Home Fries Made With Red Potatoes

Home Fries Made With Red Potatoes

The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
353 Calories
6g Fat
67g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 353
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 118mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 67g 24%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 110mg 549%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 1807mg 38%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for home fries features chunks of diced, uncooked red potatoes, yellow onions, and red and green bell peppers.

A more basic version of home fries simply would be diced potatoes cooked in hot fat until tender and seasoned with salt and pepper, but the addition of vegetables (O'Brien style) ups the ante on these delicious potatoes.

To make things easier and to provide a little bit of extra color and texture, leave the skins on the potatoes. Red potatoes have a very thin, tender skin, so it is easy to digest and adds extra flavor.


  • 4 large red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 large yellow onion, coarsely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice

  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • Kosher salt, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Home Fries Made With Red Potatoes ingredients

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  2. Heat a cast-iron skillet or another heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat.

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  3. Melt the butter, then add the onion and garlic and sauté until slightly translucent, about 2 minutes.

    onions and garlic in a skillet

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  4. Add the diced red and green peppers and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon.

    onions and peppers in a skillet

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  5. Add the potatoes and cook, stirring frequently, for another 15 to 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and lightly browned.

    potatoes, onions, and peppers in a skillet

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  6. Season to taste with paprika and ​kosher salt.

    Home Fries Made With Red Potatoes in a skillet

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Home Fries vs. Hash Browns

Typically, home fries are made with raw cubed potatoes that are cooked gently in hot fat until golden brown, while hash browns are boiled until al dente, shredded, and cooked in hot fat over high heat until crispy.

In addition to the preparation differences, their appearance varies as well. The cubes of potatoes in home fries retain their shape, but hash browns become a crispy, flat pancake (but, by no means, are they potato pancakes).