Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Camping With Mandy: One Skillet Breakfast Tacos

Good Morning Sunshine! Would you like a breakfast taco?

I’ve only actually made breakfast tacos when camping, but it is seriously so easy that I should try to make these on the weekends too. In fact, I have company coming this weekend, maybe Matt and Melissa would like this Sunday morning before they embark on their road trip home. Hmmm, something to think about.

I always thought people all over the US have had this type of breakfast. In Texas we have breakfast taco stands on every corner. My favorite is Taco Shack here in Austin, TX. Recently I was reading another blog post about a popular and common breakfast in Austin, the Miga. I had no idea there were people who didn’t know what Migas were. OMG! So, as simple and common as I think the breakfast taco is, I’m going to post this process just in case there is a person out there who has never had this goodness in the AM.

Note, that you can do all different kinds of filling here. Bacon, Egg and Cheese or Potato, Egg and Cheese are both very popular but I chose to use these particular ingredients because I was doing double duty here. Planning ahead has its advantages!

The ingredients list is:
  • 1 lb ground breakfast sausage (I used Jimmy Deans HOT. Browned the entire pound, but removed half to save for my chili later that day)
  • Eggs (For camping I insist you bring the carton of liquid eggs, much easier to travel with)
  • Onion (I only used half of this, reserved the other half for chili)
  • Red Bell Pepper (I chopped half, reserved the other half for fajitas)
  • Green Bell Pepper (I chopped half, reserved the other half for fajitas)
  • Tortillas (also used this for fajitas at dinner)
  • Cheese (a must, used this in practically every meal I made)
  • Sour Cream
  • Hot Sauce (My favorite is On The Border Salsa, but I have picante here because I used it as an ingredient in my skirt steak marinade)
Side Note: I just found this copy cat recipe online. Wow, I’m going to try this soon. I go through jars of On the Border Salsa like water at my house.
  • Cutting Board
  • Sharp Chef Knife
  • Foil (this has MANY purposes when camping)
I start by browning all the breakfast sausage and breaking it up with my flimsy plastic camping spatula that I keep in my camping bin.
I removed half the ground meat and reserved for my chili that I’m making for lunch later today.

Only recently have I fallen in love with bell peppers. (I have a stuffed bell pepper recipe coming later this week thanks to Annie at Good American Wife) I cut each bell pepper in half and reserved one half for fajitas later.
With the remaining half of the red bell pepper, the green bell pepper and the onion, I diced small and threw in the pan. (you can see in the picture below that my pan only has veggies in it because I dumped the half of the sausage mixtures for breakfast onto some tin foil and made a pouch out of it to keep warm, we will add the sausage back in just a bit) I let this cook until veggies were really soft and onions were translucent, about five minutes – give or take a minute or two.
I cut this veggie mix and put half of it in the zip top bag with the ground meat. All of this will be used later today when I make chili.
Here is where the magic happens, it’s fun. I didn’t measure, as you can see I’m pouring straight from the egg carton. Add eggs into the veggies,

then dump your foil pack of ground sausage back in there too. And gently stir to combine until the eggs are set.
Yeah, it’s that easy.
Then get your campers in a line by the coleman stove and hand each one a tortilla. I set up a little assembly line, even though it’s just Jim and I here. And I fill his tortilla with the veggie/sausage/egg mixture, and he tops it with whatever he likes. Cheese (a must), sour cream and/or salsa.
I put all the above on mine. Mmm Mmm Mmm, this is so good and a great hearty breakfast before a full day of canoeing, hiking and swimming.

After we filled our bellies, we packed a bag for the day. Water (lots of water), sour cream and chive pringles, a beef jerky stick, sunscreen and sunglasses. Everything but the camera. Sorry. We went canoeing on Ink’s Lake and explored Devils Watering Hole. I have no idea why they call it that, it wasn’t that scary…or so I thought…then we sat and watched all these high school age kids climb the rocks and jump into the lake. You couldn’t pay me enough money to jump off a 50 foot rock ledge into the water. Well, I might do it for a KitchenAid mixer.

I “heart” camping. And I “heart” breakfast burritos or breakfast tacos…whatever you call them, they are mm mm mm mmm good!


  1. I have been reading your blog for about a week now. I must say I love it. That breakfast burrito looks mighty good. I live in Oklahoma and we make them all the time. But I never thought to add sour cream to them. I must give that a try.

  2. Eggs!

    Portable eggs!

    Portable eggs in a burrito!

    YUM! I love all things eggy, and I do love me some breakfast burritos.

    When I would travel to San Antonio (previous job) I always stopped by Taco Loc for some breakfast burritos. AWW Man, I think I know what I'm having for dinner!

  3. absolutely love this! Looks delicious!


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