sleep!  You happily wake up to the amazing aromas of chorizo sausage, cheese, potatoes, and eggs.  This is my Slow Cooker Egg Casserole.

This crockpot of love, is inspired by my Mom’s breakfast casseroles and the love my husband and I have for Chorizo (See my recent Chorizo Patatas Bravas recipe!).   It has salty and slightly spicy chorizo, hearty and savory hash browns, and creamy, nutty cheddar and manchego cheeses.  All of this goodness sets up in a fluffy egg mixture for the perfect crowd-pleasing, help-yourself breakfast.

The Best Part?  IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP!!! 

I thought my love for my slow cooker was strong before.  But now that I know it can cook eggs while I sleep!?  Well, let’s just say I feel sorry for the person that tries to come between me and my slow cooker!  I mean, what could be better when your house is full of family and friends for the holidays, than to wake up to the smell of a cooked breakfast casserole?  This Slow Cooker Chorizo & Potato Egg Casserole is the stuff that dreams are made of – literally! 

Piece of Slow Cooker Egg Casserole on a plate with Pete & Gerry's Eggs in background.  It has Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses.  IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

The Next Best Part?  Delicious High Quality Eggs!

If you’re gonna make a recipe that’s almost entirely eggs, then you have to use high quality eggs.  I love Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs.  They are always free from pesticides, added hormones, antibiotics, and GMOs.  And all Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs come from small family farms that are dedicated to humane animal treatment, safety, and environmental sustainability.  I can find them right at my local grocery store chains, too!  I don’t have to go searching high and low to find them.

Slow Cooker Egg Casserole on a plate with Pete & Gerry's Eggs Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Here are some more delicious egg recipes to try!

Piece of Slow Cooker Egg Casserole on a plate with scallions. It has Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

I made this recipe in a slow cooker. However, you could also make it in an oven-safe casserole dish in the oven.

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR SLOW COOKER EGG CASSEROLE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

For this recipe, you can prep the Chorizo, Scallions, and Cheese in advance. 

Chorizo comes in a few different variations. You will find fully cooked sausage, raw sausage, and dry-cured. For this recipe, you will not want dry-cured. You can get either the fully cooked or raw sausage, both of which will likely have a casing that you will want to remove. I used a fully cooked chorizo.  If you get the raw chorizo, you will want to cook it in a skillet before adding it to the slow cooker.

Prep the chorizo by removing the outer casing.  Then rough chop the chorizo up into small pieces, somewhere between the size of a pea and a grape.   This size will evenly distribute throughout the entire casserole.  Store sealed in the fridge until ready to cook.

Peeling casing from Chorizo for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Chopped Chorizo for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Slice the scallions. Shred the cheeses. 

COOK YOUR SLOW COOKER EGG CASSEROLE 

Let’s get cooking!  Again, for this recipe and any recipe where eggs are the hero, I use high quality eggs.  I love Pete and Gerry’s for this one.  Crack 12 eggs into a large bowl. Add most of the scallions, saving some of the greens for garnish. Add salt and pepper, then add 1 cup of milk and beat until mixed.

12 eggs in bowl for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Pouring milk into eggs with scallions in bowl for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

Beaten eggs with scallions in bowl for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

To the slow cooker pot, add the frozen hash browns, salt, pepper, and the chorizo. Mix together.

Raw hash browns and chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

Add the shredded cheeses and mix together. Then pour over the egg mixture and lightly stir, just so the eggs seep into all the potatoes.

Shredded cheddar, hash browns and chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

Shredded manchego, cheddar, hash browns and chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

Pouring raw eggs over hash browns, cheese, chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

Raw eggs, hash browns, cheese, chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

Set the Slow Cooker to 6 hours, low. Do this right before the last person turns into bed for the night, so that you wake up to this wonderful breakfast. After 6 hours, the slow cooker will go to warm mode so that it won’t overcook, but stay warm until you are ready to eat!

The easiest way to slice and serve is to remove the slow cooker pot and place a plate/platter over top. Then invert the pot so the casserole slides right out onto the plate. You can flip it over if you like so the ‘pretty’ side is up or just cut and serve.

Slow Cooker inverted to get Egg Casserole out. Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe

Slow Cooker Egg Casserole on platter. It has Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Garnish with the remaining scallion slices.  ENJOY! 😍 Carrie

Piece of Slow Cooker Egg Casserole on a plate with scallions. It has Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Slow Cooker Chorizo and Potato Egg Casserole

This Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo Sausage and Potatoes is so incredibly satisfying and delicious with so many layers of flavor.  The best part is that it COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP!  So you wake up to the beautiful aromas of salty and slightly spicy chorizo sausage, hearty and savory hash browns, and creamy, nutty cheddar and manchego cheeses.  All of this goodness sets up in a fluffy egg mixture for the perfect crowd-pleasing, help-yourself breakfast. #eggs #breakfast #brunch #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, Spanish
Keyword chorizo, egg casserole, eggs, hash browns, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 10 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Hash Browns
  • 12 Eggs
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 3 links Chorizo
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 6 oz Manchego Cheese, shredded
  • 3 Scallions
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Ground Black Pepper

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Prep the chorizo by removing the outer casing.

    Peeling casing from Chorizo for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes
  2. Then rough chop the chorizo up into small pieces, somewhere between the size of a pea and a grape. Store sealed in the fridge until ready to cook.

    Chopped Chorizo for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipes
  3. Slice the scallions. Shred the cheeses.

Cook your Egg Casserole

  1. Crack 12 eggs into a large bowl. Add most of the scallions, saving some of the greens for garnish. Add salt and pepper, then add 1 cup of milk and beat until mixed.

    Pouring milk into eggs with scallions in bowl for Slow Cooker Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe
  2. To the slow cooker pot, add the frozen hash browns, salt, pepper, and the chorizo. Mix together.

    Raw hash browns and chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe
  3. Add the shredded cheeses and mix together. Then pour over the egg mixture and lightly stir, just so the eggs seep into all the potatoes.

    Pouring raw eggs over hash browns, cheese, chorizo in Slow Cooker for Egg Casserole with Chorizo, Potatoes and both cheddar and manchego cheeses. IT COOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP! #eggs #eggcasseroles #eggrecipes #breakfastideas #holidayrecipe
  4. Set the Slow Cooker to 6 hours, low. Do this right before the last person turns into bed for the night, so that you wake up to this wonderful breakfast. After 6 hours, the slow cooker will go to warm mode so that it won't overcook, but stay warm until you are ready to eat!

  5. The easiest way to slice and serve is to remove the slow cooker pot and place a plate/platter over top. Then invert the pot so the casserole slides right out onto the plate. You can flip it over if you like so the 'pretty' side is up or just cut and serve. Garnish with the remaining scallion slices and Enjoy!