If you live in Texas than you know all about the Tex-Mex staples… Breakfast Tacos and Queso. Sometimes they can even be served together, but both stand strong on their own. I have friends (ok one friend) who considers Queso a suitable meal for dinner… Her husband does not agree. Personally, I have an interesting relationship with both of these foods. Although I was not raised in Texas and did not arrive until I was 18, I still feel as though I have always known about them. It’s sort of similar to nobody every having the “sex” talk with me, I just always knew where babies came from… I’m weird I know. Anyway, when it came to Queso I was unaware of the geographic disconnect until my aunt came to visit me and was amazed at the thought of melted cheese in a bowl suitable for chip dipping. Like I said, I thought everyone just knew about it. I was further stunned when I went home for Christmas and my uncle brought Queso as an appetizer. I remember everyone crowding around in awe and him explaining how he mixed Velveeta and ground beef together to make a clogged artery waiting to happen. The only thing I could think of was, “Well fist of all you made it wrong… Where’s the Rotel?” You wouldn’t think there was a way to screw up melted cheese, but trust me there is. Breakfast Tacos are definitely along the same lines. While the name is pretty descriptive (one would imagine its a tortilla filled scrambled eggs and such), it still is not common on the west coast and is definitely possible to do wrong. Texas is by far the best place to get Breakfast Tacos, specifically Maria’s Taco Express in Austin, but that’s just my humble opinion. I think I make a pretty mean breakfast taco as well, but again that’s just my not so HUMBLE opinion.
- 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
- 1 small white onion, finely chopped (color is not super important – use whatever you have on hand or prefer)
- 1 jalapeño, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
- 1 plum tomato, seeded, and finely chopped
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 tbsp. thinly sliced cilantro leaves
- 8 eggs, lightly beaten
- 6 slices of bacon (or whatever meat you choose, sausage, chorizo, etc.)
- Avocado (optional)
- Salsa/Hot Sauce (optional)
- Cheese (optional)
- Cook bacon and chop bacon (I cook mine in the oven at 400 degrees – Add bacon to cold oven and cook for about 20 minutes)
- Heat oil in a 12″ skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, jalapeño, and tomato, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring, until soft.
- Reduce heat a tad – (don’t want to burn the eggs)
- Add cilantro and chopped bacon to the egg mixture and add to the pan, folding eggs over in large curds occasionally, until cooked through.
- Serve on warm flour tortillas with plenty of fixings (avocado, salsa, hot sauce, cheese, cilantro, etc.)
NOTES: To warm tortillas perfectly wrap them in a damp dish towel and heat in the microwave for 3-4 minutes at 50%.