Looking for a healthy, low carb breakfast casserole? Don’t miss this Hatch Chile Egg Bake. It’s an easy breakfast casserole recipe that comes together quickly and feeds a crowd!
A few weeks ago we went out with a group of friends – about 12 couples. I was surprised to learn that Justin and I were one of two couples who weren’t on a Keto diet.
I really shouldn’t be surprised. I have had several friends who have had great success with low carb diets. My friend, Heather, lost over 85 lbs. in one year on the diet. She has a site chock full of delicious Keto recipes if you’re in the market.
Even my parents have hopped on the low carb bandwagon, which means my favorite French Toast Casserole is probably not a good option for Mother’s Day. I can’t wait to share the recipe I’ve got in store!
Today I am joined by seven of my favorite bloggers who are all sharing their favorite brunch recipe (links at the bottom of post).
With these delicious options, you don’t have to look any further for the perfect Mother’s Day brunch menu – one stop shopping people!
Low Carb Breakfast Casserole
While my French Toast will remain a favorite, this Mother’s Day I am whipping up a Hatch Chile Egg Bake that’s just as delicious.
While this easy breakfast casserole isn’t packed with carbs, like bread or potatoes, it’s incredibly filling thanks to all the protein in the eggs and cottage cheese.
I know. I almost lost you at cottage cheese.
Don’t worry. The cottage cheese smooths out after it’s combined with the eggs and spends a little time in the oven. In fact, if I hadn’t told you there was cottage cheese in the recipe, you wouldn’t even be able to taste it!
Speaking of protein, when I am cooking for a bacon lover, like Justin’s son Owen, I will throw a bit of crisp, crumbled bacon into the mix.
Is this an easy breakfast casserole?
One of the reasons I love this Hatch Chile Egg Bake is that it’s incredible easy to make. Seriously Dads, if you’re looking for a Mother’s Day breakfast casserole that’s got your name on it, this is the one!
There are relatively few ingredients in the recipe and most of them are tossed right into the bowl without any prep at all, particularly if you purchase a bag of cheese that’s already been grated.
I had a block of cheese left over from another recipe, so I hand-grated my cheese (I also think it melts a bit better, anyone with me?) and I still had this easy breakfast casserole in the oven in about 15 minutes. That’s what I call a win!
Is this an overnight breakfast casserole?
If you’re pressed for time, consider making this low carb breakfast casserole the night before.
You really have two options for turning this Hatch Chile Egg Bake into an overnight breakfast casserole.
Your first option is to mix the recipe up, pour it into your casserole pan, cover and store it in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning all you will have to do is pop it in the oven for baking.
When I’ve utilized this method in the past, I’ve noticed that this particular breakfast casserole recipe sometimes needs a few extra minutes in the oven the next morning.
A second option is to whip the recipe up, bake as directed and then store the finished dish in the fridge or freezer until you are ready to use it. The recipe keeps and reheats well.
Wait. Is this the green chili egg casserole my mom made?
Well, it’s similar.
I lightened up the recipe I grew up on as a child, opting for egg whites and low fat cottage cheese.
I also use Hatch chiles as opposed to California or Anaheim peppers. Not only have Hatch Chiles made the tiny town of Hatch, New Mexico a bit more famous, but they have more flavor and even a little kick, which really improves the taste of this dish.
Don’t let the phrases “chile” and “kick” get to you. I am a wimp on the spectrum of spice and I love the flavor of this dish. I’ve also served it to kids on the regular, without any complaint.
Perhaps the biggest difference is simply a grammatical one. The town of Hatch, New Mexico calls them Hatch Chiles, like the Spanish settlers…That’s good enough for me. Besides, Chili is a dish made with beans – ha!
How to make this Hatch Chile Egg Bake:Jump to Recipe
- Whisk together eggs until well combined.
Note: To make this low carb breakfast casserole a bit healthier I sometimes use egg whites or Eggbeaters, which allows me to skip this step entirely.
- Fold cheese and butter into the whisked eggs.
- Combine flour and baking powder and add them to the bigger bowl.
- Add 8 ounces of delicious Hatch Chiles.
- Bake at 350!
Did I read that right? Combine flour and baking powder? In a low carb breakfast casserole?
Yes! You did. You may be tempted to remove the flour from this easy breakfast casserole to cut carbs, BUT the flour and baking powder provide structure for the eggs. The amount of flour is actually really, really small and accounts for less than 3 carbs per serving.
What should I serve this low carb breakfast casserole with?
This easy breakfast casserole is delicious on its own, but it’s always fun to utilize toppings!
The Hatch Chile Egg Bake tastes great with chives, sour cream, hot sauce and even salsa!
Low Carb Breakfast Casserole Recipe
Hatch Chile Egg Bake Breakfast Casserole
- 12 eggs I like to substitute egg whites or Eggbeaters 1/4 c. for every egg or 3 cups
- 3 cups low fat cottage cheese If you’re looking for an alternative, try Greek yogurt!
- 2 cups monterey jack cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup Hatch chiles Usually sold in four ounce cans.
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Spray a 9×13 casserole dish or lasagna pan with non-stick cooking spray
- Whisk eggs until all 12 eggs are combined and fluffy.
- Add cottage cheese and shredded monterey jack cheese to the eggs and mix well.
- Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Once mixed and to the egg and cheese mixture. Mix until dry ingredients are dispersed.
- Pour mixture into baking dish and top with any leftover cheese. Place the breakfast casserole in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes. The Hatch Chile Egg Bake should be slightly browned on top. The casserole is done if a fork or toothpick can enter the Hatch Chile Egg Bake and come out clean.
- Serve with sour cream, salsa or chives!