Migas Tacos! An Austin, Texas breakfast staple featuring soft scrambled eggs cooked with crispy fried corn tortillas, onion and jalapeño and topped with melty cheese, tomato, cilantro, avocado and black beans. 

breakfast tacos filled with scrambled eggs, black beans, tomatoes, avocado slices and cilantro set on parchment paper-lined trays

Austin-Inspired Migas Breakfast Tacos

The “Austin Breakfast Taco” is no joke. Every morning, food trucks scattered throughout the city are slinging the most unique and satisfying breakfast tacos you can imagine. Aside from soft scrambled eggs, the toppings range from chorizo and bacon, to refried pinto beans, mushrooms and poblanos. There’s always something new to try.

It was only a matter of time I whipped up my own version of one of our favorite breakfast tacos after returning from Austin. So we’re making just that, Migas Tacos!

Not traditionally served in taco-from, Tex-Mex Migas Tacos are definitely an Austin staple.

What are Migas?

Migas are a traditional Mexican breakfast dish featuring crispy bites of fried corn tortilla (born out of a need to use leftover fried tortillas) cooked with scrambled eggs. My variation is very much Tex-Mex and features onion, jalapeño, cilantro and cheese.

Migas served in tacos is not traditional, but it’s becoming an Austin tradition. 

shredded cheese, diced onion, diced tomato, sliced green onions, jalapeno, cilantro, and eggs measured out and arranged on a light brown table

Ingredients Needed for Migas Tacos

  • Extra-virgin olive oil 
  • Small corn tortillas (5- or 6-inch)
  • Onion
  • Jalapeño
  • Garlic
  • Large eggs
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • Pepper Jack cheese, Monterey Jack cheese will also work. I recommend buying a block and shredding it yourself (it melts better).
  • Toppings: canned black beans, fresh cilantro, diced tomatoes, avocado, hot sauce. 

How to Make Migas Tacos

  1. Cook corn tortillas in olive oil until golden brown and crispy; transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate and season with salt. 
  2. Cook onion, jalapeño and garlic until softened and starting to brown. It is important to cook the vegetables over medium heat. Any higher and the garlic will start to burn. If your stovetop runs hot, decrease the temperature to medium-low. 
  3. Beat the eggs then add them to the skillet. Cook the eggs by dragging a spatula through them to create large curds (avoid stirring). Cook the eggs until they’re mostly set but still fairly wet. 
  4. Remove skillet from heat and sprinkle eggs with cheese. Cover with a lid and let stand until the cheese has melted. 
  5. Meanwhile, char the corn tortillas for serving over an open flame on the stove top. You can also use your broiler. 
  6. Divide eggs between tortillas and top with desired toppings.

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FAQ

Why shouldn’t I stir the eggs during cooking?

For large, soft curds of scrambled eggs, it’s best to pull a spatula through the eggs instead of stirring. I recommend scraping the rubber spatula through the pan in tight parallel lines. This makes it so no eggs get overcooked or “set” for too long, rather the eggs are “just set.”

Can flour tortillas be used?

Corn tortillas are classic in migas and crisp up better. I recommend using corn tortillas for the in the migas, but you can serve the migas in flour.

Is pre-shredded cheese OK to use?

It will work, but I recommend buying a block of Pepper Jack (Monterey Jack and Cheddar will also work) and shredding it on a large-hole grater. Packaged pre-shredded cheese contains an anti-caking agent which makes it less melty. Using shredded block cheese melts and tastes better.

breakfast tacos filled with scrambled eggs, avocado slices, tomatoes, black beans on silver trays with parchment paper. Orange juice and hot sauce set around

Variations:

  • Add refried beans.
  • Cook diced bell peppers with the onions, jalapeño and garlic.
  • Skip the frying of the tortillas strips and use a few handfuls of corn tortilla chips.
  • Serve the eggs and toppings in flour tortillas instead of corn for a softer, chewier taco.

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If you give these Migas Tacos a try, be sure to let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating below. You can also snap a photo & tag @zestfulkitchen on Instagram. I love hearing about and seeing your ZK creations!

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breakfast tacos filled with scrambled eggs, black beans, tomatoes, avocado slices and cilantro set on parchment paper-lined trays

Austin-Style Migas Breakfast Tacos

  • Author: Lauren Grant
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 tacos (4 servings) 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Austin-inspired breakfast tacos featuring soft-scrambled eggs cooked with onion, jalapeño, garlic and crispy corn tortillas. The egg mixture gets served in corn tortillas with melty cheese and fresh veggies.


Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 4 small corn tortillas (5- or 6-inch), cut into strips + more for serving
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • ½ cup finely diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced jalapeño
  • 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 6 large eggs, beaten 
  • ½ cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  • ½ cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup diced tomatoes 
  • 1 avocado, sliced 
  • Hot sauce of choice, for serving 

Instructions

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high until shimmering. Add tortilla strips and cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate; season lightly with salt. 

Decrease heat to medium and add onion, jalapeño and garlic to skillet; season with salt and pepper and cook until starting to soften and lightly browned, 5–7 minutes. 

Add eggs, season with salt and pepper and cook, dragging a rubber spatula through eggs to create large curds (avoid stirring), until starting to set but still wet. Gently fold in cooked tortilla strips. Remove skillet from heat and sprinkle eggs with cheese; cover with lid and let sit until cheese melts, about 3 minutes. 

Meanwhile, char tortillas over an open flame on stove top, turning frequently with tongs to char all over.

Spoon eggs into tortillas and top with black beans, cilantro, tomatoes and avocado slices. Serve with hot sauce.



Notes

It’s important to cook the vegetables over medium heat. Any higher and the garlic will start to burn. If your stovetop runs hot, decrease the temperature to medium-low.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 tacos
  • Calories: 498
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 230mg
  • Fat: 31g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 39g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Protein: 19g
  • Cholesterol: 294mg

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Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.

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    1. Yay! I’m so happy to hear you enjoy these tacos, great idea to serve these as a weeknight dinner! Thanks Chloe!!