One of the requests that I tend to get every now and then is for simple, quick and easy recipes. While I do tend to put up recipes with lots of steps from time to time I also like just making something quick and easy. I also get asked about what to do with leftovers and how to make them better or even if they can be re purposed. The answer to that is a resounding YES! I love to re purpose leftovers and make something new out of it to keep things interesting at meal time.
This week I am going to tackle both questions above and show you how to make a simple omelet for breakfast (or whenever) that incorporates leftovers.
I made a taco lunch for us and some friends recently that had both chicken and beef as well as fresh salsa and all the “fixens”. A couple of days later I was trying to decide what to make myself for breakfast and was looking around the fridge to see just what ingredients I had on hand. Of course there was the main staples that I always have like eggs, cheddar cheese, jalapeno, a jar of salsa (that I canned recently), and then there were various leftovers. That morning the chicken that I had made for tacos happened to catch my eye. I then remembered that I had some Mexican chorizo in the freezer and I started assembling things in my mind and came up with a delicious cheddar, chorizo and chicken omelet.
Now you don’t actually have to have chicken that has already been seasoned for tacos on hand to make this as long as you have a few seasonings in your pantry. You can use leftover fried chicken, rotisserie chicken, or roasted chicken. It’s pretty simple to spice it up a bit when you are cooking. I’ll list those seasonings below for you.
You also don’t have to wait around for leftovers to make this either. It’s easy to whip up with fresh ingredients as well.
Here is what you should have on hand before getting started: non stick skillet or cast iron skillet, sharp knife and cutting board, wide spatula, non stick spray.
Grocery list (or…leftover/pantry list)
Chicken (1/4 cup)
Mexican Chorizo (1/2 link) I used Ole Mexican Foods chorizo
Cheddar cheese (1/2 cup)
pickled jalapeno slices ( 3 or 4)
Seasonings to spice it up (1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder. And salt and black pepper to taste.
Chop up the chicken in small pieces. Crack the eggs into a bowl and using an egg beater or fork, mix them around really good (just like making scrambled eggs). Chop up the pickeled jalapeno.
Heat up your skillet and give a good coat of cooking spray. Add the chorizo and brown it for a couple of minutes while stirring it around. Next add the chicken and the seasonings and stir it all together. Let that cook for a few minutes and then add the jalapeno. Stir it all together and then set aside in a bowl or plate.
If you have a smaller pan that you cook omelets in, have that heated up and ready to go. I use a small number 6 cast iron skillet. For me that is the perfect size to cook omelets without the eggs running everywhere. Otherwise you have to do it the careful way in the bigger pan. Get it heated up and then slowly pour in the eggs so that they stay in the center to try and make a nice neat circle. If you have a lid that fits the pan you can keep it covered so that the heat inside will cook the top of the eggs as well. That way you don’t have to try and flip it over. That can get messy if you aren’t used to doing it.
Once the egg is ready put a third of the cheese on one half of it and then layer the meat filling on top of that and put another third on top and fold the egg over to cover it. Replace the lid or let it sit for another 30 seconds and then move to your plate and top with the rest of the cheese.
If you have any salsa or other sauce left over put a little on top and you are ready to go. I happened to have a creamy jalapeno sauce left over that I like to make for things like this, and used it. You can also try a dab of sour cream. It’s really up to you and your tastes.
There you have it folks. An easy and quick Cheddar, Chorizo, Chicken omelet. This is a good way to put that left over chicken to good use. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.
Thanks for Reading,