Migas Norteñas

Fried Tortillas Strips, Scrambled Eggs, and Salsa

Are migas for breakfast or dinner? In my house, migas are for both. We have them for dinner once or twice a week and on weekend mornings. Never had migas? You should. They are fried corn tortilla strips mixed with scrambled eggs and coated with your favorite salsa. I would call them a cousin of chilaquiles.

Migas Norteñas

Migas are economical home cooking at its best where you use up every last bit of what you have on hand to create something delicious. You always have the ingredients: a few stale tortillas, some eggs,  some salsa, a bit of crumbly cheese and a hunk of onion.

The name migas means “crumbs” or perhaps “scraps.” You wouldn’t think that “scraps” could be so tasty but they are.

Variations

I learned to prepare migas in Northern Mexico where you mix the salsa with the migas in the pan. That’s why I call these Migas Norteñas. In Central Mexico, they prefer their add the salsa to their migas at the table. More than once, I have had a testy conversation about the proper way to prepare them. Of course, I am right ;)

Mexican migas tend to be less elaborate than Tex-Mex style migas which may have diced tomato, bell peppers, avocado, Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, and all kinds of other things. Tex-Mex migas are excellent but I prefer the simplicity of migas prepared Mexican style.

How to Make

Ingredients:

You will need to gather the following:

  • 4 eggs
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/4 white onion
  • 8 sprigs of cilantro
  • 3 ounces ranchero cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups refried beans and a few corn chips.
Ingredients for Migas Norteñas

Beat the eggs, pull the tortillas into short strips and chop the onion and cilantro.

Prepped Ingredients to Make Migas

Add the shredded tortillas to 3 tbsp. preheated oil.

Adding Tortilla Strips to Hot Oil in Pan

Cook stirring occasionally until the tortilla strips are golden and just reaching the point when they become crispy.

Fried Tortilla Strips in Pan

Pour the beaten eggs into the pan and turn the heat to medium-low.

Adding Eggs to Tortilla Strips in Pan

Let the eggs set for 1 minute.

Cooking Migas

Turn and break up the eggs. Continue cooking until the eggs are just set.

Migas in Frying Pan

Add 1/2 cup of your favorite salsa. You want enough salsa to coat the migas but not so much that the migas become soggy.

Adding Salsa Roja to Migas

Stir well until the migas are thoroughly coated with salsa and cook for 1 minute.

Migas Coated in Salsa Roja

Serving

Top your migas with crumbled ranchero cheese, chopped onion, and cilantro. Serve with refried beans and a few corn chips on the side.

Mexican Migas

How do you like your migas prepared?

Provecho!

Migas Norteñas
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Mexican Migas Recipe

Migas – fried corn tortilla strips mixed with scrambled eggs and coated with salsa. Economical Mexican home cooking at its best where you use up every last bit of what you have on hand to create something delicious.
Course Breakfast, Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword How to Make Migas, Migas Recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 630kcal
Author Douglas Culen

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/4 white onion
  • 8 sprigs of cilantro
  • 3 ounces ranchero cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups refried beans
  • 6 corn chips

Instructions

  • Beat the eggs, pull the tortillas into short strips and chop the onion and cilantro.
  • Add the shredded tortillas to 3 tbsp. preheated oil.
  • Cook stirring occasionally until the tortilla strips are golden and just reaching the point when they become crispy.
  • Pour the beaten eggs into the pan.
  • Let the eggs set for 1 minute.
  • Turn and break up the eggs. Continue cooking until the eggs are just set.
  • Add 1/2 cup of your favorite salsa.
  • Stir well until the migas are thoroughly coated with salsa and cook for 1 minute.
  • Top your migas with crumbled ranchero cheese, chopped onion, and cilantro. Serve with refried beans and a few corn chips on the side.

Notes

  • Stale tortillas make better migas.
  • You can substitute tortilla chips for the fried tortillas.

Nutrition

Calories: 630kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 38g | Sodium: 1550mg | Sugar: 2g

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8 comments… add one
  • Yum! I love all of your photos of the processes. These remind me a little bit of estrujadas. My mother-in-law (who is from Poza Rica, Veracruz) makes them when I visit.

  • Love Migas. I live in West Texas, so it’s usually Tex-Mex Migas for us here.

    That salsa looks really tasty. It looks dark. Is that the same salsa as your Restaurant Salsa Recipe? https://mexicanfoodjournal.com/restaurant-salsa/

  • Timaree

    Sounds delicious. My dad used to make us scrambled eggs for a Sunday breakfast which he would serve with salsa. He never used the tortillas but then, he was getting wild already being of Norwegian and Irish descent! He only learned to eat spicy or Mexican style food from my mother and her family.

    I also remember having a heated discussion but it was over the preparation of pinto beans. My family used a bit of salt pork with the beans for flavor but evidently that is a no-no in some parts of Mexico. Which way does your family cook the pintos?

  • Susan

    These migas sound wonderful. I would do it with salsa verde, because I prefer it to the red stuff. I live in Texas, on the border with Mexico, and would not consider making Tex-Mex style migas. The real Mexican thing would be much better. I think that is generally the case.

  • Charlie Kessler

    This website has so many amazing recipes. It is now my go-to. I am a displaced Texan who needs authentic Mexican cuisine periodically in order to function properly, and I have found it here. This recipe is out of this world. Thank you!

    • Charlie,

      We totally understand what you mean when you say you can’t function with without Mexican food. It happens to us too :) That’s awesome that the migas recipe works for you and the Mexican Food Journal is your go-to site! Cheers!

  • cb

    nice recipe.. however “migas”… used the way it is means (for friends).. perhaps the author is thinking about “tripas”… :)

  • Behealthiers

    Unless you ve visited or lived in the Southwest, you probably haven t heard of Migas, a delightfully flavorful scrambled egg dish made fabulous with the addition of bell peppers, jalapenos, onions, cheese, and the best part fried, chopped corn tortillas. The corn tortillas absolutely

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