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Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast Tacos 2.000

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Eat Voraciously Newsletter Jan 20, 2022

The simplest breakfast taco can be adapted to suit a variety of tastes. Here, griddled corn tortillas are filled with scrambled eggs and topped with scallions, cilantro, cheese and chile oil or hot sauce. To this basic preparation you could add: pickled onions or peppers, fried chorizo, sauteed mushrooms, braised greens, crisp strips of bacon, home fries or your favorite salsa. This recipe makes 4 tacos, but it uses only 3 eggs so as not to overstuff each 5-inch tortilla.

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Total time: 15 mins


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Tested size: 2 servings; makes 4 small tacos

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil, divided
  • Four (5-inch) tortillas, corn or flour
  • 2 scallions, white and light green parts sliced
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) crumbled or shredded cheese (optional; may substitute vegan cheese)
  • A few sprigs fresh cilantro
  • Chile oil or hot sauce, to taste
  • Lime wedges, for serving


In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs with the salt until homogeneous and foamy, about 30 seconds.

To reheat corn tortillas: In a large skillet over medium heat, add about 1 teaspoon of oil. Slide one of the tortillas around to grease the skillet with the oil, then add the remaining tortillas in a single layer. It’s okay if they overlap a bit. Heat the tortillas until they begin to puff or brown, about 3 minutes, then flip and heat until they develop a few light brown spots, another 3 minutes. Using tongs, remove the tortillas from the skillet. Or you may steam them in a barely damp towel in the microwave.

To reheat flour tortillas: Warm over a low open flame until speckled spots appear, or steam them in a barely damp towel in the microwave.

Increase the heat to high and add the remaining oil to the skillet. When it shimmers, turn off the heat. Carefully add the whisked eggs and, using a rubber spatula, stir eggs so they form large, fluffy curds — or cook the eggs until they are as done as you like.

Divide the scrambled eggs among the tortillas. Top with the scallions, cheese, if using, cilantro and chile oil or hot sauce, and serve, with lime wedges for squeezing.

Recipe Source

From staff writer G. Daniela Galarza.

Tested by Kara Elder.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (2 tacos, with corn tortillas and cotija): 443

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 31g 48%

Saturated Fat: 9g 45%

Cholesterol: 307mg 102%

Sodium: 717mg 30%

Total Carbohydrates: 24g 8%

Dietary Fiber: 3g 12%

Sugar: 1g

Protein: 18g

Calories per serving (2 tacos, with flour tortillas and cheddar): 510

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 35g 54%

Saturated Fat: 11g 55%

Cholesterol: 309mg 103%

Sodium: 960mg 40%

Total Carbohydrates: 28g 9%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 3g

Protein: 21g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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