SAVIN’ MARS MIGAS

(Breakfast Tacos)

 

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Whether you’re trying to save a planet (or two), or merely looking for a delicious, hearty breakfast, these tacos are just the thing!

From DINOSAUR BOY SAVES MARS:

“Chef Juarez, what exactly have you prepared for us?” asked the elderly Martian at the head of the table.

“These are an Earth delicacy called tacos,” Mrs. Juarez explained, handing me one as well. “Today I have prepared a breakfast variety for you called migas: a mixture of scrambled eggs, onions, peppers, and tortilla chips, all covered in a melted cheese sauce and wrapped in a flour tortilla. They’re very popular in the Tex-Mex cooking tradition.”

“Mmmm,” I said, unwrapping one end of my taco and taking a healthy bite. It was really good. Not exactly on the regular stegosaurus menu, but still tasty. Mrs. Juarez had somehow even managed to find real Earth chicken eggs . . .

INGREDIENTS:

6 small tortillas

8 eggs

splash of milk

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ cup finely chopped onion

1, 10oz can of diced tomatoes and green chilies (or 1 cup of fresh) (chilies can be mild, medium or hot – your call!)

1 cup tortilla chips, broken into bite-sized pieces

Salt and pepper

Your favorite salsa or green chili sauce

Queso* and/or shredded cheese

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350. Wrap the tortillas in foil and bake for 10 minutes.

Scramble the eggs and the milk together, then set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chopped onion and cook until translucent (about 4 minutes). Then add the tomatoes and chilies and cook for an additional 2 minutes or so, until everything is hot.

Reduce the heat to medium, then add the eggs and tortilla chips. Stir the eggs often and let them cook slowly so that they curdle, rather than get dried out. They are done when there are no more runny bits.

Divide the egg mixture among the prepared tortillas. Season with salt and pepper, then add as much salsa or green chili sauce as you’d like. Cover with a generous amount of queso and/or shredded cheese, fold up the tortilla, and enjoy!

 

(*) NOTE: If you’re thinking that “queso” is the Spanish word for cheese – yes, you’re right. However, it’s also a word used to refer to a sauce that goes well on tacos. I grew up in California, so I didn’t experience “queso” until I moved to Texas. At first, I was revolted by this molten, cheese-like substance which everyone seemed to smear all over everything. But now that I’ve been here for many years, I’ve developed a deep affection for the stuff. If you’re not familiar with it, I urge you to give it a chance. You can look for the store-bought kind or – even better – you can make your own using this recipe HERE.