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Slow-Cooker Tex-Mex Breakfast Casserole

Perfect for holiday entertaining or a lazy Saturday morning, this slow-cooker breakfast is no ordinary egg bake. The Tex-Mex flavors will kick-start your morning with a little heat from ingredients like taco seasoning mix, green chiles and salsa.
  • 3 Hours 45 Minutes Total Time
  • Medium
  • 25 Minutes Prep Time
  • Pork Main Ingredient
  • 10 Servings
  • 10 Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ original taco seasoning mix
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (4 oz)
  • 5 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed (from 30-oz bag)
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • Chopped tomatoes, sliced green onions, Old El Paso™ salsa, chopped fresh cilantro and sour cream, if desired

Instructions

Step 1 Spray 5- to 6-quart oval slow cooker with cooking spray. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook pork over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until no longer pink; drain. Stir in taco seasoning mix and water. Cook over medium heat 1 minute, stirring constantly to coat.

Step 2 In large bowl, beat eggs and half-and-half with whisk. Stir in green chiles, shredded cheeses, hash brown potatoes and seasoned cooked pork. Carefully stir in cream cheese cubes. Transfer mixture to slow cooker.

Step 3 Cover insert with large kitchen towel. Place slow-cooker lid on top of towel. (This will prevent condensation from dripping during cooking.)

Step 4 Cook on High heat setting 3 to 3 1/2 hours, rotating insert after 1 1/2 hours. Cook until casserole is set and temperature in center is 165°F. Top with remaining ingredients.

Nutrition

1 Serving: Calories 500 (Calories from Fat 290); Total Fat 32g (Saturated Fat 16g, Trans Fat 1/2g); Cholesterol 245mg; Sodium 630mg; Potassium 580mg; Total Carbohydrate 27g (Dietary Fiber 2g; Sugars 4g); Protein 25g % Daily Value: Vitamin A 20%; Vitamin C 10%; Calcium 35%; Iron 8% Exchanges: 1 Starch, 0 Fruit, 1 Other Carbohydrate, 0 Skim Milk, 0 Low-Fat Milk, 0 Milk, 0 Vegetable, 0 Very Lean Meat, 1 Lean Meat, 2 High-Fat Meat, 2 1/2 Fat

Expert Tips

  • Rotating your slow cooker insert halfway through cook time helps prevent casserole from getting too brown around edges.
  • Take it up a notch by adding 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne) to the taco seasoning mix.
  • Serve with freshly diced jalapeño chiles for additional spicy heat.