Raise your hand if you’re ready for breakfast tacos! I don’t know about you, but I get a little giddy at the mere mention of breakfast tacos. Breakfast tacos turn everyday mornings into a reason for celebration. Just look how colorful they are! Like a fiesta on a plate.
You can, of course, enjoy these festive tacos any time of day. I’ve been eating scrambled egg tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner all week.
Breakfast for dinner has to be my favorite, though. Nothing against regular breakfast (I never skip regular breakfast), but I don’t have much patience for fancy AM meals. At that point, I’ve gone over 10 hours without eating. I’m hungry. Food me now.
Dinner for breakfast is a more leisurely affair that goes well with a cocktail, which makes it the best of breakfasts. I’m such a fan that I’m on the board of the Breakfast-for-Dinner Advocacy Group.
That’s a lie, sorry. My dad called yesterday and suggested that I join some local organizations. I wish there was a local breakfast-for-dinner advocacy group. I’d vote myself for president.
I’ll get serious about these tacos for a minute. Beloved by all, breakfast tacos can be full of fried potato and bacon grease. These tacos are downright healthy in comparison. They’re hearty, fresh and full of flavor. I haven’t put them to the test yet, but I bet they could still cure a hangover.
The weekend is near. Let’s celebrate with breakfast tacos!
Veggie Breakfast TacosCourse: BreakfastCuisine: Mexican
Simple, healthy vegetarian breakfast tacos that are full of fresh flavor! You can make these “breakfast” tacos any time of day. I scrambled the eggs, but feel free to fry your eggs if you prefer. Recipe below yields around 6 tacos, depending on how much filling you put in each one.
- Veggie filling
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 small white or yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
1 small zucchini, sliced into 2-inch long, thin strips
1 small yellow squash, sliced into 2-inch long, thin strips
1 red pepper, seeded, membranes removed and chopped
½ lime, juiced
Pinch red pepper flakes
- Scrambled eggs
6 eggs, scrambled
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tomato or a handful of cherry tomatoes, chopped
- Suggested garnishes, etc.
6 small tortillas, corn or flour
1 jalapeño, seeded, membranes removed and minced
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Hot sauce (like Cholula) and/or salsa (I like salsa verde for these)
- To make the veggie filling: In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 2 teaspoons olive until shimmering. Add onions and a dash of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are softened and turning translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and a pinch of red pepper flakes, stir, and cook for another 30 seconds. Add the zucchini, yellow squash and bell pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the squash is softened and cooked through but not mushy, about 7 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and squeeze the juice of ½ of a lime over the veggies. Season to taste with salt, stir to combine, then set the pan aside.
- To scramble the eggs: Scramble the eggs in a bowl with a few dashes of hot sauce, a sprinkling of black pepper and a pinch of salt. Scramble over medium-low heat until the eggs are lightly set. Fold in the tomatoes and transfer the scrambled mixture to a bowl.
- To prepare the tacos: Warm each corn tortilla in a pan over medium heat, flipping occasionally. Transfer warmed tortillas to a plate and cover with a tea towel to keep them warm. Top each tortilla with scrambled eggs, followed by veggies, and garnish with a sprinkle of jalapeño, feta and cilantro. Finish with a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce and/or salsa.
- WHY BUY ORGANIC? Bell peppers are notoriously high for pesticides and (this is news to me!) a lot of conventionally grown zucchini is genetically modified.
- MAKE IT GLUTEN FREE: Use certified gluten-free/100% corn tortillas.
- MAKE IT TOMATO FREE: Omit the tomatoes and add sliced avocado instead.
- STORAGE SUGGESTIONS: Individual components (veggie mixture and scrambled eggs) keep well in the fridge for a few days. Just reheat and assemble tacos before eating.
- CHANGE IT UP: Substitute seasonal veggies for those you see listed here.