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Breakfast Tacos

breakfast taco recipeWhen I was visiting Texas ages ago, I was introduced to the breakfast burrito. The first time I had one, I was skeptical. I am not a huge fan of breakfast to begin with and at the time, I didn’t eat eggs. I also may have been “over-served” and not feeling 100%. So when I was handed a foil wrapped burrito from a taco truck at 9am, I almost said “no thank you.” I am so thankful that I got over myself and took a bite. There is a good chance that on that morning, it was the best thing that I have ever put in my mouth. This burrito was the size of my arm – full of scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, chorizo, and cheese. What I remember the most was that it was really spicy, but not so spicy that I couldn’t eat it. I drenched it in even more spicy salsa and immediately began to feel better.

When Rick Bayless was introducing the flavor trends for our Flavor Journey, I was thrilled that street food was on the list. I immediately thought of those breakfast burritos from years ago. When I think of what street food means, I think that it means something that you eat on the go; usually something wrapped in foil from a street cart or food truck. Every country has some sort of street food. When I think of street food from the US, I think of hot dog vendors in New York City. In Italy, pizza is the main street food. France, crepes. In Mexico, tacos. You get the idea. Some of the most delicious and flavorful food I have had has been eaten on the side of a road and handed to me through the window of a food truck.  In recent years, street food has become more sophisticated and even restaurants are embracing the trend. I hope that this trend sticks around.

These breakfast tacos are a nod to the burrito I had in Texas. I wanted something smaller, so I decided to make them tacos instead of burritos. I wanted them to be just spicy enough that they had some kick, but not so hot that the kids wouldn’t eat them. If you want them even spicier, you can add more habanero to the salsa, and add Pepper Jack instead of the Monterey Jack. You could trade out the chorizo for any other kind of sausage that you like, too. You can also make these ahead of time and keep them in the freezer for when you need breakfast on the go.

breakfast taco recipe1 Tablespoon olive oil
8 ounces chorizo (casings removed)
2-3 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced
6 eggs
Salt and pepper
Flour tortillas
Sargento Monterey Jack cheese
Sour cream
Lime wedges
Cilantro

Restaurant Style Habanero Salsa

1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes
1 (10-ounce) can Rotel
1/2 red onion
1 clove garlic
1-2 habanero peppers (depends on how spicy you like your salsa
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 cup cilantro
Juice from one lime

restaurant style habanero salsa recipePut everything in the food processor.

restaurant style habanero salsa recipePulse for 7 to 8 times. I like a smoothish salsa, so I let it go a little longer. Check for seasoning add salt as needed.

breakfast tacosHeat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and add chorizo to the pan. Break up with a spatula or spoon. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, or until cooked through. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate.

breakfast taco recipeAdd more oil if needed. Add potatoes to the pan, and cover the pan. Add a few Tablespoons of water and let it cook down if needed. Season with salt and pepper.

breakfast tacos recipeIn a small bowl, whisk eggs, salt, and pepper.

breakfast taco recipeReduce the heat to medium low, and add the chorizo back into the pan. Pour eggs into the pan, and cook until set, about 2 minutes.

breakfast taco recipeWhile the eggs are cooking, heat the tortillas. I like to use my griddle pan for this. When you have cooked one side, flip the tortilla and add a generous amount of cheese. Let it melt for a few seconds.
breakfast taco recipeTop the tortillas with the egg mixture.

breakfast taco recipeAdd cilantro, sour cream, and salsa. If you like, add a squeeze of lime. Breakfast Tacos adapted from Kelsey Nixon. Salsa recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman.

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Breakfast Tacos and Resturant Style Habanero Salsa


Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces chorizo (casings removed)
  • 2-3 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 6 eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Flour tortillas
  • Sargento Monterey Jack cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Lime wedges
  • Cilantro
  • Salsa

Habanero Salsa

  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes
  • 1 (10-ounce) can Rotel
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1-2 habanero peppers (depends on how spicy you like your salsa
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • Juice from one lime

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and add chorizo to the pan. Break up with a spatula or spoon. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, or until cooked through. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate.
  2. Add more oil if needed. Add potatoes to the pan, and cover the pan. Add a few Tablespoons of water and let it cook down if needed. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk eggs, salt, and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium low, and add the chorizo back into the pan. Pour eggs into the pan, and cook until set, about 2 minutes.
  4. While the eggs are cooking, heat the tortillas. I like to use my griddle pan for this. When you have cooked one side, flip the tortilla and add a generous amount of cheese. Let it melt for a few seconds.
  5. Top the tortillas with the egg mixture. Add cilantro, sour cream, and salsa. If you like, add a squeeze of lime.
  6. To make the salsa: Put everything in the food processor. Pulse for 7 to 8 times. I like a smoothish salsa, so I let it go a little longer. Check for seasoning add salt as needed.

**This post is a part of my ongoing collaboration with Sargento Cheese. All opinions are 100% my own.**

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  1. Katrina Bahli

    May 30th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    That is a beautiful way to start the day! I’m a savory girl when it comes to breakfast.

  2. bakedbree

    June 1st, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Thank you Katrina! I am becoming more of a savory person all around.

  3. Kathy

    May 30th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Yum! This is going on the menu for breakfast over the weekend! This sounds fabulous and I’m sure everyone in my family is going to love it!

  4. Tieghan Gerard

    May 30th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    These look like the best breakfast tacos I have ever seen!! Wow! I love that you used chorizo! I bet that is awesome! I want tacos for breakfast, so fun!

  5. bakedbree

    June 1st, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Wow! Thank you Tieghan!

  6. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    May 30th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I could easily get out of bed in the morning if I had these to look forward to! So yummy!

  7. bakedbree

    June 1st, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Thanks Stephanie! These were really good. Even my kids loved them.

  8. Meghan @ Cake 'n' Knife

    May 30th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Breakfast tacos are hands down my favorite breakfast in the entire world. I always go out for mine but now I am going to have to try making them myself! Great recipe!

  9. bakedbree

    June 1st, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Thanks Meghan!

  10. steph@stephsbitebybite

    May 30th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I’ll bring the coffee!!

  11. amy @southern sweets and eats

    May 30th, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I can never make myself get up and eat more than some yogurt or a bowl of cereal for breakfast, but I can bust out some serious breakfast for dinner. These would be perfect for that!

  12. bakedbree

    June 1st, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Yes, this is a perfect breakfast for dinner.

  13. Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego)

    May 31st, 2013 at 1:36 am

    This is a great breakfast idea. It looks more hearty than the usual breakfasts we have at home, but I can see myself making this on lazy weekends.

  14. bakedbree

    June 1st, 2013 at 11:17 am

    You also make them ahead of time and freeze them for easy weekday breakfasts too.

  15. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine)

    May 31st, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Ohh I looove breakfast tacos, but have never had them with chorizo. I need to save this for the salsa recipe if nothing else, I LOVE restaurant salsa!

  16. bakedbree

    June 1st, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Me too! I love smooth salsa.

  17. Ashley

    May 31st, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Wow! Can’t wait to try these out – I love the kick of chorizo!

  18. bakedbree

    June 1st, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I hope you love them!

  19. kelley {mountain mama cooks}

    May 31st, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Breakfast taco, lunch taco, dinner taco… is there ever not a good time for tacos? I think not. I love them any which way! Chorizo is perfect here!

  20. bakedbree

    June 1st, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I think that any time is good for a taco too.

  21. Kristi

    June 1st, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    I’ve never made salsa in my food processor, but I think I might have to rethink that. That salsa looks so good.

  22. Katya

    June 27th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Wow breakfast tacos! This idea is genius! Looks amazing! Plus my 2 year old will eat anything as long as it’s a taco. Making this asap!

  23. bakedbree

    June 27th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you!

  24. cindy dunnahoe

    August 3rd, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    I am from Texas and the breakfast burritos make a great dinner as well.

  25. bakedbree

    August 3rd, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    I bet they do!

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