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Make Ahead Monday: Breakfast Taquitos
January 16, 2012, 6:25 am
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I owe my marriage to the UFC. Yes, you read that right. My husband and I met one night after I was getting off of work and decided to join some of my co-workers for drinks at a small bar around the corner. My husband was already seated at the bar, which was the only one in the area showing the fight that night. I sat down next to him, we started chatting and now, five years later here we are.

The fights come on at 4am here because of the time difference, and at 4:01 I can find him, sitting on the couch with coffee  screaming quietly talking to the TV. After the last fight I got to thinking that it might be nice for him to have something to snack on while he watched. However, I know I’m not a morning person so getting out of bed at 3:30 in the morning to make him a “fight morning” snack just wasn’t going to happen.

I spent a few weeks mulling over what kind of snack I could make that would be reminiscent of game day food, but breakfasty* since he would be enjoying it with coffee; that could also be a “make ahead.”  These breakfast taquitos are what I came up with. I’m pretty sure some fast food place or convenience store back in the States does something like this, but I’m not sure which ones. Either way, they were good when I baked them right after assembling them and they were equally good straight from the freezer into the oven on “fight morning.”

Breakfast Taquitos


1 potato, diced

1 onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, diced

1 can green chili’s, drained

2 tablespoons cumin

1 teaspoon chipotle hot sauce

2 tablespoons butter, divided

4 rashers turkey bacon

4 eggs

2 cups cheese (you can do more or less, but we like a lot of cheese)

12 small flour tortillas

Salt/pepper to taste


 Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place turkey bacon on a tin foil lined baking sheet and bake until crispy, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and drain on paper towels. Chop into small pieces and set aside.

While the bacon cooks, make the potato hash. Melt butter in a large sauce pan over medium high heat. Toss in potatoes, onion and chilis. Season with cumin and hot sauce. Brown the potatoes and onions and then toss in garlic. Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook until the potatoes are just fork tender, about 5 minutes. When the hash is done, remove from the pan and set aside.

 Whisk the eggs (add a bit of water or milk, depending on how you like your scrambled eggs.) Melt the rest of the butter in the sauce pan over medium heat. Pour in eggs and scramble. Remove from heat when they reach your preferred doneness keeping in mind that the eggs will continue to cook when the taquitos bake (we prefer our eggs scrambled hard, aswith the local eggs, anything less makes us sick.)

 To assemble the taquitos: Line a baking tray with foil and spray with cooking spray. Warm the tortillas in a microwave for 10 seconds to soften them. Keep a moist towel over them while you work. Place cheese, then hash, bacon and eggs along the center of the tortilla. Roll tortilla up and place seam side down on the baking sheet. Continue with the remaining tortillas and ingredients.

At this point, the taquitos can be baked or frozen*. If you are baking them, spray the tops with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt. Bake in a 400 degree oven until they are browned and crispy and the filling is warm, about 10 minutes. Serve with salsa

*If you are freezing them, cover the baking sheet and place into the freezer for 30 minutes or until the taquitos are firm. Then they can be placed in a storage bag or container. To bake, place them on a baking sheet, spray with cooking spray and salt the tops. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes.

*The first batch I baked right after assembling and didn’t use cooking spray or salt the tops and they didn’t brown as nicely. Then over the weekend I came across this on pintrest and saw that they used cooking spray and salt on top, so I tried it on game day and that was definitely better.

*Yes, breakfasty is a word….look it up 🙂 :


p.s. Hop on over to Make Ahead Meals for Busy Mom’s blog hop here to see my link or link up yourself!


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You’re such a sweet wife fixing your hubby an early morning fight breakfast!! These taquitos are wonderful. My kids love taquitos and I never thought to make my own. Now it’s on the list! Well done. Have a great week!! ~ Ramona

Comment by Ramona

To make a 4 am effort to do anything-you would have to be dedicated, so no doubt your hubby is a huge fan of UFC!
The best thing about these taquitos is the freezer to oven thing. Perfect for busy days. They look delicious and you gave very clear instructions on how to prepare them. No reason not to save this one-so I will be enjoying these soon. Great post.

Comment by Tina@flourtrader

These taquitos look fabulous Alyssa! – perfectly sized and satisfying. I’m on board 100% for anything make-ahead too… Thanks for the inspiration (and, by the way, when is game day? and… I’m guessing the ‘game’ is football? lol) 🙂

Comment by Kelly @ Inspired Edibles

Yum! These look so tempting!!! I love that they can be made ahead!

So sweet of you to prepare something for your husband’s early breakfast!!! ❤

Comment by Manu

These look delicious! What a yummy treat! How FUNNY that y’all met over a fight!

Comment by Ann

This was the perfect early morning snack!! I like that you can freeze them. This would make them a great quick breakfast!

Comment by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

This is so sweet! I do believe your husband is a lucky lucky man. And a great story on how you met too! These look great and I love that you can re-heat them and they are just as delicious. The perfect “breakfasty” food! 🙂

Comment by Maggie @ kitchie coo

These look delish! Might I add, your banner picture of you and your daughter is absolutely adorable! Great recipe!

Comment by Leanne@Around the Table

Oh my heck! 4am?!?!?! Then these are the perfect thing to snack on. Nicely done!!! =o)

Comment by Erin @ Making Memories

What a great idea… I love things I can make ahead to have when needed. 4 am is wicked early to be watching any sport but I would probably do it lol.

Comment by Susie

Great breakfast treat. I frequently make these without meat. I just microwave the potatoes until almost done, cube and toss in the skillet with butter, onions and chilis. When the potatoes are done and browned, add beaten eggs. Wrap in warm flour tortillas with shredded cheese and salsa. Yummy and fast breakfast.

Comment by Shirl

Indeed easy and quick. Sounds delicious too!

Comment by kankana

Aw! Thanks for sharing the story of you and your husband! That’s so sweet! Haha who would imagine you would marry him and have kids! You never know where to meet the one. 🙂 Love this delicious quick recipe! I’ve never had homemade taquitos before, and yours must be really delicious.

Comment by Nami | Just One Cookbook

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