They’re breakfast. They’re lunch. They’re appetizers.
All of my favorite things that aren’t full of sugar.
I’m not going to go on and on and on about how I love breakfast food, and how it’s my absolute favorite.
But I’m not sure what else to say about them!
I get into food ruts big time, but I kind of don’t think it’s a bad thing. I mean, I like chips. And I like making chips into a meal, whether that’s BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Nachos or these Breakfast Taco Bites.
I like doughnuts (don’t you?!).
I like chocolate.
I like cheese.
I like potatoes.
And so, I’m not going to apologize.
My sister once asked me why I have so many recipes that are pretty much the same. I had, like, 3 whole no-bake cookie recipes on the blog at that time. To be fair, it was quite a while ago that she said that. And I’ve gotten into different food ruts since then.
Like chips for dinner.
After I made these nachos, I was dreaming up all sorts of nacho ideas. I was also thinking Mexican food for Cinco de Mayo and breakfast ideas for Mother’s Day. And they just sort of happened.
These are super easy to make ahead, which is really one of the best things about them (I mean, other than the fact that they are tasty). It would be super easy to cook up your filling and refrigerate it up to a day in advance, then just scoop and bake.
I chose to mix most of the cheese into the eggs, because the thought of spooning the eggs in and then trying to top each one with a good amount of cheese seemed a little labor intensive. I’m actually glad I did though, because the cheese melts and acts as the glue between the chip and the filling, and it’s not nearly as messy when you’re eating them! I topped with just a bit of extra cheese before putting them in the oven.
I didn’t add any spice to the eggs (but you could if you like things really spicy!), so I like to top mine with a nice dollop of chunky salsa. A fresh pico de gallo would be fantastic, too!
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Breakfast Taco Bites
- 36 tortilla chip scoops
- 4 large eggs
- ½ cup milk
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 breakfast sausage links
- ½ cup finely chopped red pepper
- 3 slices bacon chopped
- 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup salsa
- 2 green onions or cilantro chopped
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line tortilla chip scoops on a baking sheet. Set aside. *See note for make-ahead directions.
- In a large nonstick skillet, add the eggs, milk, and salt. Cook, scrambling, over medium heat until completely cooked. Remove from the pan and place in a medium bowl.
- Remove sausage meat from casings and scramble fry in the pan, breaking it up with a spatula as the sausage cooks. Add peppers and bacon, and fry over medium heat until cooked. Remove from the pan and add to the eggs in the bowl.
- Stir in 1 cup of cheese (this works best when the egg mixture is lukewarm and not hot because otherwise, the cheese will be one glob and not disperse throughout).
- Spoon egg mixture into each tortilla scoop and top with remaining ½ cup cheese. Bake for 8-10 minutes until hot and the cheese is melted.
- Top with salsa and chopped green onions as desired.
- Make Ahead: You can prepare the eggs, sausage, peppers, and bacon as described, and store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 day before assembling the taco bites. Then, fill the scoops and bake together as stated.
- Store: Store these little bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Allow them to cool to room temperature before putting them in the fridge.
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amanda @ fake ginger says
I am all about chips for breakfast! This is a brilliant idea!
Right?! Thanks Amanda 🙂
Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files says
Seriously the best of both worlds: mexican and breakfast!
Right?! Thanks Meg!
Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates says
I love these little taco bites Ashley! So creative and cute! Pinned!
Allison - Celebrating Sweets says
Anytime I can eat chips for breakfast I am a happy girl! 🙂 These taco bites looks super tasty.
Me too! Thanks Allison 🙂
Nora @ Savory Nothings says
These are so cute Ashley! And food ruts are my life. If I didn’t have a food blog it would be doughnuts and PB&J all day, every day 🙂
Haha, I’m pretty sure you can think of a few different ways to make doughnuts and PB&J!
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
I love small bites . . I’m all about snacks, apps, and finger foods!! love these taco bites and the tortilla chip scoops are like the best things ever!!!
They are my favorite! Thanks Alice!
Cutest ever! I’ve been thinking about making an appetizer with those tortilla chip cups, such a great idea! Love your presentation, the photo and styling! And I LOVE your new site look! Congrats, Ashley!
Thanks Shinee! They are so fun!
Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats says
So perfect for brunch! The perfect breakfast bite!
Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says
I’m totally ok with this rut. What a brilliant creation for breakfast! LOVE The new look!!
Haha, one of many I often fall into… 🙂 Thanks Julie!
Justine | Cooking and Beer says
Mini breakfast food is definitely the best kind of breakfast food…especially when there are tacos involved. 😉
Yes! Thanks Justine!
My Kitchen Craze says
I love breakfast bites!! I could pot 4-5 of these cute things in my mouth. They are perfect for a brunch! And breakfast ROCKS! 😉
Always! I might have popped more than that…. 🙂
I’m totally with you on the chips for dinner. Give me a great appetizer and I will make a meal out of it! I can’t wait to have chips for breakfast too!
It’s so much more fun! Thanks Tonia 🙂
Jen @ Baked by an Introvert says
This is such a fun breakfast! I could possibly become a breakfast person with these little bites.
You mean you’re not a breakfast person?! I didn’t know people like that existed! Lol. I am such a huge breakfast person!
Homemade & Yummy says
These sound like a fun little thing to eat. I have pinned them on my “ANYTIME” Pinterest board.
Haha, perfect! Right where they belong! Thanks!
I love these little breakfast bites — my kids would love these! And the new look of your site is just gorgeous, Ashley! 🙂
Thanks so much Marcie!
Kacey @ The Cookie Writer says
Super cute! My husband will love them! I am not a big breakfast fan, but I do love doughnuts, cheese, potatoes, and chocolate 🙂
Well then I guess we can still be friends. Lol. Thanks Kacey!
Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says
I love this! On Saturday I made us breakfast tacos, which I love. Nothing like mexican food for breakfast. Now I can make these super cute taco bites!
Breakfast tacos are another favorite! Breakfast + Mexican = the best!
Melanie @ Carmel Moments says
What a fun breakfast you make! The kids would gobble them right up!
Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says
What a fun breakfast idea! I think this would be a great recipe to bring to a brunch!
Thanks Laura! These would be perfect for that!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
I absolutely LOVE these taco bites, Ashley! I’ve made something very similar, but used ground beef instead of eggs. This is such a great appetizer! And I think I could eat this for any meal, too. Sounds delicious!
Definitely! I can eat eggs for every meal of the day and not get tired of them!