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…

18 thoughts on “Breakfast Taco – An International Incident

  1. 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! 😎

  2. 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?

  3. 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!

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