Healthy Breakfast Tacos

These healthy breakfast tacos are my favorite way to start the day. Fresh & light, they're easy to make, but they're packed with flavor.

Breakfast Tacos

If you asked everyone in Austin where they get their favorite breakfast tacos, you’d get a different answer from every person. Austinites have opinions about breakfast tacos like Chicagoans have opinions about pizza. Since I moved to Austin a number of years ago, I’ve eaten more breakfast tacos than I could ever begin to count – most I’ve loved (some I haven’t) but after all that, my favorite place to have them… is at home. Here’s why:

First, I like to eat breakfast right when I wake up, so I usually don’t have the patience to even run down the street to get tacos in the morning.

Second, I can make them however I want, which means goodbye greasy tacos, and hello tons of veggies. The base of this healthy breakfast tacos recipe is a very green egg scramble that’s filled with green peppers, green onions, arugula, and a scoop of yellow tomato salsa. My breakfast tacos are fresh, healthy, and lighter than anything you’d find at a restaurant or truck.

Breakfast Tacos Recipe Ingredients

How to Make Breakfast Tacos

The first step to this breakfast tacos recipe is to make the salsa. It’s a quick, fresh salsa that takes just a few minutes to mix together. It can also be made the night before for quicker morning taco-making. Of course, if you happen to have tomatillo salsa or pico de gallo on hand, they’d be great here too.

Next, cook the veggies with a scoop of the salsa. When the salsa and veggies are finished, I start cooking the eggs in a nonstick skillet and stir in the vegetables halfway through.

Green peppers, green onions, and salsa in a skillet

Once off the heat, I stir in a big handful of chopped leafy greens. I often go for spinach, but this time I had some great-looking arugula. I also tossed in some cilantro for good measure. Assemble the tacos with more salsa, avocado, and salt and pepper, and enjoy!

Eggs, salsa, and avocado

Breakfast Tacos Recipe Tips

  • Cook the veggies in a separate pan from the eggs. This way, you’ll be able to accurately judge the cooking times for both the veggies and the eggs – one won’t overcook before the other’s ready. I also find that cooking scrambled eggs in a fresh pan with hot oil makes them less likely to stick.
  • Take the eggs off the heat when they’re still a little bit runny. You don’t want them to overcook while you assemble your tacos!
  • Warm the tortillas. When it comes to breakfast tacos (or any tacos, for that matter), warm tortillas are a must. I like to char mine over a gas flame until the edges brown, but you can also wrap them in foil and warm them in the oven.

Healthy Breakfast Tacos Recipe

 Breakfast Tacos Recipe Variations

  • Add some cheese. I make my breakfast tacos dairy-free because I’m not a huge fan of egg and cheese together. But if you’re a cheese lover, add a handful shredded cheddar when you’re cooking the eggs, or top the tacos with crumbled feta.
  • Make them heartier. Slather the tortillas with refried beans before you add the egg mixture, or mix in a few black beans.
  • Add extra richness. Swap the avocado slices for guac, or top your breakfast tacos with a dollop of cashew sour cream.
  • Top them with a pickle. For a bright, tangy pop of flavor (and maybe extra heat), top the tacos with pickled red onions or pickled jalapeños.
  • Choose your favorite tortillas. Any tortillas are fair game! Because I love the flavor of corn tortillas but appreciate the pliability of flour tortillas, I like to use tortillas made from a mix of corn and wheat flour. I’ll either buy this brand, or make my own. If you use regular corn tortillas, this breakfast taco recipe is totally gluten-free.

Let me know what variations you try!

Healthy Breakfast Tacos

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Healthy Breakfast Tacos

 
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You'll love making these healthy breakfast tacos at home. If you can't find a yellow tomato, a red tomato will work equally well in the salsa. Dairy-free and gluten-free with gluten-free corn tortillas.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
Ingredients
Yellow Tomato Salsa
  • 1 large yellow tomato, diced
  • 3 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • ½ to 1 serrano pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Juice from ½ lime
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
For the tacos:
  • 1 green pepper, cored, stem removed, and diced
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups arugula or spinach, chopped
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 tortillas (corn, flour, wheat, or homemade - whatever you like)
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro, more for garnish
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Lime wedges
Instructions
  1. Make the Yellow Tomato Salsa: In a small bowl, combine the tomato, onion, cilantro, serrano, garlic, lime juice and salt. Chill until ready to use.
  2. In a small nonstick skillet, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat. Add the green pepper, scallions, and a pinch of salt and pepper and sauté until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Scoop a large spoonful of the salsa into the pepper mixture and stir. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. Brush a large nonstick stick skillet lightly with olive oil and bring to medium heat. Add the eggs, let them cook for a few seconds and then stir. Add the green pepper mixture to the eggs. Continue to stir and scramble the eggs until just set. Remove from the pan from the heat while the eggs are slightly runny and stir in the arugula and half of the extra cilantro.
  4. Assemble the tacos with the egg mixture, a scoop of salsa, the remaining cilantro and a few slices of avocado. Finish with a squeeze of lime and a pinch of salt and pepper, if desired. Garnish with cilantro and serve with lime wedges.

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  1. Mary
    05.17.2017

    This looks delicious!

  2. Natalie from workovereasy.com
    05.17.2017

    I wish breakfast tacos (in fact tacos and Mexican food in general) were more of a thing in the UK these sound absolutely incredible!

    – Natalie
    http://www.workovereasy.com

  3. Amy from bucketloadofjoy.com
    05.18.2017

    They look so yummy. I would have to add some bacon to these bad boys to satisfy the husband (gotta have bacon in the morning)

    Amy | http://www.bucketloadofjoy.com

  4. carlos at Spoonabilities
    05.18.2017

    I love this beautiful, clean, bright color breakfast tacos. I’m pretty lazy making breakfast, and this is an excellent way to start the day with this breakfast. Thank you,

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.21.2017

      I’m pretty lazy in the morning too – everything (except the eggs) can be prepped the night before!

  5. Being from Austin, I can’t get enough of breakfast tacos either. In fact, I recently photographed some for an upcoming post myself. Love your fresh, green take here, especially with the yellow tomato salsa.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.21.2017

      thanks Katie!

  6. stanp from enamelcookwareplus.com
    05.19.2017

    I have to admit…been cooking for many years and first time I came across a breakfast taco recipe.
    Have to start watching my sugar…carbs…etc…so this fits right in.

    Having a lot of family company for Memorial Weekend…will use this recipe one morning.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.21.2017

      I hope you enjoy the tacos!

      • stanp from enamelcookwareplus.com
        05.31.2017

        Used it Saturday morning….big hit !!

        • Jeanine Donofrio
          05.31.2017

          so happy to hear!

  7. Stacey
    05.20.2017

    Can you use the pans on an induction range?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.21.2017

      I’m not sure, but I’ll ask!

  8. Sabrina from newkitchenlife.com
    05.21.2017

    very nice, these certainly work for breakfast, love all of the extra greens and understand your preference for skipping the cheese in this recipe, thank you!

  9. Edie
    05.21.2017

    Yum. These look so good! Breakfast tacos are seriously the best. We have them at least once a week (for dinner, ha).

  10. Kacy from library.uonbi.ac.ke
    06.05.2017

    I always wondered how tacos are made, thanks for the insight

  11. Hanna from georgesrestaurant.com.au
    07.26.2017

    This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for sharing …

  12. Sandy
    08.09.2017

    I love the colours, such a beautiful way to start the day. Thank-you for the recipe, I definitely have to try it, I might throw in some black beans or black eyed peas 😉

  13. Dolly from gmail.com
    08.10.2017

    Thanks for sharing breakfast dish! keep it up!

  14. Green! That’s really a colorful breakfast. This recipe gives me positive vibes 🙂

  15. Christina
    05.01.2020

    I loved this recipe, it was delicious! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.03.2020

      Hi Christina, I’m so glad you loved it!

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