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Spicy Sausage Hash Browns

I love to develop my own recipes and have people calling for them often. My family members and friends from our church tend to be my favorite and most honest critics. —Angela Sheridan, Opdyke, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 1 pound bulk spicy pork sausage
  • 1 package (30 ounces) frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) double-cheddar cheese sauce
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chiles
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until heated through.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with Ragu double-cheddar cheese sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 368 calories, 25g fat (12g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 723mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein.

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  • JULIANA190
    May 21, 2020

    Double cheddar cheese sauce is made by Ragu. You would find it with the spaghetti sauce jars.

  • Janet
    Jan 19, 2020

    Like jll5030, I didn't know where to find the cheese sauce, either, so I just threw in an 8 oz bag of grated sharp cheddar and half a cup of milk. With spicy sausage, I skipped the red pepper flakes, and it was spicy enough--turned out GREAT.

  • CarrieBerry4Chad
    Sep 5, 2019

    I get asked to bring this to breakfast potlucks at work all the time! So easy and yummy!

  • jll5030
    Mar 17, 2016

    what is double cheddar cheese sauce?

  • pajamaangel
    Mar 16, 2013

    This was very spicy for me but my boys loved it. Next time I will use mild sausage instead of hot and just a dash of red pepper flakes. Get your glass of milk ready!

  • amyallene
    Feb 20, 2012

    Yummy!! My husband & I love this recipe.

  • liscott555
    Jan 19, 2011

    This sounds delicious, but WOW, 12g saturated fat per serving?? I would think a lightened up version would be just as good .

  • Heather486
    Dec 22, 2009

    This recipe is quickly becoming our traditional Christmas breakfast! Unlike "overnight casseroles" that you prep ahead, but still have to remember to move from the fridge to the counter to the oven, I throw this together Christmas Eve just before hitting the sack and it's ready and waiting in the AM! The flavors blend well, and (at least for me) the potatoes maintain their texture, even when cooked a little longer than directed in the recipe. To make it more kid-friendly I go with mild sausage, halve the amount of chilies, and skip the red pepper. This is an easy dish that is well worth the effort.