Cowboy Breakfast Skillet: One Pot Campfire Breakfast

Some of the best camping breakfast ideas are one-pot recipes that are hearty enough to satisfy your appetite until dinnertime.

This simple Cowboy Breakfast Skillet meal features potatoes, sausage and eggs that can be cooked scrambled and sunny side up together in a cast iron skillet over a morning campfire.

Campfire Breakfast by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron skillet on a campfire cooking grate filled with a cowboy skillet breakfast including sausage, potatoes, onions, and eggs cooked two ways, scrambled and sunny side up and topped with melted cheddar cheese and sliced green onions. English muffins are alongside the skillet as they are being toasted over the campfire with text over the image that reads campfire breakfast.

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Prep To Make This Easy Campfire Breakfast

Anytime you are making a campfire meal, you need to get the fire going well in advance of cooking your food.

As the campfire is building to a level to produce coals that are ready for cooking, you can prep your ingredients.

For this recipe, you will be chopping a bit of red bell pepper, onion, red potato, and green onions.

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Methods Of Cooking Cowboy Skillet Breakfast Recipes

We really like making winter camping recipes using campfires because we always seem to need the heat from a warm fire to encourage us to get out from our cozy warm bed!

Traditionally, cowboys cook campfire recipes over a nice big bed of campfire coals that come from burning hardwood but they sometimes use lump charcoal too.

Fire restrictions may prevent you from using an open flame. If that happens, just make this as one of your camp stove recipes by preparing your propane stove for cooking on a level surface.

Steps To Make This Campfire Breakfast Skillet

Step 1. Prepare your ingredients as directed.

Step 2. Prepare your heat source and pan. You will be cooking over a medium heat. Once your campfire or camp stove is ready, you’ll pre-heat your cast iron skillet. I created this recipe as one of our camping meals for two but it can be easily scaled up to feed larger groups.

Camp Cooking Tip: Use a 10-inch cast iron skillet if cooking for one or two and a 12-inch skillet if you are feeding 3-6 people.

Step 3. Brown the sausage. You’ll brown the sausage and as it cooks, break it up into small crumbles.

Step 4. Add the veggies. Once the sausage is browned, you will add the butter, bell pepper, onion, potatoes, salt and pepper. You’ll need to cover the pan so the potatoes can soften.

Camp Cooking Tip: Some cast iron skillets have lids, others come in unique combo sets where the Dutch oven is used as a lid for the skillet and when you flip it over, the skillet is used as a lid for the Dutch oven. If your skillet doesn’t have a lid, you can use a lid from a traditional Dutch oven or just use aluminum foil.

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Step 5. Cook the eggs. The really nice thing about this campfire breakfast is that you can cook eggs sunny side up and scrambled at the same time. You’ll need to flatten the sausage and potato mixture in the bottom of the pan. Then, you’ll make little “wells” which is where you will drop the eggs for cooking.

Camp Cooking Tip: Leave a layer of the potato and sausage mixture in the bottom of the well so the eggs are not cooking directly on the skillet.

Crack and drop a whole egg into each well. If you prefer scrambled eggs, beat one or two at a time and pour them into the wells. Place a lid on the skillet and cook until the eggs are cooked the way you like them. It will take about about 3-5 minutes.

Step 6. Melt the cheese and serve. As soon as the eggs are cooked, sprinkle them with cheese and continue to cooked covered for a few more seconds … just until the cheese begins to melt. Remove each portion of the skillet breakfast to a plate, top with green onions and serve immediately.

Cowboy Breakfast Skillet by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate piled with food ready to eat including toasted English muffins, eggs cooked sunny side up in a skillet over a campfire along with sausage, potatoes, red bell pepper, onion and melted cheddar cheese topped with green onion slices. The plate is sitting on a campfire log in front of a beautiful desert mountain scene with text over the image that reads cowboy breakfast skillet.

Don’t do gluten? This is a GF recipe. See all of our gluten free camping food.

Pairings For Breakfast Cowboy Skillets

You are not having a real cowboy-style breakfast unless you have a strong cup of java to wash everything down! Here’s how to make cowboy coffee on your camping trips.

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You won’t believe how delicious 3 basic ingredients taste until you make Hobo Eggs! The buttered bread tastes more like grilled cheese than buttered toast when you make this recipe that takes only 8 minutes!

Print This Cowboy Skillet Breakfast Campfire Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1/4 pound bulk hot pork sausage
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 small onion, chopped
  • 1 medium sized red potato, cubed into 1/4 – 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs (Note: Use 1 egg per person for sunny side up and 2 eggs per person if scrambling eggs)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Get a campfire going to create campfire coals for cooking over medium heat. If you are using a propane camp stove, set it up for cooking on a level surface.
  2. Heat the cast iron skillet over the heat. Camp Cooking Tip: Use a 10-inch cast iron skillet if cooking for one or two people and a 12-inch skillet if you are feeding 3-6 campers.
  3. Once the skillet is pre-heated, add the sausage to brown it, breaking it up into crumbles as it cooks.
  4. Now, add the butter, bell pepper, onion, potatoes, salt and pepper, stirring occasionally and cook covered until the potatoes are softened, about 8 minutes. Camp Cooking Tip: If your cast iron skillet does not have a lid, you can use a lid from a cast iron Dutch oven or aluminum foil.
  5. Flatten the ingredients across the bottom of the skillet, then use a spoon to create “wells” for cooking the eggs. Be sure to leave a layer of the sausage and potato mixture at the bottom of the wells so the eggs are sitting on the food rather than directly on the bottom of the skillet pan when they cook.
  6. Crack the eggs and add them into the skillet by dropping them into the wells. You can drop whole eggs for sunny side up style eggs or beaten eggs if you prefer scrambled eggs.
  7. Cover and cook until the eggs are done to your desired likeness, about 3-5 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle with cheese, replace the cover on the pan and let the cheese melt slightly for a few more seconds.
  9. Remove the skillet from the heat and top with green onions, serve hot.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 508Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 279mgSodium: 877mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 23g

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