Southwestern Eggs Benedict

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Cook: 10 min.


4 servings

Updated: Dec. 17, 2022
This colorful dish makes a beautiful, hearty, rise-and-shine breakfast. The potatoes and pepper are tender; the poached eggs are perfect; and the flavor combination is wonderful. —Cathy Hall, Phoenix, Arizona
Southwestern Eggs Benedict Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 medium red potatoes, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced sweet onion
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 turkey bacon strips, chopped and cooked
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • SAUCE:
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green chiles
  • EGGS:
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 4 large eggs
  • Chopped plum tomatoes and minced fresh cilantro, optional


  1. Place potatoes and water in a microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 4-5 minutes or until tender; drain. In a large skillet, saute pepper and onion in oil until onion is tender. Add the potatoes, bacon, salt and pepper; saute 8-10 minutes longer or until potatoes are lightly browned.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Stir in cheese and chiles; cook and stir until cheese is melted.
  3. Meanwhile, place 2-3 in. of water in a large skillet with high sides; add vinegar. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer gently. Break cold eggs, 1 at a time, into a custard cup or saucer; holding the cup close to the surface of the water, slip each egg into water.
  4. Cook, uncovered, until whites are completely set and yolks are still soft, about 4 minutes. Divide potato mixture among four plates. Using a slotted spoon, lift eggs out of water and place on potato mixture. Top with sauce; sprinkle with tomatoes and cilantro if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup potato mixture with 1 poached egg and 2 tablespoons sauce (calculated without optional ingredi: 277 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 235mg cholesterol, 585mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 14g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 medium-fat meat, 1 starch, 1 fat.