Austin-Style Breakfast Tacos – Recipe

Austin-Style Breakfast Tacos
Austin-Style Breakfast Tacos

I‘ve had the good fortune to travel to Austin a couple of times in the last year or so, and it is always good fun. Like Portland, Milwaukee, or Brooklyn, it is a place where people understand that work is important, but having a beer and a bite with friends, listening to music, or just kicking back on the front porch is just as important.

Austin might be most famous for barbeque, but breakfast tacos seem to be a close second. Ask five Austinites where to get the best breakfast tacos and you’ll get six opinions. One time I had a flight out to catch at 6 AM, and several friends got into a 15 minute discussion of where I could ask the cab driver to stop at 4:30. (I wasn’t quite that committed, but I probably should have been – the options at the airport were dismal indeed.)

Like all tacos, the ingredient choices can be flexible. There are just two key principles: use good, soft, warm corn tortillas, and don’t overfill them. A taco should be just about three bites of food, and if you are hungry, well you just need more tacos.

The version below uses refried beans, potatoes, scrambled eggs, salsa, and minced cilantro & onion. If you want to make a vegan version, try butternut squash or tofu.

Austin-Style Breakfast Tacos
Vegetarian, gluten free, and kosher
Serves 4 generously (3 tacos each)

  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cups refried beans, hot
  • 24 small potatoes, oven roasted with olive oil and salt, halved
  • 10 tender scrambled eggs
  • Fresh salsa (a smoky one is nice)
  • 1 bunch cilantro minced with 1/2 white onion
  • Hot sauce (Tapatio or whatever you like)
  1. Heat the tortillas either on a griddle, or by wrapping in a clean, slightly dampened towel and microwaving for about two minutes until soft.
  2. For each taco, spread on a couple of tablespoons of refried beans, and top with 4 potato halves. Spoon in some of the scrambled eggs, then a bit of salsa and a sprinkle of cilantro and onions. Serve right away, while still hot, and pass the hot sauce at the table.
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Posted by Michael Natkin on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 in Breakfast, Gluten-Free or modifiable, Kid Friendly, Main Courses, Recipes, Travel.

16 Responses to “Austin-Style Breakfast Tacos – Recipe”

  1. Susan
    November 3, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    Oh yum. Question: how do you know if a salsa is smoky?

    • November 4, 2013 at 6:39 am #

      If it has chipotle, it will be smoky; otherwise it will generally say something about smokiness on the label. “Fire roasted” could be another cue. Or try this one: link to herbivoracious.com

  2. November 3, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    I love Tacos, and the recipe you are sharing seems amazing, and so easy to prepare! Great stuff in your site, as always. Thanks!

  3. Susan
    November 4, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    Oh God, that pineapple and tomatilla salsa recipe is killing me. I love salsa recipes with a piquaint fuit flavor. Question: is there an easier way to introduce the smoky flavor, like using a small amount of that smoke condiment, whose name escapes me right now? Or would that be a gross and disgusting cheat? Thank you for your help.

    • November 4, 2013 at 9:18 am #

      You could try liquid smoke, but start with literally a drop. Or, you could use a smoked salt. This one is great: link to amzn.to . Or, you could get a smoking gun, I have one and love it: link to amzn.to

  4. November 5, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    Lovely breakfast tacos…I like this and thanks for sharing this recipe..It is really easy to prepare..

  5. Mel
    November 6, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    Try the Chipotle Tobasco. Great on eggs of any kind.

  6. November 7, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Love these tacos, thanks for sharing the recipe.

  7. Sharon
    November 25, 2013 at 2:55 am #

    Saw your blog mentioned in an article. I now follow you and John Contratti’s “Cooking With Mr. C.” They’re my two favorite blogs. Happy Thanksgiving. Sharon

  8. December 9, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    I really must get into Breakfast Burritos/Taco’s more! I would use tofu instead of eggs or maybe the potato would be just as good, too! These look awesome!

  9. December 11, 2013 at 7:53 am #

    I love anything that has a latin theme! These look amazing I think i will have to try today!

  10. January 21, 2014 at 7:28 am #

    Fresh tortillas are the real secret!

  11. February 10, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    Ya I’m in Austin and there is definitely no shortage of good Mexican food, which means lots and lots of breakfast tacos of all kinds of varieties. Hard to go wrong when a tortilla is involved though =)

  12. March 19, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    it looks soooooo delicious, i have to try it :D thanks for sharing!

  13. April 3, 2014 at 4:58 am #

    I just see it already contains salivating. very tasty likely

  14. April 4, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    These breakfast tacos look so tasty with all that fresh cilantro! J+C

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