Best Breakfast Tacos

Are you a taco lover? Cause I sure am. Any time of the day, I’m down for hand held deliciousness. I don’t know why it never occured to me to put breakfast foods in a tortilla until I visited Austin, Texas.

overhead of breakfast tacos on a wood board with toppings


 

The art of the breakfast taco is practically an institution with Veracruz All Natural leading the way with several food trucks serving up their unique flavor variations throughout the city. They are way more than just warmed tortillas with eggs and cheese.

We woke up early after a night of two-stepping to check it out and even right at opening time, there was a line. And not just visiting foodies, locals. Which to this girl, means these were going to be darn good breakfast tacos.

Breakfast Tacos Recipe

I set out to make my own breakfast taco recipe on Cinco de Mayo, because what better day to have tacos in the morning? I really don’t need an excuse.

angle view of corn tortilla with eggs, sausage, pico and jalapeno

Building a taco, breakfast or regular, is really simple. I like to make sure I have a cheese, protein, veggies and sauce. From there, I love giving it some color. Eat the rainbow!

This recipe uses two types of protein, my super special scrambled eggs (I have a secret technique for the fluffiest eggs ever, watch below) and browned breakfast sausage. Making sure it gets a good sear is key for optimal flavor.

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Our cheese is crumbled cotija and sauce is a classic pico de gallo. You know I like a little glisten on my nose, so fresh jalapeno slices were a must. Simple to start, but the possibilities are endless!

Breakfast Taco Toppings

There are no rules when it comes to building your breakfast taco although the majority are egg or potato based. Here are our favorite toppings:

Tortillas

Corn tortillas are by far the most authentic when it comes to Tex-Mex breakfast tacos. Yellow or white corn are acceptable, try to find thinner ones and always heat them by charring slightly or steaming to soften them up. If they are thin, layer two together to prevent breakage.

breakfast tacos ready to be served with lime wedges

Some people find corn tortillas a little gummy- rest assured that a fresh corn tortilla will not be gummy, but many of the store bought ones are thick and mass produced. Small flour tortillas, sometimes sold as street tacos, are a good swap.

Make it Low Carb!

Another winning point for breakfast tacos- they are friendly to a variety of special lifestyles and diets.

  • Gluten Free– Use corn tortillas
  • Low carb or Keto– Swap out the tortilla for a hefty piece of Bibb or butter lettuce or make it into a burrito bowl and pile on the protein!
  • Whole30- Use a nitrate free or unprocessed meat like chopped turkey or chicken
close up of a breakfast taco with avocado

Build a Breakfast Taco Bar

Breakfast tacos are a wonderful thing and perfect for the “build your own” or “taco bar” experience. Each diner can customize their taco accordingly. Tacos are a family friendly meal, and you can even get the kids involved and have them help with the prep work.

Don’t limit yourself to tacos for breakfast, feel free to make them into brinner– breakfast for dinner!

serving tray of breakfast tacos

What to Serve with Breakfast Tacos

Anything you want, really. A nice sweet fruit salad certainly pairs well with the otherwise zesty flavors, but if you want to stick with the Tex-Mex theme, here are some other ideas.

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Best Breakfast Tacos

5 from 5 votes
Make your own breakfast tacos at home! Perfect for a fun brunch gathering or even serve breakfast for dinner.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup bulk breakfast sausage , cooked and crumbled
  • ¼ cup queso fresco or cotija cheese , crumbled
  • 1/4 cup pico de gallo
  • 1 fresh jalapeno , seeded and sliced
  • 1 avocado , thinly slices
  • Chives or scallions , for garnish
  • Maldon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper , for garnish
  • 8 tortillas

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs and milk well. The more air you can introduce into the mix, the fluffier your scrambled eggs! You can even give them a quick spin with an immersion blender.
  • In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat.
  • When melted, add eggs and fold towards the center (see video). Remove from heat while eggs still look wet to ensure they do not overcook.
  • Build your breakfast tacos by evenly dividing scrambled eggs amount tortillas. Top with crumbled sausage, cheese, pico de gallo, avocado and jalapeno slices. Add other additional toppings you enjoy.
  • Garnish with chives, green onions, large flaky salt and freshly ground pepper.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings.

Notes

Alternately, you can make these as a breakfast bowl with no tortillas or lettuce.
The best lettuce for low carb breakfast tacos is Bibb lettuce, sometimes also labeled at Butter lettuce. Romaine hearts are also a good substitution.

Nutrition

Calories: 430 kcal, Carbohydrates: 38 g, Protein: 15 g, Fat: 25 g, Saturated Fat: 8 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 12 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 188 mg, Sodium: 763 mg, Potassium: 460 mg, Fiber: 5 g, Sugar: 5 g, Vitamin A: 582 IU, Vitamin C: 10 mg, Calcium: 144 mg, Iron: 3 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 430
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: breakfast tacos
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close up of breakfast tacos
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About the Author

Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and food lover behind Savory Experiments. She is obsessed with butter, salt and bacon and spends all her time in the kitchen and behind a camera. Jessica is a contributor to PopKitchen by Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal Food + Travel and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    What a scrumptious looking breakfast! I wish I have the energy to make this every morning, but I’m happy even if it’s only going to be a weekly glorious breakfast. 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    We’ve been so active in the kitchen during quarantine. We have involved the kids in picking out recipes, and making them! We made this today and it was a hit with the entire family!

  3. 5 stars
    I can eat tacos anytime and this is a favorite for breakfast! Love that it perfectly suits my low-carb lifestyle, too!

  4. 5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious! I love that it’s such a crowd pleaser for the whole family