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Words by Tara Pepper
I have been thinking about something different for breakfast for a long time. I don’t eat eggs much so I’m not a great breakfast cook or breakfast person for that matter. I’d rather skip breakfast and move right on to lunch. Yes, I love a good French toast. Pancakes are good. But I’m not overly hungry in the morning and I definitely don’t need all those carbs. So what might be a little different?
I remember when I was in Texas several years ago working with a client, and every morning she would pick me up at my hotel and go to this fast food place to pick up breakfast tacos. I never knew such a thing existed and was thoroughly surprised and thrilled over the deliciousness of something so simple yet so good. Think about this: a toasted corn tortilla filled with meat (brisket, bacon, chorizo), mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs (but not on mine), cheese and served with salsa and hot chili peppers. They were delicious! A taste sensation that I had never had before and certainly never thought of.
So here I am back at home. The nearest taco drive though is…. Texas. Could I make something comparable in my own kitchen? Of course I can. Where to get the ingredients? My favourite place to buy Latin groceries is Rincon De Espana. It’s a great little store that has all kinds of yummy ingredients from corn tortillas, cotija, queso de Oaxaca (Mexican mozzarella) or queso fresco (a kind of fresh cottage-like cheese) cheeses, salsa (my favourite is La Costena Grenn Mexican Salsa) and chorizo sausage (mild or hot; and be careful, when they say hot, they mean hot!). I stopped by yesterday and stocked up on all the ingredients and patiently awaited the morning for breakfast tacos extraordinaire. My other favourite jarred salsa is Frontera Roasted Tomato Gourmet Mexican Salsa by Rick Bayliss which I get from Whole Foods. You can also make it on your own. I’ll give you a recipe for that another time.
What did I do to make my Mexican Breakfast Tacos you ask? Well, it’s pretty simple:
And that’s it. Easy peasy and oh so yummy! I find that two or three tortillas are enough for me. What a different and satisfying twist for breakfast.
Give it a try; I’m sure your family will thank you!
’Til next time,
Rincon De Espana
550 Lakeshore Rd. E.
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