Red and Green Chile (aka Christmas)

Christmas Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with green chile, Chorizo with red chile. @MJsKitchen

As mentioned in my previous post – Red or Green?, when you want both red and green chile on your order all you have to say is “Christmas”.  Unless you specify, you’ll get green chile on half of your order and red chile on the other half and the placement is arbitrary.  I like to be specific.  My favorite way to have Christmas is to put red chile on one item and green chile on another and that’s how I prepare  my Christmas breakfast.

My Christmas breakfast consists of scrambled eggs topped with chopped green chile, Mexican chorizo and onion with red chile sauce, and a flour tortilla. Sometimes I’ll add a side of black beans topped with, of course, red chile. It’s a simple breakfast, hardy and packed full of protein. Great for any day of the week, any time of the year.


Mexican Chorizo Breakfast for 2


½ pound Mexican chorizo
½ cup onion, finely chopped
½ cup red chile sauce


  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Crumble the chorizo into the hot skillet. If you are using links, remove the chorizo from its casing and crumble into the pan.
  3. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently for 3 to 4 minutes or until the chorizo is cooked through but not dry.
  4. Serve and top with desired amount of warm red chile sauce*.

*If you don’t have red chile sauce but you do have fresh red chile, you could do what Diane (on of my visitors) suggested. Roast the red chile and chop it up just like the green.  I’ve done this a few times and it’s wonderful!  But then if you don’t have that either, you could always use salsa; it’s just not as good.


Scrambled eggs with Green Chile for 2

[Scrambled egg recipe and method adapted from Cook’s Illustrated]


4 whole eggs and 1 egg yolk
1 Tbsp. milk
1/8 tsp. each salt and pepper
½ Tbsp. butter
½ cup chopped green chile (warmed in microwave for about 30 seconds)


  1. To a bowl, add the eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Beat with a fork until just yellow. Don’t worry about incorporating all of the egg white and don’t overbeat.
  2. Melt the butter in an 10 inch nonstick skillet. Add the eggs and gently move a rubber spatula through the eggs, scraping the bottom and the side of the pan. Continue to move the spatula through the eggs until large clumps start to form. At this point use the spatula to fold the eggs until done. Done is when the eggs are still shiny, but not runny.
  3. Move to a plate and top with the desired amount of green chile.

Heat the flour or corn tortillas on a cast iron griddle until warm and serve with the sausage and eggs.



Kitchen Notes

I have to admit that until recently, I couldn’t make a decent batch of scrambled eggs to save me.  Fried eggs – no problem.  Scrambled eggs – not very good.  After reading the method for cooking scrambled eggs in Cook’s Illustrated, I realized what I was doing wrong – everything:

I overbeat the eggs.
I added way too much milk.
I added way too much “stuff” (onions, celery, peppers, etc.)

My old method produced a watery dish of sauteed vegetables with some egg in there somewhere.  Many thanks to Cook’s Illustrated for teaching me how to make the perfect scrambled egg. (NO – I’m not getting paid to say that! It’s just that being able to make perfect scrambled eggs after almost 40 years is exciting, so I want to give credit to the source!)

For a vegetarian Christmas breakfast, replace the chorizo with black beans smothered in red chile sauce.

New Mexico Red and Green Chiles @MJsKitchen

More on New Mexico Chiles

Chile or Chili?

Red or Green? and Christmas – Red and Green

NM Red Chile and Red Chile Recipes

NM Green Chile and Green Chile Recipes

Green Chile Burn Video and recipe for a Quick and Easy Green Chile Stew

NM Green Chile Enchiladas

NM Red Chile Enchiladas

NM Green Chile Stew

Recipes that use Green Chile

Recipes that use Red Chile

Sources for New Mexico Chile Products

This Christmas Chile post has been linked to the following blog hops.
Let Do Brunch Blog Hop, Potluck Friday, Foodie Friday Linky, Weekend Potluck, Allergy-Free Wednesday, Breakfast Ideas Monday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Made With Love Monday

Miz Helen’s Country CottageFull Plate Thursday hosted by Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

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36 Responses to “Red and Green Chile (aka Christmas)”

  1. Javelin Warrior November 27, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    I really need to try this, MJ – I’m not a huge fan of chorizo, but I love the idea of chiles with eggs for breakfast. And this is such a colorful and fun way to have eggs, on Christmas or any other day 😉 Thanks so much for sharing, MJ!

  2. Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry May 7, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    Oh my-I want to eat this for breakfast first thing tomorrow morning! Your recipes always make me soo hungry 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe on Allergy-Free Wednesdays! Be sure to check back next week for recipe highlights (including the top 3 reader choice submissions and hostess favorites).

    Be Well!

  3. Katherine Martinelli February 20, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    Oh how I love chorizo!! This looks fab. Thanks for linking up at my breakfast blog hop! Pinned 🙂

  4. Miz Helen December 29, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy you new Red Plate and have a very Happy New Year!
    Miz Helen

  5. April @ The 21st Century Housewife December 27, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    What a spicy and delicious Christmas breakfast! Thank you for sharing this post with Let’s Do Brunch.

  6. Miz Helen December 23, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    Hi MJ,
    Wow this is an awesome Christmas Breakfast, we would just love it! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. I am wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  7. Dionne Baldwin October 26, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

    I could eat chorizo every day and not get tired of it. Something about the flavor calls to me! This looks delicious. I am always trying to put eggs with everything for breakfast! This is perfect!

  8. Cindi September 28, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    For over twenty years our traditional Christmas Dinner is both Red and Green Chile. I can’t imagine having anything else that day.

  9. Miyoko Lachley September 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    Hello, nice entry! I will keep surfing your blog 😉

  10. Monica @ TheYummyLife September 14, 2011 at 6:56 am #

    Oh man, this is my my kind of breakfast! I frequently have scrambled eggs with salsa and a tortilla. Now I need to find some good chorizo in St. Louis, so I can try this out. Looks fabulous!

  11. Christine September 13, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    Easy and tasty. Looks wonderful.

  12. Linda September 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    Delicious! I do love chorizo with eggs. Such a hearty and comforting breakfast. Glad you figured out how to make the perfect scramble eggs. Cook’s Illustrated is a great resource. Looks terrific even if it isn’t Christmas!

  13. wok with ray September 12, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    Okay, I like Christmas breakfast too but your dish that looks this good. . . I would have it Christmas or no Christmas. 😉

  14. Reiko September 12, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    I recently took a trip to New Mexico and I was surprised at how many times the question, “red or green?” was asked during our stay there. After coming back home, my friend told me about “Christmas”. I wish I had known that before our trip! Anyway your breakfast looks very tasty!!

    • mj September 12, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

      I hope you enjoyed your trip to New Mexico! Now you understand why “Red or green?” became our state question. 🙂

  15. Laura @ Family Spice September 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    I have to say that this really my favorite way to eat eggs – chorizo and peppers. YUM!

  16. Ashley September 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    Yumm this sounds really good especially the vegetarian version with black beans smothered in red chile sauce!!

  17. Ann September 11, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    That looks delicious! I used to make decent enough scrambled eggs, but nothing to write home about….then I saw Julia Child’s show on eggs and it – literally – changed me! I make the BEST eggs now!

    It’s amazing how the basics can be easily over-looked, isn’t it? I like the idea of Christmas eggs!

  18. lisa saldivar September 11, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    I would love to order a bushel of roasted green chile. And how much would it cost to have sent.

  19. sally September 10, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    I was a little bit thrown off by the title, but now I can see that Christmas breakfasts can (and should) be enjoyed year-round.

  20. Spoon and Chopsticks September 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    This is a great and healthy breakfast. I think tortilla, eggs and chorizo go really well together.

  21. mj September 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    Thanks all for your comments and for stopping by!!! 🙂 We do love this breakfast. When I only have one color of chile, we’ll wrap everything up in the tortilla and smoother it in chile. SO good! A little different breakfast than what Giulia is eating in Italy! 🙂

  22. Dee at Deelicious Sweets September 10, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    This looks like a hearty breakfast! Great recipe and lot’s of yummy ingredients!

  23. Nami | Just One Cookbook September 10, 2011 at 12:01 am #

    I’m a breakfast person and I do eat breakfast like lunch (and I eat lunch amount for lunch too! =P) and this seems like a perfect breakfast meal to start a day!

  24. purabi naha September 9, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    I loved both the recipes, but if you allow me to choose one, I’ll choose the chorizo!! Great post and yummy flavours! The picture looks awesome!!

  25. Giulietta | Alterkitchen September 9, 2011 at 12:13 am #

    This dish looks amazing, and I like the concept of Christmas toppings…
    I’m having some trouble in looking at this and thinking about breakfast, though… in Italy breakfast is usually sweet… coffee, cappuccino, croissant, bread and jam, cake or something like this.
    But sometimes I’ll have to try a savory breakfast… and this looks the queen of savory breakfast!

  26. Simone September 8, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    You must officially be the first to talk about Christmas. Lol. Great theme on the red and green!

  27. Manu September 8, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    Oh my!!!!! Now, that is BREAKFAST! I love it and would love to try some of that… I like this Christmas concept: a great way to get the best of both worlds! 😉


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