If you love cheese with a hint of spice, this cheesy fire-roasted hatch chile eggs and grits will make you hungry.  Top these cheese grits with eggs, chives, and jalapeños for a spicy treat. Enjoy this easy grits and eggs breakfast in just 20 minutes!!

Cheese grits with a sunny side up fried egg on top.

Today, I will show you how to make cheesy grits and eggs for breakfast.

Most mornings are so rushed that we don’t have time for a delicious, hearty breakfast. Now that it is summer, mornings are more relaxed. We have time to get back to basics and enjoy a meal together.

The star of this cheese grits recipe is the fire-roasted hatch chiles. I am on the tail end of using the hatch chiles I fire-roasted a few months ago. I fire-roasted them in bulk and then froze the extras. I love their spicy, peppery flavor.

Get ready for more spice with this delicious Hatch Chile Hummus recipe.

Why I love this breakfast recipe:

This recipe is something I used to enjoy quite a bit when I lived in Austin. It makes a delicious breakfast. Grits are probably a Southern thing, but combined with the flavors of spicy roasted chiles, it has a special Texan flare!

These grits and eggs are so easy to make; you can make this recipe in under 20 minutes!

Ingredient Notes:

Photos of the grits and eggs ingredients.
  • Grits – I like to use a more coarse grind for my grits. It adds texture to the creaminess.
  • Cheese – you can use any cheese. I love to use fresh mozzarella because it melts beautifully and lends to a creamy flavor. Cheddar cheese also works really well to make cheddar grits.
  • Hatch green chiles – you can use freshly roasted or canned green chiles.

If you are new to hatch chiles or want to watch my video on how to fire roast hatch chiles, you will want to read all of my hatch chile tips and tricks.

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Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:

Making grits stovetop is easy!!

Grits and eggs steps 1 and 2 photos.

Step 1: Cook the grits according to the package.

Step 2: When they are almost ready, add milk, hatch chiles, and cheese. Cook the cheese grits on low heat for 10 minutes until the milk is cooked and melted throughout.

Fun Swap: If you don’t have hatch chiles or a can of green chiles, you can dice jalapeño to make jalapeño cheese grits.

Eggs and grits steps 3 and 4 photos

Step 3: Fry your eggs sunnyside down so the yolk can be broken over the cooked grits.

Step 4: Add some of the cheesy grits onto your plate. Use a spatula to move a sunny-side-up fried egg on top of the cooked grits and garnish with fresh chives and jalapeño.

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

What are cheese grits made of?

Cheese grits are made of ground cornmeal, milk, and cheese.

What else can you add to grits?

I love adding the roasted hatch chiles, but you can add bacon, sausage, different cheese flavors, corn kernels, etc. The sky is the limit on ways to add fun and flavor to your grits.

What is a typical ratio of grits to water?

Stone ground grits are cooked at 4:1 with water, so 1 cup grits to 4 cups water.

How long will this keep fresh?

These grits will last up to 4 days in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

What is the difference between grits and polenta?

The main difference between grits and polenta is the texture. Polenta is made with a more coarse grind of corn. Polenta is made with white corn or hominy, and polenta is made with yellow corn

A fork breaking the yellow runny middle on a sunny side up egg.

More Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes:

cheese grits with a sunnyside up fried egg on top

Roasted Hatch Chile Cheese Grits and Eggs

Sandi Gaertner
An easy hatch chile cheddar grits with eggs recipe. It makes the best breakfast!
5 from 4 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 125 kcal


  • grits * see note
  • 1 package fresh mozzarella cheese * see note
  • ¼ cup roasted hatch chiles * see note
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • fresh chives
  • jalapenos
  • salt/pepper to taste


  • In a pot, cook the grits according to package instructions. (I used 1 cup grits to 3 cups water with 1/2 teaspoon salt.) Different brands require different ratios so definitely check the package.
  • When the grits are almost done, add milk, chiles and cheese.
  • Cook an additional 10 minutes until the cheese is melted throughout the grits.
  • In a frying pan, add oil and allow the pan to heat up.
  • Cook 4 fried eggs, sunny side up.
  • Use salt and pepper to taste.
  • Spread grits on a plate and top with an egg.
  • Sprinkle chives on top.
  • Serve hot.


  1. You can use fresh mozzarella cheese as I did, or cheddar cheese. Both taste delicious with the chile flavors.
  2. Use freshly fire-roasted hatch chiles or canned green chiles. If you don’t have either you can add some finely diced jalapeños.
  3. I like to use coarse grits, but you can use a finer grind if you like a smoother texture.
  4. These grits will keep up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Store in an air-tight container.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 125kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 7gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 168mgSodium: 115mgPotassium: 121mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 312IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 76mgIron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Oh heck yeah! This is what I’ve been craving and didn’t even know it. Thanks for the great recipe. I could eat this every morning!!

  2. honestly, I do NOT like grits – there is just nothing there. BUT with this recipe I may just have to try it – because I love Jalapenos & green chilies in my food.

  3. Thank you for mentioning Hatch Green Chile! We would love to send you a free box of our Hatch Green Chile as a thank you. If you’re interested, please send me an email.

  4. Oh this looks likes it is so yummy! I will take this tomorrow in bed! 😉

  5. I got to live the the south for a while and fell in love with grits. Add hatch chilies and you took it over the top.

  6. My “home” is 20 minutes from Hatch, New Mexico – love anything and everything involving green chile! I hoard cans of chile every time I visit and bring them back to Scotland with me (can’t really fly with fresh/frozen, sadly.)

    1. Oh wow…I am so jealous Tracy. That must be hard to not have the fresh hatch chiles you are used to.