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My Go-To Lunch.. a.k.a. Migas!

Migas

by Amber on December 8, 2010

Tell you what – Migas are kind of a mess to look at. But in that good, ooooh look at all those lovely yummy bits sort of way.

What are Migas, you ask? Well, they’re a Tex-Mex breakfast food. Corn tortilla strips are fried in oil with a touch of salt until lightly crispy, then whipped eggs, and if you fancy it – peppers, onions, and cheddar cheese – are added and scrambled together. Traditionally they are served with fried potatoes and refried beans (which I promise, aren’t really fried at all, so as not to completely terrify your arteries with my description). They’re good for any mealtime, but are usually served for breakfast or brunch.

The beans should be topped with a little queso fresco, and you should serve a couple of slices of avocado on the side if you want an authentic feel. You can throw in a couple of flour tortillas for good measure, to make breakfast tacos of your migas, beans, and avocado, if you want.

Where I come from, every self respecting Mexican joint has these on the menu. However, they don’t always get the love. Here in NJ, there’s a little place in Jersey City called Taqueria. They have really good food. But to be honest, I find them to be a little full of themselves. They have this whole schpeel on their wall about how it’s queso fresco, not cheddar cheese, and crema fresca instead of sour cream, and yada yada yada. I get it.

But you can’t call something a flauta (a dish prominently featured on their menu) – a decidedly Tex-Mex word (what any Tex-Mexican would call a flauta, a Mexican would call a taco) – and then look down your nose at Tex Mex food. One Sunday James and I were there for lunch. I looked at the menu and said, “What, no migas?”

The guy behind the counter, who may or may not have been one of the owners, gave me the stink eye and said “That’s a little too Tex-Mex, doncha think?”. As if Tex-Mex is a bad thing! Listen up, buck-o. Tex-Mex is a regional cuisine, recognized in its own right. It’s not something for you to look down your nose at, and it is not bastardized Mexican food. I saw the word flauta on your menu, so I thought you were down. MY MISTAKE.

Do you think he struck a nerve with me? I think so.

I have Migas for lunch at least once a week. Packed with protein, and delicious to boot. What more could I ask for? (Okay, so the corn tortillas fried in oil might not be great for me, but I’m over it.) Trust me, the extra 15 minutes at the gym is worth it.

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Tracy December 8, 2010 at 3:58 PM

I’ve never had migas before but now I really want to try it. You’ve inspired me! :-)

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Amanda December 8, 2010 at 4:00 PM

SOOOO not a mes to look at… your pick is beautiful!! And a fantastic recipe!

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bridget {bake at 350 December 8, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Now, THAT’S what I’m talkin’ ’bout!!! YUM!

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SweetSugarBelle December 8, 2010 at 7:12 PM

This is one of my faves!!!! Yum!

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Jamie | MBA December 8, 2010 at 8:06 PM

This looks all kinds of delicious! Anything with tortilla strips is okay in my book! :)

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Nancy December 8, 2010 at 8:22 PM

I always wondered what Migas were…and now I know. These would be great for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Wenderly December 8, 2010 at 8:55 PM

Me want Migas now.

And is it just me or is it snowing sweet little white flakes of snow on your blog? :)

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Jonathan Epstein December 8, 2010 at 9:33 PM

I usually add a spoonful of refrigerated bacon grease to canned refried beans to make that “real” refried bean taste. I never heard of using a splash of half & half. I bet that’s healthier. I’ll try it, thanks for the tip!

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DessertForTwo December 9, 2010 at 12:58 AM

I woulda given that guy an earful if he insinuated that Tex-Mex food was something to be avoided! It’s his loss though–Tex-Mex food is its own cuisine and it’s amazing! Your migas look great :)

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marla December 9, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Messy or not this Migas recipe is something I would love for lunch or dinner anytime!

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Cookbook Queen December 9, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Girl, these look AMAZING!!!

My husband’s step mom is Mexican, and I asked her about migas awhile back after seeing them in PW’s cookbook. She also got a bit offended…I hadn’t realized they were Tex Mex (I’m not much of a “foodie”).

Needless to say, she didn’t make me any, so I have yet to try them. I may have to make some for myself!! :)

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SMITH BITES December 9, 2010 at 9:33 AM

so is this the part where i confess i’ve never had migas – EVER??!! and i lived in Arizona for 13 yrs . . . are we still friends? and can i just add – that is one beautiful photo Amber!!

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Deeba December 9, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Sometimes messier is just yummier. haven’t heard of migas before, and this looks like a darned delicious dish!YUM!

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CherylK December 9, 2010 at 10:17 AM

This sounds delish and I believe I’ll head out to the kitchen and whip me some up! Thanks for the idea…

FYI, found your blog through Twitter…retweeted by @smellslikehome.

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Kristen December 9, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Hip hip hooray! So glad you finally posted this :)

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melissa daams January 6, 2011 at 2:00 PM

those look super yummy. found your blog through the cookbook queen. i want you to make some for me, too… i live even further away than she does… oh bother… have to make ‘em myself ;)

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