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Ground Beef Egg Scramble

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This ground beef egg scramble is a healthy take on a popular entree in a West Coast Diner. The Diner called it Joe’s Special and it is an easy one-pan breakfast scramble that is full of protein and fiber to keep you filled and satisfied all morning.

spinach, beef and egg hash
Joe’s special is a high protein breakfast hash

What is Joe’s Special?

This recipe is essentially a spinach, beef and egg hash that makes a hearty and filling breakfast. Although it was originally served as a breakfast, this recipe makes a great meal any time of the day.

Joe’s Special is a low carbohydrate, high protein breakfast hash that originated in the 1920’s in San Fransisco. Although the restaurant, New Joes, is no longer around, the popular breakfast hash has not lost its appeal.

As a matter of fact, this ground beef and spinach breakfast scramble might be even more popular with our modern-day low carb diets such as Paleo, Ketogenic, and Atkins lifestyles. If you aren’t worried about keeping it low carb, this breakfast hash is great served with a crusty slice of sourdough bread.

Joe's special breakfast hash
Joe’s Special Breakfast Hash

How we make Joe’s Special

We cooked this breakfast scramble in one pan and it could not have been easier.

First, heat some oil in a hot skillet and add a chopped onion. Cook the onion until it is soft then add the garlic. By adding the garlic after the onion is sufficiently cooked, you will eliminate the risk of burning the garlic.

Next throw in the ground beef and seasonings. Stir the beef and break it up while it cooks. If the beef had a lot of fat, you will want to drain off the grease once it is cooked.

After the beef is cooked thoroughly, toss in the fresh spinach and stir just until it is wilted. Push the beef and spinach mixture to the sides of the skillet, making space in the pan to cook the eggs. Pour the eggs directly into the skillet and stir them around until they are set.

Once the eggs are set, fold the egg and beef mixture into the scrambled eggs then serve it while it is still hot. This spinach, beef and egg hash will not disappoint.

Joe's special breakfast hash
Joe’s special is a high protein breakfast to get your day started

Some delicious variations:

  • Replace the ground beef with low-fat ground turkey.
  • Replace half of the beef with ground sausage.
  • Stir in some crumbled bacon bits.
  • Melt some cheddar cheese on top.

Some other breakfasts you might enjoy:

Have you made Joe’s Special or eaten it in a Diner? Have you made a similar spinach, beef, and egg hash? If you did, we would love to see a picture. Tag us on Instagram.

spinach, beef and egg hash

Joe's Special Breakfast Hash

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Joe’s Special is an easy one-pan breakfast scramble that is full of protein and fiber to keep you filled and satisfied all morning. It is a low carb, high protein breakfast that is prepared in one pan.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red or yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 1 pound fresh spinach, chopped
  • 4 eggs, well beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet then cook the onion until it is soft. Add the garlic and heat for 30 more seconds.
  2. Add the ground beef, salt, and pepper. Stir the meat while it cooks to break it up. Drain off the fat.
  3. Stir in the spinach and cook just until it wilts.
  4. Push the spinach and beef mixture to the sides of the skillet to make room to cook the eggs. Add the eggs and nutmeg. Stir and cook until the eggs are set.

Notes

  • Try replacing half of the ground beef with ground sausage for a delicious option. 
  • You can replace the ground beef with ground turkey for a lower fat option. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 191mgSodium: 226mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 27g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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taylor

Saturday 12th of May 2018

This looks delicious but instructions have me confused. You say "Push the egg and beef mixture to the sides of the skillet to make room to cook the eggs. Add the eggs and nutmeg. Stir and cook until the eggs are set." Is that a typo as I do not see eggs added to the beef and spinach and then more eggs added.

Dahn

Saturday 12th of May 2018

Yes Taylor, that was a typo, thank you for pointing that out. It is the spinach/beef that needs to be pushed aside. I will correct it. Thank you for the comment.

Sheila

Thursday 26th of April 2018

This is a wonderful dish. My mom usually makes this but I had no idea what was it called. I super do feel special when I get to have this. Brings a lot of good memories.

John / Kitchen Riffs

Wednesday 25th of April 2018

Such a terrific dish! I've had this in restaurants, and made it at home, but it's been ages since I've eaten this. Such a good dish, too. Probably too much for me for breakfast these days, but lunch or dinner? Perfect! Thanks so much. :-)

Dahn

Wednesday 25th of April 2018

John, it's so fun to hear from people that have had this before. It is definitely a filling dish and would make a great dinner, thanks for the comment.

Anna

Tuesday 24th of April 2018

This is great keto breakfast option. Just pinned it. Some great recipes on your site.

Dahn

Tuesday 24th of April 2018

Thanks Anna, it is a great keto meal and it is super filling. Thanks for pinning.

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