Southwestern Frittata

Southwestern Frittata

Southwestern Frittata is a simple breakfast casserole with sausage, green chiles, red peppers and a bit of seasonings. Great for a brunch buffet.

This Southwestern Frittata is ideal for a brunch or get together. I took it to a friend’s house around noon on Sunday. It’s easy to make, easy to serve, never fail, and a guaranteed hit.

A nice thing about frittatas is that you basically throw the ingredients together, pour them into a baking dish, bake and serve. Another way to make them is in a slow cooker. I have a large rectangular slow cooker that’s great for frittatas; I put about an inch of water in the bottom, place the ceramic dish in it and cook for about 35 minute or until it’s fully set. The difference is that it cooks more evenly and generally doesn’t brown the frittata.

I tend to vary how much green chiles and red peppers I use depending on desired heat and balance of flavors I want. I use mild or medium hot green chiles as I like a balance of flavors without too much heat in this dish. I have also made this without the cumin and cayenne, and I thought it was very good either way. It’s also a very forgiving recipe – I’ve made it with 8 eggs and just a slight increase in liquid, cheese and peppers, yet it was essentially the same.

What you see is the photo is baked in the oven at 375 degrees, so it browns a bit on the top and around the edges.

Southwestern Frittata
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 6 large eggs
  • ¼ cup half and half or milk
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ of a 1 lb chub of pork sausage
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup chopped roasted red peppers (I used Mezzetta Roasted Red Bell Peppers)
  • ½ cup diced green chiles
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Grease a rectangular 1.5 qt baking dish (about 8" x 10")
  3. Brown the sausage in a skillet, breaking into crumbles as it cooks. Set aside.
  4. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, garlic, spices, and salt until well combined.
  5. Stir in the red peppers, green chiles, and half the cheese.
  6. Pour into the baking dish. Sprinkle the sausage crumbles evenly over the top, then sprinkle remaining cheese over.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until set.
  8. Serve and enjoy!


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