Breakfast Nachos

We take our nacho game very seriously around here. We eat them for dinner, as a snack…basically any time we have an excuse to shove them in our mouths. Last summer we were lounging around and Gavin wanted nachos. I said ‘everyone, stop what you’re doing and follow me into the kitchen.’ I told them I would be oh-so-proud if I could send them into the world as world-class nacho makers. I want them to go to college and be those kids that at midnight would be able to whip something up for their roommates at a moment’s notice, without making the kitchen a disaster. We talked about the importance of spreading the chips out evenly, making sure each chip is coated in cheese (but not too much, lest they get soggy) and you must (MUST!) put them on foil lightly sprayed with non-stick cooking spray so that  A) your cheese doesn’t stick to the foil and B) clean-up is minimal. Because who wants to clean up? Ever?

Needless to say, Gavin is nailing it in the nacho department. He deftly, like a boss, makes himself a tray on the weekend and then tucks back into whatever might be occupying his time at the moment. I think being a parent is about preparing your kids for the future…so I’m pretty psyched mine have one meal under their belt. Yes, that’s right, because nachos are officially a meal. We even recently created what we called ‘European Nachos’ with gruyere, parmesan and Mozzarella (because every last morsel of cheddar and jack had left the house). We were shocked…they were quite fab.

My summer breakfast has been on repeat for months: that spanish-fried egg, smashed avocado + heirloom tomato number. Imagine my surprise (the horror?) when I woke up several weeks back with nary a slice of bread in the house. I spied several bags of tortilla chips in the cupboard and so I layered them (a mixture of blue and regular…for pretty color) in a cast-iron skillet, topped with shredded white sharp cheddar, fresno chilis + heirloom tomatoes + cilantro from my garden and then capped it all off with a Spanish-fried egg (I talk about Spanish-fried eggs here). As I inhaled I wondered why we hadn’t been doing this forever? Talk about  a missed meal during my college days… Could you imagine anything better at 3am? This is next up on the kid’s learn-how-to-make list.

I promised you quick meals this summer…and this is numero uno.  This one is begging for you to freestyle…so go ahead with your avocado, red pepper, purple-onion loving self.

Breakfast Nachos | Recipe via DisplacedHousewife | A layer of tortilla chips, sharp white cheddar (but you can use yellow), thinly sliced fresno chilis, heirloom tomatoes, fresh-cut cilantro + an olive oil fried egg (OBSESSED)...yup, this is how we're doing breakfast. Mid-week. It's that fast and easy...not so much a recipe, but a guide to something really grub. That would be equally delicious for dinner or at 2am after the bars close. You decide! @displacedhousewife xo

Breakfast Nachos | Recipe via DisplacedHousewife | A layer of tortilla chips, sharp white cheddar (but you can use yellow), thinly sliced fresno chilis, heirloom tomatoes, fresh-cut cilantro + an olive oil fried egg (OBSESSED)...yup, this is how we're doing breakfast. Mid-week. It's that fast and easy...not so much a recipe, but a guide to something really grub. That would be equally delicious for dinner or at 2am after the bars close. You decide! @displacedhousewife xo

Breakfast Nachos | Recipe via DisplacedHousewife | A layer of tortilla chips, sharp white cheddar (but you can use yellow), thinly sliced fresno chilis, heirloom tomatoes, fresh-cut cilantro + an olive oil fried egg (OBSESSED)...yup, this is how we're doing breakfast. Mid-week. It's that fast and easy...not so much a recipe, but a guide to something really grub. That would be equally delicious for dinner or at 2am after the bars close. You decide! @displacedhousewife xo

Breakfast Nachos

Serves One, Extrapolate Accordingly

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 handfuls of tortilla chips (two of my favorites are the Organic Blue Corn from Trader Joes and the Lompoc Tortilla Chips)
  • 1 heaping cup of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 Fresno chili or jalapeño, seeded + thinly sliced (optional, if you can handle the heat)
  • 1/2 cup heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, leaves only
  • 2 tablespoons green onions, chopped
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Sea salt + pepper to taste

Other Ingredient Options: Thinly sliced purple onions, roasted red peppers, pinto or black beans, crumbled crispy bacon, avocado wedges, cotija cheese, fresh parsley leaves, Mexican chorizo, charred salsa, pickled radishes…whatever you shove on regular nachos, in burritos or omelets…start there.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven broiler to 500 degrees F. Layer a small cast-iron skillet with your tortilla chips. Sprinkle evenly with shredded cheddar cheese.*
  2. Crack your egg into a small bowl, taking care not to break the yolk. Have a small spoon handy.
  3. Heat a small, non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add the 4 tablespoons of olive oil and wait for it to get hot. I mean hot.
  4. Put your cheese covered tortilla chips under the broiler for about one minute or until the cheese is melted. Set aside.
  5. Slide your egg into the hot oil and tilt the pan, taking care to keep it over the heat. Spoon the oil over the egg white to help cook the top white part of the egg. Should take no more than 1-2 minutes. To test the egg for doneness, flatten out the pan and check the area closest to the yolk for clear liquid jiggle.
  6. Sprinkle your nachos with the Fresno chili slices, tomato wedges and green onion.
  7. When done, slide the egg on top of the nachos.
  8. Finally, top with the cilantro leaves. Add sea salt and pepper to taste. Squeeze the lime over the top.
  9. I like to eat this with a knife and fork…bear down on the chips to shatter and cause yolk spillage. It’s a messy, but worthwhile, eat.
  10. These would be AMAZING and beautiful on a brunch table. Perfect way to feed a crowd. Enjoy!

*If it’s just for you and you don’t want a lot of clean up, line your skillet with foil and spray with non-stick.

one my mind

–Rebecca xoxo

 

20 Comments

  • Dawn @ Girl Heart Food 2016/08/15 at 2:14 PM

    Yes to breakfast nachos! Like you, any excuse to eat nachos is a good one and a big YES to the cheese spread evenly. Share the love, right??

    I’ve never had breakfast nachos before and didn’t know what I was missing until now. No seeding jalapenos for me….matter of fact, extra :) ! Love spicy stuff!

    Looking forward to trying these soon! Have a great week! xo

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    • DisplacedHousewife 2016/08/17 at 5:54 PM

      I hope you do Dawn!!! I love that you like jalapeño seeds!!! xoxox

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  • Lynn | The Road to Honey 2016/08/10 at 3:25 PM

    Ha! Ha! You’re such a good mom. . .teaching the kiddos how to make the most important dish of all time. I mean. . .what would life be like if nachos were never invented. Pretty darn terrible if you ask me. And did you know that nachos are my vice. . .my very favorite cheat food? I’d eat them 24 hours a day, seven days a week if I had more elastic pants. I’ve never scarfed them down for brekky. . .but never say never because you have showed me how to sneak my very favorite cheat food into yet another meal. Oh boy. . .treadmill. . .look out. . .mama’s comin’

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    • DisplacedHousewife 2016/08/11 at 4:00 PM

      Lynn, I had no idea! I’m so excited for you to try these!! The classic salty cheese-chip combo plus drippy yolk. It’s HEAVEN!!!!! xoxo

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  • Laura | Tutti Dolci 2016/08/10 at 1:00 AM

    I’m thinking these killer nachos are a must-make for dinner tonight! All that’s missing is that frosty margarita and I’m set!

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  • Karen @ Seasonal Cravings 2016/08/09 at 9:31 PM

    I’m embarrassed to say that I have not prepared my kids for the world of nachos. What kind of parents forgets that? Luckily there’s still time and we love nachos so they will get lots of practice. These breakfast nachos look crazy good!

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    • DisplacedHousewife 2016/08/10 at 1:35 AM

      Karen, get started without haste! You’ll love them making nacho snacks for you!!! Thank you!! xoxo

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  • MB @ Bourbon and Brown Sugar 2016/08/09 at 7:45 PM

    Oh my goodness – what a perfect breakfast!! When I have enough time, I love to make a cheese sauce to drizzle on my nachos. Have you considered crumbled sausage to add to the brunchiness of this awesome concoction? :) And I love that you’re training your kids to cook… I learned early on that being able to cook made me very popular in college (of course that was back in the day dinosaurs roamed the earth…) xo mb

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    • DisplacedHousewife 2016/08/10 at 1:34 AM

      MB I would love to hear more about that cheese sauce…that sounds yummy!!! And yes, sausage would be delicious!!!

      PS I remember those dinosaur days!! ;)

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  • Cathy | whatshouldimakefor.com 2016/08/09 at 6:14 PM

    ha. you are doing your kids a huge service and i applaud you. i’ve been working on super cheesy omelettes with my boys and we’re close, but not quite there. but they can separate their laundry into darks and lights so i’ll give myself a big pat on the back for that. so, clearly we’ll be making this for breakfast this weekend because, damn.

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    • DisplacedHousewife 2016/08/10 at 1:33 AM

      Yes, laundry…that’s next on the list!! And omelettes — perfect Cathy!!! xoxo

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  • Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen 2016/08/09 at 4:56 PM

    Oh my goodness Rebecca! Gavin will be a hit when he gets to college! This is the perfect 3AM college meal for sure. Wish I had thought of it back then!

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  • Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen 2016/08/09 at 3:35 PM

    It’s always a sad morning when I realize there is no bread in the house – so this is a brilliant idea, Rebecca. Nachos are an all time favorite snack and all your tips are right on – too many times people don’t get the chip to cheese ratio right. Looking forward to trying this. Have a great week!

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  • Aysegul 2016/08/09 at 3:08 PM

    Oh this breakfast nachos is like all my breakfast dreams come true in one place. Seriously, it looks so yummy. You sure are nailing it in the nachos department, my friend. :)

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    • DisplacedHousewife 2016/08/09 at 4:58 PM

      Thank you Aysegul! It’s just been feeling too hot and busy to do anything complicated…and this has been hitting all of the right spots…had it for dinner again last night!! ;)

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  • heather (delicious not gorgeous) 2016/08/09 at 2:44 AM

    as a current college student, i would like to confirm the necessity of nachos. particularly at 3am after too much coding and studying.

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    • DisplacedHousewife 2016/08/09 at 3:01 AM

      Ha…you totally made me laugh! See, I’m doing my kids a favor!! ;) I hope these serve you well at college!! xoxo

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