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Top 10 Breakfast Tacos From Texas

Updated on August 17, 2016
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Lela earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, TX. She has been writing for the online world for years.

OK, Mayor Adler and all you longhorn-loving, live-music-listening, boardwalk-running Austinites, I and all the taco-making, taco-eating, taco-reigning San Antonians will take your challenge and raise you one machacado con huevo taco on a flour tortilla recien hecha (freshly made) con salsa verde. #original512," Taylor said. "Let's finally end this taco-versy with a taste-off. I'll bring some of our favorite tacos and you bring yours.

— Mayor Ivy Taylor

Challenge Accepted!

Austin mayor, Steve Adler, has declared that we are at war with San Antonio over.... Breakfast Tacos!

“The city of Austin is currently at war with San Antonio over a subject that I know we all hold dear in our hearts. That, of course, is breakfast tacos.”

San Antonio has accepted the challenge and this author will get back to you all on the results.

Texas Taco Wars!

Breakfast Taco Ingredients

Badazz Breakfast Taco by Lela
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Texas Breakfast Tacos

Once you have had an authentic Texas breakfast taco or two or a hundred, you will never settle for plain old breakfasts ever again!

The breakfast taco is an art form. It doesn't have to be for breakfast. These wonderful culinary delights can be eaten at any meal. They can be made the night before and nuked for a hearty hot breakfast. Or they can be packed for lunches.

Although it seems complicated to make a true to Texas breakfast taco, once you have all of the ingredients, they go together fast! And they will be eaten up just as fast.

Basic ingredients for breakfast tacos... (Grocery List)

These ingredients are just suggestions. You can assemble a breakfast taco with all of your favorite standard ingredients, or you can experiment to your heart's delight! Go heavy on meat, or go vegetarian, that's the beauty of breakfast tacos.

The basics are:

  • Real, "authentic" corn tortillas - flour tortillas may work for you, but flour tortillas are tasteless compared to true homemade corn tortillas.
  • Eggs - usually scrambled, but not necessarily.
  • Breakfast meats (in order of personal preference) - bacon, sausage, chorizo, shredded pork, brisket, steak, shredded chicken, Spam®, fish, road kill...(just kidding)
  • Cheese - go crazy! Cheddar,, Monterrey Jack, white cheese, goat cheese, feta, any kind of cheese
  • Taco Nirvana - Pico de Gallo! If you don't know what this is, you can't make breakfast tacos. (chopped, fresh tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalepeño mix)
  • Veggies - potatoes, onions, black beans, re-fried beans, avocados, mushrooms, or whatever vegetables you love (chopped)
  • Sauces - This is where the serious breakfast taco eater gets mean. No one will reveal their "special sauces". Maybe it's Pace Picante Sauce®, or maybe it's homemade sauce, or maybe it's a stolen packet of "taco" sauce from Taco Bell®, or maybe it's a special brand of "Mexican" sauce from a grocery store - there are hundreds to choose from!
  • Peppers - Jalapeños are common, as are poblano peppers, ancho peppers, or even bell peppers.
  • Sour Cream - also a sauce called "crema", which is probably dairy based.
  • Miscellaneous - This sounds crazy, but there is a thing called "pickled carrots" (escabeche), and it's delicious on a breakfast taco. Also a thing called "nopal cactus" which is pretty good too. Try pumpkin seeds or crunchy chips. People have been known to put just about anything on a "breakfast taco".

Basic Tacos

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Breakfast Tacos - Basic Construction

  1. Make and/or warm your salsa, sauce, pico de gallo - Place in a dish to the side.
  2. Heat up your meat - Use a skillet big enough to heat tortillas in. Some meats, like sausage / chorizo need to be drained. By heating the meats up first, you can move the meat to a paper towel for drainage and use some of the oil left behind to keep the tortillas or the eggs from sticking.
  3. Heat your tortillas - Real BT fans heat their tortillas on an open flame, but I prefer to use the skillet. Keep the tortillas warm in a towel or in a tortilla warmer.
  4. Cook your eggs and other ingredients. Use left over oil if needed.
  5. Assemble the taco. Use one or two tortillas on a plate and fill with any and all ingredients of your choice, Add your salsas and cheese and crema.
  6. Eat the taco immediately or wrap individual tacos in tin foil for later.

1. Plain Breakfast Taco (BT)

One or two heated corn tortillas, warmed and on a plate.

Two spoons of potatoes - chopped and pan fried with onions

One scrambled egg.

Some cheese - any kind of cheese

Top with Pico and/or salsa

2. Chorizo BT

Chorizo is a Mexican sausage that is crumbled and pan fried. It is usually very greasy and must be drained of grease. But it is extremely high in flavor!

Chorizo is the meat filling of choice for a Texas BT.

Assemble the same way as a plain BT, but add chorizo!

3. Brisket BT

Unfortunately for non-Texans, you must make do with however you cook your briskets wherever you are from. But if you are actually in Texas, you may be fortunate enough to have a genuine smoked BBQ Brisket from Franklin's or Black's or The Salt Lick or any other outstanding BBQ joint.

Chop that brisket up, heat it and slap it in a Breakfast Taco, y'all! Add eggs, pico, cheese, onions, and maybe some hot sauce. Yum!

4. Re-fried Bean BT

Heat up some re-fried beans (Texans know how to make these from scratch), spread the bean paste on the taco, and add eggs and whatever.

Re-fried beans make great vegetarian breakfast tacos.

The best beans to use are Pinto beans or Black beans.

5. Fried Egg BT

Put a fried egg (sunny side up) on a corn tortilla. Add hot sauce. Add some other stuff. Eat it.

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6. The Dirty Sanchez BT

This one is by far my favorite breakfast taco of all time. It is made by a little company called Torchy's Tacos. The name has a double meaning, but just ignore it. Do not, under any circumstances, 'Google' the name! But if you do, prepare to be grossed out to the max.

"Scrambled eggs with a fried poblano chile,
guacamole, escabeche carrots and shredded
cheese. served with Poblano Sauce on a fresh
corn (or flour) tortilla"

It's crunchy, it's spicy, it's tasty!

7. Bacon, Egg, and Cheese BT

This is a very common breakfast taco. You can find bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast tacos at the local Whataburger®!

This one will probably be your very first attempt at making a BT. But don't stop there. All it takes is practice! In no time at all, you will be making fancy BTs to take to work and impress your friends.

8. Pork Carnitas BT

If you have to ask what pork carnitas are, I am sorry for your loss of never having known the taste of roasted pork, chopped, seasoned, and crispy fried.

You could try to make carnitas from "pulled pork", but for some reason, it's just not the same. I get my pork carnitas from Costco when they have them in stock.

Pork carnitas BTs are best with Hatch green chilies, queso fresco, caramelized onions, fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice.

9. Pulled Chicken BT

Not really one of my favorites, but if the chicken is spicy and the salsa is Hatch green chilies, then I can get down with these.

Try them without cheese, but use a lot of pico de gallo!

10. Fish Tacos for Breakfast?

A lot of people like fish tacos for some reason. Or they may use shrimp or other seafood in a taco. It's not breakfast food in my book, but if it's left over or very fresh it will work in a pinch!

Basically, anything wrapped in a great tortilla qualifies for a breakfast taco!

Badazz Breakfast Taco

Badazz Breakfast Tacos by Lela
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11. Badazz Breakfast Taco

This is one I made up one morning and it turned into a super easy, yet tasty badazz breakfast taco!

Corn tortilla + scrambled egg + Whataburger bagged crispy fries (salt & pepper flavor) from HEB.

With or without sauce or salsa. It's just awesome.

Breakfast Preferences?

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    • Austinstar profile image
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      Austinstar 14 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I am fine staying a member of the union. But you can have our governor and lt. Gov if you want them :-)

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      jgshorebird 14 months ago from Southeastern U.S.

      Never read this before breakfast.

      And off the subject, but have you entertained Texit? I've been seeing it in the news. Like "Brexit." I think it would make a great hub. I would like a voting capsule. I'm from Florida, but I'd vote for Texit...and Flexit -- a Florida Exit. Make these a United States again...if that is possible. Perhaps a hub with a list of all 50 states and the territories up for voting?

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      Shyron E Shenko 15 months ago from Texas

      I have never had a breakfast taco, but after this hub, I think you have made a believer out of me and I am looking to having some tacos.

      Blessings always.

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      Austinstar 18 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I wonder why you have trouble with girls believing you? Lol

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 18 months ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Ah! yes, that makes sense. They do make some very large flour tortillas. Too large for me, actually.

      True story - I told a girl in New Jersey that corn chips were nothing more than corn tortillas left on the skillet in some grease a bit longer. Girl didn't believe me. :)

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      Austinstar 18 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      In my head, all things made with flour tortillas go into the burrito category. They are good, but just in a burrito way. Only real taco afficionados can tell the difference I guess. Kind of like toasted bread or toasted bagels.

      Corn tortillas also have fewer carbs and calories.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 18 months ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Cholula really is a special sauce. There are 'who even knows' how many red sauces out there on the shelves, but Cholula is a real standout.

      It's not just that cool wooden top either. I really like Tapatio as well. I keep buying new ones I haven't seen before only to realize ...most of them are hardly distinguishable from the others.

      I also like the flavor differences in the different colors of corn tortillas. I can't come up with good descriptive terms for those flavor differences, but they're interesting. :)

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      moonlake 18 months ago from America

      Love breakfast tacos. All we can get here is flour breakfast tacos. Like your recipes.

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      Austinstar 18 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Grits and eggs on a taco? Good one! Ima have to try that.

      Wes, i found a shortcut that works well for a quick taco. Heat your tortilla however. Nuke a jimmy dean breakfast bowl. Slap the breakfast bowl contents into the tortilla with cheese and cholula or pace!

      They have chorizo bowls now too! Done!

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      Randy Godwin 18 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Hey Lela, yes I'm one of those underprivileged people who never had a breakfast taco. I admit they sound delicious even though I'm a traditional breakfast fare southerner. Perhaps a grits and eggs taco for me.....?

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 18 months ago from Kaufman, Texas

      You can't lose with tacos. Oh lord, please never let me be parted from ...tacos.

      It's amazing how some people in this world don't taco at all.

      You kinda lost me with not sharing my love of flower tortillas, but hey, there's enough room in the world of tacos for both. I get tired of corn or flour, for a short while, after going too long with one or the other.

      Really though, with corn tortillas - I tend to just cook them in butter and put some cheese inside them. Then I'll eat the meat and veggies from off the plate and alternate bites of that stuff, and the tortilla with cheese in it. Thanks for reminding me to eat again before i take my taco eating self to bed :)

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      Austinstar 18 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Tacos are just stuff inside of a tortilla be it soft or crispy. It's basically a Mexican sandwich :-)

      A juevos rancheros taco sounds absolutely yummy!

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      Besarien 18 months ago

      I just ate. This hub made me hungry all over again. I love your suggestions. But seriously, what could be bad on a homemade breakfast taco? I like to make huevos rancheros for filling put cheese on then and stick them in a steamer for a minute to get it melty and the taco soft and warm. Never done hard tacos for breakfast though but that sounds good too. I wish I had some tortillas for tomorrow!

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      Austinstar 21 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I am enjoying a tasty Texas taco right now! Thanks to all who join me for breakfast!

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      Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I have a weakness for good, well made tacos -- especially the re-fried bean variety -- so I was delighted with your hub. Thank you. :-)

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      Treathyl FOX 21 months ago from Austin, Texas

      I don't often vote. But had to for this one. Breakfast tacos rule! :)

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      Linda Crampton 21 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is definitely an inspirational hub. I'm going to try some of your vegetarian suggestions. The tacos sound delicious!

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      Austinstar 21 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      drbj - Howdy to you too! I was trying to think of various combos and ingredients for a grocery list and, the rest just wrote itself.

      MizB - Hello and thanks for the tip for those that cannot enjoy the wicked gluten stuff. If you find that the picante sauce is too 'tomatoey', try pico de gallo instead. It's fresher and in my book, tastier.

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      MizBejabbers 21 months ago

      You are making my mouth water! I always prefered corn tortillas anyway, but then I discovered that I had a wheat sensitivity or possible celiac disease, so now we use gluten-free corn tortillas. I love the idea of eggs scrambled with onions and peppers, sausage, shredded cheddar cheese, and topped with picante sauce. Mmmm, good.

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      drbj and sherry 21 months ago from south Florida

      Thanks for this very comprehensive list of BTs, Lela. My favorites are the Pork Carnitas and the Chorizo - tasty for any time of day. I'm getting hungry just from reading and writing about them.

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      Austinstar 21 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Howdy Gus, Yes, it's true, I am tremendously sorry for every state without a breakfast taco special. What is the world coming to? Chantelle from Chicago has never even heard of a BT!!! But then, they do have some decent pizza. Ya just can't eat it for breakfast!

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      Gustave Kilthau 21 months ago from USA

      Howdy Lela (Austinstar) - You have performed a valuable service to those of mankind who knew not much about a whole big bunch of good stuff to be eaten when hungry or when sad or when happy or when rich or when poor or when...

      Very nice.

      Gus

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      Austinstar 21 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      After writing this hub, I had to go to the store and get some stuff for breakfast tacos! I'll try to remember to take a couple of photos and replace the stock photos with my own.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

      Brisket tacos are definitely delicious!

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      Chantelle Porter 21 months ago from Chicago

      I have never heard of breakfast tacos but will definitely try. When I saw there was a brisket version I knew my son would be hooked. Google+

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      Silva Hayes 21 months ago from Spicewood, Texas

      One of my favorite foods! I like them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Breakfast tacos are everywhere in Austin and they are fantastic. So easy to make at home. Let's say you have salad or cole slaw left over from last night. Heat the tortilla, add some beans and cheese and a generous helping of salad and salsa -- easy peasy. Great article.