Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Breakfast tacos at home - August 28, 2010

Hatch chiles judged, deemed “disappointing”.
Weekends are when I have time to make a great, hearty breakfast.  I had been thinking about these breakfast tacos since I finished the ones from the previous Sunday.  Hatch chiles are in season right now and we bought some pre-roasted mild ones at HEB.  This would be my first bacon, egg, cheese, Hatch chile, and avocado taco.  Having never used the chiles before I had no flavor expectations, but considering all the hype they receive I was hoping for a palate changing experience.  Unfortunately for the foodie hypesters the result was underwhelming.

It is possible the preparation was lacking.  After rinsing the skin off and deseeding them I threw them in the skillet with some olive oil and let them sauté for a bit.  I did not add any salt, and perhaps that was my mistake.  Of course, the taco was very good.  It had bacon, cheese, avocado, and egg, how could it not be?  I just don't think the chiles added anything to them, kind of like Entourage to HBO.

El Lago flour tortillas (from Sun Harvest, the ones from HEB aren’t the same)
2 large Hill Country Fare eggs
1 ½ strips of HEB brand bacon
HEB fat free, lactose free milk (purple carton)
½ regular sized Haas avocado
HEB Mild Longhorn cheddar cheese
HEB Monterrey Jack cheese
1 Hatch chile, roasted, skinned and deseeded
Kosher salt, black pepper

Cook bacon according to directions.
Shred cheese to your desired ratio of yellow to white.
Halve avocado, using the half without the pit to make slices.
Add a two to three second pour of milk to a bowl with the two eggs.  Add black pepper and beat.  Start a skillet on medium and add olive oil.  Place chopped chiles in skillet once it’s at temperature and let sauté for five minutes (For non Hatch tacos, omit the olive oil and chiles and use cooking spray in the skillet).  About one to one and a half minutes before putting eggs in skillet, add a pinch of salt and mix.  Put the heat just below medium and then pour eggs into skillet.  Mix well with the chiles.  Keep watch on eggs to make sure they don’t dry out on the edges.  Mix it around with a spatula occasionally.  I like my eggs wet so I make sure heat isn’t too high and take them off the heat while they still have a wet look to them on top.
Use comal to heat tortillas
Place eggs in tortillas, top with cheese, bacon, and avocado slices, and enjoy.  Take a nap in the afternoon.


  1. Jimbo, I need more information on hatch chiles after reading this. Because I was picturing Dharma brand chiles found in the hatch on LOST. So, are these only chiles from Hatch, New Mexico?

  2. They can only be called Hatch if they are grown in Hatch, NM and the surrounding valley. However some people are claiming they are growing them in other places now and still called Hatch to fetch the premium price. See link to "Cowpound" here:

    It doesn't matter, they were totally disappointing no matter where they were grown. I'll stick with serranos.