Garbage Fried Potatoes Recipe -
Garbage Fried Potatoes Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Garbage Fried Potatoes

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"These are your basic fried potatoes - with a few extras! Total time depends on your own speed to peel and slice potatoes and such, and how crispy you like them. My mom always calls them 'Garbage Potatoes' because you just throw in a bunch of junk. If you don't like peppers, don't use them - throw in something else that you like."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    45 mins


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the potatoes, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until you think they are about halfway done. Mix in the onion, mushrooms, red pepper, and green pepper. Continue to cook and stir until potatoes are golden brown and somewhat crisp, about 15 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and serve.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 23, 2010

Cute name for home fries - the whole time I was making them I expected "Oscar the Grouch" to pop out of my garbage can and ask when they were going to be done. (HA) I used a little butter and garlic along with the oil (cut the oil down a bit) and instead of thing slicing the potatoes I cubed mine. These are great with eggs, bacon, and toast -YUM!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 27, 2005



32 Ratings

Oct 16, 2006

We thought this was very good except it needed more than just a pinch of salt for our taste so I sprinkled with a bit of garlic salt. For the reviewer that stated the potatoes never really browned up, you have to allow this dish to cook on about medium to medium high and don't turn real often, just let them sizzle and brown up before turning.

Feb 13, 2008

Just made these with potatoes with no added veggies (well, onion slices of course). And talk about garbage - I didn't peel the potatoes (I did scrub the first)! Guess what - they are better than ever. Take the other reviewers advice - don't bother with them too much and they brown up nicely.

Apr 02, 2008

The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because I had to add some additional spices/items of my own to add some more flavor. I kicked it up with some garlic salt & cayenne pepper. After potatoes were done, I sprinkled some parmesan cheese along with some shredded cheddar. VERY GOOD!!

Jul 04, 2006

These are great! We love serving fried onions with kielbasa or bratwurst. This is also great just with potatoes, salt, pepper and onions, and we usually fry in butter. You can even pop these in a foil pouch and cook on the grill! Thanks for a great recipe!

Jan 27, 2008

These are great fried potatoes. For a quick breakfast, I will cut up sausage and fry it up in it. Then when it is all done, break a couple eggs in it, fry till all the egg is cooked, and you have a great breakfast.

Apr 11, 2008

Family has been making these for years. I did not know this was the name of it! Good served with breakfast, not just for supper!


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  • Calories
  • 378 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 71.7 g
  • 23%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 7.4 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 10.4 g
  • 41%
  • Protein
  • 8.8 g
  • 18%
  • Sodium
  • 146 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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