Southwestern Egg Skillet is a wonderful low-carb breakfast with slightly-spicy flavors, and the idea was sent to me by a reader named Chester!

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Chester's Low-Carb Southwestern Egg Skillet found on KalynsKitchen.com

I’m starting off the new year with this recipe for Southwestern Egg Skillet that was adapted just a little from an idea that was sent to me by a reader! Chester’s wife Cherie sent me an outline of the egg skillet recipe created by her husband and invited me to adapt it for the blog, and I loved the idea and immediately printed out the recipe details she sent me!

Chester made a one-egg dish with breakfast sausage, onion, jalapenos, eggs, salsa verde, and some cheese, and it took me a few tries with Kara to adapt it into an egg skillet to serve four, but we loved the way this turned out. We switched out the fresh jalapeno for a generous amount of Salsa Verde simmered with the sausage, and added a jar of roasted red peppers, but essentially the flavors here are pretty similar to the dish that Chester created!

And the day we tested this recipe my friend Becky from Vintage Mixer stopped by with her five year old son and he really liked it too, so you might get some kids to eat this if they have a more adventurous palate. Cherie reports that sometimes Chester adds some pickled jalapeno so you might like that version as well.

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • eggs
  • olive oil
  • ground pork breakfast sausage
  • red onion
  • Roasted Red Peppers in a jar (affiliate link)
  • Salsa Verde, preferably Herdez Salsa Verde (affiliate link)
  • Mexican blend cheese
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
  • cilantro (optional)

What is an egg skillet?

I don’t know if there’s an official definition for it, but to me an egg skillet is a breakfast dish where eggs and other ingredients are cooked in a skillet for a one-pan breakfast idea!

What gives this Southwestern Egg Skillet the southwestern flavors?

This breakfast skillet recipe has eggs and sausage, but the Southwestern flavors in the dish come from roasted red peppers, Salsa Verde, Mexican blend cheese, and cilantro can also be added for those who enjoy that flavor.

Want more eggs cooked in a skillet?

Check out Baked Eggs Skillet with Avocado and Spicy Tomatoes, Power Greens Egg Skillet ,or Bacon Frittata with Two Cheeses for more tasty egg dishes to make in a cast-iron skillet.

Chester's Low-Carb Southwestern Egg Skillet found on KalynsKitchen.com

How to Make Southwestern Egg Skillet:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe.)

  1. Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Break eggs into individual ramekins and let them come to room temperature; this is VERY IMPORTANT or the egg yolks will get overly done by the time the whites are cooked.
  2. Heat a little olive oil in a 10-inch Cast Iron Skillet (affiliate link), then crumble in the ground pork or turkey breakfast sausage and cook over medium-high heat until the sausage is all browned.
  3. Then push the sausage over to the side, add a little more oil if needed, add the red chopped onion and cook about 3-4 minutes. (Not sure why I didn’t get a photo of the onion, oops!)
  4. While the sausage and onions cook, drain a jar of Roasted Red Peppers in a jar (affiliate link) and chop peppers into pieces about 1/2 inch square. Add the chopped red pepper to the sausage/onion mixture and cook 3-4 minutes more.
  5. Then stir in the salsa verde, turn heat to medium-low, and simmer the mixture five minutes.
  6. Turn off the heat and sprinkle grated cheese over the top of the sausage-onions-peppers mixture.
  7. Make four wells in the sausage with a large spoon and gently transfer one of the room-temperature eggs into each well.
  8. Season the eggs with a little salt and fresh-ground black pepper.
  9. Put the skillet in the oven and bake 10-12 minutes, or until the whites are opaque and the yolks are done to your liking.
  10. Serve hot, with more cheese, chopped cilantro, and more salsa verde to serve at the table.
  11. You could serve this with low-carb tortillas if desired, but we loved it just like this as a low-carb egg skillet breakfast.

Southwestern Egg Skillet shown with salsa verde, cheese and cilantro in background

More Tasty Baked Eggs:

Baked Eggs and Asparagus with Parmesan

Baked Eggs with Avocado and Feta

Baked Eggs in Canadian Bacon Cups

Chester's Low-Carb Southwestern Egg Skillet found on KalynsKitchen.com
Yield: 4 servings

Chester's Low-Carb Southwestern Egg Skillet

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes

Chester's Low-Carb Southwestern Egg Skillet is a wonderful low-carb breakfast with Southwestern flavors.

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tsp olive oil (plus a little more for cooking the onion if needed)
  • 16 oz. ground pork breakfast sausage (see notes)
  • 1/2 of a small red onion, chopped
  • 1 12 oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained well and chopped
  • 1/2 cup Salsa Verde (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup grated Mexican blend cheese
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
  • chopped cilantro for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F/200C and put eggs into individual ramekins and let them come to room temperature.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a 10-inch Cast Iron Skillet (affiliate link) or another oven-proof skillet and then crumble in the ground pork or turkey breakfast sausage and cook over medium-high heat, breaking apart with the turner. Cook 8-10 minutes, or until the sausage is all browned.
  3. Then push the sausage over to the side, add a little more oil if needed, add the chopped red onion and cook about 3-4 minutes. Stir the sausage and onion together.
  4. While the sausage and onions cook, drain the roasted red peppers and chop peppers into pieces about 1/2 inch square. (Pat them dry with paper towels if needed.)
  5. Add the chopped red pepper to the sausage/onion mixture and cook 3-4 minutes more. Then stir in the salsa verde, turn heat to medium-low, and simmer the mixture about five minutes, or until liquid in the salsa verde has mostly evaporated.
  6. Turn off the heat and sprinkle grated cheese over the top of the sausage-onions-peppers mixture.
  7. Make four wells in the sausage mixture with a large spoon and gently transfer one of the room-temperature eggs into each well. Season the eggs with a little salt and fresh-ground black pepper.
  8. Put the skillet in the oven and bake 10-12 minutes, or until the whites are opaque and the yolks are done to your liking.
  9. Serve hot, with more cheese, chopped cilantro, and more salsa verde to serve at the table as desired.

Notes

Use turkey breakfast sausage if you prefer. Be sure to check that the salsa verde doesn't have a lot of added sugar if you're making this for a low-carb breakfast. I used Herdez Salsa Verde (affiliate link) with 8 carbs in the 1/2 cup used.

This recipe adapted from one that was e-mailed to me by Chester's wife Cherie. I'm glad she saw this post and sent me her name so I could properly thank her!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 571Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 15gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 297mgSodium: 1369mgCarbohydrates: 8.5gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 32g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Chester's Low-Carb Southwestern Egg Skillet found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Southwestern Egg Skillet is a good breakfast dish for any low-carb diet, including Keto. This recipe is also suitable any phase of the original South Beach Diet if you use the low-fat turkey sausage and low-fat cheese that South Beach recommends. Other low-carb diets will prefer pork sausage and full fat cheese. Be sure to choose a salsa verde that’s low in added sugar if you’re making this for a low-carb or South Beach Diet friendly meal. 

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