Breakfast & Brunch | February 22, 2011

Mexican Breakfast Tortillas

Mexican Breakfast Tortillas
Mexican Breakfast Tortillas
Last Wednesday, we dropped our son, Stephen off at the Missionary Training Center, in Provo, Utah. Stephen will be serving a two year mission for our church-The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, aka the Mormon church.
It was a day filled with mixed emotions. For almost 5 months, since he opened his mission call to Puebla, Mexico, we have planned and prepared. Almost every day, there was some type of mission prep. Appointments with docs, removing tonsils, filling teeth, securing a passport, getting vaccinations, renewing drivers license, purchasing clothing, supplies, etc. Bought everything from a raincoat to a sewing kit. Stuffed two-2 pant suits, 6 pairs of dress pants, 14 white shirts, 7 ties, 2 belts, 12 pair of socks, workout clothing, pj’s underwear, bedding, towels, 3 pairs of shoes, medication, first aid supplies, toiletries, books, scriptures (along with a lot of other garb) into three suit cases for two years.
Is this foreign to you? If you want to read more about the whowhatwhenwherewhyandhow, click here. The Mormon church has over 53,000 missionaries serving full time missions in 162 Nations around the world, and now, my son is one of them.


Last week went like this:
Me asking myself, where did 19 years go?
Lots of “last _____(lunch, dinner, movies, fill in the blank)”.
Lots of excitement.
Lots of prayers.
Lots of friends and family stopping by to say goodbye.
Lots of tears.
Lots of hugs.
And of course, lots of food.

The Sunday before Stephen left, we gathered at our home for a farewell brunch. Stephen wanted food with a Mexican flair, so we served up Mexican Breakfast Enchiladas I busied myself with food prep and cleaning for days, so I wouldn’t have to think about saying goodbye. If I kept busy enough, the lump in my throat went away, for a while. The actual goodbye? Goodness. That’s another post.
The food was great. The company even better.

How do you celebrate your child’s life and their decision to serve the Lord for two years? How do you ever begin to thank all those who have loved your kid, practically from the time they were born, through their teenage years? How do you thank them for the many lessons they have taught and hours they have given up with their own kids, to teach yours? How do you thank them for the profound influence they have had on your family? In our home, two words:
Good Food.
Lots of it.

Mexican Breakfast Tortillas

Mexican Breakfast Tortillas

If you love breakfast casseroles and Mexican food, you'll love this. You can make it the night before and bake in the morning. It's hearty enough to eat for dinner too. Adapted from: A Pinch of Salt Lake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup low fat sour cream
  • 1 10 3/4 oz can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 4 oz can chopped green chilies
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 12 oz spicy ground sausage I use Jimmy Dean
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 7 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley fresh
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions green stems only
  • 8-10 12 inch flour tortillas buttered lightly
  • 2 cups grated Cheddar cheese divided
  • 2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese divided
  • 8-10 oz salsa red or green

Instructions

  1. Whisk sour cream, soup, green chilies, cumin and coriander together in a mixing bowl. Saute sausage, drain off grease. Melt butter in Teflon skillet over medium heat, add eggs and cottage cheese and blend. Cook until eggs are at soft scramble stage. Remove from heat and add green onions and fresh parsley. Add 2 tablespoons of the sour cream mixture and all of the sausage to the eggs. Lightly fold in 1 cup of the cheddar and one cup of the Jack cheese into the egg mixture.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  3. Grease a 9x13 pan.
  4. Place about 1 cup of the sour cream mixture into the baking dish. Spread to cover bottom of pan. Divide filling into the eight or ten tortillas. Roll up the individual tortillas. Place filled tortillas into prepared dish. Top with remaining sauce mixture, 8 oz. of salsa and finally 2 cups remaining grated cheese.
  5. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until cheeses are melted and eggs are heated and bubbly.

Recipe Notes

-This dish has many variations. Sheri always makes it without the sausage, and adds fresh spinach instead.
-The original recipe calls for a 7 oz can of green chili salsa, added to the sour cream mixture. We like the way it looks when the salsa is reserved to top the tortillas.
-You may use Chorizo instead of Jimmy Dean sausage.
-Even though this is rolled as individual tortillas, after baking, it is easily cut into squares and served as more of a casserole. You may cut a 9x13 dish into 16-20 servings .
-For make ahead, prepare the recipe up to the point of placing the filled tortillas in the dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Refrigerate remaining sauce as well. In the morning, remove the tortillas and top the dish with sauce and remaining salsa and cheese. Loosely cover and bake for 30-45 minutes at 325 . Remove foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and dish is heated thoroughly.

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  1. ooooh yum yum! those enchiladas look good! and to you, congrats, a dream come true i imagine in spite of all the tears and that lump in your throat! your little boy will serve the lord, learn and grow and bring blessings to himself and his family!

  2. I have twins who are 24 years old . . .and reading your post made me have a lump in my throat also! Will you be able to see him during the two years? I'll have to read the link you posted about the whowhat, etc.

  3. Yummy recipe.

    Having sent out 3 boys of my own, I got tears in my eyes thinking of you right now. What a great experience for eveyone. But hard too. Best Wishes to you and your family!

  4. I was so happy when my son went on his mission(the first missionary from either side of the family) to the Philippines! His service was such a blessing all the way around! God bless your boy in Mexico(I had a Mexican grandma:))! BTW, This Mexican breakfast dish sounds fabulous:)

  5. What a sweet week you have had! I empathized with every thing you said. My last child (3rd son) just left on his mission just before Thanksgiving. I agree – food is a great comfort during emotion-filled times. You have a handsome missionary there – enjoy these next two years!

  6. Congratulations, Si!! What a tender mercie to have a missionary serving the Lord. Having our son in Oklahoma on his mission is truly a blessing for our family. Maybe we'll have to have these wonderful Mexican Tortillas for his homecoming!! Yummy! I better try them out now to be sure they are perfect!

  7. Congratulations and best wishes to your son for choosing to serve the Lord. My daughter is currently serving in Puerto Rico. She'll be home at the end of May. The 18 months have gone by fairly quickly, but it is hard to say goodbye, I know. The blessings come though…to everyone. By the way, there is a returned missionary in our ward from Puebla. He went back at Christmas to visit.
    This breakfast casserole looks wonderful.

  8. Hi There – Thanks for recommending using a Teflon pan while making your Mexican Breakfast Tortillas. I represent DuPont and it's always a pleasure to see people recommending our products in their recipes.

    If you are interested in some other recipes or great cookbooks to look at for your blog, drop me an email and I would be glad to help you out! Thanks. Cheers, Sara

  9. Si, Amber gave me your website address, and I love your blog!!! I'm an absolute foodie, and love cooking, baking, and making food from scratch for my fam! I will visit often, and glean from your recipes! I loved this post about your son, I got all teary! Congratulations! Love to you! Marisa Wall

  10. I have a cousin, who married the sweetest gal, ever & she is from Puebla. I've heard such great things about that area! I loved reading your post about your son & wish him (& you're whole family) a lot of luck.

  11. I made these for conference morning with some crispy bacon and everyone said they were delicious! I used green salsa instead of red and also topped with fresh cilantro after it was baked and it was so yummy! My tortillas were a little soggy so I may cut down on the sauces and cheese topping next time I bake and make sure that I allow more baking time as well. I will definitely be making this again, an excellent overnight dish.

    1. Hi Brenna, I love that idea of adding bacon to this recipe. It sounds delicious, I may have to try that next time. Thanks for sharing your variations!
      xo
      Si