Robert Rodriguez' Sin City Breakfast Tacos

Want more from Genius Kitchen?

Watch on your Apple TV, Roku, or Fire TV and your iOS, Fire, or Android device.

Learn More
“Director Robert Rodriguez, unbeknownst to me does a cooking segment called 10 Minute Cooking School with each of his movies on DVD. Here is his grandmother's recipe for tortillas and the breakfast tacos aka migas' recipe, too. I altered the recipe slightly. FYI: this recipe is prepared easier and faster if you tag team with another person: one to make the tortillas and one to prepare the migas. Finally, check out the two recipes on Recipezaar for puerco pibil, another cooking segment offering also demonstrated by Robert.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Note: Tortilla recipe yields 8-10.
  2. FLOUR TORTILLAS: In large mixing bowl combine the flour, salt and baking powder.
  3. Cut in the butter (or butter and lard) using a pastry blender or your hands until mixture is incorporated and coarse, like wet sand.
  4. Add 3/4 cup warm water and using your hands or a fork, form into a dough, not too sticky and not too dry. If too sticky, add more flour, too dry, add more water.
  5. Knead the dough on a floured surface for a few minutes until no longer sticky; the dough should feel smooth, elastic and not dry.
  6. Divide the dough up into 8-10 balls and arrange on a baking sheet.
  7. Lightly dampen a tea towel with warm water, cover the dough and let rest for 20 minutes.
  8. TACOS/MIGAS: Heat up about 2 tablespoons corn oil in a non-stick pan on medium heat and fry the potatoes until soft but not crispy.
  9. Season potatoes with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Transfer potatoes to a paper towel lined plate.
  11. In the same pan, heat up 2 tablespoons of corn oil and fry the tomato, onion and jalapeno until onion [just] begins to soften. Set aside and keep warm.
  12. In the same pan, heat up some more oil (2 tablespoons or so) and fry up the corn tortilla strips until crispy.
  13. Set corn tortilla strips aside on a paper towel lined plate and drain.
  14. Using the same pan, heat up about 2 tablespoons butter and lightly scramble the eggs.
  15. Combine the tomato mixture, corn tortillas strips and eggs on a platter. Set aside and keep warm.
  16. Using a rolling pin, shape the flour tortillas into thin round circles about 6" in diameter. (Or use a wax paper lined tortilla press to form.).
  17. Heat up a cast iron skillet on medium heat. (If you want, you can add a [~small~] amount of bacon drippings to the skillet to cook the tortillas).
  18. Cook the tortillas until bubbles form and brown specks appear, about 1 minute. Turn over and cook other side, about another minute.
  19. Continue cooking all the flour tortillas in the same manner.
  20. Keep tortillas warm, stacking them one on top of the other until ready to serve. Do not allow to dry out! Use a dampened tea towel or tortilla warmer to keep tortillas pliable.
  21. To serve, divide the potato/egg mixture onto the flour tortillas. Fold in half and eat!
  22. Important note: Servings are estimated.

Watch more

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a