One of my favorite things about summer is fresh, homegrown produce. Unfortunately, I’ve got a remarkably brown thumb. I know lots of people say that, but I’ve even killed ivy…by accident. Luckily for me, the boyfriend enjoys and is good at taking care of plants, and his garden is thriving this summer. The most abundant crops so far are tomatoes and basil, which led me to the idea for this quick breakfast (or breakfast for dinner) of pesto caprese egg tacos!
These tacos are my solution on those days when I’m craving something hearty and savory (and cheesy, as is often the case with me), but I’m not really feeling up to making anything elaborate. Now I know that making pesto from scratch may seem elaborate to some, but if you’re never made it yourself, I think you’ll be surprised to see how quick and easy it is! Plus, if you make your own, you can use various types of nuts or increase/decease the amount of cheese to your liking. But anyway, if you’re super low on energy (or fresh basil), you can always use store-bought pesto.
Smeared with pesto and filled with fluffy scrambled eggs, juicy tomatoes, and stretchy mozzarella, these tacos offer an abundance of fresh flavors that will get your day off to a great start!
And speaking of starts, this week marks the three-year anniversary of when I started this blog! Each year on Put on Your Cake Pants’ blogiversary, I like to take the opportunity to highlight my favorite posts from the previous year (you can see my favorites from years one and two here), so without further ado, here are my picks:
Clockwise, from top left: Jamaican jerk chicken pasta, chipotle-peach quinoa salad, tzatziki hummus, butter chicken naan pizza, chicken and sweet potato tamale pie
Clockwise, from top left: strawberry lime margarita pancakes, cherry pie French toast casserole, s’mores cupcakes, ginger spice peanut butter cookies, lemon snack cake with vegan frosting
As always, thanks so much for being here and for your feedback and encouragement over the past year! This whole experience would not be anywhere near as fun without all of you wonderful folks.
- 8 eggs
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 4 ounces mozzarella, cut into cubes or grated
- 8 corn tortillas
- 5-6 tablespoons pesto (homemade or store-bought)
- 8 large basil leaves, chopped
- salt and pepper
- Scramble the eggs: crack the eggs into a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Beat the eggs with a fork or whisk. Coat the bottom of a nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium for several minutes, until drops of water sizzle upon contact. Pour the eggs into the pan and sprinkle the tomatoes and mozzarella cubes on top. Cook until the eggs reach your preferred consistency. Optional: reserve some of the mozzarella cubes to put in the tacos separately.
- Place the tortillas in the skillet and heat on medium-high for 1-2 minutes on each side.
- Spread about 2 teaspoons pesto on each tortilla. Add the eggs and any remaining mozzarella cubes. Sprinkle the chopped basil leaves on top and serve immediately.
- I use my favorite basil walnut pesto for this recipe. The amounts listed will yield slightly more than you will need for the tacos. To prevent oxidation, pour a thin layer of olive oil over the extra pesto and store in the refrigerator.
Heather @ Sweet Precision says
Happy third year blogging! That is quite the accomplishment in the blogging world! I loved looking over your pictures from the past year. You’ve been busy in the kitchen 🙂
Thanks so much, Heather! It’s hard to believe it has already been three years.
Erika Powell says
Happy blogiversary! Those eggs look so good! My garden didn’t survive this year (my mother-in-law forgot to water while we were on our honeymoon) oops! I miss my basil plant even more when I see this yummy recipe!
Thanks, Erika! That’s too bad about your garden. Could you still plant some more herbs, though? The boyfriend just planted another baby basil plant this morning!
Cake Lover says
Happy Blogiversary!! Perhaps when my tomatoes are ready to harvest, they can go in this recipe.
Thanks, Cake Lover! I wish we could give you some of our tomatoes…we’re up to our eyeballs in them! But it’s a good “problem” to have 🙂
Happy blogiversary! 3 years is a long time in the blogging world. I love all of the recipes you posted above. They all are so fresh and beautifully photographed. The egg tacos must be delicious with pesto. I had never thought of combining those flavors. We have been blogging for about the same amount of time. My 3rd anniversary comes up in September. Here’s to many more years of enjoyment from it!
Thanks so much, Shari! It *IS* a long time in the blogging world. Happy early blogiversary to you as well! And yes – I recently got bored with pairing salsa and eggs, so I tried pesto instead and LOVED it. I hope you get a chance to try it!
Rahul @samosastreet.com says
Happy 3rd Blogiversary. I love this twist on tacos! I bet the pesto caprese is the perfect addition, I’m totally craving these!!
Thanks, Rahul! I’m so glad these caught your eye!
Maggie Jones says
Three years! Congratulations! It’s your anniversary but I feel like we’re getting the gifts. Can’t wait to try these tacos!
You are so sweet – thank you! I hope you get a chance to try these soon!
Carole @TootSweet4Two says
What an unusual combo – pesto and eggs! But, I must admit, it has my mouth watering! Congrats on your blogging anniversary! I just passed my 4th year. All your “favorites” look delish, too!
I’m glad these tacos caught your eye! Thanks for stopping by, and happy belated blogiversary to you too!
My gardening thumb has moved from brown to slightly green over the years but I’m still not great at it… however, tacos for breakfast always is a great idea! And a great way to celebrate your 3rd blogiversary! 🙂
Tacos are definitely a good choice, any time of day! Thanks for stopping by, Kathryn!
Congrats on the 3rd anniversary! This looks like it’s been a year of good eats! 🙂 And speaking of good eats, those egg tacos. Holy yum. I love a good egg taco, but I’ve never thought about adding fresh pesto in there. Totally need to make these happen…and soon. Stay cool over there, Mara!
Thanks, David! Yes, we’ve certainly been eating well over here at chez Cake Pants 🙂 I hope you get a chance to try these!
Congrat’s on your 3rd year milestone of blogging! Love the tacos you’re sharing today…fabulous flavors!
Thanks, Nancy! I’m glad these caught your eye 🙂
Yummy yum yum! I’m heading to the kitchen iPad in hand and these soon to be in my belly! (Luckily I have pesto on hand!)
Thanks for breakfast!
I hope you love these tacos as much as we do! Thanks so much for stopping by, Michelle!
Congratulations on your blog’s third anniversary! The tacos look yummy. #FiestaFriday
Thanks, Ahila! And they taste even better than they look 🙂
Congrats on your anniversary. Please come over and kill my ivy. I hate ivy and cannot seem to get rid of it!
I wish I could help you out with that ivy! That’s the ridiculous thing…it’s so robust and yet I accidentally killed it. Good luck with the ivy and thanks for stopping by, Nadia!
Congratulations on your 3rd Blogiversary, Mara!!! That’s quite an accomplishment! Love all your posts! Love the flavors in your Pesto Caprese Egg Tacos!! It is perfect for lazy summer evenings! Thanks for celebrating here at FF!
Thanks so much, Suchitra! Yes, these tacos are definitely a good option when I’m feeling too lazy to cook. Thanks for hosting this week!
happy 3rd blogiversary! I can’t believe you managed to kill ivy! That is a skill in itself! I am terrible with plant but luckily I have someone who can do it for me and then I just need to cook it! Home made pesto is a treat and this looks great! 🙂 Happy Fiesta Friday!
Thanks, Petra! I know, I’m woefully bad at taking care of plants, but I do have an aloe plant that I’ve more or less kept alive for six years now. I hope you get a chance to try these tacos!
Julie is Hostess At Heart says
Happy Blogiversary! I just love the fresh produce right now and light dishes like your tacos. My garden is kind of taking care of itself because I’m garden lazy these days!
Thanks, Julie! Gotta love summer produce, right? What are you growing in your garden this year?