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Sense & Edibility's Chorizo and Egg Breakfast Nachos

Chorizo and Egg Breakfast Nachos

Make your own tortilla chips, pico de gallo and guacamole from scratch, or use store-bought toppings for a faster prep time. 

Course Mornings
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chorizo, eggs, nachos
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Author Marta Rivera

Ingredients

Fresh Tortilla Chips

  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • 20 10" corn tortillas, cut in quarters
  • kosher salt, to taste

Pice de Gallo

  • 4 vine-ripened or roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 diced red onion (1 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 small jalapeño, minced, optional
  • 2 medium limes, juiced (about 1/4 cup)
  • kosher salt, to taste

Guacamole

  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ripe Hass avocados
  • 1 diced vine-ripened tomato
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 jalapeño, minced (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Chorizo-Egg Nachos

  • 1 pound Oaxaca cheese, pulled into shreds, divided
  • 12 ounces chorizo, casings removed
  • 12 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 16 ounce can refried beans (optional)

Toppings

  • pico de gallo
  • guacamole
  • 2 cups crumbled cotija cheese
  • chopped cilantro
  • Crema Schmear, link in post (or sour cream)
  • thinly sliced jalapeño peppers
  • lime wedges
  • salsa
  • Mexican hot sauce

Instructions

Fry the Tortilla Chips

  1. Heat a quart of vegetable oil to 350°F over medium-high heat in a deep frying pan.

  2. Add a half a stack of tortilla triangles and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until the chips are golden and rise to the top of the oil's surface. Stir the chips as they fry to prevent them from sticking together. 

    When you remove one, it should be hard and crispy. Once the chips are finished frying, transfer them from the oil to drain in a colander set over a bowl (or to a sheet pan lined with paper towels).

  3. Salt the chips with kosher salt.

    Continue frying and salting the remaining chips this way. Once all of the tortillas have been fried and salted, set them aside or store them in a plastic bag until ready to eat. 

Prepare the Pico de Gallo (optional)

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the tomatoes, red onion, thinly sliced garlic, cilantro, and minced jalapeños.  

  2. Pour the lime juice into the bowl and stir the ingredients together. Taste the pico de gallo and adjust the seasoning with a pinch (or two) of salt. 

  3. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the pico for at least 30 minutes. 

Make the Guacamole

  1. Mince the garlic cloves, then add the salt to it. Turn your knife's blade onto its side and press and drag the blade through the minced garlic to form a paste. 

  2. Scoop the avocado's flesh into a mixing bowl and mash until slightly chunky.

  3. Add the diced tomato, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño, and lime juice and stir to combine. 

  4. Press a piece of plastic wrap against the surface of the guacamole and refrigerate while you prepare the chorizo and egg mixture.

Prepare the Chorizo, Egg, and Bean Mixture

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.

    Arrange the tortilla chips in a single layer on a half-sheet pan and top with half of the Oaxaca cheese shreds. Put the chips into the oven for 10 minutes.

  2. While the chips are heating, brown the chorizo in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 9-10 minutes, using a spoon to break the chorizo into crumbles. 

  3. Once the chorizo has cooked pour the beaten eggs into the pan. Scramble the eggs and cook for 8 minutes. 

  4. Add the refried beans to the skillet and stir them into the mixture until they are warmed through and smooth. 

Assemble the Nachos

  1. Remove the chips from the oven and spread the chorizo-egg mixture over them. Top the chorizo mixture with the remaining Oaxaca and return the pan to the oven to melt the cheese, about 5-6 minutes.

  2. Remove the nachos from the oven and top them with the pico de gallo, guacamole, and the crumbled cotija cheese. Top with cilantro and drizzle with crema or sour cream.

  3. Garnish the nachos with sliced jalapeños, lime wedges, salsa, and/or Mexican hot sauce. 

    Enjoy immediately after assembling. 

Recipe Notes

The tortilla chips are good for 3 days after you've fried them. Warm them in a 350°F oven for a few minutes for the best taste. 

Prepared pico de gallo can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week. 

The assembled nachos are best enjoyed immediately after preparation.

For convenient dining, serve the nachos on small (individual) quarter sheet pans.