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23 December 2018

A quick and easy Migas recipe, which are lightly scrambled eggs with crispy tortillas, jalapeno peppers, tomato and melted cheese. Truly NOM NOM.

Do you enjoy scrambled eggs with a twist? If so, you’re going to love Migas. Migas is a breakfast dish of scrambled eggs that have been cooked with peppers, onions and tomato, then finished with homemade crispy fried tortilla strips and melty cheese.

It’s totally up your spicy food loving alley, isn’t it?

 

There are variations of this dish in different parts of the world, including Spain and Portugal, but this version is more of an American style, mostly Tex-Mex with a Mexican influence.

What we’re doing here is cooking down peppers, onions and tomatoes, then adding a mixture of scrambled eggs to let them set.

You don’t want them to set too much, or else they’ll dry out. They’re best when they retain some of their moisture. When they’re just about done, we fold in some homemade fried tortilla strips and melty cheese, and…

BOOM!

It doesn’t get any better than this, my friends. Migas is nice and spicy and HUGE on flavor, and you can spice it up even more with your favorite hot sauce and spicy chili flakes, like I love to do.

Ready for some?

Let’s talk about how we make them, shall we? Let’s get cooking!

How to Make Migas – the Recipe Method

First, slice some corn tortillas into strips or squares, like so. I like to cut them into squares, as they incorporate more easily into the final dish, though strips are great, too.

Sliced tortilla strips

Next, heat the vegetable in a large pan and add the sliced corn tortillas.

Fry them lightly in the hot oil until they crisp up, flipping a bit, about 4-5 minutes.

Frying tortilla strips in a pan

Remove them from the pan and add the tortillas onto a paper towel lined plate to drain. Sprinkle them with a bit of salt while they are hot.

Draining the crispy fried tortillas

Next, add the peppers and onion to the pan heated to medium and cook them down about 5 minutes. You can use a bit of olive oil if you need it. Stir in the tomato.

Cooked tomatoes, onion and peppers in a hot pan

Next, add the eggs. Simply pour in the scrambled eggs. Sprinkle with a pinch salt and black pepper and stir.

Freshly poured scrambled eggs, heating in a pan with tomatoes, onion and peppers

Cook the eggs, stirring occasionally, about 2-3 minutes, or until the egg mixture just begins to set.

Fluffing the scrambled eggs with a spoon to make Migas

Remove from heat and stir in the reserved crispy tortillas and shredded cheese.

Adding cheese to our Migas dish

Top with spicy chili flakes, extra sliced peppers and avocado. And hot sauce if desired!

BOOM! DONE!

That’s it! Pretty easy, right? And CRAZY tasty. I just love these. They’re definitely a favorite breakfast of mine.

Migas: Scrambled Eggs with Crispy Tortillas – Recipe

About the Peppers

For this recipe, I’ve used both jalapeno pepper and red bell pepper. Jalapeno peppers will certainly give you a bit of heat, though more of an average level spiciness. I really love them for the balance of flavor and spice for everyday cooking.

You can easily add other peppers, like the spicy serrano pepper, or go hotter with habaneros or even up through any of the superhot chili peppers.

You can also easily omit the jalapeno peppers and use only bell peppers for a milder version of this recipe.

Recipe Variations

Migas is a great dish on its own, but as a variation, consider adding spicy Mexican chorizo for some added kick and flavor. You can even add in other crumbled sausage or ground chicken to make it more of a meal.

Salsa is also a popular addition. Scoop a few spoonfuls of Salsa Roja or your favorite Salsa Verde as a finisher. You’ll love the added flavor pop.

Check out the video below to see the cooking in action.

Migas: Scrambled Eggs with Crispy Tortillas – Recipe

Different Types of Migas

Migas is common in different cuisines around the world, including Spain and Portugal. There are also Mexican and Tex-Mex migas.

The recipe is basically the same in different parts of the world. They just vary in the use of local ingredients. 

In Spain, migas is a breakfast dish that uses leftover bread or tortas. It has converted today into a first course serving and is popular for lunch and dinner.

In Portugal, migas is usually made with leftover wheat or corn bread bread. In some parts, it is made with potatoes.

Mexican migas is a traditional breakfast made with fried tortilla strips and scrambled eggs. It is similar to my recipe.

Tex-Mex migas is similar to Mexican migas, though it includes other ingredients like onion, peppers, tomatoes, cheese and other spices. This is most like my own Migas recipe.

Try Some of My Other Popular Breakfast Recipes

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS.Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

5 from 2 votes
Migas: Scrambled Eggs with Crispy Tortillas – Recipe
Migas: Scrambled Eggs with Crispy Tortillas – Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
A quick and easy recipe for Migas, which are lightly scrambled eggs with crispy tortillas, jalapeno peppers, tomato and melted cheese. Truly NOM NOM.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: eggs, recipe, spicy, video
Servings: 4
Calories: 261 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 corn tortillas cut into strips or squares
  • 1 jalapeno pepper diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper diced
  • 1 small onion white or yellow, diced
  • 4-5 eggs lightly scrambled
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup shredded pepperjack or Monterrey Jack cheese
  • For Serving: spicy chili flakes extra sliced peppers, avocado, hot sauce
Instructions
  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan and add the corn tortillas. Fry them lightly in the hot oil until they crisp up, flipping a bit, about 4-5 minutes. Remove them from the pan and set them into paper towels to drain. Sprinkle them with a bit of salt while they are hot.

  2. Next, add the peppers and onion to the hot pan and cook them down about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomato, then pour in the scrambled eggs. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and stir.
  4. Cook the eggs, stirring here and there, about 2-3 minutes, or until the eggs just begin to set.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the reserved crispy tortillas and shredded cheese.
  6. Top with spicy chili flakes, extra sliced peppers and avocado. And hot sauce if desired!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Heat Factor: Mild-Medium. You can up the heat by adding extra jalapeno peppers, and using a spicy hot sauce to finish. Reduce the heat by coring the jalapenos before cooking, or using bell peppers instead.

Nutrition Facts
Migas: Scrambled Eggs with Crispy Tortillas – Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 261 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 176mg 59%
Sodium 148mg 6%
Potassium 283mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 31.3%
Vitamin C 59.7%
Calcium 15%
Iron 7.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Migas (Scrambled Eggs with Crispy Tortillas) - A quick and easy recipe for Migas, which are lightly scrambled eggs with crispy tortillas, jalapeno peppers, tomato and melted cheese. Truly NOM NOM. #MexicanBreakfast #Breakfast #ScrambledEggs

4 comments

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness


      Sharyn, Chilaquiles takes tortillas and mixes them with a sauce, then is topped with a fried egg or two, whereas Migas scrambled the eggs and folds in tortillas and cheese. Very similar ingredients, but different both texturally and in flavor. I love them both!

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