If you are going to start the day the right way, you’re going to need a good breakfast. Nobody does it better than the Mexicans. Our list of easy Mexican breakfast recipes is packed full of good things that will ensure you’ve got a ‘full tank’ to last the day (or at least until lunchtime). Take a look through our list below and see which easy-to-make Mexican recipe will tickle your tastebuds!
Best Mexican Breakfast Ideas
Let’s stick with eggs for the time being. Huevos rancheros are like the Mexican version of fried eggs on toast and are real Mexican cowboy food. It is a corn tortilla, lightly fried until crispy, then topped with a sunny-side-up egg covered in layers of tangy salsa and refried beans. This is another one that definitely doesn’t tick the ‘breakfast on the go’ box, but when you are sat in your ‘jamas at 12:01pm on a lazy Saturday, there is nothing that makes you feel better than a delicious filling Mexican breakfast lovingly prepared.
2. Churro Waffles
Churros are pretty much a staple in Mexico. Deep-fried sticks of dough that are served with lashings of sugar and dipped in chocolate? Well, for something just a little more civilized, the batter can work really well in a waffle iron! A dusting of cinnamon and some chocolate sauce makes for a high-energy breakfast. The best thing is you can use the leftover waffles too. (if there are any leftovers, which is unlikely). Cut them into slim fingers for some churros goodness on the go!
3. Orange Atole
This is part soup, part drink, and part dessert. Atoles is a thick dairy drink, made even thicker with cornstarch before being flavored with zesty and citrusy orange. It contains a fair helping of sugar, too, meaning you’ll be wide awake in no time. This recipe can take between 20-30 minutes to make. Still, it’s ideal for getting some of that essential vitamin C. Because it is served hot, it makes a great breakfast as a winter warmer.
4. Mexican Fruit Salad
Even if you can’t enjoy some Mexican sunshine, you can still bring summer into your own kitchen. A vibrant and fresh fruit salad is packed full of energy, not to mention a daily portion of vitamins and minerals. This isn’t too dissimilar from a regular fruit salad. But what better way to get you going than the inclusion of a large helping of chili lime seasoning to wake you up. A dash of fresh lime juice will give a tart zap to blow the last traces of sleep away!
5. Gorditas de La Villa
Griddled corn cakes aren’t hard to make. After all, they serve them on the street everywhere in Mexico. The base of these cakes is the same corn flour that is used to make tortillas. They are a little dense, but they more than make up for it with their sweetness. We challenge you to finish three without feeling full! Provided you have masa harina, the rest of this recipe’s ingredients should be in your store cupboard at home. They only take minutes to make too. Give them a go!
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This authentic Mexican breakfast is a culture fusion on a plate. You’ll find it in the border states and cities. In particular, Austin in Texas. This is a cross between scrambled eggs and a few Mexican additions such as strips of golden crispy tortilla, Mexican cheese, and some crunchy and sweet red peppers. If you want to really wake up, feel free to add a handful of chopped jalapeno peppers. And don’t forget the black beans for some added energy that will last you through the day!
This Mexican breakfast dish offers the ideal cross between soup and substance. Tortilla chips are soaked in a spicy and delicious tomato and pepper sauce before being placed in a pan and gently simmered until the entire mixture combines into something fresh, fragrant, and filling. We prefer to leave our chips slightly crunchy and add a crushed layer over the top just before serving. Still, traditionally they are meant to be served soft. Have a try and see which way you prefer them.
8. Breakfast Enchiladas
McDonald’s latched onto serving breakfast in a wrap fairly recently, but this has been around in Mexico for ages! The beauty of this recipe is that you can fill your enchiladas with whatever takes your fancy. We like to combine strips of fried eggs, cheese, and maybe some cubes of ham before frying our tortillas in a pan until brown and crispy. These are a great way of using up leftovers and spare ingredients. We often make a large enchilada and have half for breakfast and the other half for lunch!
9. Papas con Chorizo
We love a good all-rounder. This is a great example. Papas con Chorizo translates to ‘potato and sausage’… We think that sounds like a pretty hearty breakfast? Potatoes on their own can be a little bland, but the fragrant and spicy oil within the chorizo will take this dish to the next level. This contains only a handful of ingredients, but we must warn you, this isn’t a quick dish. We like to eat this one on a lazy Sunday morning when we’ve got a bit of time to spare.
10. Huevos Ahogados
Poached eggs have been standard breakfast fayre for as long as eggs have existed. But the thing is, they can be a bit bland. If you are looking to up your egg game, then have a try at this. This is an egg poached in spicy salsa. The broth is as important as the egg! It combines the fresh tastes of cilantro, garlic, and onions, not to mention a generous helping of spicy chili. If you are still not full, feel free to add a helping of toasted tortillas, which are perfect for dipping and soaking up all of that tasty broth!
11. Mexican Breakfast Casserole
If you’ve got company over for breakfast, then it can all get a little bit stressful. This one-pan dish should solve any crisis and let you enjoy your morning. Think of it as a sort of lasagna as the prep time and effort is about the same. Make it, throw it in the oven, job done! This dish combines sausage, ground beef, and taco seasoning. Instead of pasta, it uses layers of creamy and silky eggs to ‘set’ the dish. There is a bit of crunch, too, with the inclusion of layers of crispy tacos!
12. Spicy Mexican Rice with Poached Eggs
This is similar to a Mexican breakfast hash, except in place of the squash, you use spicy rice. This dish contains everything we love in Mexican food. Rice, cumin, ground beef, tangy cheddar cheese, and of course eggs and sausage! We love to serve it alongside some warm floury tortillas, perfect for making a quick handheld warp if you need to grab and go in the morning!
13. Mexican Breakfast Cups
Ever had Starbucks egg bites? Well, these are similar but with a Mexican twist. I love that I can make a batch on Sunday evening, freeze them, and I’ve got breakfast covered for the whole week! The basis for this easy Mexican breakfast dish is eggs. These are combined with Mexican-style ingredients such as avocado, corn, spicy Mexican cheese, and maybe a little hot sauce. From there, you whip up the batter and bake in a muffin tray until golden and puffy. We like to add cheese to ours as it makes them a bit more substantial and gives them a really nice golden color when they bake.
14. Mexican Breakfast Hash
Man, I love a good breakfast hash. If the portion is big enough, I don’t have to eat until dinner! You’ll find the standard hash ingredients plus a little extra. We swop out the potato for butternut squash. The ‘Mexican part comes from the inclusion of spices such as cumin, chopped chorizo, and a lot of avocados! This breakfast is a little time-consuming, but we promise you that it is worth it. You can serve the egg in the dish scrambled, but we like to create little egg ‘pockets’ in the hash where we crack whole eggs and let them gently bake until they are set with a soft and oozy yoke center.
15. Breakfast Quesadillas
Quesadillas often feature on Mexican menus, making perfect sense that they would be ideal for breakfast. If you are used to making quesadillas, then you’ll find these a breeze. Alongside the usual filling of cheese, we add a flat and slightly frilly egg omelet. We then add either cooked crispy bacon or chopped breakfast sausage (or both) before lovingly toasting each side of the tortilla in a hot skillet. You can fold a single tortilla or use two to make a sandwich flipped halfway through the cooking process—your call.
Say what? Here’s a clue, it is pronounced ‘soap-a-pee-yass’ It literally means soft pillow in Spanish. Once you’ve tasted this Mexican breakfast, you’ll think you are back asleep and dreaming. Sopapillas are fried pastry pillows that can be smothered in a filling of your choice. We like to cover them in simple syrup before giving them a dusting of cinnamon and sugar… We might even include a lump of freshly whipped cream too! If you prefer a savory topping, they work really well with cream cheese or sour cream combined with a little chopped chili.
17. Mexican Breakfast Tacos
Crispy or soft? How do you prefer your tacos? For us, we don’t really care as long as they are stuffed full of good things… Here’s a case in point. Sometimes a simple breakfast just isn’t enough. These are part full cooked breakfast, part Mexican, part sandwich, and area great for using up breakfast leftovers. Simply fill mini folded tortillas with fried eggs, shredded cheese, and whatever protein you have leftovers, such as cold bacon or sausage. Cubed hash browns add a little savory crunch too! You can serve them as is or bake them in the oven for 10 minutes for a slightly toasted taco!
18. Mexican Overnight Oats
Now, this is a real ‘on the go’ breakfast. Prep time in the morning? Zero. Tres Leche means ‘three kinds of milk’. In this instance, it’s a mix of almond milk, sweet condensed milk, and evaporated milk. This is combined with rolled oats, a banana, and some chopped walnuts before being left in the fridge overnight. The rolled oats soak up the milk and swell before setting. Feel free to add a pinch of cinnamon too! From there, all you have to do is get up in the morning and eat it! It’s really good for you too and is full of slow-release energy.
19. Taco Breakfast Burritos
We love a handheld snack. When we are in a rush for work, this is ideal as you can hold, eat, and drive simultaneously (paying careful attention to the road, of course). While the prep might be a little time-consuming, they can be individually frozen once they are cooked. From then on, all you have to do is give them a blast in the oven or microwave them, and you’ve got a hot breakfast to go! We fill ours with heaps of roasted potatoes, chopped crispy bacon, fried eggs, and sausage, all glued together with some spicy Mexicana cheese!
Who doesn’t love churros? Want to eat them morning, noon, and night? Us too, that’s why we’ve included them. They are traditionally dipped in chocolate sauce, but we will occasionally give one a little stir around our cappuccino! Perfect for mopping up stray bits of foam. If you don’t want to spend the morning frying batter, make them the night before and store them covered in the fridge. A 5-minute blast in the oven is all it takes to have a pot of churros waiting for breakfast.
21. Breakfast Taquitos
Ok, so these are similar to tacos. Except they are a little smaller and lighter! You can make these ahead and freeze them individually too—taste and convenience all in a handheld package. Tomato features heavily in Mexican food. To make sure you get that taste (and avoid a soggy taquito), we recommend using a jar of sundried tomatoes instead of fresh ones. Bake the Taquitos and then eat immediately while crispy or allow to cool for freezing.
Well, that’s put us firmly in the mood for breakfast, how about you? Whether you are dashing out of the door or enjoying a ‘duvet day,’ our list of 21 Mexican breakfast recipes should allow you to make something filling, a little spicy, and very tasty! Whatever you choose, we hope you enjoy it!