Cowboy Texas Hash: Making a Piece of Ranch Life at Home

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Inviting you to “Bring a part of the dude ranch experience back home with you,” Ranchseeker has posted this delectable Cowboy Texas Hash recipe for the hard working cowgirls or cowboys in your life. Working hard means eating good, filling comfort food to fuel your body and keep you satisfied right down to your boots. And, Texas hash is a hearty way to do just that, beginning the day with a protein and nutrient-packed breakfast or brunch to provide enough energy for the work day ahead.

Even though you or your family may not necessarily be working on a ranch, driving by a ranch, or even visiting a dude or guest ranch in the near future (if not, what’s keeping you?!), this tasty Texas treat comes together easily for busy mornings when a huge breakfast just isn’t possible. This recipe can also be made ahead to save you time. It also cooks up in one skillet, saving you dishes afterward! A quick and delicious substitute for dinner as well, it’s a versatile recipe that’s great to have on hand in a pinch! Served up at many of the dude and guest ranches that are featured on Ranchseeker, by making this at home, you’ll truly feel like you’re living the ranch dream in your own kitchen!

Cowboy Texas Hash

Cowboy Texas Hash: Making a Piece of Ranch Life at Home


3 1/2 cups frozen hash brown cubes (see note)

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

4 strips of bacon, chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3/4 cup prepared salsa

3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese

Sour cream and sprigs of fresh cilantro to garnish


  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Place potatoes into a microwaveable bowl with water, cover, and microwave on high for three minutes. Drain well.
  3. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Place bacon and oil into the skillet and cook until bacon is crisp, four to five minutes.
  4. Add garlic and cumin to the cast iron skillet and stir until fragrant. Add the potatoes, salt, and cayenne pepper, and continue to cook and stir over high heat until potatoes begin to crisp.
  5. Stir in the salsa and sprinkle the cheese on top. Broil three to four minutes until bubbly. Garnish with sour cream and cilantro before serving.