Ultimate Southwest Scrambled Eggs

Scramble eggs make a great last minute, sweep-the-kitchen weekend brunch or dinner. As I was looking through my pantry and fridge taking note of what needed to be used up today, I noticed I had half a jar of taco sauce, a small can of diced green chiles, and a whole block of pepper jack cheese. I knew immediately that I wanted a cheesy skillet full of Ultimate Southwest Scrambled Eggs for lunch. It’s like loaded nachos, except all egg and no nacho. LOL. As a devout egg lover, I’m not sad about that.

These “loaded” scrambled eggs also make a great base for breakfast tacos, breakfast burritos, or even breakfast quesadillas. Got leftover tortilla chips? Break them up and toss them right in the skillet with the cheesy eggs for a crunchy finish. When avocados are in season and less than a dollar each, dice them up and add them to the party. Salsa can be used in place of the taco sauce (although it can make the mix a bit more watery), or if you have any leftover homemade enchilada sauce, you can use that. If you’re a meat-manditory person, you can brown some breakfast sausage, ground beef, or bacon in the skillet before cooking the eggs (remove the meat first, then stir it back in later), or simply add some shredded rotisserie chicken. See how many options there are? SWEEP THE KITCHEN.

Ultimate Southwest Scrambled Eggs

Ultimate Southwest Scrambled Eggs make a fast and filling dinner or brunch, and are a great way to use up leftover ingredients in the kitchen. BudgetBytes.com

 (I also found that I had just a little fresh cilantro, so I added it to the eggs as well. I didn’t find that it offered much flavor, so I only included the green onion in the recipe.)

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Ultimate Southwest Scrambled Eggs

Ultimate Southwest Scrambled Eggs make a fast and filling dinner or brunch, and are a great way to use up leftover ingredients in the kitchen.

Total Cost $6.12 recipe / $1.53 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 8 large eggs $2.16
  • 1/4 cup milk $0.08
  • salt and pepper $0.05
  • 1 Tbsp butter $0.08
  • 15 oz. can black beans $0.89
  • 4 oz. can diced green chiles $0.87
  • 1/4 cup taco sauce $0.48
  • 4 oz. pepper jack, shredded $1.00
  • 2 green onions $0.17
  • 1 small tomato $0.34

Instructions

  1. Rinse the can of beans in a colander and let drain as you prepare the eggs.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, a pinch of salt, and pepper. Whisk until fairly smooth.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Once hot, add the butter and let it melt. Spread the butter over the surface of the skillet with a spatula. Pour the whisked eggs into the skillet and gently fold them with the spatula as they begin to set. Avoid over stirring the eggs.
  4. When the eggs are bout 75% set (still soft, moist, and fluid around the edges), add the drained beans and chopped green chiles (no need to drain the chiles). Gently fold the beans and chiles into the scrambled eggs. Drizzle taco sauce over the eggs, then top with pepper jack.
  5. Place a lid on the skillet and let it warm for about 5 more minutes, or until the eggs are fully set and the cheese on top is melted.
  6. While the eggs are warming through, slice the green onions and dice the tomato. Top the eggs with the fresh tomato and green onion just before serving.

Ultimate Southwest Scrambled Eggs make a fast and filling dinner or brunch, and are a great way to use up leftover ingredients in the kitchen. BudgetBytes.com

Ultimate Southwest Scrambled Eggs make a fast and filling dinner or brunch, and are a great way to use up leftover ingredients in the kitchen. BudgetBytes.com

Step by Step Photos

Scrambled Egg Toppings

Eggs cook quickly, so I like to prepare my ingredients ahead of time. Rinse and drain a 15oz. can of black beans (those are in my sink, so not pictured). Open a 4oz. can of diced green chiles. Shred 4oz. pepper jack cheese, slice two green onions, and dice one small tomato (I actually diced the tomato as the skillet was warming later, but it’s never a bad idea to do it ahead of time).

Milk Eggs Salt Pepper

Add 8 large eggs to a large bowl, along with 1/4 cup milk and a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk until fairly smooth. My personal preference is to not whisk the bejeezus out of the eggs, so there are still ribbons of white and yellow in the final scrambled eggs.

Lightly Scrambled Eggs

  I prefer to cook my scrambled eggs over medium-low heat so that I have better control over how fast they cook. The biggest mistake people make with scrambled eggs is over cooking and over stirring them until they are dry, flakey, and in tiny pieces. To avoid that, heat a large skillet over a medium-low flame. Add a tablespoon of butter and let it melt in the skillet. Spread the butter over the entire surface of the skillet. Pour in the eggs, then gently fold the mixture as it begins to set on the bottom. Don’t move the eggs around excessively, just push them around occasionally as the bottom layer solidifies. When they’re about 75% set, then it’s time to start adding in the other ingredients (the eggs will continue to cook, don’t worry).

Fold in Black Beans and Chiles

Add the drained black beans and a 4oz. can of diced green chiles. Gently fold them into the eggs. If you stir too much, everything will get pasty and gross, so just gently fold to maintain the nice large pieces of egg.

Drizzle on Taco Sauce

Drizzle a little taco sauce over the eggs… (about 1/4 cup)

Add Shredded Pepper Jack

Add 4oz. shredded pepper jack cheese, then place a lid on the skillet. Keep the eggs over the medium-low flame to let them heat through and to melt the cheese (about 5 minutes).

Top with Tomatoes and Green Onion

Once the eggs have set and the cheese has melted, top with the diced tomato and sliced green onion.

Ultimate Southwest Scrambled Eggs make a fast and filling dinner or brunch, and are a great way to use up leftover ingredients in the kitchen. BudgetBytes.com

Then enjoy the cheesy goodness that is the Ultimate Southwest Scrambled Eggs.

Ultimate Southwest Scrambled Eggs make a fast and filling dinner or brunch, and are a great way to use up leftover ingredients in the kitchen. BudgetBytes.com

Or, if you have some tortillas laying around (I ALWAYS seem to have tortillas in my fridge), you can stuff the eggs into a cute little breakfast taco, burrito, or quesadilla! 🌮🌯🍳

Ultimate Southwest Scrambled Eggs make a fast and filling dinner or brunch, and are a great way to use up leftover ingredients in the kitchen. BudgetBytes.com