I don’t have a photo of this week’s recipe, because I forgot to take one until we were halfway finished with our meal. Oops. I’ll try to remember to take a picture the next time I make this. On the up side, that should give you a pretty good idea of how much we liked it.
Anyway. The first time I had chorizo and scrambled eggs was at a diner in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, on our first trip west. I loved it, but when I tried to make it myself, it always turned out too greasy. A former student told me that was because I was using way too much chorizo relative to the number of eggs.
Chorizo is a type of Mexican sausage that’s used in tacos, breakfast burritos, and various other dishes. This recipe calls for a product called “Soyrizo,” which is a very convincing soy-based substitute for chorizo. It’s made by a company called Frieda’s, and I’ve found it in the produce case at just about every conventional supermarket I’ve been in. If you can’t find it locally, pester your local health-food store to carry it. It’s a good product, and one I’m pretty sure they’ll be able to sell.
6 large eggs
1 tbsp. taco seasoning
1/4 link Soyrizo
1-2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1-2 roasted green chiles, chopped (OK to substitute canned if necessary)
Crack eggs into a measuring cup or bowl and stir until the yolks and whites are mixed together thoroughly. Stir in taco seasoning and set aside.
Coat the bottom of a frying pan with olive oil, add Soyrizo, and mash it until it’s crumbled up. (The Soyrizo will come in a plastic casing. I just snip off the end of the casing and squeeze out as much of the sausage as I need. You can freeze the rest for later use.)
Add the eggs, green chile, and shredded cheddar to the pan and stir. Cook over medium heat until eggs are set, stirring frequently to scramble the whole mess together.
Salt to taste and serve with warm tortillas and salsa. (If you’re watching your carbs, you can skip the tortillas, but a chorizo breakfast burrito is worth the extra calories.)
P.S.: As always, nobody gave me anything to post this.