Waking up to the smell of a delicious overnight crockpot breakfast casserole is heavenly. My day begins with an instant smile on my face and I'm ready to grab a cup of my favorite hot beverage and enjoy the sunshine of a new day. Making a Crockpot Breakfast Casserole recipe is heaven sent. Trust me here, anyone within nose smelling reach will be knocking at your door wanting a plate.
Originally Posted December 2017 ~ Updated January 2022
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I've called this recipe many things over the years from Crockpot Hashbrown Casserole to Wonderful Wake Up Casserole and even Slow Cooker Breakfast. But truly, this easy crockpot breakfast casserole is hands down a favorite recipe.
Want to make Crockpot Breakfast Burritos? This recipe is the WINNER! It will make about 10-12 Large breakfast burritos that are perfect for enjoying or even freezing for a quick handy breakfast later.
Making Overnight Breakfast Recipes is brilliant. Do a little work the night before and in the morning you have a tasty, delicious and nutritious breakfast. We also love to make these Breakfast Enchiladas too. The tortillas soak up the sauce overnight making them extra delicious.
There are a few things that I LOVE about the versatility of this recipe. Add your favorites, take away the things you don't care for. It's so forgiving that there is no wrong way to make this slow cooker breakfast casserole.
Having guests sleep over? No problem, this is the recipe for you. With so many possibilities making and enjoying this casserole is truly a breakfast potluck ideas that never end.
I've made this easy for you and below I've added some additions or substitutions as well as garnish.
- Dairy: Milk & Cheese
- Protien: Ground Sausage, Bacon, Eggs
- Vegetables: Bell Peppers and Onion
- Tortillas (optional)
- Sour Cream
- Green Onions
What to serve with Slow Cooker Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
It's perfect all on it's own for a good hearty breakfast. In fact, I've been making this recipe for almost 30 years on Christmas Morning. Everyone's tummies are full with a delicious warm meal before eating all the sweet treats of the Holiday. But if you wish to add something to the menu here are a few of my fun ideas.
Try Coffee Cake, or Stuffed French Toast. Steel Cut Oats are also a great idea as is a fresh cup of Yogurt with fruit. As much as we love this recipe, we also love other breakfast recipes too. This recipe is just so darn easy to make and throw together.
This recipe takes just a little bit of thought and prep work. It only takes about 15 minutes to cut up your onion, bell peppers, and fully cooked your sausage and bacon, or just use bacon crumbles and avoid that all together.
The recipe pretty much goes together quickly after your short prep work is done. I will do the prep work earlier in the evening and then wait until just before bed to layer this casserole up in the crock up as it cooks all night long.
How to layer Casserole
I start by spraying the inside of the Crock Pot and layering half the frozen hashbrowns in the bottom. Then sprinkling sausage and bacon and top with onions and bell peppers and cheese. Repeat layers with Hashbrowns, sausage, bacon, onions, bell peppers and more cheese.
In a separate bowl combine eggs, milk and seasonings and whisk together. Then carefully pour over hasbrown mixture.
Cook on low over night and enjoy a delicious hot breakfast when you wake up.
This has been a Christmas morning breakfast tradition in our home for years.
As a mom, I’m exhausted come Christmas morning but everyone is still hungry. When I found this recipe years ago, (cough) 30 to be more specific, it was heaven sent.
A simple recipe I could put it together late on Christmas Eve and first thing in the morning I had a great breakfast that filled all their tummies. Plus, it wasn’t full of sugar. I’ve been thrilled ever since and use this recipe for when company comes to visit, or when I’m doing a late Brunch. Regardless, this is a keeper of a recipe.
I’ve had many people omit the bell peppers, or add spinach. Substitute ground beef if that is all you have. Don't love hashbrowns but love Tater Tots? Swap those up too.
Trust me, it all works! Just make sure to cover and cook for the appropriate cooking time. And feel free to print recipe and add to your favorite home cookbook too.
Whatever it is, it makes this Easy Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole Delicious.
I hope you will try it too!
Crock Pot Breakfast Ideas
We truly love this breakfast when we have a larger group at the house during the holidays or just when friends come to visit. But like I said earlier, making this into Breakfast Burritos is genius. You will want to use large tortillas. Add a scoopful or two in the center of the tortilla.
Break up the mixture using a spoon and add a little more cheese, then fold in the sides of the tortilla and roll into a burrito. These can be as big or little as you like and Breakfast Burritos freeze beautifully. I like to wrap in parchment paper and then aluminum foil for best freezer results.
My boys who work early mornings sure appreciate being able to heat one up in the microwave before running out the door. It also saves their wallet from extra charges at the gas station too.
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How to Garnish
I love it just how it is, allowing it to cool for a few minutes is ideal and allows everything to set up. But you can top with a little more cheese, salsa, or even fresh tomatoes or pico. Another fun idea would be a drizzle of sour cream or avocado cubes. Mmmmm, I can taste each bite and I'm ready to dive in.
Store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator and heat leftovers in microwave for best results.
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Types of Crock Pots / Slow Cookers
Crock Pots are a brand name. There are many types of Crock Pots and slow cookers that will do great jobs at slow cooking recipes. Regardless of the brand and how many functions they have, Slow Cookers and Crock Pots have one things in common. They cook recipes low and slow.
If you are looking for a slow cooker that has muti function buttons and presets try this Hamilton Beach Portable 6qt. But, if you want less of the gizmos and gadget functions and just a good solid Crock Pot with basic features then I suggest this 8qt Crock Pot
Now with that said, You can very easily cook this on high for 4 hours and eat this as a wonderful Brunch too. And a little secret, we make this Easy Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole and then use this to fill tortillas for Breakfast Burritos.
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Easy Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole
- 2 pounds Frozen Hashbrowns
- 1 pound Sausage cooked and crumbled
- 1 pound bacon cooked and crumbled
- ½ Cup Diced Onions
- ½ Cup Green Bell Pepper Diced
- ½ Cup Red Bell Pepper Diced
- 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese Shredded
- 2 Cups Cheddar Cheese Shredded
- 12 Eggs
- 1 Cup Milk
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Sugar
- ½ teaspoon dry mustard *optional
- Start by cooking sausage over medium/high heat until no longer pink. Drain off excess fat and set aside.
- Bacon: I prefer to use Bacon Crumbles, it's just easier. However, you can also cook your bacon and drain off extra fat. Crumble and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, crack 12 eggs and whisk. Add milk, salt, pepper, sugar, and dry mustard* (Optional) and set aside.
- Spray Crock Pot with PAM cooking spray
- Add ½ frozen hash browns and begin laying half of other items. Sausage, Onion, Bacon, Bell Pepper(s), Cheese(s) and then repeat with the remaining hash browns and remaining sausage, onion, bacon, bell peppers, and cheese.
- Pour over the top the egg and milk mixture
- Cover and cook for 8 hours on low.
- Sour Cream
- Green Onions
- Fresh Pico
Hi Rebecca, this looks Delish ! Going to try this soon. Can you make this using the slow cooker function button of your pressure cooker ? Thank You for all your Awesome recipes and video’s on Sundays !! 😊🏡
I have not tested the recipe using the slow cooker function on the IP. I haven't found that function to be reliable.
What a great breakfast and I love that it's in the slow cooker!
Amy (Savory Moments)
Oooohhhh I love this idea! What a great way to start the day and it looks so delicious too. I love the idea of making breakfast in the slow cooker.
I do not use my slow cooker enough, must change that. These look awesome!
I am sucker for a good breakfast casserole! I LOVE that the crockpot does all of the work!
I love the idea of these burritos! I would love waking up to this in my Crock Pot!
This was a fun and delicious breakfast for our crew!
Thanks Sheila! We sure love to make it and we love to make Breakfast Burritos out of the leftovers too. YUM!
Amazing breakfast to wake up! This can feed a crowd and love it!
A recipe that can feed a crowd with little effort is always welcome.
I love making this recipe on the weekends and we always stuff it in a tortilla..it's always a hit! We love all of thw ingredients and there's nothing better for breakfast! Can't wait to make this casserole again. Thanks so much for another delicious recipe!
So happy to hear you and your crew enjoyed this recipe. It's a keeper!
This looks so tasty! And I could totally get into waking up and having this waiting for me. I work too hard at cooking when I have guests and need to more things like this!
Trust me, make this recipe when you have guests. You will be able to sit down and visit and enjoy your company. It's wonderful.
We love breakfast casserole. I am going to have to try and make it in the slow cooker.
I have needed this in my life and didn't even know it. We cook our breakfasts in the condo when we vacation, and this would be perfect. Thank you!
Oh yes, this would be a great recipe while on vacation. Enjoy!
Ashley Marie Lecker
I am a sucker for any type of breakfast casserole and this looks so yummy!
I could eat breakfast casseroles for lunch and dinner! So glad you love it too.
Made this for New Years Eve, it turned out so good and I loved your idea of using the leftovers for burritos!
What a fun recipe for NYE, great idea! So happy to hear that everyone loved it too.
Breakfast burrito fillings are my family's favorite breakfast - never thought about doing it all in the slow cooker before. Done deal now!
It's a hidden gem of a recipe for sure and has saved me more times than I care to admit. Enjoy those breakfast burritos!
OH MY YUM....this has my name all over it. Thanks. I especially like the idea of making burritos with it.
Everyone loves a good hearty breakfast burrito. This recipe is perfect. Hope you give it a try!
Hi, I already bought ingredients to make an oven casserole but saw this and would prefer to use the crock pot. My hash browns are not frozen, they are shredded. Think it will make a difference in the cooking process that they are not frozen?
Hi! I think you will be fine! We love making this recipe and with any leftovers we make Breakfast Burritos. So good!
Can this recipe be cut in half and still work?
Hi Sally, yes you can cut in half. We use the leftovers and make Breakfast Burritos that we freeze. It's wonderful.
Sounds wonderful, I am picking up the ingredients today! Just a note, the 12 eggs are not listed in the ingredient list. Thanks for all the great recipes in the past year.
Hi Linda! Thanks for the heads up! I'll get that fixed ASAP. And you are so welcome for all the great recipes. Thanks for following along and I hope you and your family has a wonderful Holiday. 😉