With tender potatoes and smoky sausage, this easy skillet sausage and potatoes recipe is the perfect hearty dinner made in just one pot. It has sweet, caramelized onions and tender bell peppers, and only takes 30 minutes to make!
Why This Is the Best Sausage and Potato Recipe
This recipe for sausage, pepper, and potatoes is so savory and well-seasoned, you won’t believe how easy it is to make! Here’s why you’ll love it so much.
- Easy: This skillet sausage and potatoes recipe is so easy that you could almost make it in your sleep. The instructions are straightforward, and the entire dish only takes about 30 minutes to make!
- Flavorful: The tender potatoes soak up so much seasoning, with caramelized onions and sweet peppers balancing out the smoky sausage. With aromatic garlic and fresh green onions, this dish is loaded with flavor!
- One pot: We love one-pot meals. Not only are they easy, but they keep your kitchen from getting super messy. Thankfully, this one-pot potato and sausage recipe won’t leave your kitchen a mess!
- Comforting: Is there any food as comforting and perfect for a cold day as meat and potatoes? This is a spicy, hearty, and soothing take on a classic flavor combination. It’s the perfect meal to eat on a cold night.
This hearty, protein-packed meat and potatoes dinner only uses ingredients that you’re likely to already have in your fridge and pantry. For full ingredient amounts and directions, scroll to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Olive Oil: Or avocado oil, any mild cooking oil will work.
- Onion: A yellow onion is best for this recipe, but you can use a white or red onion.
- Bell Pepper: You can use any color bell pepper, we prefer a sweet red bell pepper, but a more pungent green bell pepper will also work!
- Garlic: Freshly minced garlic will give you the best flavor.
- Water: Chicken broth can be used instead of water for more flavor.
- Potatoes: We like to use baby yellow potatoes for this recipe, because they cook quickly, are very flavorful, and aren’t as starchy as some other potato varieties.
- Smoked Sausage: You want to use already cooked smoked sausage, you can use any variety you enjoy!
- Seasonings: We used garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to season up this dish.
- Green Onions: This is an optional garnish, but it really adds to the dish.
How to Make Sausage and Potatoes
It only takes 30 minutes to make this filling and comforting sausage, peppers, and potato dinner. Head to the recipe card for detailed instructions on how to make this hearty meal.
- Sauté: Cook the onions in olive oil and butter, then add the bell pepper and garlic and continue sautéing until tender.
- Deglaze: Add the liquid and deglaze the pan, making sure to scrape the bottom of the skillet to get the bits off of the bottom of the pan.
- Finish: Add the potatoes, sausage, and seasonings to the skillet, and cook until the potatoes are tender. Serve hot with fresh green onions.
Tips and Variations
Here are a few tricks to try when you cook this skillet sausage and potatoes meal.
- Adjust the Heat: There are a lot of different ways that you can add more heat to sausage and potatoes. The easiest way is to use spicy smoked sausage or increase the number of chili flakes used. However, you can also add cayenne pepper or try adding fresh jalapeños or serrano peppers, with the bell peppers. If this recipe looks too spicy for you, just dial back the red pepper flakes.
- Deglaze: This recipe calls for you to deglaze the pan with water or chicken stock. Deglazing is a great opportunity to add more flavor to your one-pan sausage and potatoes, so we recommend using the broth, or any other flavorful liquid. You can use white wine, veggie broth, or beef broth to deglaze this easy dinner.
- Repurpose Leftovers: Sausage and potatoes is great for dinner, but is is just as good the next day. You can easily turn these tender potatoes into a breakfast hash, or just reheat them and serve them with your favorite eggs. You can also put leftovers in a tortilla and add some cheese for a rich and hearty potato and sausage taco or quesadilla!
What To Serve With Skillet Potatoes and Sausage
Because sausage and potatoes are so hearty, meaty, and filling, it’s best to serve them with a light and fresh veggie side dish. Here are a few of our favorite sides to serve with this savory and rich comfort meal.
- Roasted Green Beans
- Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad
- Bacon Brussels Sprouts
- Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes
- Parmesan Roasted Broccoli
How to Store Leftovers
Leftover sausage and potatoes will last in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can reheat in a skillet over medium heat until warmed through, or microwave in 30-second increments until hot.
Can You Freeze This?
Definitely! This savory and spicy dinner freezes really well. Let the meal cool entirely, then store it in an airtight container in the freezer for 3 months. For best results, transfer to the fridge to thaw for 24 hours before reheating.
More Easy Potato Recipes
- Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes With Ham
- Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Roasted Baby Potatoes
- Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Candied Sweet Potatoes With Pecans
- Crockpot Baked Potato Soup
Sausage and Potatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 large yellow onion, sliced
- 1 bell pepper, sliced (any color works)
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- ¼ cup chicken broth, or water
- 1 lb baby yellow potatoes, cut in half
- 1 lb smoked sausage, cut into slices
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Sliced green onions, optional garnish
- Over medium heat, add the olive oil and butter to a medium size skillet.
- When butter has melted, add the onions and sauté, stirring often, until translucent, about 8 minutes.
- Add bell pepper and garlic and continue to sautéing for 5 minutes, stirring often.
- Add the water and stir, getting all of the bits off of the bottom of the pan.
- Add the potatoes, sausage, garlic powder, onion powder and crushed red pepper, stir until well combined.
- Cover loosely with the lid. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are fork tender.
- When serving, top with a little chopped green onion, if desired. Serve warm.