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10 Tex-Mex and Southwest Breakfast Recipes

By Nellie's Kindness Crew

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Huevos Rancheros topped with two Nellie's Free Range Eggs. Huevos Rancheros topped with two Nellie's Free Range Eggs.

When we think of the diverse flavors of the Southwest and the comforting, hearty meals that make up Tex-Mex cuisine, a few things come to mind: spice, citrus, and sauces ranging from fresh and bright to rich and complex. These breakfast recipes celebrate and draw inspiration from Southwest and Tex-Mex cooking, incorporating traditional and not-so-traditional elements here and there. Whether a saucy, cheesy breakfast burrito with beans and rice or a simple breakfast salad with homemade pico de gallo strikes your fancy, it's time to put some liveliness back into your morning routine.

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1. Southwest Sausage Breakfast Burritos

Warm, cheesy, and stuffed to the seams: it's no wonder breakfast burritos are a welcome sight on any table or gathering. With a filling composed of scrambled eggs, sausage, cheese, yellow rice, and black beans all wrapped in a warm tortilla, this recipe is sure to add some Southwest flair to your morning.

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2. Mexican Breakfast Salad

Who says you can't start the day with a satisfying salad? This one includes kale and chili-spiced sweet potatoes with homemade pico de gallo on top. We can't guarantee that you'll have leftovers (it's that good) but if you do, you're halfway to making a Southwest omelette the next morning.

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3. Huevos Rancheros

Huevos rancheros might be the most classic Southwest breakfast of them all. This version of the traditional Mexican dish features lightly fried tortillas covered in refried beans, fried eggs, a sprinkle of queso fresco, which is all finished off with a cooked Hatch chile salsa just spicy enough to refresh and revive even the most dreary or sleepy mornings.

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4. Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs

Chilaquiles are comfort food in its most flavorful form. Traditionally, they're simmered in salsa, mole, or a chile sauce, and this version uses the same technique. Our recommended toppings: fried eggs with crispy edges and runny yolks, plus a healthy dose of queso fresco and fresh jalapeños.

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5. Chile Verde Eggs Benedict

Trade in your English muffins for golden corn tortillas in this flavorful twist on traditional eggs Benedict. Each serving boasts a few lightly fried tortillas piled high with perfectly poached eggs, bright pico de gallo, and a generous drizzle of rich hollandaise made with roasted green chiles.

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6. Baked Eggs with Chorizo and Potatoes

What's better than starting your day with a hearty serving of Mexican comfort food? Hint: nothing! This skillet boasts a generous helping of fresh and spicy ground chorizo cooked alongside chopped potatoes and fragrant garlic to keep you and your taste buds smiling and satisfied all morning long.

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7. Southwest Breakfast Scramble

This scramble is for everyone from busy parents to late-rising kids. In a hurry? Make the potatoes ahead of time and take your breakfast to go. It's the perfect trifecta of meat, eggs, and veggies with spices like cumin, chipotle, and paprika woven throughout.

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8. Huevos a la Mexicana (Mexican Style Scrambled Eggs)

Far from your average scrambled eggs, these huevos a la Mexicana turn a few simple ingredients into a meal with meaning. Diced tomatoes, onion, and jalapeño work together to represent the three colors of the Mexican flag while also offering bright flavors and a little bit of spice that takes the fluffy scrambled eggs to the next level.

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9. Make Ahead Breakfast Burritos

There's one type of breakfast that always seems just out of reach, especially on a weekday morning: the mighty breakfast burrito. This recipe includes make ahead instructions for freezing and refrigerating so that you can finally have your breakfast burrito and eat it, too, no matter how hectic your morning may be.

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10. Chorizo and Egg Stuffed Crescent Wreath

A satisfying savory breakfast that doubles as a stunning table centerpiece? It may sound too good to be true, but this stuffed crescent roll wreath is here to prove otherwise. Filled with a delicious combination of scrambled eggs, Pepper Jack cheese, and Mexican chorizo, this festive breakfast brings plenty of Southwest flavor to each and every cheesy, filling bite.

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