mexican frittata.

by Janetha on June 28, 2012

in recipes

i’m loving all the simple things mentioned in the comments of my last post. while it’s easy to get caught up in the BIG things in life, it really is important to stop and think about all the small things that bring us joy.

i also have loved reading all the things you guys said about how you have helped others lately. shannon wrote something about help that really struck a chord with me and i had to share:

I love helping, to a fault. I help people TOO much. If I helped myself as much as I help a random stranger on the street, I’d be a stronger, healthier person.

dang. i love that she pointed out that we need to help ourselves just like we would help another person. if we are treating strangers better than we treat ourselves, there’s a problem. thanks for the reminder, shannon!

so, it’s been a minute since i’ve shared a recipe with you guys. i’m still cooking and creating, but i’ve been bad about photographing and documenting. last night we had breakfast for dinner and i made up a mexican frittata that was too good not to share!

i love breakfast foods. i could easily eat eggs every meal of the day and be content. i also love mexican food. once upon a time (a few years ago) someone asked me what i’d choose if i had to eat one type of cuisine for the rest of my life. without hesitation, i answered mexican, hands down. my answer was backed up by the several variations of burritos i could eat. i love burritos.

of course, now that i think about how long the rest of my life is going to last i am wondering if my answer should have been greek. yum, i do love greek food. and italian. ohhh, and indian! see, that’s the indecisive part of me shining through. it’s a constant internal battle when i’m trying to decide a favorite of anything. however, my decision stands: mexican food for the win. moving on. (boy, i sure went off on a tangent there, didn’t i?)

anyway, back to the breakfast for dinner and the tasty frittata!

let’s talk about frittatas for a second. they sound fancy and difficult, right? wrong. frittatas are SO EASY. they are just like omelets but require zero spatula skills. they do require an oven-safe skillet, though, so make sure you have one of those. frittatas are very versatile. you simply heat all the ingredients (except the eggs and cheese) in a skillet until they are fully cooked (or warmed through if they were already cooked when you started) and then you add the eggs and cheese to the skillet. once things start to firm up a bit, you transfer the skillet to the oven and broil until the eggs are cooked to perfection. easy.

frittatas are simple to make from scratch, like the one below, but they are also a great way to use up leftovers! i love using leftover veggies, chicken, potatoes, quinoa, (anything, really!) from the night before and turning them into a frittata. you just have to add eggs and cheese—and BAM, brand new meal. the possibilities are endless.

here is one possibility. a delicious one, at that.

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prep time: 5 minutes
cook time: 15 minutes
serves six

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ingredients:

  • 1/4 of a large red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 4 oz can diced green chiles
  • 3-4 roasted bell peppers, diced
  • half a can of rotel (about 5 oz) or 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cups liquid egg whites
  • 2 large eggs
  • splash of milk
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 oz shredded colby jack or cheddar cheese
  • garnishes: greek yogurt, avocado, salsa, hot sauce

directions:

  1. heat an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray. my skillet was a 10″ one.
  2. add onions and sauté for a few minutes until onions begin to soften.
  3. add corn and sauté until corn is warmed through.
  4. add chiles, peppers, rotel (or tomatoes), and cilantro. sauté for a few minutes until everything is warmed through.
  5. meanwhile, whisk together eggs and milk. season with a bit of salt and pepper.
  6. fold cheese into eggs.
  7. pour egg and cheese mixture into skillet and gently stir to combine with everything else.
  8. leave skillet on the stove for a few minutes until the eggs start to firm up.
  9. transfer skillet to oven and broil on low until eggs are completely set. *tip: if the eggs are starting to brown on top but are not fully cooked in the middle, simply cover the skillet with some foil to stop the top from cooking any more and to give the middle a chance to cook through.
  10. remove frittata from oven, cut into wedges, and serve immediately with garnishes.

step by step photo tutorial:

heat an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray. my skillet was a 10″ one.

add onions and sauté for a few minutes until onions begin to soften.

add corn and sauté until corn is warmed through.

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add chiles, peppers, rotel (or tomatoes), and cilantro. sauté for a few minutes until everything is warmed through.

meanwhile, whisk together eggs and milk. season with a bit of salt and pepper.

fold cheese into eggs.

pour egg and cheese mixture into skillet and gently stir to combine with everything else.

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leave skillet on the stove for a few minutes until the eggs start to firm up.

transfer skillet to oven and broil on low until eggs are completely set. *tip: if the eggs are starting to brown on top but are not fully cooked in the middle, simply cover the skillet with some foil to stop the top from cooking any more and to give the middle a chance to cook through.

remove frittata from oven, cut into wedges, and serve immediately with garnishes.

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enjoy!

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nutritional information:

the stats per piece, based on 6 pieces (pre-garnish):

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and the stats with 1 oz avocado, 2 TB plain greek yogurt, and 2 TB salsa:

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this is a low calorie recipe, so if you are going to make a meal out of it eat a couple pieces or serve it with something else. we ate it with french toast last night!

oh, and by the way, randy didn’t get any onions this time around! however, after your warnings i did consult a veterinarian and was told he’d have to eat 600 GRAMS of onion to cause harm. that’s roughly four whole onions. either that or he’d have to eat onions regularly for a long period of time. either way, randy is in the clear. he only had three or four small bits of diced onion. thanks to those of you who brought the onion thing to my attention!

Q~

if you had to eat one kind of cuisine for the rest of your life, what would it be?

xo. janetha g.

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CheezyK June 28, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I think Italian would win by a fraction, mainly because I’m not sure how I’d go with Indian for breakfast.

Janetha June 28, 2012 at 7:31 pm

True. I have made eggs with chicken tikka masala leftovers, though, and that was pretty bomb!

Ali June 28, 2012 at 6:22 pm

YUM that looks delicious!

Sarah @ The Healthy Diva June 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm

That’s a tough one! I think mexican is my fav because I grew up in so-cal…it’s just so comforting…thanks for sharing the recipe :)

Lauren June 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm

I love frittatas! They are actually Toly’s favorite BFD meal and I usually make smaller ones that are customizable.
And to answer your question, I think it would be Mexican. No Thai, No Mexican. Lord I have no idea! :)

Janetha June 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm

How about you have Thai and I have Mexican and we live together for the rest of our lives? ;)

Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food June 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm

This looks fabulous! Eggs are my favorite, I could totally eat them at every meal too. We’re having breakfast for dinner tonight — the frittatas cousin omelets.

I’d have to go with Italian… I think. That’s a toughy!

sherice@foodieluvsfitness June 28, 2012 at 7:08 pm

That looks Amazing!!! I LOVE anything Mexican.. But my broiler doesn’t work.. sounds like it’s time to start bugging the hubs… aka Mr. Fix-it to get me a new broiler element!! I do bake eggs in the oven a lot and I love Quiche!

Janetha June 28, 2012 at 7:30 pm

You could definitely do this in a hot, hot oven without the broiler! It just may take a little longer. So with a quiche, it just has a crust.. is that right? I wonder why they don’t call crustless quiche a frittata, then? And then there’s the stradas.. oh my! So many terms!

sherice@foodieluvsfitness June 29, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Yep Quiche is pretty much frittata with a crust but it’s 100% cooked in the oven.. so I guess that’s what makes not a frittata.. does that make any sense? LOL It’s all good!!!

katie June 28, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Can ice cream be classified as a cuisine? :)

Love you!

Janetha June 28, 2012 at 7:29 pm

YES! love you, too!

Ellen Clifford June 28, 2012 at 7:10 pm

The frittata looks great! I love eggs and Mexican food too.
As for one type of food? Bread and butter. For sure.

@pluvk June 28, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Man, that’s a hard one! Iʻd have to say Japanese. My two closest friends are Japanese, so I was raised with that type of food. Plus, I can seriously eat sushi every single day! My second choice would be Hawaiian food, since that’s my ethnicity and I was also raised on that stuff. Yup, I love me some POI!

Trisha June 28, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Lauren just asked this yesterday, and my answer remains…MEXICAN!! Every day. All day. Please. I love that it’s so versatile. Breakfast burrito, lunch burrito, dinner burrito…OLE!
Glad to hear Randy didn’t have any ill effects from the onion. I read that post open-mouthed & incredibly concerned. I didn’t want to comment, as you’d already heard so much from others but I’m happy you consulted your vet. :)

Janetha June 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I know, I am glad it wasn’t anything serious and that we didn’t put Randy Dog in any harm. Honestly we were surprised when he ate the onion off the floor–what dog likes raw onions?!

Julie @ Swim, Bike, Running on Empty June 28, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Mediterranean for me! It always seems light enough but full of flavor.

And I love El Pinto, the salsa you have in your picture :) I ate at their restaurant once and my friends and I were so excited about the place that they gave us a full behind-the-scenes tour and sent us home with extra salsas! They genuinely put a lot of love into their food. So glad to see people buying it! :)

Janetha June 28, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Cool! I didn’t know they had a restaurant! Where is it?

BroccoliHut June 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Frittatas are a favorite in our house! I love them because they’re so easy to put together with whatever I have on hand–plus Seth and I both LOVE eggs. I’m saving this one for future use (probably this weekend, actually!)
As for lifelong cuisine, I would also choose Mediterranean. I could be perfectly content living on a steady diet of chickpeas and feta :)

Sarah @ Learning to Feed Yourself June 28, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I don’t know if breakfast foods are really a cuisine, but if I had the choice I would eat breakfast foods all day long (and I actually did today haha). I love them!

But if I had to choose an actual cuisine, I guess it would be Italian. I am a huge bread fan and cannot get enough sun dried tomatoes.

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables June 28, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I could eat Thai for the rest of my life, but Mexican would be a close second!

SweatyGirl June 28, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Oh man oh man this looks good.
My dude would love it, so it’s definitely going on the menu soon.

I would eat sushi day in and day out.
Flavor-wise, I would also like to say Indian food, but the sauces I love are actually really heavy and don’t sit great in my tum.

Thanks for the shout out. I actually needed to read what I wrote again to myself because I’m getting to the point where I maybe need to realize that my generosity can be a bad thing to me personally and finding that balance could really help me. (but how can I ever say no!? ahh easier said than done!)

Kim Lee June 28, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I’d have to go with Italian, but I love Mexican too. I also love those red and yellow peppers from Trader Joe’s!!

The Healthy Hostess June 28, 2012 at 9:11 pm

So fantastic! Perfect for my gf client that I cook for! You are the best! I love Mexican but I also love Thai. Then there is Italian and Asian…good thing we don’t have to pick!

meg June 28, 2012 at 11:05 pm

It’s not necessarily a specified cuisine but if I had to choose, I would definitely choose veggies for the rest of my life. I would choose breakfast but I am allergic to eggs, cheese, milk, etc so breakfast would not work out so well. For sure Veggies… asparagus, artichoke, peas, potatoes, zucchini, etc. AMAZING!

Heather (Heather's Dish) June 28, 2012 at 11:06 pm

um, holy yes please! this frittata sounds amazing…i love anything with Mexican flavors!

Sierra June 29, 2012 at 5:04 am

This looks SOOO good. You have officially inspired me to do an egg scramble for lunch. I am with you on breakfast and mexican food…also my favorites

Hope @ With A Side Of Hope June 29, 2012 at 5:07 am

This frittata looks amazing! I’ve always wanted to try making one and now that I have a cast iron skillet, I can! :)

I would totally eat Mexican food. It’s my favorite!

TeriLyn [a foodie stays fit] June 29, 2012 at 5:45 am

one cuisine for the rest of my life?? is californian a cuisine? :)

jessiker June 29, 2012 at 7:52 am

Mexican fooooood! I would eat it everyday. I wish Simon liked it, I never eat it anymore, which is a great thing.

Annette@FitnessPerks June 29, 2012 at 8:39 am

That does looks good!!

I’d say either (healthy) Mexican –think Cafe Rio salads and homemade enchiladas (YUMM!), or Thai. Or Swiss. I love my cheese!!!

ali June 29, 2012 at 9:38 am

Hmmmm….probably Mexican for me, too. Just so many different options with Mexican food! :)

Love the Fritatta recipe! I’m going to have to try that this weekend!

Have a great day! TGIF!

Calee June 29, 2012 at 9:41 am

YUM. That fritatta looks awesome. Going to have to try this weekend with some random mods! Mark is in Chicago for the next week so I’ve vowed not to get groceries. We shall see what I come up with.

Kim @ The Family Practice June 29, 2012 at 10:06 am

I’d have to say Mexican – its the only thing I really get a craving for. Lime and cilantro in anything and everything please!

Christine @ Oatmeal in my bowl June 29, 2012 at 11:30 am

Love me a frittata! I like to fix one up and bring it to work for lunch. Mmm…

I’d have to go with Mexican or Indian or California Cuisine. One… tough. Mexican.

melissa June 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I need to help myself more too, that’s for sure.

If I could eat any cuisine for the rest of my life, it would probably be Mexican, although I can get burned out on it after a while.

This week i’ve had something Mexican at least 3 days. Last 2 days lunch and dinner were mexican.

Stefanie @TheNewHealthy June 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Oh my gosh, I just made a really similar frittata on Wednesday! I’m planning on sharing the recipe next week, but it was seriously the BEST one I have ever made! I love the fact that you added rotel! I’m trying that next time. :)

Lisa June 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm

This looks sooo good! I definitely may change my dinner plans and make breakfast for dinner tonight! I love frittatas and never ever make them, but this sounds totally doable!

Meredith @ DareYouTo June 29, 2012 at 2:23 pm

YUM! Love both eggs and mexican, as well. This sounds delish, and avocado and chobani to top it off are the icing on the cake ! I’d loove to make frittatas, but I need that oven-safe skillet. Someday soon…

purelymichelle June 30, 2012 at 11:29 am

oh yum! this sounds wonderful! I bet this would be great with some margaritas :)

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