Fried Egg Tortilla

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Way back in the 1970's, before the internet, before food blogs, and being a teen with a big appetite, my friend and I used to frequent a mexican food resturant on the edge of downtown Houston, named Bertha's. It had the best food ever - next to Monterrey House of course, which was much easier to get to - but you know…any excuse for a teenager with license to use a car. 

So this recipe has been around for probably longer than I have been eating it. It's fast, it fills the 'fix' of tortilla cravings and filling with the protein of the egg. While now a days, I have trouble digesting any raw/semi-cooked egg yolks (thanks Crohn's and EPI) - I brave it out and eat it anyway. Thank goodness for digestive enzymes recently prescribed, they help a lot. Now I could eat this every single day of the week and then Migas on the weekends…I make a half-hearted attempt not to. 

Try this though…and add it to your rotation using slightly different toppings every time. or 30 seconds, flip back to having the tortilla on the bottom, cook an additional 30 seconds or to your desired egg done-ness.



Fried Egg Tortillas

Prep time:2

Cook time: 5


  • 1 corn tortilla per egg - for flour tortillas, see below
  • 1 egg per tortilla
  • 1 tsp butter

Additional Toppings:

  • Salsa
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Green Onion
  • Cheddar or Cotija Cheese
  • Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno
  • Sour cream


  1. Put a few drops of olive oil (or whatever oil you like) into a small frying pan over medium heat. Swirl the tortilla around in the oil, flip immediately, swirl again and let cook for about one minute, then flip and cook an additional 30 seconds.  (if you are over browning, your heat is too high)
  2. Remove the tortilla and set aside. Add the butter to the skillet, and melt. Crack your egg and let it start to cook - when the egg whites are beginning to become solid, flip your egg, add cheese to the top if desired and plop your cooked tortilla on the top of the flipped egg and press slightly to literally pop the yolk a bit.
  3. Cook to your desired egg yolk runnyness.

Top with any topping you like - If you are just hungry, put some salsa on it and dig in.  Want a little fancier?  Add all the suggested toppings!

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