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Breakfast tacos!

I honestly don’t know why it has taken me so long to jump on this whole tacos-for-breakfast thing. Now that I’ve tried them though? Whoa, I am so hooked. I mean, what on Earth could not be awesome about having tacos for brunch? They’re the best.

So let me tell you a little back story on me and tacos. Yup, another story! I’ve been eating tacos for as long as I can remember. My dad would religiously make tacos at least once, possibly even twice, a week for my brothers and I. He’d make beef tacos, wrap them in flour tortillas for the boys, and stuff them into hard shells for mom and I. We’d top them with cheese and lettuce and call it a day. They were pretty bland, but my family loved them anyway. I don’t think anyone ever complained about having tacos at least once a week. They were just so freaking simple, but still a true crowd pleaser.

These days, I can’t imagine eating a taco without avocado, or fruit salsa…or just more color…please! But the point of this story is that tacos are something I’ve loved for literally my entire life. I sort of feel like a lot of you might be able to relate? Did you guys eat tacos for dinner while growing up? If you did, I do hope they were maybe a little more exciting than the Gerard family taco…

Breakfast Tacos Al Pastor | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Breakfast Tacos Al Pastor | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Breakfast Tacos Al Pastor | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Anyway, it was clearly only a matter of time before I tested out brunch style tacos…and now that I have experienced their amazingness, today is the day I’m sharing them with you!

Yeahh!

So I did a lot of research on breakfast tacos, and you know? There are a lot of them out there. Like a lot. I wanted to do something a little different, so I created these al pastor style breakfast tacos. Tacos al Pastor usually consist of pork that is slow cooked in a spicy orange pineapple sauce…SO good. But instead of slow cooking the pork for hours on end, I took a bit of a shortcut and went for ground chicken. It’s a little lighter and leaner, which I felt was kind of a good thing for a brunch recipe, you know? You could also use ground pork or even turkey.

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For my sauce, I totally kept it al pastor style, with tons of pineapple, some chipotle peppers and a good splash of not-from-concentrate Florida’s Natural® Brand Orange Juice to balance out all the spice. (Not only does it add that necessary citrus flavor, but it’s also made entirely from Florida oranges, which I can totally get behind.) But this filling. I cannot tell you enough how delicious it is. It’s packed with the sweet-and-spicy flavors of classic al pastor style tacos, but yet so simple and quick. The orange juice is key here, as it adds a really nice punch of citrus, which fits perfectly with the pineapple and smoky chipotle.

Now, what is a breakfast taco without some eggs? You just have to have them, right? I couldn’t decide if I wanted to fry my eggs or scramble them, but in the end, I went with fried, because when in doubt, I always go for the runny yolk. <–it’s my favorite!

Then, just finish each taco off with some fresh pineapple basil salsa, cheese and avocado. Yum, yum, YUM.

Since we’re talking brunch, you should probably include a special brunch drink. Maybe something like this orange turmeric crush?

Yes, I think that would be perfect.

(Also, while these tacos are definitely perfect for brunch, they are just as delicious any other time of the day…trust me on that!)

And lastly, these would be great for a Cinco de Mayo brunch or even as a super fun way to spice up Mother’s Day! Bring on the all the breakfast tacos!

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Breakfast Tacos Al Pastor

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 0 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken or pork
  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, chopped
  • 1/2 cup not-from-concentrate Florida's Natural® Brand Orange Juice
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 6-8 corn or flour tortillas, warmed
  • 4-6 fried eggs
  • sliced avocado, for serving
  • feta or cheddar cheese, for serving

Instructions

  1. 1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over high heat. When the oil shimmers, add the ground chicken and onion. Cook, stirring often and breaking up the meat as it cooks, until the chicken is browned, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, chili powder, paprika, salt, chipotle peppers, Florida’s Natural orange juice, 1/4 cup water, and 1 cup pineapple. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the sauce has thickened slightly around the chicken, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro. 

    2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the remaining 1 cup pineapple, the basil, jalapeño, lime juice, and a pinch of salt. 

    3. To serve, divide the fried eggs among tortillas and top with the chicken. Add the pineapple-basil-salsa, avocado, and cheese. EAT!

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Breakfast of champions right there.

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