Recession Eats: Breakfast Tacos Recipe

August 1, 2012 7:29 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
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Tacos (Photo: Flickr)

I know what you're thinking: Anthony, you haven't written anything about the recession in a long time. Have you abandoned us? Will you vote for Romney this fall?

Don't worry, Americans: Recession Eats is back, and with a vengeance. Today, we're going to be focusing on one of those things that you can buy for under ten dollars and prepare over and over again throughout the week, for every meal. That's right, folks: we're going south of the border to bring you a quick, easy, delicious, and (most importantly!) inexpensive recipe for Breakfast Tacos. 

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1. Pick your protein.

When it comes to the breakfast taco, I opt for Goya brand chorizo. It's super cheap, costing anywhere between a dollar to four dollars, depending on how hyped-up your neighborhood is. Buy a pack, slice it into thin slices, and keep it in a resealable grocery bag.

Naturally, the more money you're looking to splurge on chorizo, the better your chorizo will taste. But there's nothing wrong with Goya's chorizo: its flavor is robust and correct, if not subtle and nuanced, and its texture is welcome in any bite.

2. Pick your accoutrements.

I like crumbled queso fresco on my tacos, and most supermarkets carry it in their dairy section, but I'm typically alone in my predilection for that. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded, is the fan favorite here.

You're also going to want to buy a carton of eggs, and avocado, and the brand of Sriracha sauce that has the rooster on the front and a green nozzle. Accept no imitations.

Additionally, pick up Goya brand wheat tortillas. Again, they're the cheapest that still do what you want tortillas to do.

3. Assemble your taco.

Start by cooking the chorizo in a warmed frying pan until it renders some of its fat. Next, beat two eggs and add them to the pan, scrambling them with the sausage.

Once done, put them on a tortilla, and top with slices of avocado, your cheese, and sriracha, to taste. Serve.


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