Hippie Hash (The Best Veggie Hash)

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Hippie Hash is the best breakfast hash you’ve (probably) never heard of. Made with a colorful combination of veggies and topped with feta cheese, this delicious breakfast dish is bursting with flavor in every bite. Top with a poached egg and fall in love!

164 CAL 29g CARBS 4g FAT 5g PROTEIN 6

If you have never heard of hippie hash, don’t worry—you’re not alone. Up until my wonderful friend whipped up a batch for a group of our friends at a recent get-together, I had never heard of it either. After trying my first bite, I was immediately sold. Hippie hash is incredible!

This quick and easy breakfast dish is made with shredded hash brown potatoes, the vegetables of your choice, and a handful of feta cheese to top it all off.

It’s ready from start to finish in under 20 minutes and is crazy delicious. Because this dish is so versatile, there are tons of ways to spice it up.

I love topping my hippie hash with a poached egg, fresh avocado, or even a drizzle of creamy chipotle sauce for a little kick.

Whether you’re serving breakfast for dinner or hosting a Sunday brunch, this vegetarian breakfast hash is the ultimate healthy breakfast to serve to a large group.

Leave it vegetarian or toss in some bacon or sausage crumbles to add some flavor. Don’t just take my word for it—try out this hippie hash for yourself and let me know what you think!

Skillet with vegetable hash with zucchini, hash brown potatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, and topped with feta cheese.

What You’ll Need

Here’s what you’ll need to make the best hippie hash you’ve ever had.

  • Hash Brown Potatoes: You can find shredded hash brown potatoes in the frozen food aisle of most grocery stores. If you can’t find any, you could also use diced potatoes or sweet potatoes instead.
  • Fresh Vegetables: You will need zucchini, red bell pepper, broccoli, minced garlic, mushrooms, and red onion. However, you can swap these for any other veggies of your choice based on what you have at home.
  • Feta Cheese: I absolutely love topping off this dish with a handful of tangy feta cheese for a burst of extra flavor. It’s delicious!
  • Spices: The only spices you will need are salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes if you want a little touch of heat. Nice and simple.
  • Olive Oil: You’ll need just a small amount of oil to sauté your veggies. I typically use high-quality olive oil, but avocado oil or grapeseed oil would also work fine.

Hippie Hash Tips and Tricks

If you’ve never made hippie hash before (or any breakfast hash, for that matter), don’t fret! Here are some of my top tips and tricks to ensure delicious results:

  • Breakfast hash tastes best when it’s served right away, but you can easily store it for later if needed. Let it cool, then transfer the dish to an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 4-5 days. Alternatively, you could freeze this dish for up to 2-3 months.
  • Feel free to switch up the veggies however you like depending on what you have at home. This is a great clean out the fridge meal! Some other good veggies for breakfast hash include corn, cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, kale, and spinach.
  • If you don’t have shredded hash brown potatoes, feel free to use diced Yukon gold potatoes. Just make sure to dice them small and keep them relatively the same in size. You can peel them first or leave the skins on—totally up to you.
  • Serve this dish on its own (it’s super satisfying!) or pair it with a light side dish like fresh fruit, scrambled egg whites, or turkey bacon. You also can’t go wrong with a nice cup of hot coffee or tea on the side.

Vegetable hash with potatoes, zucchini, bell peppers, and broccoli with two wooden spoons.

Recipe Variations

Looking for ways to customize this dish and make it your own? Here are some fun (and delicious) variations to try out:

  • Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash: Try swapping out the hash brown potatoes for cubed sweet potatoes to switch up the textures and flavor profile. This is another sweet potato hash  we love.
  • Vegan Breakfast Hash: Instantly make a delicious vegan hash by leaving out the feta cheese or swapping it for a dairy-free alternative.
  • High-Protein Breakfast Hash: Amp up the protein in this crave-worthy breakfast dish by adding chopped bacon, crumbled sausage, or black beans.
  • Mexican Breakfast Hash: Transform this dish into the best Mexican-inspired brunch dish by adding black beans and corn. Garnish with sliced jalapenos, salsa, and fresh cilantro. 
  • Nutrient-Dense Breakfast Hash: For an extra nutritious breakfast hash, toss in some fresh leafy greens like spinach or kale. As an added bonus, these veggies make this colorful dish even more vibrant!

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this hippie hash recipe:

Hippie Hash originated at the Fleetwood Diner near the University of Michigan. It’s basically a veggie-packed breakfast hash that gets topped with a heap of feta cheese just before being served. This vegetarian breakfast dish is warm, hearty, and packed with incredible flavors.

Absolutely! To make this breakfast hash vegan, all you have to do is leave out the feta cheese. If you want to beef it up for a more filling meal, feel free to add some of your favorite plant-based sausage crumbles or black beans.

I love topping my hippie hash with cracked black pepper, fresh herbs like chives or parsley, and a drizzle of hot sauce when I’m in the mood for some heat. Some more great options for toppings include fresh avocado, a dollop of salsa or sour cream, and a poached egg. Don’t be afraid to get creative—the options are endless!

Cast iron skillet filled vegetable and potato hash and topped with feta cheese and herbs.
The Recipe
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Hippie Hash (The Best Veggie Hash)

164 CAL 29g CARBS 4g FAT 5g PROTEIN 6
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 lb. shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 cups broccoli florets (small florets)
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese (I used reduced fat)

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Heat half the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and let cook for 7-10 minutes until softened and just beginning to caramelize. Season with salt and pepper. Add the hash browns and stir to combine with the onions. Press down into the pan and let them crisp up on the bottom, cooking them for 3-4 minutes without moving them. Stir and repeat to get nice and crispy potatoes. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Hash brown potatoes being added to a skillet with red onions.

Add the remaining olive oil to the skillet with the garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute. Add the zucchini, red pepper, broccoli, and mushrooms. Cook for 7-10 minutes until tender-crisp, adding couple of tablespoons of water to the pan if the vegetables begin to burn. During this stage, cook the veggies to your desired tenderness. I prefer them to have some crunch still but you can cook them longer as well.

Fresh vegetables being stirred in a cast iron skillet.

Add the hash brown potatoes and onions back to the skillet and toss everything together. Cook for 1-2 minutes and season with salt and pepper. Serve with feta cheese on top. Many people eat this as a breakfast hash with eggs and toast but it also works great for lunch or dinner.

Hash browns and vegetables in a cast iron skillet with feta cheese crumbles.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 164
Calories from Fat 35
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 45mg
Total Carbohydrate 29g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 7g
Protein 5g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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October 4, 2022 - 08:53
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I've been eating "Hippie Hash" for 50+ years and didn't even know it! My family referred to it as "Junk", hahaha! We usually scramble it all together with the eggs but I like the idea of a poached egg and avocado as a topping, yummy.
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October 4, 2022 - 12:35
Love this! So the name Hippie Hash comes from a restaurant in Michigan that served a similar veggie hash with tons of feta cheese!
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Megan Eaton
January 28, 2016 - 09:18
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This was really tasty! I used my cast-iron skillet for a bit of extra iron. Loved the combo of veggies!
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