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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44 responses to “Kids in the Kitchen: Breakfast Tacos (Taquitos)

  1. Muy delicioso! I skipped breakfast this morning unintentionally. I wanted to make a tofu scramble and home fries but getting the Christmas decorations superceded that and I forgot to eat. I also wanted coffee too!

  2. Well done, Matt! This looks like the perfect way to start the morning. We like to add sauteed potatoes to our breakfast burrito (taco/taquitos), too.

  3. Oooh great way to start the day!

  4. This is a superb breakfast without any doubt! Your kids are really interested in cooking, that always amazes me.

  5. One of my colleague mentions very often breakfast taco/burrito and I wasn’t able to imagine how it should look like. Now, I know. Looks delicious. I’m saving this recipe.

  6. Love your kids in the kitchen series. We haven’t moved beyond baking yet — I’m impressed with your very ambitious and of course super tasty projects!

  7. looks like a great start for any day – with the kids involved, its got to be extra special

  8. I love a savory breakfast and this one looks really good– definitely a nice twist on the run-of-the mill breakfast burrito.

  9. Wow that cheese and the picture is making my mouth water….this looks great….delicious and love this for breakfast wow!

  10. Looks wonderful to me! You are raising some fine cooks, Alta. Their enthusiasm is just fantastic!

    Shirley

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Sounds like a great family time, and the food looks fantastic!

  14. Oooooo, those look so yummy! One of my boys’ favorite breakfast… :)

  15. I think I’d feel like I’m in heaven if I have this for breakfast! Yum!

  16. Such a collaborative breakfast cooking, I’m afraid it is hard find to one to compare with.

  17. 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.

  18. Love how you’ve got the perfect plates for them too!

  19. How fun! I love anything in a corn tortilla – eggs especially.

  20. You don’t see enough corn tortillas use in breakfast burritos. I like it :)

  21. Wow, my perfect breakfast! Full of flavour and savoury every time!

  22. ooo your eggs look so nice and soft! This looks like such a filling breakfast ~

  23. This is so much more than a series—getting kids in the kitchen and the memories the two of you are making are both beautiful things. Great job Matt!

  24. 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.

  25. You must be a proud mom! It’s always wonderful to hear of kids cooking. You sure train them very well. That’s such a lovely dish.

  26. perfect! I love having the kids involved, too!

  27. looks yummy and its wonderful to have your lil ones in the kitchen great job

  28. Such a great savory breakfast that is kid friendly ! Thanks for sharing :)

  29. Nothing like “Taquitos” to start the day off right. I would love to eat that. Right now!

  30. yum, can you send ‘em my way? I’d love to have someone make me this for breakfast.

  31. Great ideas for kids and adults! Love this breakfast.

  32. These taquitos sound awesome for breakfast! I like the eggs, sausage, and cheddar filling!

  33. There’s something about man Mexican breakfasts that are so damned good. My husband does a scrambled eggs, beans, and tortilla chips. Now if I could only get him to make it during the week.

  34. oh my these look great, I wish that was my breakfast this morning! I love the motivation your son Matt has for cooking too :)

  35. 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!

  36. These. Sound. Amazing. What a fantastic idea!

  37. 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!!

  38. tastyeatsathome

    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!

  39. 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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  41. breakfast foods should always be high in protein and also in carbohydrates, we need food energy during the early morning “-,

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