Kids in the Kitchen: Breakfast Tacos (Taquitos)

This morning, my husband and I were awakened at 7 AM. The kids were awake already. For a Saturday, that’s pretty early. You see, Matt was excited about making breakfast this morning. We had agreed on starting at 9 AM, but by the noise eminating from the living room, he was obviously ready to go well before then. Breakfast tacos (Or taquitos, as they’re called in our house – why? I have no idea.) are Matt’s favorite breakfast treat, and I often make them on weekends. These babies trump any other imagined breakfast food, including donuts, coffee cakes, pancakes – I bet they’d even win over ice cream. When we modified Kids in the Kitchen to include breakfast, it was immediately Matt’s dream to make them.

Of course, the version of breakfast tacos enjoyed at our house are not authentic Mexican by any stretch. A straightforward mix of scrambled eggs, cheddar, and spicy pork sausage, wrapped in a tortilla (corn for me, but the kids prefer flour) – there’s nothing pretentious or complicated about this meal. But when you’re feeding hungry teenagers first thing in the morning while still trying to clear the cobwebs from your head, complicated is not what you need.

So after a mandatory cup of coffee (for me, not Matt), we started. In the pan went some slices of bacon, and Matt set to grating cheddar. (The hardest part of preparation – he groaned about the task!)  After the bacon was removed from the pan, things came together fairly quickly. We browned sausage and drained it, and scrambled the eggs along with the cheddar and sausage. Once the eggs were cooked through, we filled tortillas with the egg-cheese-sausage mixture and rolled them up. The kids could opt to slide a piece of bacon inside, or sprinkle it with Tabasco. I opted for a bit of cilantro. And just like always, there were no leftovers.

You can always change up the ingredients in breakfast tacos to your liking. I would love a vegetarian version – black beans, chopped tomato, and jalapenos, or another favorite – nopalitos con huevos. The beauty of a recipe like this is that there really is not a recipe – it’s so versatile and forgiving that you can throw in any combination of ingredients. My favorite kind of recipe!

Breakfast Tacos/Taquitos

8 oz pork sausage

12 eggs

1/4 c milk

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 c grated cheddar cheese

12 tortillas, warmed (I lightly toasted corn tortillas in a cast iron skillet)

Pan-fried bacon, for serving

Tabasco hot sauce, for serving

Cilantro leaves, for serving

Heat a large skillet to medium heat. If making bacon, go ahead and fry it now and set aside to drain on paper towels. Add the sausage into the pan and crumble with spatula. Brown sausage crumbles until no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes. Remove and set on paper towels to drain. Scramble the eggs along with the milk; season with salt and pepper to taste. Turn the heat to medium-low and pour in the eggs. Cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes. Add in the cheddar and sausage crumbles, and continue to cook, stirring fairly often, for about 6-8 minutes or until eggs are cooked through.

Fill tortillas with about 3-4 tablespoons of the egg mixture and fold over or roll up. Serve with bacon, Tabasco, and cilantro.

Serves 5-6.

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Comments

  1. says

    Oh, this looks delicious, especially the lightly toasted corn tortillas. The ideas are endless with what you can fill them with. Great breakfast idea and much better than ice cream. :-) By the way, I LOVE your plate. Very southwestern, perfect for breakfast tacos.

  2. says

    This sounds fantastic! Kudos to Matt! Its always fun to make breakfast – although I always end up getting really hungry while I’m preparing it ;D.

  3. says

    It’s so great to hear the kids are awake early exited in doing breakfast. I hope my nephew would be that excited. This is a perfect way to start the day. Everything on the ingredient list sounds perfect. YUM.

  4. says

    I love breakfast tacos and sometimes make them for lunch. Usually I’m in a hurry and just do eggs, cheese, and salsa. Yours look delicious.

  5. says

    Thank you for sharing your weekend morning story with us! We are in the exact same boat! My children (3 and 1) are up at 6am any and every day of the week! What is up with that!? I haven’t had a proper ‘weekend’ since 2006, but I suppose I’ll miss these morning wake up calls when all is said and done, right? I love your breakfast meal…no doubt, super delicious, especially with some guac and/or salsa. I wonder how these would be with some hash-brown like potatoes??? Yum!

  6. says

    These sound great! I prefer soft tacos and have made “breakfast burritos” for dinner that sound similar to these. I have no clue why I’ve never made them for breakfast!!

    • tastyeatsathome says

      Tasty Trix, Divina, TasteHongKong, Sook, DayDreamerDessers, Kristy, Lauren, Shirley, pegasuslegend, April, Drick, Vegetable Matter, Victor, Miriam, SimplyLife, Noelle, Melanie, Kid vs. Produce, Jenn, Jessie, Susan, Natasha, Cristie, Carol, Chelsey, Stacy, Rebecca, Emily, Squeaky Gourmet, MaryMoh, LInda, foodloverkathy, Sara, Ruth, and Mathea – Thank you!

      Conor and glutenfreeforgood – I love that plate! It just makes a “This is a Southwestern Dish” statement.

      Cookin’ Canuck – I love potatoes in them too!

      Patty – I say go for it on the potatoes, sounds delicious!

  7. says

    Dear KidsintheKitchen, your breakfast tacos are awesome! I make breakfast burritos and there are never leftovers, but I think I am ready for breakfast tacos! “Wild Thing”, you make my heart sing! Loved and saved this recipe. I shall revisit you soon. Thank you for sharing.
    Cheers, Gaby
    You can always visit me at http://ptsaldari.posterous.com.

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