Sunday, January 18, 2015

Hometown Foods #SundaySupper...Featuring Alamo City Breakfast Tacos

For this week's #SundaySupper, we're sharing regional foods from our hometowns. Our hostess is Coleen from The Redhead Baker, and she asked us to share recipes for regional dishes that are popular in our hometown. I currently live in San Antonio, where Tex Mex food is king. I could have shared any number of Tex Mex dishes, but I ultimately decided to share one of my most favorite regional dishes: Alamo City Breakfast Tacos. Breakfast tacos are found all over Texas, but they seem to be especially popular in the San Antonio-Austin area. Imagine all of your favorite breakfast foods wrapped up in a pillowy soft flour tortilla. Now you're starting to understand why breakfast tacos joints are so popular here!

Breakfast tacos can range from simple to fancy. For today's recipe, I opted to share a taco recipe on the fancier end of the scale. My Alamo City Breakfast Tacos feature refried beans, eggs scrambled with tart and spicy Mexican chorizo, fried potatoes, bacon, and cheese. They make a great on-the-go breakfast or lazy weekend brunch. One of these hearty breakfast tacos is perfect for me -- but Michael can easily eat two or three. The best part about breakfast tacos -- other than how great they taste -- is that they're very easy to customize. Simply add or subtract ingredients to make your ideal version of the perfect breakfast taco!

Alamo City Breakfast Tacos
adapted from multiple San Antonio taquerias
Ingredients (for 8 tacos):
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 8 ounces refried beans (you can used canned or takeout)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 6 ounces bulk Mexican chorizo
  • 4 slices bacon, cut in half horizontally
  • 1 large russet potato that has been cooked, peeled, and chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup shredded colby-jack cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup salsa
Step 1: Cook the bacon in a non-stick skillet over med-high heat until brown. Drain the bacon on paper towels and set aside. Remove all but 2 tbs. of the bacon drippings from the pan. Add the diced cooked potato to the bacon drippings in the pan. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are lightly fried. Remove the potatoes from the pan and set aside until you're ready to assemble the tacos.
Step 2: Add the chorizo to the same non-stick pan over medium heat. Cook the Mexican chorizo for about 7 minutes, until it is crumbly and cooked through. Combine the eggs, milk, and salt & pepper in a large measuring cup. Whisk to combine and pour over the cooked chorizo in the pan. Scramble the eggs with the chorizo until combined and cooked through.
Step 3: To assemble each breakfast taco, spread a bit of the refried beans down the middle of a warm flour tortilla. Top with 1/8 of the chorizo and eggs. Top with 1/8 of the potatoes and a strip of bacon. Finally, top with shredded cheese and a drizzle of your favorite salsa. 
Step 4: Fold the breakfast tacos over and serve 1-2 per person. I like to serve extra salsa and sliced avocado on the side for those who want to take them truly over the top! These tacos are certainly a complete breakfast as is, but a fresh fruit salad makes a nice accompaniment.
These breakfast tacos are hearty and very filling thanks to a double shot of pork from the bacon and chorizo! They're also packed with enough protein and carbs to keep your hunger at bay for hours. I hope you give my Alamo City Breakfast Tacos a try, and have fun customizing them to your tastebuds! Breakfast tacos are very easy to make, and they also freeze well. Simply stuff them and freeze them in pairs in a freezer bag. When ready to serve, set them out to thaw on the counter overnight and microwave them for about 1 minute the next morning. 

Be sure to click the links below to check out all of the hometown favorite dishes that the rest of the #SundaySupper crew is sharing today. There's everything from breakfasts to desserts...and even a few iconic cocktails. I can't wait to learn more about all of these regional specialties...after I heat up a couple of breakfast tacos! 

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