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Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast tacos. On every worth-their-salt Mexican restaurant menu in Texas. The great thing about these is that it doesn’t matter if you’re vegetarian, carnivore, or somewhere in between, you can fill your taco with whatever tickles your fancy, and have a delicious breakfast in just a few minutes.

I’m pretty sure the first time I made these for my husband, he wept a little.
Breakfast Tacos

The Players: Eggs, Bacon, Hash browns (shredded potatoes), chopped onions, flour tortillas, salt and pepper. You will also need 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, but I forgot to drag that into the photo.

Optional, but tasty: sharp cheddar cheese, salsa, sour cream etc. to top.

This recipe is for 2 people, but feel free to double, triple, quadruple it, etc. to feed your family.

Start with 4 slices of thick bacon.

Breakfast Tacos

Using sharp kitchen shears, because it’s easier than using a knife, slice the bacon into small pieces, like so:

Breakfast Tacos
Breakfast Tacos

Now layer the bacon pieces in a hot frying pan (set to high) to cook.

Breakfast Tacos

And let it brown up nicely, but not get too done. You’re going to be adding that back into the frying pan at some point, so don’t let it get crispy.

Breakfast Tacos

When it’s brown, but not crispy, remove it to a plate with paper towel to drain some of the grease off. Do not drain the pan.

Breakfast Tacos
Breakfast Tacos

Add two tablespoons of vegetable oil to your bacon grease in the pan, and make sure it heats up thoroughly. I suggest keeping it on medium-high heat.
Add approximately 1 cup of hash browns to the pan. Be careful to add gently so as not to splatter yourself with hot oil. Ouch!

Breakfast Tacos

When the potatoes start to brown up nicely, add about 3 tablespoons of chopped onion, and stir.

Breakfast Tacos
Breakfast Tacos

Now add back in that yummy bacon.

Breakfast Tacos
Breakfast Tacos

In a bowl, crack 5 eggs, and stir them well, so that all the yolks are broken. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Breakfast Tacos
Breakfast Tacos

Go ahead and pour those eggs right on top of the rest of the ingredients in the frying pan, and stir with your spatula. Set the temperature to low.

Breakfast Tacos
Breakfast Tacos
Breakfast Tacos

Now leave those eggs to cook, stirring occasionally so that they don’t brown.

This next step is VERY important for authenticity!

Take a smaller, ‘omelet’ sized frying pan, and place it on high heat. When you can feel heat coming up from the face of the pan, lay a flour tortilla in it. No need for any kind of grease, flour tortillas are initially made with lard, and so retain some natural cooking oil.

Breakfast Tacos

After about 20 seconds, use tongs to flip and cook the other side.

Breakfast Tacos
Breakfast Tacos

This, my friends, is how you properly reheat a tortilla. It makes it taste like it has just come off the griddle in your abuela’s kitchen.

At this time, your breakfast taco mixture should look like this:

Breakfast Tacos

Take your just reheated tortilla, place it on a warmed plate, add two tablespoons of this loveliness, and you’re good to go.
Add any toppings you want. I like mine with sharp cheddar cheese. James likes his with HP Sauce (gross!). Other people like ketchup, salsa, sour cream, or nothing at all.

Breakfast Tacos

You can put anything you want into breakfast tacos. Popular menu items back home are:

Potato and Egg
Bacon and Egg
Sausage and Egg
Bean (refried) and cheese
Carne Guisada (see recipe!)
Chorizo and Egg

Go forth and make Breakfast Tacos! You will not regret it.

Potato, Egg and Bacon Breakfast Tacos

Potato, Egg and Bacon Breakfast Tacos

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Potato, Egg and Bacon Breakfast Tacos are one of the more common flavor combinations in South Texas. But you can add whatever you'd like to make this Tex-Mex breakfast and brinner.


  • 5 eggs
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup shredded potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons chopped onion
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 flour tortillas

For Topping

  • Shredded Cheese
  • Salsa


Whisk eggs in a bowl with a teaspoon of water (this, not milk, makes them fluffier). Set aside.

Chop bacon into smaller pieces if desired. Cook bacon in a skillet on medium heat to desired doneness. Remove from pan to a paper-towel lined plate and set aside.

Add oil, shredded potatoes and chopped onion to the bacon fat. Cook until well browned.

Add bacon back to the pan and mix through, then pour over the eggs.

Continue stirring to mix the ingredients well and scramble the eggs.

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Monday 7th of February 2011

One of our faves! Any time of day :) The only difference is we have celiac in our home, so we use corn tortillas.

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Wednesday 18th of August 2010

These are now a family favorite. I just need to practice the art of flour tortilla making.