In Indy there is a restaurant called The Tamale Place.  While I’ve never actually eaten inside it, I have been lucky enough to enjoy their cooking on several occasions.  We residents take turn bringing in breakfast on Friday mornings, and my friend Adam was the first person to introduce me to this little gem of our city by bringing it one Friday.   His Thursday afternoon email had me feeling a tad skeptical…”Breakfast tacos?  What are those?  Do I really want to eat a taco for breakfast?”  When I tried it the next day, it honestly blew me away.  The concept is fairly simple – a fresh tortilla, melted cheese and scrambled eggs topped with some salsa.  They also have varieties including steak or chorizo mixed in.  As good as all of that sounds on its own, the whole is way greater than the sum of its parts.  At first I thought it may have simply been the uniqueness of it, the sheer joy of something breaking the routine of bagels, muffins, etc.  The change of routine is certainly welcome but in the end, it is the dish itself that deserves the praise.

Despite my extreme excitement each time the tacos are brought into work, I never considered the idea that I could replicate this favorite restaurant dish at home.  When I saw my friend Jenny post this version, I jumped for joy.  I could tell it would be very similar, and it hit the nail on the head.  Unfortunately my grocery store was all out of any type of cheese that was even remotely close to what the recipe called for, so I just bought something vaguely similar.  Good news – most cheeses will work.  Normally my favorite type of taco from The Tamale Place is the kind with chorizo but at home I opted for a meat-free version.  These were so good, I know for sure what I’ll be doing with the chorizo sitting in my freezer right now.  I can’t wait to make these again and if you’ve never had a breakfast taco before, I recommend you change that at your earliest convenience.

And by the way, stay tuned for a post about making your own tortillas.  I can’t wait to share them with you!


½ tbsp. unsalted butter
¼ cup chopped onion
3-4 large eggs
Splash of milk
Salt and pepper
2 8-inch tortillas
6 tbsp. crumbled Mexican cheese such as cotija
¼ cup chopped cilantro
Salsa, for serving
Sliced avocado, for serving


  • 01

    In a non-stick skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and cook until slightly softened, about 3 minutes.  In a bowl, lightly beat the eggs with a fork and stir in a splash of milk.  Add the eggs to the pan with the onion and scramble, stirring occasionally, until cooked through.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • 02

    Warm the tortillas for about 20 seconds in the microwave.  Top each tortilla with half of the cheese.  Divide the eggs between the tortillas and layer over the cheese.  Top with the cilantro, salsa, and avocado as desired.  Fold up the tortillas and serve immediately.


  • LOVE having avocados with eggs! (Or anything, relaly!)

  • These sound lovely!

  • gem

    Where I live, there are a lot of breakfast burritos (also known as huevo rancheros). I can personally attest to the fact that these are also fantastic with refried beans, rice, guacamole, and pretty much anything else that you would put in a burrito!

  • Kirsten

    Sounds yummy! Can’t wait to try them!

  • That looks amazing! I was going to have a healthy smoothie for breakfast, but now I’ll be thinking about those breakfast tacos until I get to the store and get the stuff to make them.

  • One of the best phrases to see in my Google Reader inbox first thing in the morning is “breakfast tacos.” Yum!

  • You made this Texas girl proud and hungry!!! These are an everyday breakfast where I come from…and what’s even cooler is that you like chorizo. That’s my fave too! And making your own tortillas?! That put me too the moon. That’s the ONLY way.

  • T

    wow, annie! i can’t believe you had never had breakfast tacos before! i guess they’re just a staple of growing up in the southwest?

    time to come to texas for a visit! ;)

    p.s. i’ve even seen people make them with kraft cheese slices and regular breakfast sausage, and they were still delicious!

  • Diana

    This is a good starting off point. You can add bacon, potatoes…the list goes on and on. Breakfast tacos are the best!!!

  • Annie

    Yeah, the midwest isn’t exactly know for our great Mexican food. Haha! :)

  • twyla

    Another Tex gal… Very common breakfast food down here. My fav is with eggs and potatoes (hashbrowns). It’s also really common to make it with shredded cheddar and/or jack cheese, which is more Tex-Mex I guess. I always have that on hand and it melts better.

  • I just recently started doing breakfast tacos and the Mr loves ’em. I can’t wait for the tortilla recipe! I would love to make my own!

  • Thanks for this re-invention of such a good thing! I used to eat these when I lived in Phoenix, AZ but quite honestly, they fell off the map when I moved back to Minne-snowta! They look so tasty!!

    I made your Pumpkin Cream Cheese muffins last night and it was a huge hit in my house!! Thanks for all of the inspiring recipes!!

  • Like several others, I’m from Texas and was excited to see your post on what is a breakfast staple here. If you like breakfast tacos, then you must make migas – with queso on top! Not exactly a healthy way to start the day, but every now and then we all need a little indulgence!

  • we always called these breakfast burritos. a combination of any or all of the following: eggs, sausage/bacon, cheese, salsa, green chiles, roasted red peppers, sauteed mushrooms & onions.

  • Susie Mellen

    Breakfast tacos are AWESOME, they are my favorite. You need to add some potato to it also, that is the best potato/egg/refried bean my personal favorite.

  • Breakfast tacos are so good, I love these.

  • On Twitter recently someone suggested breakfast tacos when I asked for new breakfast ideas and I was all “WHAT?!” but after seeing your post, I’m sold. Can’t wait to try them!

  • Oh, girl. I’m so glad you’ve finally experienced this goodness :)

    One of my measures of a good Mexican restaurant here is how late they serve breakfast tacos. Sometimes we make them for dinner because we love them so much!

    My favorite is bacon, egg, potato, cheese and bean!

  • I would absolutely love to have one of these for breakfast, or any time of day!

  • This is a staple breakfast in Arizona. We eat them burrito-style and call them “breakfast burritos.” They’re hearty and delicious!

  • Dalbury

    I make breakfast burritos every once in a while, a lot like your recipe, but I add a bit of chili powder and cumin to the eggs. Gives them just a little more kick ;-)

  • Annie

    I prefer them without potatoes because I don’t like such a heavy food for breakfast but if course the beauty of things like this is that everyone can make it however they prefer.

  • Annie

    To me a breakfast burrito is actually rolled burrito-style but yes, it is the same premise and you can of course add anything you want.

  • Annie

    Ooh yes! I have seen migas before but haven’t tried them yet. They’re on the list for sure!

  • That looks delicious. It reminds me of going to the taquerias back in Houston. I like making chorizo with potato instead of egg. So good!

  • Mhhhhhh, so delicious! And I like that its something different than the regular breakfast stuff :) .

    Hugs from Germany :)

  • My boyfriend loves to eat breakfast burritos after he goes surfing early in the morning! (We live in SoCal). The ones you can buy at the hole-in-a-wall Mexican place off the beach are PRETTY unhealthy, but these look nutritious and downright amazing! Now I have something to make for the BF on his surf mornings. :)

  • Madonna

    Made these for dinner tonight. They were fantastic!! Thanks for reminding me of breakfast tacos. (a staple for those yucky high school mornings)

  • Stephanie

    Can’t waiiit for the homemade tortillas… I love the homemade ones… so soft and deliciousssss

  • These look like they will certainly keep you going until lunch! I make similar breakfast tacos, but only with eggs, cheese, bacon and sometimes sausage.

  • Ok, let me get this straight. You work, raise small children and somehow find time to manage this incredible blog? How in the world do you do it? Love the blog…have linked to yours from mine and would love to find hear how the blog has evolved for you over the years. Like did you take food styling or photography classes? Ok, I’m rambling…thanks!

  • Danita

    Breakfast tacos are a Texas staple. I craved them when I was pregnant with my second son. One of my favorite places has Miga’s breakfast tacos. So yummy.

  • Jenn

    Homemade tortillas are the best! I grew up making them w my grandma and don’t use exact measurements, just going by feel so it’ll be interesting to see how you make yours :)

  • jen

    we were stationed at fort hood, texas, for 4 years recently and i dream about the breakfast tacos, which they sell everywhere, even at the donut shops! my favorite combo is egg, fried potatoes, and yellow mexican queso. YUM! unfortunately, i’ve not been able to locate the yellow queso since we pcs-ed away from texas, but it’s one of many reasons i can’t wait to go back someday!

  • Karen

    I lived in Texas for two years and got hooked on breakfast tacos! Good ones are not as easy to find here in DC but these look delish! I will definitely be making my own.

  • This is a great idea Annie, I love it. I’d eat these for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Can’t wait to try!

  • Annie

    Kelly, so glad you enjoy the blog. I don’t have formal training, just lots and lots of practice and making tons of mistakes along the way. Thanks for the compliments! Feel free to email with more specific questions.

  • I’ve made breakfast tacos before, but have never actually eaten them. I don’t know… eggs wrapped in a tortilla just somehow doesn’t mesh with my idea of breakfast. I’m trying to break out of that. I also make my own tortillas which I learned from watching a video posted by non other than director Robert Rodriguez(of Spy Kids fame).

  • katie m

    Hi Annie! I’ve followed your blog for about a year – my husband thanks you for all the delicious meals you have inspired. :) We just moved to Indy from Houston and were wondering if you have any other favorite local restaurants that you would recommend?

  • Annie

    Absolutely but the list is quite long! Shoot me an email through the contact page and I’ll give you some recommendations. Also let me know if you’re looking for anything in particular.

  • Just got back from Texas and every coffee shop had fresh breakfast tacos. They were YUMMY!

  • I think not knowing what a breakfast taco is is practically sacrilege in the Southwest, lol.

    I’m from Oklahoma, so I grew up eating these for breakfast.

    They’re so easy and delicious! My mom always made them with scrambled eggs, regular ground breakfast sausage, salsa, and cheese. Heavenly.
    I usually make them with my homemade turkey sausage.

    Welcome to the wonderful world of breakfast tacos!

    p.s. This is my first time commenting, but I love your site!

  • Stacie A.

    These were delicious, easy, and fast!

  • We lived in San Antonio for a few years when I was in elementary school, and my whole family has been eating breakfast tacos ever since! We love them! Whenever I mention them, people say, “Oh, you mean a breakfast burrito.” Heck no! It’s a breakfast taco!!

  • sarita

    in california we call them egg burritos – or breakfast burritos – anyway you say it – they are yummmmooo!! think i’ll have one for breakfast tomorrow..just found your site – from Better Homes and Gardents mag…can’t wait to window shop through your blog!

  • Just made these! They were awesome. Thank you for having so many quality vegetarian recipes!! :) I always stop here first for ideas!

  • Karen

    Made these this morning. Totally delicious! I’ve been very pleased with every recipe I’ve tried from Annie’s Eats. Thanks! =)