Tacos and fried eggs are my two favorite things: Why not combine them? So I came up with these six variations on the breakfast taco, all of them topped with an egg fried sunny-side up. I think the best thing about fried egg tacos is what happens to the yolk: It breaks when you pick up the taco, coating the filling with a rich yellow sauce.
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That said, if runny yolks are a hard pass for you, scrambled eggs are great in tacos too.
Crisp bacon, ripe tomato, and a runny-yolked egg taste amazing in a soft tortilla, especially if it’s been charred over a burner. (If you have an electric stove, though, not to worry; it’ll still taste delicious.) Make this when heirloom tomatoes are at their peak; the rest of the year, try roasting your tomatoes first if they’re a bit lackluster. Get our Bacon, Egg, and Tomato Breakfast Taco recipe.
Spicy chorizo and crunchy-creamy chunks of potato are killer in a taco, especially topped with a perfectly fried egg. If you saute the sausage first, you can crisp the potatoes up in the rendered grease for maximum deliciousness. Get our Chorizo Potato Breakfast Taco recipe.
Yes, beans belong in tacos (and have well before the Washington Post tried to act like they invented it). Our version may not be “authentic” but a fried egg and grated cheddar plus refried beans in a soft tortilla is a gloriously messy breakfast. Use Mexican crema if you can find it; if not, Greek yogurt makes a surprisingly good substitute. Get our Fried Egg and Beans Breakfast Taco recipe.
True picadillo would include tomatoes and potatoes, but well-seasoned ground beef plus a squeeze of ketchup (or tomato-based salsa if you just gasped in abject horror) are all you need to accompany your fried egg for this easy a.m. taco option. By all means, though, serve hash browns or home fries on the side—and/or folded up in the tortilla too. Get our Fried Egg and Beef Picadillo Breakfast Taco recipe.
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Green eggs and ham—er, green chiles, eggs, and ham—star in these eye-opening morning tacos. Poblano pepper strips do well on their own, but if you like things extra spicy, add some fresh jalapeño to the pan. Get our Green Chile and Ham Breakfast Taco recipe.
Sauteed shallots and wilted arugula add their veggie virtues to this simple fried egg taco lashed with hot sauce (or your favorite red salsa). Use spinach, kale, or whatever greens you’ve got; ditto onions in place of shallots if you want. Get our Vegetarian Breakfast Taco recipe.
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