18 July 2010

Breakfast Taco - An International Incident

This month Penny from Jeroxie - Addictive and Consuming Blog is hosting another International Incident Party.  This time it's a Tacos Party.  I was excited to hear what this month's theme was.  I love tacos but I have never made the tortilla from scratch.


I decided  to go for a breakfast taco (though we had it for dinner).  Naturally, egg and bacon went into it.  Hubby made his chilli con carne to go inside the taco.  He makes a large batch and freezes in separate containers.  I've included his recipe below.  Hubby also suggested to add Potato Gems in the breakfast taco for the potato element.    I was a bit apprehensive about adding it but I think it works.  It mellows out the spiciness of the chilli.  You can leave this out if you like.  For  freshness, I added a salsa of diced tomato, red capsicum, red onion and cucumber.

I did a bit of research on the web and was surprised how easy it is to make.  Or so I thought...  If you don't have the right tools, it can be hard work to try to get the dough nice and thin.  I had to use a lot of muscle to get the tortillas thin.

1 cup of masa flour
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 to 1 cup water

In a bowl, add all the ingredients and mix together until the dough turns into a ball.  Divide into 6 equal size balls, then form into a slightly flat ball

Using a clean plastic bag, place the dough inside and using a rolling pin, flatten as thin as possible.  When it's as thin as you can get it, carefully remove from the plastic and place in a dry skillet until it bubbles and colours a little on both sides.  Set aside until needed.

When ready to assemble the taco, you need to soft fry the tortilla.  In a pan, add about 2 cups of oil and heat on a medium heat.  Quickly pan fry for 5 seconds on each side.   

·         Onions - 2 chopped into large chunks
·         Garlic – 4 cloves chopped finely

·         Beef mince - 500 – 1000g
·         Salt & Pepper

·         Celery - 4 sticks chopped into large chunks
·         Pepper - 1 chopped into large chunks
·         Carrots – 1 chopped into large chunks

·         Beef Stock – 2 cups
·         Bay Leaves – 4
·         Tomatoes – 1 can
·         Guinness - 1 can
·         HP Sauce – large dollop
·         Tomato Paste – 2 tablespoons
·         Hot Sauce – large dollop
·         Worcestershire Sauce – large dollop
·         Mixed beans – 1 can

·         Mustard Powder – 1 heaped teaspoon
·         Tomatoes - 2 fresh chopped into large chunks
·         Bacon – 2 rashers chopped into large chunks
·         Sausages – chorizo, pork, and/or frankfurters or all, chopped into large chunks

·         Mixed herbs – fresh & dry
·         Brown Sugar – 2 heaped table spoons
·         Paprika – big shake
·         Ground cumin -  big shake
·         Chilli flakes – big shake
·         Fresh Chilli – as much as you can take

1.       Cook bacon & sausages in oven, Whilst cooking…
2.       Fry onions & garlic in a little oil in large pot.
3.       Add mince & cook until brown. Add S&P whilst browning.
4.       Add carrots, celery & pepper. Cook for few mins.
5.       Add liquids: beef stock, Worcestershire, Guinness, tomato paste, hot sauce, HP sauce & canned tomatoes. Add beans & bring to boil then simmer for 10 mins stirring occasionally.
6.       Add mustard powder, fresh tomatoes & cooked sausages & bacon. Stir.
7.       Add herbs, chilli flakes, paprika, cumin seeds, fresh chilli & brown sugar. Stir.
8.       Cook for around 2 hours stirring every 10 minutes or so. Aiming for mixture where only little bit of liquid left.
9.       Can freeze and reheat. Add little more of the liquids & spices when reheating.

To assemble the breakfast taco, spread some of the chilli onto the taco.  Add a runny egg, crispy bacon, potato gems, grated cheese and salsa.


Other Party People who joined us this month...


/* */ Jo - SecondHelping said...

Breakfast tacos for dinner? Perfect.

/* */ Agnes said...

That would be quite a breakfast - something I would definitely like to see on a breakfast menu. Yum!

/* */ penny aka jeroxie said...

What a breakfast dinner.... heh. So much flavour and love the EGG addition.

/* */ Anh said...

I would eat this for breakfast, lunch AND dinner :)

/* */ Tangled Noodle said...

This is a definitely a dish for any meal, any time! I missed out on IIP this month but now I want to go out and buy myself a tortilla press so that I can start making tacos as good as these! 8-)

/* */ Elisa said...

I love your blog, and I also follow you on twitter. The breakfast taco recipe sounds wonderful...don't mean to be rude, but you misspelled "muscle." (at first it seemed like mussel as in seafood?

/* */ Emma @CakeMistress said...

Considering I had dessert tacos for breakfast, I might use the leftover shells to make your breakfast tacos for dinner! Yummo!

/* */ Iron Chef Shellie said...

I love breakfast for dinner. And good on hubby for pitching in too!
Looks divine!

/* */ ♥¸¸.•*¨Skip to Malou¨¨*•.¸¸♥¸ said...

I would definitely have this taco for breakfast. I feel like biting into that taco with egg...
I miss this IP event this month... will try to join you next month?

/* */ Christine@Christine's Recipes said...

The way of making these breakfast tacos sounds great. They look scrumptious.

/* */ Trissa said...

Well done on making your own taco shells! I love the breakfast twist on the taco. I can definitely have this for breakfast everyday!

/* */ Tamar1973 said...

Eggs, bacon and tater tots on the same plate seems to be quintessentially American! :)

/* */ Shirley said...

Breakfast tacos for dinner. I like that. I guess tacos are something you can eat anytime right. Well done, good job.

/* */ Rochelle said...

These sound great! Love the chili added to the tacos and your tortillas came out good too :D

/* */ Spicie Foodie said...

I'm glad to see you also make your own tortillas. Your dinner sounds good and very satisfying. By the way I'm Nancy and I also participated in the IIP :)

/* */ Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz said...

Breakfast? Maybe brunch cause I would have to skip lunch lol. They do look tasty tough. Nice work!

/* */ Trix said...

Anything with a fried egg on it is okay by me! Yum. And I know what you mean about needing extra muscle with no tortilla press - I had to enlist the help of Poppa Trix!

/* */ girlichef said...

Oh yum! I love breakfast tacos...for any meal. These sound fabulous =)

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