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Breakfast Tacos with Avocado Radish Salsa

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Over the weekend I had a quick getaway to lovely Santa Barbara for Edible Publications’ annual Edible Institute. The weekend was jam-packed, as these things go – full of smart, funny people who give a gosh darn. These are people who care deeply about food and come to the table from so many different, compelling angles.

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I came away with a lot of facts: for instance, that Walmart controls 25% of the food supply chain, a frightful figure. But my greatest takeaway was the profound power of storytelling. Narrative is the most compelling way to make a point; with a story you’re not preaching or lecturing or talking at a person, you’re sharing. It is for this reason that those who impacted me the most this weekend were sustainable rancher Will Harris, whose deep Georgia drawl and way with words were an absolute delight; the lovely Daniel and Mirra of Perennial Plate, whose short videos on food producers across America are reliably funny, warm and thoughtful; and the remarkable stories told by Tracie McMillan (the very woman scorned last week by Rush Limbaugh for being overeducated – she has a bachelor’s degree, btw) and Jonathan Bloom, on a fantastic panel moderated by the esteemed Barry Estabrook. Against all the clutter of the internet, these folks are worth your time.

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Now, tacos. Lately I have been dreaming of tacos morning, noon and night. I cannot get enough of the flavors of cilantro, lime, onion and jalapeno, whether paired with tomatoes, or with avocados, or here, with radishes for a bright variation on a classic. These fellas are a weekday staple for me – although on busy mornings it’s usually with premade salsa.

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I have a small cast-iron skillet that is the perfect size for frying two eggs. After the eggs are fried I heat the tortillas in the pan to soften and warm them. Then there is salsa, hot sauce, salt and pepper and a hasty journey from the plate.

Texans may debate whether this is a true Breakfast Taco, and there are those who might call this Huevos Rancheros. That’s fine. To me, they’re Breakfast Tacos.

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Breakfast Tacos with Avocado Radish Salsa
Serves 4

For the salsa:

1 large avocado, scooped out of skin and diced
1 small bunch radishes, thinly sliced (7-8 radishes)
1/2 small onion, minced
1/4 cup minced cilantro
1 jalapeno, minced
juice of 1 lime
1/4-1/2 teaspoon sea salt, to taste

For the tacos:

8 corn tortillas
8 pastured eggs
1 cup crumbled feta
oil for cooking
hot sauce if desired

First, prepare the salsa. Slice the radishes with a mandoline if you have one, or carefully with a very sharp knife. Combine the radishes with the avocado, minced onion, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice. Add 1/4 teaspoon sea salt and adjust according to your taste.

Next, heat a large skillet over a medium flame. You may have to fry the eggs in batches – use two skillets if serving at the same time is important. When the skillet is hot, add enough oil to cover the bottom. Fry eggs according to your taste, about 4-5 minutes, until whites have set. Set eggs aside and warm the tortillas in the skillet.

Place one egg atop each tortilla. Serve with the salsa, feta cheese and hot sauce.

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  • Cheryl - March 13, 2012 - 3:03 pm

    Looks perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokie - March 13, 2012 - 3:13 pm

    I can honestly eat eggs morning, noon, and night so this is definitely calling out to me. Funnily enough, I’ve never done a fried egg with tacos, only scrambled. Looks messily delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Willa - March 13, 2012 - 3:14 pm

    I’m on a taco kick too! I think it must be the coming of warm weather. this looks like a great recipe for an anytime meal. I’m sure I’ll be making something like it soon. You should look on my blog in the near future for a sweet potato taco recipe!ReplyCancel

  • ileana - March 13, 2012 - 3:43 pm

    Yum. You’re reminding me of my recent trip to Austin, the birthplace of breakfast tacos, I think. :) This is an interesting combo with the radishes.ReplyCancel

  • la domestique - March 13, 2012 - 3:46 pm

    The tacos look so freakin’ good! I love radish salsa in spring. What an interesting group of folks you got to listen to at the Edible institute- I look forward to checking them out.ReplyCancel

  • nicole franzen - March 13, 2012 - 4:01 pm

    this is how we eat! the best way to eat! the best flavors, mmmmmmmm loveReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - March 13, 2012 - 4:10 pm

    Oh my! This is absolutely lovely! Great idea :)ReplyCancel

  • renee - March 13, 2012 - 4:32 pm

    Tacos are my favourite food group, I swear. Love the radish!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne de Zeeuw - March 13, 2012 - 5:22 pm

    I love your site and your pictures! It was nice meeting you this weekend in Santa Barbara, hope to see you again in SF sometime in the next weeks. And yes, I want breakfast taco’s. Now. (Can I have them for dinner?)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth @ Saffron Lane - March 13, 2012 - 5:40 pm

    Same here, Nicole! These types of dishes are my dream breakfasts — so simple, hearty, satisfying (and spicy). I’m so glad you had such a great experience @ EI, Kimberley (and yes, that figure about Walmart is enough to make anyone cringe). Thankfully, it just makes me want to work even harder to affect change.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi - March 13, 2012 - 6:16 pm

    Sounds like your weekend worked up an appetite, and tacos like these are one of my favorite for breakfast, lunch, dinner and yes even brinner. Walmart. Yuck. I hate Walmart.ReplyCancel

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com - March 13, 2012 - 7:37 pm

    Yummy! Never though to pair radishes with avocado :)ReplyCancel

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com - March 13, 2012 - 7:37 pm

    I meant “thought” ;)ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - March 13, 2012 - 8:18 pm

    My rushed bowls of oats and I admire your notable morning undertaking :) These look delicious!ReplyCancel

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  • Sasha - March 14, 2012 - 1:04 am

    Few things are better in the morning than breakfast tacos. I love that you added radishes! Brilliant.ReplyCancel

  • Anna @ the shady pine - March 14, 2012 - 2:12 am

    I am loving the radishes in this breakfast taco!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - March 14, 2012 - 6:32 am

    I really shouldn’t have clicked on this before breakfast. Makes me wish I could run to the store- these look amazing!ReplyCancel

  • NicoleD - March 14, 2012 - 7:47 am

    Breakfast + taco are two of my favorite words. I love the sounds of that thinly sliced radish and fried eggs instead of scrambled for tacos! So hungry now.ReplyCancel

  • Cookie + Kate - March 14, 2012 - 9:19 am

    My stomach literally growled at the sight of your breakfast tacos. I make something similar, scrambled huevos rancheros, all the time. I need to get a mandoline so I can make those super thin slices of radish happen—I don’t have the knife skills for it!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanine - March 14, 2012 - 9:27 am

    I eat breakfast tacos like crazy, but it never occurred to me to make them with fried eggs, yum!!

    And gorgeous styling – I’ve yet to take a successful photo of a taco.ReplyCancel

  • kickpleat - March 14, 2012 - 12:01 pm

    Love breakfast tacos!! The radishes are a lovely addition and maybe it will be the veg that I will get to like this year – maybe slicing them uber thin will be the ticket!ReplyCancel

  • Ambika - March 14, 2012 - 9:01 pm

    LOVE these tacos, especially the radish and avocado salsa!!! Beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • Eileen - March 15, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    Those look beautiful–love the thinly sliced radishes! And who cares whether they’re the “real” breakfast taco? They’re obviously good, and that’s all the matters. :)ReplyCancel

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  • Kasey - March 16, 2012 - 4:12 pm

    Girl, you always just KNOW how to whip up something unique and special. I’m definitely a taco fiend and adding them to my breakfast repertoire sounds like the natural next step. The weekend sounds fascinating! I agree that storytelling is a powerful way to communicate a point…especially one that has to do with health and nourishment!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela - March 17, 2012 - 9:23 am

    These are a thing of beauty, and I bookmarked accordingly. Thanks for sharing! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Maria @ Orchard Bloom - March 19, 2012 - 4:24 pm

    i wish I had all these ingredients so i could make this for dinner!ReplyCancel

  • Heather @opgastronomia - March 21, 2012 - 4:45 pm

    Breakfast tacos are a popular breakfast in my house, but often with scrambles. Fried eggs you say?! You just blew my mind.ReplyCancel

  • Marisa - March 26, 2012 - 12:51 pm

    delicious!ReplyCancel

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  • Rodney York - March 31, 2012 - 11:56 am

    These breakfast tacos look absolutly yummy.
    I intend to try them this week.
    Will let you know how they turn out.

    RodReplyCancel

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    Looks yummy. How could you make it vegan?ReplyCancel

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  • Saarah - October 4, 2013 - 7:50 am

    These look delicious, but doesn’t the egg yolk run all over the place?ReplyCancel

    • Kimberley - October 7, 2013 - 10:57 am

      @Sarah I happen to love a runny egg, but you’re by no means obligated to prepare it that way if you don’t like it! The corn tortilla should sop up much of it.ReplyCancel

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