Are you looking for something new or unique to spice up your breakfast? Here are seventeen mouth-watering breakfasts that come from, or are popular in Mexico.
Mexican breakfast foods tend to be based on grain and vegetables. Bread and pastries are quite common, and there’s a kind of corn dough called masa, corn tortillas. Finally, many breakfast dishes involve beans and peppers.
If you want to try any of these recipes, you don’t have to stick directly to the recipe. Any substitutions are encouraged, especially if it makes the meal more accessible to different diets. So, without further ado, let’s dive into these tasty foods.
17 Mexican Breakfast Recipes
1. Huevos Rancheros
Huevos rancheros, or “ranchers’ eggs”, is one of, if not the best-known Mexican breakfast food. Fried eggs are wrapped in a tortilla and then topped with a scrumptious salsa.
There are many variations on huevos rancheros, such as using cheese, lettuce, or the type of tortilla that holds the eggs. Which one is your favorite?
2. Pan Dulce
Here’s something sweet to start your day. Pan dulce is a catch-all name for a bunch of pastries that come in all shapes and sizes. These range from the shell-shaped conchas to the croissant-like cuernos.
Pan dulce is not only eaten for breakfast in Mexico, there are also varieties for religious holidays, like Three Kings day. The bread is popular because it has a huge cultural significance.
A dish consisting of cut and fried tortillas covered in salsa with chicken, cheese, and scrambled eggs. Chilaquiles seem like something of an odd choice for breakfast food. However, it’s high on fiber and especially protein that will get you through the day.
Chilaquiles are quick and easy to make and will be ready to eat in under an hour. They are vegetarian-friendly, vegan-friendly, and just so delicious.
4. Chorizo and Eggs
Chorizo is a spiced sausage that’s usually made of pork, but sometimes other meats as well. The sausage is combined with scrambled eggs to make a recipe that stands on its own or is combined with other breakfast foods.
The chorizo in Mexico is often spiced up with peppers and will be hotter than chorizo from other countries. The dish is simple, and you can make it in under a half-hour.
5. Mexican Style Migas
Not to be confused with the Spanish, tex-mex, or Portuguese Migas, Mexican style Migas is fried corn tortilla strips with scrambled eggs. It’s very similar to chilaquiles.
While the tortillas and eggs are the basic parts of the recipe, additions like peppers, cilantro, cheese, and tomatoes are encouraged. Migas is a filling, hearty breakfast for the whole family.
6. Breakfast Enchiladas
Enchiladas aren’t normally associated with breakfast, but this is one tasty exception. Imagine scrambled eggs, potatoes, turkey, and cheese wrapped up in a tortilla and covered in a savory sauce. Well, imagine no more!
This breakfast dish can be done in under an hour, and it’s easy to make. And to add to the flavor, you can throw in any meat, meat substitute, or vegetable you like.
Mollete is a bit like a bruschetta. It’s a savory combination of refried beans, pico de gallo or salsa, and cheese on a Mexican bread called a bolillo.
It takes under a half-hour to make mollete, and the ingredients are cheap. Those are the main reasons why mollette is such a popular dish.
8. Gorditas de Harina
Also known as stuffed gorditas, gorditas de harina are corn tortillas with a pocket in them that carries a filling. The closest equivalent in the United States is pita bread.
The filling inside can be anything you want. Vegetables, meat, or a combination of both, but chicken, pork, refried beans, eggs, and cheese are common fillings. Enjoy!
9. Quesadillas Fritas
If you haven’t heard of quesadillas, they’re something like tortilla sandwiches or tortilla tacos. One or two tortillas with filling between them, mainly cheese.
Quesadillas fritas translates to “fried quesadilla.” It’s a quick meal, can be made in less than twenty minutes, and depending on the ingredients used can be vegetarian- or vegan-friendly.
10. Huevos a la Mexicana
This egg and vegetable dish blends jalapeno peppers, onion, and tomatoes with scrambled eggs. The end result is a plateful of goodness that’s typically served with refried beans.
Huevos a la Mexicana is also very easy to make. Between the preparation time and cooking time, it will be ready in under twenty minutes.
Breakfasts in Mexico aren’t all about the food. Licuado is a popular drink that’s like a smoothie but based on milk, meaning it will have more protein and fewer calories.
The word “licuado” translates to “liquefied” or “blended,” an appropriate name. Any kind of fruit can go into a licuado: bananas, pineapple, mango, and so on.
12. Tacos de Papa
Do you like potatoes? This might be the recipe to look at. Tacos de papa are fried tortillas with mashed potatoes in them for an easy and delicious meal.
And it’s not just the potatoes that make these tacos shine. Adding onions, cabbage, salsa, and garlic to the mix gives the tacos a whole new dimension of tastiness.
Biónico is essentially a fruit salad. It’s a bowl full of fruit cubes and nuts, topped with a mixture of condensed milk and sour cream called “crema.”
The ingredients for crema vary from recipe to recipe. Some recipes use vanilla and yogurt instead of sour cream or combine sour cream, yogurt, and condensed milk.
Sopaipilla is a kind of fried dough, like a donut. In the United States, it’s very popular around the states of New Mexico and Texas, where the recipes tend to be very sweet.
The dough is usually made of wheat dough or masa. As it rises and fries, a Sopaipilla forms an air pocket in the center which is its main claim to fame.
Imagine a kind of small corn or masa tortilla that’s thicker than normal, and a bit like the Mexican equivalent to an English muffin. In fact, they remind me of the English muffin pizzas I used to eat as a kid.
Memela toppings tend to vary from one recipe to another, but common ones include black beans, cheese, onions, and salsa. They’re easy to make and even easier to eat.
16. Breakfast Tamales
Did you know Mexicans consider tamales a dish for any meal of the day? A tamale is a bit like a savory pastry, cooked in fat and filled with something like cheese or jalapenos.
For a breakfast tamale, bacon, eggs, or some kind of vegetables makes an appropriate filling. It also makes the tamale even more decadent, which is an unfortunate problem for something so tasty.
17. Huevos Rotos
Huevos rotos are also called huevos estrellados. The name, which translates to “broken eggs,” is a dish where fried eggs with runny yolks cover a base of either French fries or potato chips.
The reason for the fries is that they absorb the liquid from the egg yolks. This dish can also be served with ham, sausages, or vegetables. The combination makes an irresistible meal.
These meals are at their best when shared by family or at a party. As drinks go, coffee is the most popular breakfast drink in Mexico, but fruit juice will go well, too.
And there you have it. Seventeen of the most delicious and people-pleasing recipes for a Mexican-style breakfast that will give you the energy you need to face the day.