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Friday, September 16, 2011

Healthifying a Fav Friday: Chorizo to Soyrizo Tacos

I've been wanting to start a weekly series about how to healthify an old favorite meal, but the reason I haven't yet is because the title I made up is ridiculously long and I couldn't think of a better one.  I'm open to suggestions, though!  Alliteration is appreciated.  ;)

So here is one of my faves.

I grew up in San Antonio, and every single San Antonian is pretty much addicted to breakfast tacos.  (Seriously, ask them.)  They are the perfect food, except they're not so great on the waistline.  Chorizo and egg happens to be my favorite breakfast taco, but it's pretty much the fattiest, too, of course.

Lucky me, though, because I discovered this bad boy about 9 years ago.
It's a soy version of chorizo, and if I didn't tell you before serving it to you that it was soy, you'd never be able to tell the difference.  (There are other brands, but this is the one that I happened to find first.)

You'll get soyrizo for about 80-120 calories per 2oz serving (without eggs).  In stark contrast you'll get full fat chorizo for about 260 calories per 2oz serving.

So here's how it works (for those of you not accustomed to the greatness of breakfast tacos).
Spray the pan with a bit of cooking spray (or whatever you like to use).  Then squeeze the soyrizo out of the tubes and break it up with the spatula.  Above is what it looks like uncooked.
It's kind of hard to tell when it's finished, but it will look like this.  It's really okay, though, because there is no meat in it.
So now add your eggs.  I used an entire package of soyrizo this time, so I added a dozen eggs (I like leftovers).  You can just do one tube and use 6 eggs or even half a tube and do three eggs.  You should also add your salt and pepper at this point.  Just season it as you would your regular scrambled eggs.
This is what it looks like after you mix the eggs all in with your spatula.
And this is what it looks like after the eggs are cooked through.
While the eggs are cooking, dice up some tomatoes, an avocado, and get out some salsa (or really anything you like on Mexican food).   This way, you fill up your taco with veggies (and flavor) and use less eggs - healthifying it even more.
Warm up your tortillas.  This is how the San Antonians do it (at least the Southsiders).  If you have electric, then warm up a skillet or a griddle on high and warm the tortillas on that.  The microwave makes them too rubbery.  I like to use the Mission Whole Wheat Carb Balance tortillas because they're 80 calories per tortilla as opposed to an average of 140 calories for the basic white tortilla.
And this is what you end up with.  YUM!!  We eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  It's just that good!  

Family Friendly Food at Serenity Now


  1. If you don't have a gas stove you can heat your tortilla on a dry skillet. I prefer cast iron.

  2. I said that in there! You clearly didn't read the text. ;) Hehe

  3. I just looked up the nutritional info and it is something we can have (low sat. Fat/ cholesterol). Can't wait to try it! Keep the recipes coming!

  4. Oh good!!! I hope y'all like it!

  5. Yuuum! I love breakfast burritos, but this is a totally different spin! Can't wait to try!

  6. Oh Annie, Annie, Annie.... this is just what I need! You have been posting some fun recipes!

  7. That's funny. I thought I read it through. Maybe I was distracted cause you made me hungry for chorizo.

  8. This looks delicious! I have used soyrizo myself and even my kids loved it.

  9. YUM! This looks great. I'm a new follower.

  10. Have you ever tried that with egg whites? I'm kinda screwed on the tortilla thing....but it would give it a new flavor instead of the same old egg whites.

    I LOVE egg white ommlets with mushrooms, onions, peppers and spinach. So good it will make you slap your granny.

    I'm starting to feel like I'm typing "egg whites" too much in this comment now. I'm getting self conscious about it but can't resist doing it one more time...


    that feels better.

  11. er...omelet....instead of "egg white ommlet". Crap! I did it again

  12. Yes! I've made it with egg whites, and it's just as good!

  13. What is the green salsa you use?

  14. I've never tried soyrizo...I wonder if I could sneak it past my husband. This post makes me crave Mexican food!! LOVE this recipe. Thanks for linking it up. :)

  15. Yeah, I admit I had to go to Torchy's Tacos after I read this post. :-) It made me so hungry!


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