Vaquero (Cowboy) Migas

  • Yield: 6 servings

Migas are the Mexican version of scrambled eggs with crispy fried corn tortilla chips mixed in. There are plenty of variations, but the one hard-and-fast rule is that you can't use flour tortillas-that's not authentic! Use yellow or white corn tortillas.


10 yellow or white corn tortillas
Vegetable oil
12 eggs, beaten
1/2teaspoon salt
1/2teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1cup shredded cheese (Cheddar or a good Mexican white is preferred)
1/4cup finely chopped onion
1/4cup finely chopped firm, ripe tomato
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped (optional)


  1. Cut tortillas into 1- x 2-inch rectangles. Pour oil into a large skillet to a depth of about 1 1/2 inches. Heat over medium-high heat. When oil is hot but not smoking, fry tortilla pieces, stirring to keep them from sticking together. Before they are crisp, transfer the chips to a platter covered with paper towels to drain. Set aside.
  2. Discard about half the oil, return pan to heat, and add eggs. Season with salt and pepper, and stir constantly. As eggs begin to set, add tortilla chips and continue to stir, scraping the bottom of the pan. When the eggs reach a soft scramble, fold in cheese, followed by onion, tomato and jalapenos. Serves 6.

Recipe by Chef Grady Spears.